Successful week of cleaning & repairs in Bristol, Bath & Cheltenham

This week has been busy for our technicians with a mixture of domestic & commercial cleans of carpets & upholstery as well as some carpet repairs across the Bristol, Bath & Cheltenham area so we thought we would share some before & after photos with you to see the great results that they achieved.

Firstly on Monday, Pete travelled to Cheltenham to clean the carpets in an estate agents. He had already surveyed these carpets last month & knew that due to a leak in the building, there was some large stains to tackle. Needless to say, the staff were very happy with the results.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning by Green Man
Commercial Carpet Cleaning in Cheltenham
Professional Commercial Carpet Cleaning in Cheltenham
Commercial Carpet Cleaning by Green Man in Cheltenham

Our repair technician Jon was also out & about in Bath this week where he had a carpet repair to attend to as the customer had a tear/pulled area on their wool carpet. They did not have any donor carpet left over from fitting so Jon had to take a piece from the customers boiler cupboard.

Carpet Repair Service in Bath
Carpet Repairs in Bath

On Thursday, Jon was back out on the road to Bristol to clean a faux suede sofa. The customer had purchased the sofa 14 years ago & it had never been professionally cleaned. Although the base was broken, the customer found the sofa so comfy that she was reluctant to part with it so opted for a deep clean instead thinking that it would at least make it more hygienic. However the customer was amazed at the improvement to the overall appearance of the sofa, good job Jon!

Upholstery Cleaning in Bristol
Professional Upholstery Cleaning in Bristol

The end of the week saw our Bristol based technician, Ben called out to clean a number of commercial chairs. We had surveyed these chairs prior to this visit & knew that they were a mixture of chairs from the canteen so had lots of food & drink related stains as well as some boardroom chairs.

Commercial Upholstery Cleaning in Bristol
Professional Commercial Upholstery Cleaning in Bristol

This was just a snippet of our week but I think we can agree that the Green Man team have worked hard & achieved some great results which has made for some very happy customers!

You can find out more about all the services we offer to both domestic & commercial customers on our website – Carpet Cleaning | Rug & Upholstery Cleaning | Green Man (greenmancleaning.co.uk)

If you have any questions or would like a quote, please do not hesitate to contact us. All of our contact details can be found here – Contact Us

Excellent results on Bath carpet clean

This week saw our Bath technician, Jake spend the majority of the day at a recently vacated 4 bedroomed house in Lansdown. As is often the case, it is not until you move all of your furniture out that you realise that the carpets are in need of a deep clean! As well as general soiling, there were a lot of stains in the house for Jake to tackle.

Once Jake had completed a walk around the house to get a good look at the overall condition of the carpets & noted particular stains that required treating, he could start the cleaning process. This begins with thoroughly vacuuming all of the carpets with a commercial vacuum.

Then a stain treatment is applied to the stains that have been noted & the carpets are covered in an eco-sanitising pre-spray. These solutions are then given time to dwell which helps to breakdown the stains to give them the best chance of lifting.

Carpet Deep Cleaning in Bath

A rotary agitation machine is then used to apply the cleaning solutions & hot water to the carpets whilst applying pressure to help breakdown the soiling further & release it from the bottom of the pile. For the final part of the cleaning process is the use of the rinse extraction machine, this extracts the water, cleaning products & the soiling from the carpets. In cases when there is a heavy soil load, this part of the process is repeated to ensure maximum results.

Professional Carpet Cleaning
Professional Carpet Cleaning in Bath
Deep clean of carpets in Somerset
Professional Carpet Cleaning in Somerset

As you can see from the selection of before & after photos above & below, Jake achieved some great results here. The carpets were looking so much fresher & cleaner of a result of a deep clean that was also a green clean.

Carpet Deep Cleaning in Bath
Bath Carpet Cleaning

You can see more about our carpet cleaning service including some great videos of our technicians hard at work by visiting the relevant page – Carpet Cleaning

If you have any questions about carpet cleaning or would like a quote to have your carpets professionally cleaned, please do not hesitate to contact us. All of our contact details can be found here – Contact Us

Thank you for reading & we hope to hear from you soon.

