Brilliant commercial carpet cleaning in Gloucester

Last week our technicians Pete and Rob visited an office block in Gloucester for some commercial carpet cleaning. As you can see there was some significant staining, that with our professional techniques we managed to remove.

Office carpets often get a lot of heavy use and footfall, our process of environmentally friendly carpet cleaning can get your office feeling like a much nicer place to be!

After a thorough vacuuming to remove as much of the dry soil as possible, and pre treating the heavy soiling and staining we use our rotary agitator.

The rotary agitator works by brushing the fibres in the carpets to bring all the deep, hidden dirt to the surface for removal. Our industrial machinery can get your carpets looking fresh and sanitised. Here you can see our technician Rob using this machine to ensure a rigorous yet environmentally friendly deep clean.

If you are struggling to find a commercial, or domestic carpet cleaning company local to you then look no further!

If you have any questions about our processes or what we can offer you please don’t hesitate to get in touch, you can do this on our contact us page.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning in a double-glazing showroom

Out-of-hours carpet cleaning is a service we provide for commercial clients. A recent job was in a large double-glazing & door showroom in North Bristol. The carpet had suffered a high volume of foot traffic, as well as tracked in oil from the adjoining workshop.

Commercial carpet cleaning is often a balance between the need for efficient deep-cleaning whilst ensuring acceptable drying times. We don’t use truck-mounted Diesel engines to power our cleans – by using electric machines, we can eliminate local exhaust emissions, as well as ensure that at least some of the power behind our work is environmentally sourced.

Because of this, we need to ensure that the solutions & methodology we use works effectively. Commercial cleaning from Green Man is a covered by our honour guarantee and will often incorporate the use of low energy air-movers to deliver fast drying times.

Commercial carpet cleaning in Bristol

Although low-moisture (encapsulation) cleaning is often specified for commercial carpets, the high soil load here meant that traditional hot water extraction was the only method likely to deliver a satisfactory result.

Our method was a fairly typical carpet clean:

  • Vacuuming
  • Spot/stain treatments
  • Application of eco-pre-spray
  • Rotary agitation
  • Traditional rinse extraction

The only additional was the use of an eco (corn-based) solvent to lift the adhesive residue from social-distancing stickers post-lockdown.

Commercial carpet cleaning in a double glazing showroom in Bristol at night.
Commercial carpet cleaning in a double glazing showroom in Bristol

If you manage a commercial premises and are interested in a free, no-obligation survey of your carpet, upholstery or hard flooring, get in touch using our Contact page or by giving us a call.

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Commercial Carpet & Upholstery Clean @ SACO apartments

One of the benefits of having a large, well equipped team is that we can take on bigger projects –

This job involved 5 technicians and involved the rinse extraction cleaning of 9 floors of carpeted communal corridors & stairways in a large managed apartment block in central Bristol. Each technician carried a Sebo BS36 or BS46 commercial vacuum cleaner, a full spot & stain kit, pressure sprayer, 50′ of hoses & a professional rinse extraction machine.

Our client required the work to be carried out within the course of a single day to minimise disruption to the building’s tenants.

Some shots of the communal carpet cleaning team –

Commercial stair carpet cleaning 2
Commercial stair carpet cleaning
Commercial Carpet Cleaning in Central Bristol

Commercial Upholstery Cleaning

The amount of sofas & armchairs was quite daunting…

Commercial sofa cleaning in managed apartments in Bristol
Commercial sofa cleaning in managed apartments in Bristol

However, we got stuck in & managed to deep-clean 6x armchairs, 9x sofas & a chaise sofa in 5 hours!

If you have any questions regarding our commercial carpet or upholstery cleaning work, or would like to arrange a no-obligation survey, please feel free to get in touch.

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Commercial Carpet Cleaning at Longleat

Our branch in Frome covers a very wide service area, which includes Warminster. We were delighted to be invited to survey some of the retail outlets within the Longleat House estate for commercial carpet cleaning.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning in retail space
Commercial Carpet Cleaning in retail space

Commercial carpet survey

The first location that required a deep-clean was the sweet shop. This is an area that (for obvious reasons!) endures a very high level of footfall.

When we arrived for the survey, the flooring initially appeared to be a wood effect laminate but, as soon as you stepped onto it, its softness revealed it to actually be Flotex. Flotex is made with 70 million fibres per square metre!

We don’t encounter this type of carpet very often, but it was popular in the past as a kitchen carpet.

