Wonderful rug cleaning and stain removal results in Cheltenham

Pete was in charge of cleaning several beautiful traditional rugs and some stain removal in Cheltenham this week.

First up were the rugs.

Our environmentally friendly process for cleaning these large rugs involved;

  • Pre-testing (specifically for dye fastness)
  • Dry extraction/vacuuming (front & back)
  • Spot/stain treatments, as necessary 
  • Eco-sanitising pre-spray (wool safe)
  • Agitation
  • Traditional rinse extraction

As you can see from the image on the right, these rugs had delicate fringing that also required hand cleaning and regrooming.

Each rug is assessed and tested and the process will be tweaked and adapted to suit the needs of the fabric and any stains that need addressing.

Hand cleaning of delicate rug fringing
Hand cleaning of delicate rug fringing
Rug fringe in the process of being cleaned
Rug fringe in the process of being cleaned
Thorough deep cleaning of traditional rugs in Cheltenham
Thorough deep cleaning of traditional rugs in Cheltenham
Deep clean of rugs in Cheltenham
Deep clean of rugs in Cheltenham
Beautiful rug cleaning results in Cheltenham
Beautiful rug cleaning results in Cheltenham

All these rugs received a full professional deep clean and are now rejuvenated, sanitised and are looking back to their best.

Due to the size and number of the rugs, Pete used an industrial air mover to speed up the drying process to ensure these beautiful rugs dried out in good time and were ready to be put back down in their original places.

You can read more about our rug cleaning processes here.

Next up, Pete had to tackle a stain and as you can see below, he achieved some amazing results. Stains can sometimes prove permanent, even with a deep clean, luckily it was not the case for this one.

Stain before deep cleaning
Stain before deep cleaning
Stain post deep cleaning
Stain post deep cleaning

With Christmas coming up, families and friends visiting and enjoying lovely food and drinks as well as bringing along children and pets the chance of spillages and stains is high! We have put together a handy guide to help you deal with stains and spillages in the home, most importantly without making them even worse! You can read this guide here.

Whatever your requirement may be, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss your needs. We are always delighted to offer our professional advice, quotations and arrange cleaning for you.

Carpet stains this Christmas? Heres a list of do’s & don’ts!

Christmas is fast approaching and with more social gatherings happening, accidents will happen! As professional carpet cleaners, we see a large variety of issues, some of which even we can’t fix. However, we see many situations where hasty decisions have caused simple spillages to become disaster zones.

Here are a few simple do’s & don’ts for treating stains in your home. If you have wool, 80:20 & fully synthetic carpets, then these tips are for you. If you have had an accident on sisal/seagrass – blot it with a towel & then it’s a case of hoping for a divine intervention I’m afraid!

Let’s start with the don’ts –

Firstly, don’t panic & avoid the actions associated by panicking. These include the most common reaction, which is to scrub the stain hysterically, pouring large amounts of another liquid onto the area in an attempt to counteract the problem or using ‘hacks’ that you have seen online.

There is a lot of misinformation online that can do more harm than good.

Scrubbing a carpet will cause permanent damage to the pile, particularly if it is a looped wool carpet.

Adding more liquid to the problem will cause it to widen or cause the carpet backing to yield an additional brown stain.

We don’t recommend using off the shelf stain treatments as most of these products contain some form of bleaching agent. If you see the phrase ‘oxidising’ think bleach. These products might seem like the answer you’re looking for, but they have the potential to cause several additional problems.

  • They can bleach/lighten your carpet, especially if it has a wool content
  • They will almost certainly leave a residue in the carpet which leads to accelerated resoiling in this area over time.
After deep eco friendly carpet cleaning
After deep eco friendly carpet cleaning

Now for what you should do!

Step 1: Absorb the spillage using kitchen towels/old towels. Gently scrape up any solids using a blunt tool.

Step 2: Gently blot the area with a very mild solution of warm water & detergent. Do not scrub.

Step 3: Use more kitchen towels/old towels to absorb the remaining moisture. Leave the towel on top of the spillage & apply a weight to aid absorption.

Granted this step-by-step guide may not remove more serious stains such as wine & coffee but it should help with most of the other types of stain. If you are unlucky enough to have coffee and/or wine stains that are still visible after completing the steps above, then it is probably best to call in the professionals.

