End of tenancy clean with an impressive view in Bristol.

Jon was carrying out an end of tenancy clean in Bristol earlier this month with a spectacular sporty view! This clean required deep eco-friendly carpet cleaning as well as some hard flooring.

Our standard process that yields impressive results, including vacuuming, spot/stain treatments, eco-sanitising pre spray and rinse extraction, was used here to rejuvenate the carpets.

Professional eco friendly carpet cleaning in North Bristol
Professional eco friendly carpet cleaning in North Bristol

As you can see from the images, Jon was able to meet these cleaning requirements whilst keeping an eye on a live game of cricket.

Eco cleaning in Bristol
Eco cleaning in Bristol
Professional eco friendly cleaners in Bristol
Professional eco friendly cleaners in Bristol
End of Tenancy carpet and floor cleaning in Horfield Bristol
End of Tenancy carpet and floor cleaning in Horfield Bristol

The hard floors and carpets had the full Green Man environmentally friendly treatment to remove embedded soil and dirt to bring them back to their best and ready for the next tenants to move in.

Green Man are specialists in carpet, rug, upholstery and hard floor cleaning, whilst being committed to being eco friendly.

Please contact us to discuss your cleaning needs using the button below.

Fantastic stain removal and upholstery cleaning in Stroud

Pete was called to this lovely property near Stroud for a variety of upholstery cleaning, including some spot stain removal.

This customer required a sofa, some headboards and some dining chairs to be cleaned, alongside addressing some spot stains.

Upholstery cleaning in Stroud
Upholstery cleaning in Stroud
Setting up for deep cleaning
Setting up for deep cleaning

Pete made the most of the dry weather and utilised some outside space to clean some of the upholstery and to aid in the drying process.

Our upholstery process includes;

    • Pre-testing
    • Dry extraction/vacuuming
    • Spot/stain treatments, as necessary 
    • Eco-sanitising pre-spray 
    • Rotary agitation
    • Traditional rinse extraction (sometimes called steam cleaning)

Pete worked his way through all the different upholstery, propping cushions to dry thoroughly before moving on to the spot stain treatments.

Sometimes, staining can prove permanent, however there are a variety of techniques our technicians can try to remove or improve them.

Upholstery cleaning in Woodchester
Upholstery cleaning in Woodchester
Upholstery stain removal before
Upholstery stain removal before
Upholstery stain removal after
Upholstery stain removal after

As you can see from the above before and after pictures, that Pete has achieved some great results on this sofa cushion with staining. The cushion is now looking as good as new and the customer has been saved from buying a new sofa, in turn meaning less is going to landfill.

There are times where a professional clean is necessary, however for some minor home stains there are some treatments you can do yourself at home. For more information, read on our website here.

Beautiful location for upholstery cleaning
Beautiful location for upholstery cleaning

If you have some upholstery in need of a deep clean, or some staining that needs addressing you can get in touch with us using the button below.

We can discuss your cleaning requirements, our process, provide a quotation or arrange a survey to assess the work needed.

117 Office Chairs deep-cleaned using Eco-friendly solutions!

Last week, our director Jon & Swindon-based technician Joanne travelled to Newbury, Berkshire to carry out a deep-clean of 117 office chairs. This was part of an office end-of-tenancy for the company involved, as they were planning to take these chairs with them to their next location.

How to deep-clean an office chair…

These particular chairs had solid plastic arms & backs, and a mesh fabric seat. This type of material provides ventilation & comfort, but can act as a net for debris. Having surveyed the chairs, we opted for a combination clean that used manual cleaning/wiping for the hard plastic surfaces, as well as traditional rinse extraction for the fabric.

To begin with, we prepped the chairs & addressed any notable staining. Usually, office furniture will have some coffee/ tea stains. However, in this instance, we didn’t encounter hardly any beverage based stains.

What we did find was quite a lot of chocolate debris that had lodged into the matrix of the material. As well as initial vacuuming, we found that our carpet awl (which we would normally use for carpet repair) came in very useful for pushing any stubborn bits through fabric to drop to the carpet below.

Once we had treated any stains, we then applied our eco-friendly, sanitising pre-spray to the fabric, agitated it into the material, then left it for the required 15 minutes dwell time. This is important, as it allows the solution sufficient contact time to break down soils & greases.

The hard plastics of the chair were addressed with the same solution, but applied using a terry towel. This proved to be very effective and a large amount of greasy soils were absorbed into the towels.

Once the preparatory work was complete on the initial batch of 40 chairs, we set up the extraction machines.