Superb results on Wood Floor Sanding & Refinishing in Bristol

We were recently contacted by a customer who was enquiring about having the wooden floor in her galley kitchen refurbished, as with all enquires of this nature, we arrange for one of our trained technicians to call out to the customer & conduct a short survey. We like to survey all hard flooring as this helps us determine the condition & specific requirements of the floor & also allow us to carry out the following checks as necessary;

  • Assessment of type of flooring & grout
  • Assessment of damp levels & sub-floor
  • Test clean & strip (if needed) of discrete sample area
  • Application of finishing seals (to help you decide what type of new finish you might require)

Following on from the successful survey, our technician spent a few days this week carrying out the sanding & refinishing. As you can see from this picture, the floor was very worn with obvious signs of where the majority of the footfall was in the kitchen. As this was a tight space, it was an ideal job for just one technician.

To start the process, we use a dustless belt sander to ensure the floor is level & remove all signs of any previous finishes that have been applied to the floor. Using this machine also ensures a high quality finish whilst creating a clean & virtually dustless working environment.

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Wood Floor sanding refinishing in Bristol 1

Wood Floor sanding in Bristol

The belt sander will get the majority of a wooden floor sanded back, but won’t reach into the edges of a room. This is where an edge sander is used. We use a Pallman Edge Sander paired with a high power, filtering vacuum to ensure minimal dust.

This machine can reach right up to the skirting boards & has high powered lights so we can clearly see what we are doing to deliver a high quality finish.

Once all the sanding has been completed & the floor is completely dust free, it is time to apply the finish. On this occasion, the customer had requested a natural look to the overall finish.

First a primer is applied, followed by 2 coats of Bona Traffic HD (Matt). This delivers a light, natural look with a commercial level of toughness.

Wood Floor Refinishing by Green Man

As you can see from these comparison photos, the dramatic difference between these photos shows what a huge improvement this process can make to your wooden floors. A fantastic result by our technician, Pete!

Wood Floor sanding refinishing in Bristol
Wood Floor sanding refinishing by Green Man

If you would like to arrange a survey of your wooden flooring, please do not hesitate to contact us. All of our contact details can be found here – Contact us

We hope to hear from you soon!

Great results on Commercial upholstery in Wales

Following a recent enquiry regarding some commercial upholstery cleaning at a coffee shop, our technician Pete travelled to Wales this week to carry out the clean on 30 chairs. As you can imagine, the chairs in a busy coffee shop were heavily soiled & in need of a deep clean.

On arrival, all the chairs had been arranged in an area with easy access to hot water & electricity to enable help to work as efficiently as possible.

To start the cleaning process, Pete thoroughly vacuumed the chairs to remove any surface debris. He then treated the various stains & applied an eco-sanitising pre spray to the seat pads which he then gave time to dwell to help breakdown the stains as much as possible.

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Commercial Chair Cleaning
Professional chair cleaning
Commercial Upholstery Cleaning

Pete then used a handheld agitation tool to ensure maximum cleaning using hot water & cleaning solutions.

Then it was time to rinse extract the seat pads, this is where all the remaining soiling, water & cleaning solutions are extracted from the chairs. Depending on the level of soiling, this step of the process can sometimes be repeated.

Upon completion, the chairs were all looking much cleaner & fresher, & were left to dry naturally overnight ready for the next batch of customers in the morning.

Upholstery Cleaning in Wales

If you are looking to have some commercial upholstery, carpets or flooring cleaned, please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a short survey by one of our trained technicians. You can find out more about the commercial cleaning services we offer here – Commercial & Office Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning In Bath & Bristol Area (greenmancleaning.co.uk).

If you have any questions or would like to make a booking, please call us today, all of our contact details can be found here Contact Green Man For Professional Cleaning In Bath, Bristol & Frome (greenmancleaning.co.uk)

We hope to hear from you soon!

Great results on Stone & Wood floor cleaning in Somerset

This week saw two of our technicians spend a productive few days cleaning a range of wooden & stone floors in a lovely commercial property near Castle Cary in Somerset. This was following on from a successful survey where the floors were evaluated & pre-tested so that we knew what we were working with & we were able to put together a comprehensive plan & quotation for the customer.