It is worth noting that having a good stain protector applied to your carpets can significantly reduce the likelihood of spillages causing permanent staining, as long as you are able to address the issue fairly quickly. On treated carpets, spillages bead up on the surface & therefore give you time to blot them away without a trace. If this is something you think that you might be interested in for either your carpets or upholstery, then please feel free to give us a call for a quote.

I hope that if you do have any unfortunate spillages this festive season that our list of do’s & don’ts are helpful in keeping the damage to a minimum.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

Incredible rejuvenation of Victorian tiled floor and upholstery cleaning in Bath.

Earlier this week, Ollie was asked to come to carry out a deep clean on some upholstery and a Victorian tiled hallway. The Victorian tiles in the entrance hall are subject to a lot of wear and tear from footfall in all weathers.

As you can see the tiles were lacking in colour vibrancy and had some soil deposits to be tackled.

Before cleaning of Victorian tiles
Before cleaning of Victorian tiles

The tiles were first given a deep clean. After a thorough vacuum and sweep to remove any loose soil and debris, the tiles were given a thorough clean with the rotary agitator.

The slurry was then removed and the tiles were rinsed before application of an colour enhancing impregnating seal.

As you can see from the after photos, the clean and seal has really rejuvenated the colours, bringing back their vibrancy whilst also protecting them against staining and soiling.

Victorian tiles after a thorough deep clean
Victorian tiles after a thorough deep clean
After deep cleaning
After deep cleaning
Green Man eco friendly upholstery cleaning in Bath
Green Man eco friendly upholstery cleaning in Bath

After the tiles, it was time to breathe new life into the upholstery. Using our eco friendly process that includes an eco-sanitising pre-spray, spot and stain treatments followed by a traditional rinse extraction.

You can read more about our upholstery process here.

Beautifully cleaned Victorian tiles
Beautifully cleaned Victorian tiles
Upholstery cleaning in Bath
Upholstery cleaning in Bath
Deep upholstery cleaning in Bath
Deep upholstery cleaning in Bath

Ollie has achieved some fantastic results on the upholstery and tiles, not only are they looking back to their best, they are now left more resistant to staining to give them further longevity. This eco friendly treatment is not only environmentally friendly in terms of the products we have used, but keeping items for longer is keeping them away from landfill.

After deep cleaning
After deep cleaning

We offer domestic carpet, upholstery, and hard floor cleaning, decontamination services and odour control services as well as carpet repairs. If you have requirements for commercial premises we are happy to come to assess your needs and provide a quotation.

If you would like to enquire with Green Man about any of the above services, please feel free to contact us using the button below.

Excellent upholstery cleaning in the Cotswolds

Our technician Pete recently spent a chilly Friday morning in the Cotswolds cleaning two sofas, one cotton velvet & one linen. When this job was booked in, the customer was unsure if one of the sofas was indeed cotton velvet. The first step when arriving at the property was to pre-test the fabric so that our technician knows exactly what material he would be working with & could therefore determine which process to use to get the best results…

If you are unsure if your upholstery is cotton or synthetic velvet, you can also get a good idea yourself by wetting a small area of the fabric in an out of way area (usually low down of the back is a good place!) & press it firmly. If the pile dents/collapses, it’s cotton.

As this was found to be cotton velvet, Pete decided to dry-clean the sofa as this is a gentler method of cleaning & would avoid any damage that the amount of water used in a traditional rinse extraction may cause on such a delicate fabric.

Dry-cleaning has limitations as a cleaning method, compared to the deep cleaning that a traditional rinse extraction offers. It involves the application of solvent to the upholstery once it has been thoroughly hoovered. The solution used is a low volatility solvent, but still requires a well-ventilated room whilst the clean is taking place as well as for a few hours following the clean.

Dry cleaning service for cotton velvet near Chipping Norton

Despite the limitations of dry-cleaning, by working carefully & methodically a lot of soiling was successfully recovered from the sofa, leaving it fresher & sanitised.

However, some of the stains proved to be permanent in this instance. This is not uncommon with this type of fabric.

The second sofa that Pete was there to clean was also pre-tested & confirmed to be linen. The method used for cleaning this sofa was a traditional rinse extraction (sometimes called steam cleaning).

The sofa was thoroughly hoovered before any stain treatments were applied. An eco-sanitising pre-spray is then used before a gentle agitation to bring any dirt to the surface before it is rinse extracted.