Unusually, some of the office staff were working at the far end of the office, so we partitioned the machines off into a vacant office & ran long lengths of hoses to limit noise as much as possible.

The video below gives some idea of the set-up…

Eco friendly office cleaning in Berkshire
Eco friendly office cleaning in Berkshire

How effective are eco-friendly cleaning solutions?

As part of operating a commercial cleaning company, we strive to continually improve the way we do things. This includes sourcing the latest & most effective eco-friendly cleaning solutions. Not all of this tech is new & the solution we used on this job relies on a similar action to micellar cleaning, more often associated with the cosmetics industry.

With this product, the powerful micelle cleaning action causes fats, greases, oils, proteins and sugars to repel from the surface so that they can be rinsed away with water, without damaging or reacting with the cleaning surface. It is not a typical caustic detergent or petroleum solvent, therefore it will not damage or react with the cleaning surface.

A fantastic level of clean.

The finished result was excellent.

It is satisfying when we manage to specify the right chemistry & method so that a high level of clean is achieved. The short clip below shows the finished chairs ready for collection and removal to the company’s new office space…

If you have any questions about our Commercial Cleaning Services or would like to organise a free survey for your office furniture cleaning, feel free to get in touch.

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Beautiful transformation of flagstone flooring in Cheltenham.

Pete and Rob were back for another large job at the beautiful barn in Cheltenham that we wrote about recently, this time to rejuvenate these flagstones.

These flagstones are in a bar area of a popular wedding and entertainment venue, so understandably they have a lot of wear and tear, including drinks being spilt and walked over.

This creates a layer of what is known as ‘Blacktop’. When sugary drinks get spilt and dried, in spite of domestic cleaning, this sticky substance can remain and get moved around the floor with cleaning processes that are not quite thorough enough. This sticky substance attracts dirt and soil and creates this blackened appearance, as you can see in the image on the right.

Before deep cleaning of flagstones
Before deep cleaning of flagstones

Our process to remove this blacktop and bring these flagstones to their best involves;

  • – Sweeping to remove loose soil and dirt
  • – Rotary agitation of the flagstones using a specific solution to break down and remove blacktop and other embedded soil and grime. This solution is left to dwell on the floor before being removed to allow time for the solution to penetrate deep down.
  • – Manually scrubbing the grout
  • – Extract the slurry with a wet vacuum
  • – This process is then repeated where necessary
  • – The floors are then rinsed

As you can see from the image on the right, these flagstones are looking fresh and clean after Pete and Rob’s hard work.

After deep cleaning of flagstones
After deep cleaning of flagstones
Restoring flagstones
Restoring flagstones
Deep hard floor cleaning
Deep hard floor cleaning
Flagstone cleaning in Cheltenham
Flagstone cleaning in Cheltenham
Beautiful flagstone floor
Beautiful flagstone floor

These stunning flagstones have received the full Green Man deep clean, and as a result they are looking gorgeous and ready to host some further celebrations.

If you have some flagstones, or any hard flooring, in need of a bit of sprucing up, please do feel free to reach out to us using the button to the right. We would be delighted to help.

Carpet repair in Cardiff

Last week, I was called out to undertake a repair of 5 steps of a stair carpet at a domestic property in Cardiff. The carpet had been down nearly 20 years and was comprised of a single piece, apart from the bottom step.

The image below shows some of the stairs that were to be replaced marked with a Post-it. The main reason for the repair was the level of wear to these particular treads.

Carpet repair in Cardiff

Stairs are not always comprised of a single continuous piece of carpet. Sometimes each step is a separate fitted rectangle of carpet.

This would have made for an easier repair!

When cutting out a section of carpet from stairs, it can be difficult to cut a straight edge, owing to the tension on the carpet from the stairs that are to remain.

How to repair a worn stair carpet
Domestic carpet repair in Cardiff

In this image, you can see the cut edge is not that straight. This will be addressed later…

Using spare carpet to mend the worn treads on stairs

There are plenty of carpet shops in Cardiff & the wider South Wales area. Even so, it would have been hard for us to find a match for this particular (and now quite old) carpet. Luckily, the home owner had a small roll of spare that I could use.

The only thing was, it only just matched up with the amount of carpet that I would need to carry out the repair!

Professional carpet repair in South Wales

A successful repair will rely on careful measurements & accurate cutting. When you only have sufficient carpet for one attempt, this is even more important! In this case, I used the worn pieces of carpet that I had removed from the stairs as a guide and then inserted the spare material and fixed it onto the gripper bars.