It has several unusual characteristics that make it a practical option, such as:

  • Very sound absorbent
  • Very dense surface area, meaning it traps & hides soils extremely well
  • 20 years durability guarantee

From a cleaning perspective, it presents certain challenges. In a shop such as this, it will tend to hang onto an enormous soil load. Also, because of its density, we need to use a specific machine to agitate the floor as rotary floor machines tend to jam on its velcro-like surface.

Social distancing stickers

This floor had quite a few, worn out social distancing stickers on the floor that the managers wanted to replace, so our first job was to get these off the floor. Thankfully, we keep builder’s floor scrapers in the van for just this type of job…

Removal of stickers from floor
Removal of stickers from floor

Using contra-rotating brushes

After we had carried out a thorough initial vacuum, it was time to bring out “Old Faithful”.

This slightly battered orange machine is a contra-rotating brush machine, specifically designed to lift deep-seated soils from within the carpet pile whilst simultaneously agitating a cleaning solution into the carpet. The image below shows the night/day impact of this process…

Contra rotating brush machine agitating a Flotex carpet
Contra rotating brush machine agitating a Flotex carpet

Traditional rinse extraction

Once the floor had been prepped, it was time to recover all the soil & debris we had made soluble using a rinse extraction machine. On this occasion, we used an Airflex Miniflex. This is a compact professional carpet cleaning machine with more than enough power to tackle this job.

Airflex Miniflex on a commercial carpet
Airflex Miniflex on a commercial carpet

Rinse extraction cleaning is sometimes referred to as steam cleaning.

When hot water is fired out the end of the carpet cleaning wand, it has the appearance of steam. This carpet did not require a particularly high water pressure (in this case, around 200 psi).

Green Man Commercial Carpet Cleaning in Wiltshire
Green Man Commercial Carpet Cleaning in Wiltshire

Once we had cleaned the floor, it was clear that it would need to be cleaned again. So we repeated the process a second time!

When we had completed the second rinse, it was basically job done. We installed a fan heater to accelerate the drying, cleaned the equipment & headed home.


If you have a commercial space you would like to have cleaned, or have any questions about our services, please navigate to our commercial service page here or use the Contact form.

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Commercial Carpet Cleaning in Gloucester

When a desert parlour called our team to look at the shop’s iconic mats, we were only too pleased to help. Commercial carpets & mats in restaurants can sustain heavy foot traffic from customers, organic spillages, as well as a build up of greasy accretions from the kitchens. A range of issues is always an interesting challenge, requiring a good understanding of cleaning chemistry & process.

Unusually, rather than cleaning these particular rugs in situ, we brought them home to the back garden! This is not our standard practice but because the restaurant was busy serving delicious deserts, it would have meant significant health & safety concerns and inconvenience for customers.

How we cleaned these commercial carpets:

  1. The heavy foot traffic had created a heavy soil load. The first line of attack was professional vacuuming using the Sebo BS46 (pictured above). The motorised beater bar agitates & lifts the pile, while a separate vacuum motor has the power to recover up the 72% of the available soil before we have even applied a pre-spray.
  2. Organic spillages from food & drink can contain proteins, oils, sugars & all manner of ingredients. We used an eco-friendly, bio-cleaning solution that literally digests these soil types and holds them in suspension for easy rinsing.
  3. Greasy soils are often treated with harsh, highly alkaline cleaning detergents. Here we were able to emulsify the oil using a colloidal solution that breaks the bond between the carpet fibres & the grease, enabling us to rinse it out with hot water extraction cleaning.

How did we do?

If you would like to talk about a premises you manage, or have a general enquiry regarding commercial carpet cleaning, or our general commercial cleaning services, please use the details on our Contact page.

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Wool carpet clean on The Circus, Bath

As those of you who live in Bath will know, the logistics of parking and working in our city can be interesting.

Operating a carpet cleaning company in Bath presents its own particular challenges so, over the years we have been in business, we have developed various strategies to ensure we can deliver a high quality eco-friendly deep-cleaning service without compromises.

This particular job was the result of a pigeon being trapped in a top floor flat. While it was contained in the property, it caused quite a mess & the owner was keen to have the carpets cleaned & decontaminated quickly. We organised a survey the same day as the initial call and were able to book the work within two working days.

Carpet cleaning equipment outside The Circus, Bath

On the day of the clean, our team collected keys from the nominated estate agents. If pre-arranged, this is a service we can easily provide for our customers in Bath.

After we had picked up the keys, we parked temporarily outside & unloaded.

You can see here that we have specified one of our powerful compact commercial machines, owing to the number (and narrowness) of the stairs here.

The balance between powerful kit & portability is key when working in most of our locations.