To prepare the floor for cleaning, our technician thoroughly swept the floor to remove all the surface debris.

They then applied an environmentally friendly stone cleaning solution to the floor using the rotary agitation machine which gently cleans the floor whilst applying some pressure to help lift any stubborn staining.

A wet vac was then used to collect all the remaining slurry. This part of the cleaning process is often repeated to ensure the maximum amount of soiling is recovered.

Once this has been done, it is time to manually clean the grout. Unfortunately for our technicians, this means getting down on their hands & knees to clean the grout by hand using a grout brush.

Professional stone floor cleaning in Somerset
Professional stone floor cleaning in Somerset

Once the stone & grout have been successfully cleaned, air-movers are used to force the floor dry ready for sealing. Throughout the clean, our technicians have used ECOPROTEC products & this was also the case with the seal. A colour enhancing seal from ECOPROTEC was applied, this seal repels water, oil & grease & helps protect against staining.

Limestone floor cleaning and sealing in Somerset
Limestone floor polishing in Somerset
Limestone floor polishing in Somerset
Limestone floor cleaning and sealing in Somerset
Limestone floor profesisional polishing in Somerset

Once the stone floor had been completed, it was time to move on to the wooden floor. This floor was laid when the property was built around 5 years go & unusually the designers had chosen not to add any protective finish to the wooden floor. This meant that is looked very dry & was in need of some professional cleaning to give them a new lease of life.

Professional stone cleaning in Castle Cary

Similarly to the stone floors, we used the rotary agitation machine to clean the floors & changed the cleaning solution to one made specifically for wooden floors. As previously mentioned, the combined cleaning solutions & pressure applied by the weighted machine gives the floor a robust clean whilst still being gentle.

Our technicians then applied FIDDES Floor wax & this was buffed in using the rotary agitation machine. Once this had been completed, the wax was applied to the stairs & manually polished.

Wood floor polishing in Somerset
Commercial wood floor cleaning in Somerset

Both floors looked great on completion but due to how dry the wooden floor had looked on arrival, this was a great result. Our clients were very happy with the outcome & quick to say how pleased they were & agree that the wooden floor in particular looks fantastic & it has most certainly been given a new lease of life!

If you have an enquiry or would like to arrange a survey, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can find all of our contact details here – Contact Us

We hope to hear from you soon.

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Beautiful results of Victorian tiled hallway in Bath

We were contacted last month by a customer who was interested in having their Victorian Tiled hallway cleaned as it was looking a little dull & tired. We arranged a suitable time with the customer to go & conduct a short survey of the floor to help determine the condition & specific requirements of the floor. All of our surveys are carried out by trained technicians & involve the following;

  • Assessment of type of flooring & grout
  • Assessment of damp levels & sub-floor
  • Test clean & strip (if needed) of discrete sample area
  • Application of finishing seals (to help you decide what type of new finish you might require)

Following a successful survey & subsequent quote, our technician Jake spent a productive day on Wednesday this week carrying out the clean. As you can see from this photo, the floor was indeed looking dull & in need of some professional tlc.

To prepare the floor for cleaning, the first thing Jake did was to thoroughly sweep it to remove any surface debris.. Once this has been done, an eco-friendly tile specific cleaning solution is applied to breakdown the historic soiling which accumulates in the flaws of the tiles & the grout lines.

Tiled floor cleaning by Green Man
Tiled floor cleaning by Green Man
Cleaning of Tiled floor in Bath by Green Man

The cleaning solution is applied using the rotary machine which is a weighted machine that ensures that the floor is thoroughly scrubbed. The resulting slurry is then extracted & the floor is then cleaned again for a 2nd time before it is rinsed using pure water.

The floor then needs to dry. The drying process can be done one of two ways, it is either left to dry naturally overnight or it can be forced dry with the use of air movers. On this occasion we opted to force dry the floor.

Once the tiles were completely dry, it was time to seal it. Our technician applied 2 coats of a colour enhancing seal by ECOPROTEC. This seal repels water, oil & grease & helps protect against staining.

