Wonderful professional limestone cleaning results in Shaftesbury, Dorset.

Last week, Ollie and Jon got to team up to rejuvenate this beautiful limestone pool surround and pool house in Shaftesbury, Dorset.

With the help of Ecoprotec products, Ollie and Jon were able to achieve some fantastic results on these stunning tiles.

Limestone pool surround cleaning.
Limestone pool surround cleaning.

Ollie and Jon started by thoroughly sweeping all the limestone areas to ensure that all loose soil and debris was removed. Once this loose accumulation has been removed, a powerful yet environmentally friendly solution from Ecoprotec was applied and worked into the limestone with a rotary agitator. The texture of limestone can gather trodden in dirt so these solutions, along with the agitation, lift embedded soil to get the limestone as clean as possible.

Focused and hard at work in Shaftesbury
Focused and hard at work in Shaftesbury
Jon cleaning limestone pool surround
Jon cleaning limestone pool surround
Stunning setting for a limestone clean in Shaftesbury
Stunning setting for a limestone clean in Shaftesbury
Limestone pool surround cleaning in Dorset
Limestone pool surround cleaning in Dorset

Once the cleaning solution has been worked in with the rotary agitator and left to dwell, the dirty slurry needs to be removed. This is done using a wet vacuum to ensure all remaining soil, solutions and dirty water are removed from the limestone surface.

Professional deep clean and seal of limestone in Shaftesbury
Professional deep clean and seal of limestone in Shaftesbury

To ensure longevity of these stunning tiles, once the floor is dried a natural finish seal from Ecoprotec was applied. This seal will not only keep the limestone looking beautiful, but it will also protect it against oil, water and debris which can cause damage over time. This will keep the limestone looking its best for as long as possible.

Pool house professional limestone cleaning
Beautiful limestone to be deep cleaned in Dorset.
Beautiful limestone to be deep cleaned in Dorset.

If you would like to read more about limestone cleaning, or other hard flooring types we are able to professionally deep clean, you can find more here.

If you are not sure what your flooring needs, why not have our expert team come and conduct a survey. We can assess your hard flooring, advise what results are likely to be achieved as well as discussing your preferred style of finish i.e. matte or glossy.

We can then email you a formal quotation and agree a time to suit you to carry out your clean.

Please feel free to reach out to us using the contact us button below to discuss your needs or arrange a survey. We are always happy to help.

Superb clean of limestone flooring in the Cotswold’s

Last month, two members of the Green Man team spent the day in the town of Tetbury in the Cotswold’s to rejuvenate a limestone floor in a customer’s kitchen & dining room where is had become dull following constant footfall. This visit followed a short survey we had already carried out at the property so that we knew exactly what kind of flooring we would be working with & knew what processes would bring out the best results.

First step vacuum
First step vacuum

Once the floor area has been cleared which we ask all our customers to do as much as they can. We then sweep & vacuum the flooring in-order to pick up as much surface dirt as possible. We then use rotary agitation using our eco-friendly solutions to breakdown & remove all the trodden in dirt. We allow enough time for the solutions to dwell as the natural texture of limestone often traps soil and debris which is hard to remove once it has accumulated.

Grout cleaning of Limestone floor
Grout cleaning of Limestone floor

We also manually clean the grout between each tile as well as the edging of the tiles where they meet the kickboards. These areas are often forgotten about when you clean the floors yourself, however both of these areas are magnets for trapping dirt & by spending time cleaning the more intricate areas like this improves the overall finish.

Thorough Cleaning of flooring including the edges
Thorough Cleaning of flooring including the edges

Once the tiles & grout have been cleaned, the slurry is extracted using a wet vacuum, this part of the process is then repeated as necessary before we then rinse the floors which ensures that all cleaning solutions & any remaining dirt is removed. Following a deep clean such as this, we often recommend applying a layer of sealant to the floor to help protect it from future spillages. As well as enhancing the overall appearance, a seal will also increase the longevity of the floor. Before any seal can be applied, the floor needs to be fully dry otherwise there is the potential that the sealant would not be absorbed or could cause a reaction & fail. In this instance we sped up the drying process using air movers so that we could apply the seal the same day due to the kitchen being a highly used space.

Air mover used on limestone floor 1
Air mover used on limestone floor 1

We used an eco-friendly water-based seal from Ecoprotec which not only repels water, oil & grease, but is also a colour enhancing stone sealer that we have seen great results with on previous projects. Once applied, it initially gives a glossy look but when dried it leaves a natural finish.

Sparkling Clean
Sparkling Clean
Cleaned polished limestone floor
Cleaned polished limestone floor

If you would like to arrange a short survey of your limestone floor or any hard flooring, please use the contact us button below. We would be delighted to hear from you.

Mosaic floor cleaning in Frome Town Hall

When I was asked to survey the historic mosaic floors in Frome Town Hall, I felt I had to go. Here was the sort of job that does not come around that often- an opportunity to enhance and preserve an important public space. The survey went well and I determined that the tiles would respond well to an eco-friendly deep-clean, followed by application of an eco-friendly floor seal.

How we cleaned the floor

We swept the floor using a scissor mop, which efficiently captures leaves & loose debris. After this, we brought in the rotary machine & wet vac, as well as solutions & sprayers.

The solution used in this clean was a ph neutral eco-floor cleaner.

Tiled floor cleaner in Frome
Professional eco friendly cleaning in Frome

Cleaning with a Numatic rotary machine combines the action of a commercial cleaning solution to break down soils etc. with the correct level of agitation (provided by the machine & a foam pad beneath the machine). Together, soils held in the floor are lifted & emulsified, ready to be extracted & removed with a Numatic wet vac machine, as seen in the video below:

The area cleaned is about 80 m2.

Using this method, the initial deep-clean took around 3 hours.