For this reason, we carry a wide range of machines & equipment to enable us to deliver the flexibility our customers require.

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The views from behind The Circus are pretty stunning. It’s certainly not the worst place to spend a morning!

Rinse extraction carpet cleaning

The quality of the wool carpet here was excellent. This type of carpet responds extremely well to our preferred eco-friendly carpet cleaning solution. It has a plant-based formula & will sanitise & condition the carpet, as well as deep-clean. 

Flat carpet cleaning in Bath

If you have any questions regarding this job, or how we clean using eco-friendly solutions, please feel free to get in touch using our contact form.

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Stain removal in Bath

DHI Charity Carpet Clean – Summer 2020

Over the course of each year, our Bath & Bristol technicians provide free carpet cleaning at the office & residential locations of DHI.

This is what DHI say about themselves:

We run innovative services to help disadvantaged people and those living on the margins of society turn their lives around. Embedded throughout our services is the idea that the problems people face do not exist in a vacuum and the help we provide should be holistic.

DHI operate in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire and Somerset.

We usually work in each of the DHI locations at least once a year and conduct a deep-clean of all areas. On August 21st, our teams provided a full commercial deep-clean of the following locations:

  • All communal areas in DHI’s residential housing in Larkhall, Bath
  • All communal areas in DHI‘s residential housing in Central Bath
  • All offices, communal areas & meeting rooms at DHI‘s central hub in Bath, The Beehive
Charity carpet cleaning

In the end, the work took three of us from around 10am until 4pm.

We had the opportunity during the day to meet some of the inspiring residents & members of staff who all helped to make the day a rewarding one.

We estimate we deep-cleaned about 400 metres square which, depending which company you call, represents commercial carpet cleaning of a value between £800 and £1800!

As part of our donation, we raised £128 towards  a brand new drug and alcohol treatment centre in St James’ Parade, Bath.

We had hoped to raise more, but we definitely found it hard to get the message heard amongst so many calls for donations from multiple charities during the early days of the pandemic. If you are interested in finding out more about DHI, follow this link.

If you would like to make a donation to DHI, do so here.

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The Bath Carpet Cleaning Challenge

The Green Man carpet cleaning team are coming together to speed-clean all carpeted areas in two communal houses, as well as all the offices, meeting areas & shared spaces at The Beehive.

Location 1:

3 flights of stairs & landings & one long hall

[Distance to Location 2: 1.5 miles through busy traffic]

Location 2

6 flights of stairs & landings, one pretty grubby lounge & one hall

[Distance to Location 3: 1.1 miles through busy traffic]

Location 3

4 offices of varying sizes (1 large, 2 medium, 1 small), 2 long corridors, stairs, large meeting space & four small meeting rooms.

Please make a donation to DHI on our behalf and send your estimate of how long you think the work will take.

The closest estimate wins a free professional eco-friendly lounge or sofa clean…

Send your estimation to myestimate@greenmancleaning.co.uk

Eco-friendly whole house clean in a Cotswold country home

Professional wood floor refinishing

Green Man provide a mid-point between maintenance & sanding for home owners with wooden flooring. This property had a large amount of wood flooring with a heavy varnish & significant marking throughout.  

We discussed with the client the pros & cons of refinishing compared to sanding in this instance. As the floors needed to be ready in a short amount of time within a pre-determined budget, refinishing was chosen.

The process involves:

  • Dry extraction/vacuuming
  • Application of linseed oil based bio-cleaning solution
  • Agitation using oscillating pad machine
  • Rinse extraction
  • Accelerated drying using air-movers
  • Application of two coats of industry standard wood refinisher (which refreshes the varnish, as well as in-filling micro-abrasions on the varnish)

Professional sisal carpet cleaning

Sisal flooring is beautiful & resilient to heavy use, but very difficult to clean once dirty or stained. Because it is a dry, cellulosic fibre any excess of water will cause it to deteriorate. For this reason, we use a dry compound to clean sisal. It’s a fairly laborious, time-consuming process but, as you can see, these carpets responded very well-

Last month, the whole Green Man team worked together to deep-clean & decontaminate a large country home in the Cotswolds within just three days. This brought together our teams from Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, Frome & Gloucester in close co-ordination amidst strict social distancing and involved the following professional cleaning services:

  • Wool carpet cleaning
  • Sisal carpet cleaning
  • Wood flooring cleaning & refinishing
  • Limestone floor cleaning
  • Linen upholstery cleaning
  • Full decontamination of the large 6 bedroom property

We were delighted to also be contracting with local providers Clean as a Jem for:

  • Start of tenancy deep-cleaning
  • Window Cleaning

The Brief

Our client contacted us on behalf of the buyer to initially conduct a full survey of the property. The brief was demanding, but simple,

“Deep-clean, restore & decontaminate every aspect of the property in order to bring it as close to ‘as new’ as possible.” 