Cardiff carpet repair service

I used the spare material and finished the repair to the entire stair carpet, inserting all 5 steps…

Using spare carpet to repair stair carpet.

If you have any questions about this job, or have an enquiry about carpet repair in the Cardiff/ Newport, South Wales area, feel free to get in touch.

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Incredible rejuvenation of wooden flooring in a stunning barn in Cheltenham.

Beautiful flooring with a lovely view

Our technicians, Pete and Rob were given the challenge of rejuvenating these wooden floors at a beautiful barn location in Cheltenham.

These floors were in need of a thorough deep clean to bring them back to a standard to match the stunning location.

Before a deep clean
Before a deep clean
Wooden floors before cleaning
Wooden floors before cleaning
Part way through this deep clean
Part way through this deep clean
Rob cleaning wooden floors
Rob cleaning wooden floors

This barn has hosted numerous events and occasions where drinks, food and general wear and tear has caused some marking and staining that needed addressing.

The initial process for this type of hard floor cleaning is to clear as much loose debris and soil, this is done initially by sweeping. A wood solution is then applied to the rotary agitator which is used with a white pad to clean the floor whilst agitating it to release any embedded soil and dirt.

This creates a slurry of dirty water which is collected using an extraction machine.

Pete hard at work in Cheltenham
Pete hard at work in Cheltenham
Rejuvenated wooden flooring
Rejuvenated wooden flooring
The Barn looking beautiful
The Barn looking beautiful

Once the slurry has been removed, the floor is then rinsed to ensure all dirt and debris has been removed, extracted again and drying is accelerated by using air movers.

Drying the floors
Drying the floors
Beautiful wooden floor restored 1
Beautiful wooden floor restored

These beautiful wooden floors are now cleaned and restored, matching in with their beautiful surroundings and ready to host more happy events.

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Beautiful location in Cheltenham
Team clean in Cheltenham
Team clean in Cheltenham

If you have some hard floors that are looking tired and need some TLC, please do not hesitate to get in touch and our team can come and bring them back to their best for you.

We offer a range of hard floor cleaning, as well as carpets, rugs and upholstery. You can find out more about the hard floor services we offer here.

If you would like to get a quote, or discuss your cleaning needs with us in more detail, please do get in touch using the contact button below.

Concrete Grinding/Polishing on a large TV set in Newport

Last month, our team carried out a large scale project in Newport involving the grinding back and part refinishing of an industrial concrete floor. It was an unusual brief in that the required finish was not to be The location was a very large warehouse which had formerly housed a Carlsberg brewery. The initial survey had determined that the concrete floor could be ground back and polished, but that it was very uneven and that some areas had paint that would need to be stripped. Not only this, but the complexity of the TV set meant that access & Health & Safety were also concerns.

Initial shots & test-clean of concrete in an industrial warehouse

Survey for concrete floor polishing

As the images demonstrate, commercial cleaning in a dynamic environment like a TV set will require careful planning.

The multiple trip hazards and a constantly shifting workspace mean that technicians will need to maintain high levels of alertness throughout what will inevitably be quite a monotonous task.

The delicate nature of the plywood “flats” and sets also means that our technicians will need to be on their A – game to ensure nothing is damaged while the work is completed. It would definitely have been a simpler process prior to the building of the sets!

Using paint stripper rotary machine on concrete flooring
Paint stripping from concrete floor Commercial Cleaning

Commercial Concrete Grinding & Polishing – the job stage-by-stage

Stripping the paint from the concrete

The initial test had shown that the areas of concrete where paint was an issue had a significant build-up of historic layers of emulsion paint. For this reason, we specified a fairly aggressive stripper which we covered in plastic sheeting to intensify the process. In some areas, we gave it up to 2 hours “dwell”.

Applying paint stripper to concrete
Commercial paint removal from concrete flooring
Professional concrete cleaning in Newport
Commercial concrete cleaning in the South West.
Stripping emulsion paint from a concrete floor
Professional floor finishing for tv and film
Removing paint stripper and cleaning concrete flooring.

Grinding the concrete floors

Once the paint had been removed from the concrete, we could begin the grinding back of the floors. The designer & Art Department had specified that the floor be taken back to a more even finish, but that some of the grain of the industrial floor remain. This would then be able to take an additional topical polish to add visual interest to each scene.

Commercial concrete grinding in Newport
Commercial concrete grinding in Cardiff
Concrete floor polishing in South Wales
Concrete floor polishing in South Wales

For this task, we use a dustless system with industrial vacuums connected to a FTR floor grinder.