This is the finished result!

I think we can all see how much brighter & cleaner the tiles look. Having the tiles professionally cleaned & sealed has certainly helped create a much more welcoming sight when you enter this lovely hallway.

Tiled floor clean & polish by Green Man

If you would like to arrange a survey of your flooring, please do not hesitate to contact us today. All of our contact details can be found here – Contact Us

You can find more information about the other types of hard flooring that we clean by visiting the relevant page of our website – Hard Floor Cleaning

We hope to hear from you soon!

Brilliant results on Travertine tiles & flagstone floors in Cheltenham

Both travertine & standard limestone floor tiles lend a light, natural atmosphere to a room. These types of stone are often formed with a textured face which can accumulate soils over time. Which is where Green Man comes in, we can provide a modern, deep cleaning process that has the power to penetrate & remove stains on naturally finished stone such at Travertine.

Following on from a survey that we had carried out previously for this customer, two of our technicians called back this week to carry out the cleaning. The customer has travertine tiles in their kitchen/diner as well as the utility room & toilet. As these are areas of heavy footfall, you can see from this photo that they were looking dull & lifeless.

Travertine cleaning by Green Man

The first step in the cleaning process is to prepare the floor which means manually sweeping & vacuuming the floor to pick up as much surface debris as possible. Then we apply an environmentally friendly stone cleaning solution to the travertine floor & use the rotary machine to agitate the floor. This gently cleans the floor whilst applying some pressure to any stubborn staining.

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Agitation of Travertine Flooring by Green Man
Agitation of Travertine Flooring by Green Man

A wet vac is then used to pick up the resulting slurry. This part of the process is often repeated to ensure the maximum amount of soiling is removed.

Professional cleaning of travertine flagstone flooring
Tile & Grout cleaning in Cheltenham

Once this has been completed, it is time for our technicians to get on their hands & knees and manually clean the grout using a grout brush.

Once the tiles & grout have been cleaned, the floor needs to dry before we can apply any seal. We will often suggest applying a seal to travertine floors as this will protect the stone from both water & oil based stains whilst keeping the natural looking finish. On this occasion, our technicians applied two coats of Ecoprotec impregnating seal.

Professional cleaned & sealed Travertine flooring
Cleaned & sealed Travertine flooring in Cheltenham

As you can see in the images above, upon completion the floor looked completely different. It was so much cleaner & brighter, a job well done!

If you are thinking about having your flooring cleaned, you can find more information about all the different types of hard flooring we clean on our website by clicking on the following link – Hard Floor Cleaning | Green Man Cleaning

If this is of interest to you, we would recommend carrying out an initial survey first to help determine the condition/specific requirements of your flooring. If you would like to arrange a survey with one of our trained technicians, please do not hesitate to contact us today. All of our contact details can be found here – Contact Us

We hope to hear from you soon!

Great results on commercial carpets & hard flooring at Sherborne Girls School

We are always pleased to hear from local businesses & educational settings looking to have commercial cleaning carried out & this was certainly the case when we were contacted by Sherborne Girls School who were enquiring about carpet & hard floor cleaning. With an enquiry such as this, we recommend arranging an initial survey so that we can determine the condition & specific requirements of the flooring. This enables up to put a comprehensive cleaning plan in place & supply you with a quotation.

Following on from our initial survey, we then scheduled the cleaning for various points throughout the year when the school would be unoccupied.

We sent a teams of 2 technicians to the school on various days spanning a few months to carry out a large amount of carpet cleaning as well as some hard floor cleaning.

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Green Man Commercial Cleaning

All of the carpets we cleaned were deep cleaned using our traditional rinse extraction cleaning method. This starts with a thorough vacuum to remove as much as the surface debris as possible. Then we treat any stains as necessary before applying an eco-sanitising pre-spray which is given time to dwell to ensure it breaks down as much soiling/staining as possible.

The next step is to use the rotary machine to work in the hot water & cleaning products to really give the carpets an in-depth clean.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning
Rinse Extraction of carpets

Then it was time for the rinse extraction of the carpets. This is where all the remaining soiling, water & cleaning products are removed. This leaves the carpets cleaner, sanitised & looking much fresher.