The work was also specified to be carried out within three days, alongside multiple other contractors engaged in decorating, installing electrical systems & landscaping.

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Professional wool carpet cleaning

The property had been purchased part-furnished and was fitted with a large amount of white, pure wool carpeting. In order to bring the carpets to their best potential condition, we specified a deep-clean with our most powerful, eco-solution that not only sanitises the wool, but conditions it. 

Our process for cleaning carpets includes:

  • Pre-testing
  • Industrial vacuuming with Sebo BS36/46
  • Spot/stain treatments
  • Application of eco-sanitising solution
  • Agitation (mechanical or manual with a pile brush)
  • Traditional rinse extraction
  • Pile grooming
  • Accelerated drying using air-movers

Professional limestone floor cleaning

The entrance hall, downstairs corridors, kitchen & multiple en suite bathrooms had limestone flooring. The flooring was quite heavily soiled and would need a full deep-clean using our hard-floor cleaning machinery & solutions. The survey indicated that although the limestone would benefit from a top-up coat of impregnating seal, the logistics of multiple trades moving throughout the property meant that there would not be any opportunity to do this.

Limestone flooring is porous & textured, meaning plenty of imperfections in which soil can accumulate. Our method is to use a combination of rotary brush & oscillating pad, followed by rinse extraction to remove the soil and bring the limestone back to its original brightness.

Professional linen upholstery cleaning

One of the first things noted in the initial survey was a huge amount of linen furniture. As well as the largest corner sofa I’d ever seen (in the cinema room), there were also 2x three piece suites, an array of dining chairs & multiple chaise longues in the bedrooms & bathrooms.

Linen is a natural fibre from the flax plant. For this reason, it needs to be treated with care as it can suffer cellulosic browning if overwet, or rinsed with a solution at the incorrect ph. Obviously, when faced with such a large quantity of fabric, it is critical to maintain attention to detail…

The Verdict

The team knew from the outset that our client had specified the work to be of the highest standard. At the end of Day 3, I conducted a full walk-through with our client & housekeeping. It was with a real sense of satisfaction & relief that we were told that our work had fulfilled the new owner’s specifications.

If you have an enquiry regarding deep-cleaning, start of tenancy, end of tenancy or decontamination services in the Cotswolds area, feel free to get in touch to arrange a no obligation survey.

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Deep-clean of carpets and hard flooring in Gloucester

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This week, Pete attended a property in Gloucester that was in need of professional restorative cleaning. Both carpets & hard floors throughout the property were in a very poor condition & required specialist attention & equipment to bring them back to an acceptable standard.

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Hard floor cleaning

While hard floor cleaning often means tile & grout, or marble, we also deliver deep-cleaning & resealing of luxury vinyl and laminate wood flooring.

These types of flooring are designed to be resilient to everyday living. However, the wood-like texture of many modern flooring types traps dirt, even when they are being mopped!

Here’s a before & after of our work-

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If you have a luxury vinyl tile (Amtico, Karndean) type of flooring or laminate, it’s important to clean it carefully.

If you mop with a detergent-heavy solution and- most importantly – fail to rinse clean with a separate bucket of clean water with a clean mop head, chances are you are creating a build-up of soil on your flooring. Many of the floors we’re called out to clean show the build-up of soiling that accumulates from incorrect mopping technique with the wrong solution.

Our process on this occasion was as follows:

  1. Removal of dry soil
  2. Treatment of stains
  3. Application of eco-friendly deep-cleaning solution
  4. Agitation using an oscillating pad machine
  5. Rinse extraction

The combined process here is designed to breakdown the heavy soil deposits and bring the flooring back to its best potential condition.

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Some of these flooring types can also be stripped & re-sealed. If you have a query regarding the right treatment for your flooring, please feel free to get in touch for no obligation advice.

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Professional carpet cleaning

Green Man generally conduct a deep-clean by default on all the work we do. 

When carpets have suffered a lot, sometimes we need to take additional steps to ensure we can bring them back to a satisfactory standard. As well as the industrial vacuuming, stain treatments, hi-tech/eco-friendly pre-spray and rinse extraction, a lot of experience and careful timing helped to bring about the results achieved here.

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If you have a question regarding any of our professional cleaning services, please feel free to get in touch using our contact page.

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