Depending on the level of soiling, this final step is sometimes repeated.

As you can see from the side-by-side images above, the linen sofa responded well to the deep clean and either lifted the stains completely or made a marked improvement. Although the cleaning process is different to that of the cotton velvet sofa, both methods meant that the upholstery was cleaner, fresher & sanitised for the customer (who was very pleased with the results).

If you are interested in having your upholstery cleaned, then please do not hesitate to contact us today for more information or to book an appointment.

Responsive flood restoration in Bristol

This weekend, our team attended a Category 2 escape of water at a music college in the Stokes Croft part of Bristol. Category 2 indicates the level of contamination in the water. In this case, the grey flood water had overflowed from the communal toilet area. Because we were able to attend within 48 hours & because the water was predominantly clean water, we were able to disinfect the carpets & save our client the cost of replacement.

Full survey

Water tends to find its way down through a building and can exploit cavities and holes in ceilings. In this case, once the flood had filled the communal toilet area, it spilled into the adjacent corridor & rapidly down through the floor and through the suspended ceiling below into a music performance area & another corridor.

Moisture meter readings gave a clear picture of how the water had travelled. The readings also gave a clear indication of how much water had been absorbed into skirting boards & plasterboard walls. Luckily, at the time of the survey, the signs were that there had been minimal “secondary damage”. It was therefore critical to carry out the cleaning & decontamination work before 48 hours elapsed. This is because even clean water becomes significantly more contaminated as time goes on, owing to exponential microbial activity.

The deep-clean

Commercial carpet cleaning service in Bristol

Our first job was to carry out a methodical deep-clean of all affected areas & surfaces. We used a commercial grade solution to knock-back the bacterial & soil load, prior to rinse extraction cleaning.

Flood extraction service in Bristol

In order to carry out the deep-cleaning of safety flooring in the toilet areas, we used a rotary machine. The flooring was textured, so the stiff brush element of the machine ensured the strong detergent solution we used was effectively worked into the floor.

We used a wet vac to lift the resulting slurry, then rinsed the floor & repeated.

We applied a specialist cleaning solution to the carpet, agitated it with a rotary machine with a soft brush, then rinse extracted the floor.

After both the safety flooring & the carpets had been deep-cleaned, we next applied a biocidal/anti-fungal solution with a LOG KILL of:

ANTI-BACTERIAL EN1276 LOG KILL 6 = 99.9999%

ANTI-VIRAL EN14476 LOG KILL 4.33 = 99.99%

ANTI-FUNGAL EN1650 LOG KILL 6 = 99.9999%

After a ten minute contact time with each surface, we rinse extracted the areas.

We carried out the same process on the downstairs performance areas & additional corridor.

Commercial carpet cleaning after a flood in Bristol

Decontamination fogging

Once a thorough clean has been carried out, decontamination can begin. Our standard professional clean will usually achieve a sanitising level of hygiene. To achieve d i s i n f e c t i o n, a suitable biocidal solution needs to be employed. With easier to reach surfaces like the safety flooring & carpet, this can simply be sprayed down, given sufficient kill time, then extracted.

Within complex environments such as the cavity within the suspended ceiling, where there is a complex network of ducted cabling and rock wool insulation, standard cleaning is impossible. In situations such this, ULV fogging (Ultra Low Volume) can offer an effective method of biological control. The disinfecting solution is atomised into very fine droplets that permeate the volume of air and (because of their low density) remain suspended in the atmosphere and penetrate hard to reach places.

The images & short video below show our technician wearing a mask & safely carrying out the fogging in the ceiling cavity.

Professional fogging service in Bristol

Commercial drying services

After our team had carried out the deep-clean & decontamination treatments, all that remained was to ensure that the areas were dried effectively. We installed an array of air-movers to promote rapid evaporation. Ordinarily, we would pair these with large commercial dehumidifiers.

However, because the remaining moisture levels were not too high & this college has a modern HVAC system, we liased with the site team to ensure that the interior humidity levels were brought down by the in-house system. This saved our client both the cost of additional machine hire & electricity costs.

If you have any questions regarding either our commercial flood restoration service in Bristol, decontamination cleaning

or hiring commercial drying equipment in Bristol, please feel free to get in touch.

Thank you for reading!

Commercial flood restoration in Bristol