The images show the impact that the initial diamond grit has on the historic finish of even a tough floor like this.

As the job proceeded over the 300m2 space over the succeeding days, we moved up through successive grits to take the floor to the required level…

Professional Concrete Polishing Service
Professional Concrete Cleaning
Concrete Floor Specialist Cleaning

Final polish on concrete flooring

In the event, the scale of this job meant we didn’t take enough photos to document the work start to finish. In total, the work took a rotating team of two technicians across 4 days.

Commercial concrete floor finishing in South Wales Bristol
Professional concrete floor polishing in Newport
Concrete polishing for a tv series

If you have any queries about concrete cleaning, concrete polishing or concrete grinding, feel free to get in touch.

If you would like to find out more about our services in the South Wales area, read more here

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Bright & clean results at Bath Primary School

We were recently contacted by a local primary school in Bath as they were interested in having their carpets and rugs cleaned during the school summer holidays. We arranged for one of our technicians to go to the school to see exactly what is was they required and to make sure we employed the correct processes to ensure optimum results.

Following our successful survey, it was back to school for a few members of the Green Man team! They spent a whole day last week cleaning the majority of the carpets as well as 12 bright & fun rugs.

They cleaned the rugs en masse in the hall where there was lots of room to work. Our process for cleaning the rugs starts with pre-testing them, specifically for dye fastness, we then vacuum them front & back before we treat any stains & apply a eco-sanitising spray before they finally agitate and rinse extract them. On this occasion we also used an array of air-movers to accelerate the drying process.

Lots of rugs being cleaned in a school in Bath
Lots of rugs being cleaned in a school in Bath
School carpets deep cleaning
School carpets deep cleaning

Our team worked hard to bring out these great results on both the carpets & rugs which suffered from not only ingrained dirt from being high traffic areas such as this walkway but also the grubby marks often left behind by young children, which resulted in them looking significantly cleaner & brighter.

For the children’s areas, especially the rugs where they often sit & play, we included a post clean application of an eco-friendly biocide that will help stop any bacterial/virus action, which I’m sure you agree is a huge benefit in this type of environment. Our traditional rinse extraction sanitises carpets, however this method will also ensure disinfection.

The above video shows our technician, Joanne, hard at work giving one of the classroom carpets a thorough clean so that the children can start a new school year in clean, fresh and sanitised surroundings.

Academic institutions such as this work hard throughout the year and need to look clean and bright for the new in-take and we have the expertise to tailor our cleaning processes to operate in a range of environments such as libraries, lecture halls & accommodation blocks whilst adhering to health & safety guidelines. We are happy to schedule the work within school holidays to minimise disruption and down-time.

If you think that your school, college, nursery, or indeed any workplace can benefit from a thorough deep clean such as this, then please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a survey today.

Whole team commercial clean of a large student accommodation building in Bath with great results.

It was a busy start to the week for the team this week with a large clean of this student accommodation in Bath. This building has a vast amount of communal areas, staircases and flooring that all needed our deep eco-friendly cleaning treatment before the new group of students move in for the new term.

Students have a notorious reputation so these carpets needed our care and treatment to bring them back to their best.

Large commercial team clean in Bath
Large commercial team clean in Bath
Green Man team arrival
Green Man team arrival
Lots of stairs to clean
Lots of stairs to clean

We used a variety of cleaning methods for the carpets here, depending on the type of soiling and the type of carpet.

We used our standard method involving rinse extraction in some areas and in others we used a low moisture approach with enzymes to break down the dirt and soiling, whilst needing less drying time.

As you can see from the video on the right the team had their work cut out with some huge areas to clean.

Rob working hard on student accomodation carpets
Rob working hard on student accommodation carpets
Ollie using the rotary agitator
Ollie using the rotary agitator

The technicians worked really hard all day to make sure all the carpets were restored to their best in just one visit. We are always happy to send multiple technicians to get large scale jobs completed in as little time as possible to minimise disruption for our customers.

Pete rinse extracting commercial carpets
Pete rinse extracting commercial carpets
Student accommodation commercial carpet cleaning
Student accommodation commercial carpet cleaning
Joanne hard at work
Joanne hard at work

By the end of a very long, hard day the Green Man team had completed the deep clean of all areas and the carpets were looking clean, refreshed and hygienic ready for a new intake of students to move in.

If you have commercial carpets that require the Green Man service with a smile please do not hesitate to get in touch using the contact us button. For large jobs like this, we will always attend to conduct a survey and discuss your requirements to tailor our service to meet your needs.