After the mosaic floor had been, it then needed to be rinsed to ensure no cleaning solution or dirt was left. A mosaic floor such as this has an immense matrix of grout lines which lie at a lower level than the tiny tiles themselves. This is where grime builds up.

Without the rinse process, it is likely that cleaning solution could dry & form a sticky deposit that would attract dirt & cause rapid “re-soiling”.

To rinse the floor, we used pressurised pump sprayers and jetted the grout lines at close range, then recovered the water using the wet vac.

Stone floor cleaning in Frome
Professional hard floor cleaning in Frome

After the floor was completely rinsed clean, we then left it to dry overnight.

The floor needs to be fully dry so that it is ready to accept new coats of sealant. Too high a moisture content could mean that the new seal would not be absorbed, or that it could react with the water & fail.

Applying Ecoprotec environmentally friendly floor seal

Here at Green Man, we continue to refine our methods & materials to be able to deliver a service that is as environmentally neutral as possible. Floor seals used to be a difficult aspect of this.

Ecoprotec are a range of cleaners and sealers that benefit from the most advanced research in eco-friendly, water-based technology. As such, they support our mission to provide an outstanding cleaning service with genuine green cleaning credentials.

EcoProTec floor sealer

We used Ecoprotec colour enhancing stone sealer for this project.

This water-based impregnating sealer provides an enhanced natural finish which allows surface to breathe. This is important on a historic floor because it is uncertain that there is a damp proof course. This seal strongly repels water, oil & grease and helps protect against staining.

Commercial stone cleaning

When we apply the seal, it initially looks glossy.

The seal took less than an hour to dry. Once it has dried, it leaves the floor looking natural with no enhanced reflectivity, but noticeably enhanced colours…

Professional mosaic floor cleaning and sealing
Using EcoProTec tile sealer

Final thoughts

When you consider how to go about improving & protecting the appearance of a historic floor (or any stone floor), it makes sense to specify a method that will bring the floor to its best potential condition. Once this is achieved, it is equally important to choose a seal that will deliver long lasting protection. If this can be done without toxic/harmful chemicals, then it benefits everyone who has to live in that interior.

We really enjoyed this clean. It was a privilege to be able to bring life & warmth back to the town hall floor.

If you have any questions or would like to book a free survey, please use our contact form or give us a call.

Thanks for reading!

Professional mosaic floor cleaning

Superb team clean of a large number of upholstered chairs in Gloucestershire.

Pete and Joanne teamed up this week on a large scale upholstery cleaning job in Gloucester. There was a large amount of fabric upholstered chairs, a couple of armchairs and a rug in need of our deep eco friendly cleaning processes.

Joanne and Pete got to work on the chairs. After a thorough vacuuming they moved on to an eco-friendly, sanitising pre spray and addressing any spot staining on the chairs.

Pete hard at work upholstery cleaning
Pete hard at work upholstery cleaning

Once the pre spray has been applied, and any tougher stains have been addressed the traditional steam cleaning, known as rinse extraction can begin.

Lots of chairs to be deep cleaned in Gloucester
Lots of chairs to be deep cleaned in Gloucester
Joanne upholstery cleaning
Joanne upholstery cleaning
Large upholstery clean in Gloucester
Large upholstery clean in Gloucester
spot Joanne
spot Joanne
Deep eco friendly chair cleaning.
Deep eco friendly chair cleaning.

As you can see, the team had to work systematically through the rows of chairs to make sure they were all brought back to a high standard of cleanliness ready to be used.

Green Man team upholstery clean in Gloucester
Green Man team upholstery clean in Gloucester
Before rug cleaning in Gloucester
Before rug cleaning in Gloucester
After rug cleaning in Gloucester
After rug cleaning in Gloucester

The images on the left show the wonderful results Pete and Joanne were able to achieve on this large rug that had seen a lot of foot traffic. The colours are now more vibrant and now it is clean of embedded soil it will be more efficient in serving its purpose of stopping dirt being tracked through to other areas.

The Green Man team have achieved some really outstanding results on this clean and the upholstery and rugs in this centre are back to their best.

If you have any cleaning needs, please use the contact us button below to discuss your requirements further.

Eco friendly upholstery cleaning in Gloucester.
Eco friendly upholstery cleaning in Gloucester.

Tough stain removal on carpets and study booths in a sixth form in Gloucester.

Pete was called to assist at this sixth form in Gloucester in need of deep cleaning of their carpets and study booths.

School carpets and upholstery receive a lot of wear and tear. From heavy footfall tracking in lots of dirt and soil, to spillages and stains they can end up looking far from their best.

Our professional method of deep eco-friendly carpet and upholstery cleaning can rejuvenate the carpets and upholstery ready to face another term.

Process of deep cleaning school carpets in Gloucester.
Process of deep cleaning school carpets in Gloucester.
Booth stains before professional cleaning.
Booth stains before professional cleaning.
Booth cleaning after stain removal.
Booth cleaning after stain removal.
School carpet with stains to be removed.
School carpet with stains to be removed.
Stain removal complete on school carpets.
Stain removal complete on school carpets.

As you can see from the above before and after images, Pete had his work cut out but achieved some incredible results.

Using our tried and tested process including stain treatment and rinse extraction these carpets are now clean, hygienic and more resistant to future staining.

These areas are now welcoming, fresh and rejuvenated for the term ahead.

For more information on our process, read on here.

Deep clean of school carpets and booths.
Deep clean of school carpets and booths.

If you have carpets that are in need of stain removal and a thorough deep clean, whether that be in your home or in any commercial setting please don’t hesitate to get in touch with using the button below.

We can come and assess your requirements with a no obligation survey and quotation.

School carpets before their deep clean
School carpets before their deep clean
School carpets after deep clean.
School carpets after deep clean.