Carpet Cleaning by Green Man

As well as the carpet cleaning, we also cleaned, polished & buffed some hard flooring in the school studio, however we were so busy that we forgot to take any photos, so you will just have to take our word for it! Needless to say, the school administration team were very happy with the work we carried out & we look forward to going back in the future for a refresh.

You can read more about the commercial services we offer by visiting the following link – Commercial & Office Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning In Bath & Bristol Area (greenmancleaning.co.uk)

If you have an enquiry or would like to arrange a survey, please do not hesitate to contact us, all of our contact details can be found here – Contact Us

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Commercial hard floor cleaning by Green Man

Green Man Commercial Carpet & Marble Cleaning at The Roman Baths

From time to time, our team is presented with a project that challenges us both in terms of the technical demands of the work & the scale of the proposition.

On this occasion, both these elements were present, but with the additional interest of the location being a UNESCO World heritage Site – The Roman Baths, including The Pump Room, Kingston Room & Drawing Room.

Commercial carpet cleaning in Bristol & Bath

The Roman Baths is a unique & complex location with a wide variety of flooring types of varying ages and conditions. We were asked to consider cleaning & refinishing two different types of flooring – large areas of formal commercial carpeting & three separate locations of sealed marble flooring.

Green Man are a team of (currently) 8 skilled technicians operating across the South West. As a company, we specialise in large scale floor cleaning/restoration projects, as well as delivering high quality domestic services such as carpet/rug/upholstery cleaning, carpet repair, flood restoration & wood floor sanding.

Our survey focused on specific requirements in several areas, namely:

  • The Pump Room – rinse extraction cleaning of 250 m2 modular carpet
  • Kingston Room – rinse extraction cleaning of bespoke oriental style rug, approx 28 m2
  • Drawing Room – rinse extraction cleaning of bespoke oriental style rug, approx 28 m2
  • Prom corridor – remove historic layers of polyurethane seal, deep-clean of the historic marble, force drying & application of new topical seal (gloss)

The location is open to the public 7 days a week. For this reason, all the work was required to be carried out at night.

For efficiency and because we have the capacity, we decided to deliver the majority of the work across a single night.

This required deployment of two teams simultaneously, involving six technicians.

Professional carpet cleaning at the Roman Baths

The carpet cleaning aspect of this job involved the full professional method: pre-vacuuming, stain removal, application of a suitable pre-spray, rotary agitation & traditional rinse extraction. Carrying out this work on a range of valuable large rugs & modular carpeting requires careful co-ordination, pre-testing and a system that reduces risk of over-wetting.

Professional rug cleaning in Bath
Commercial carpet cleaning in the Pump Rooms, Bath
Commercial carpet cleaning in Bath

The marble flooring in the various corridors of the upper Roman Bath complex is comprised of multiple types of marble. Because of the extremely high level of foot traffic, it is coated in a tough protective coating designed to provide a durable and reflective surface. This type of coating, known as a topical seal, is designed to endure the abrasion and knocks that Bath’s premier tourist location demands.

Over time, topical seals scratch and dull; they are designed to be removed and replaced with fresh coats of seal. This is achieved through chemical stripping using a high ph solution.

Prior to applying large quantities of stripping solution in the Prom, the whole team carefully applied masking tape to the skirting boards & statue plinths –

Commercial tile cleaning in the South West
Stone cleaning service in Bath

After several pre-tests on the prior survey, we chose LTP Solvex as our stripper of choice. It has low odour and is highly effective at breaking down old seal.

Stripping marble using LTP Solvex
Commercial stone floor cleaning in South West UK
Commercial floor stripping in Bath & Bristol
Spreading LTP Solvex on marble flooring in the Roman Baths

Once the stripper had had sufficient time to work, we used weighted rotary machines (aka floor scrubbers) to remove the seal and apply a cleaning solution to the marble flooring…

Commercial stone floor refinishing in Bath
Mechanical stripping of a sealed marble floor

The resulting slurry was then lifted using commercial wet vacs.

Once the marble was clean and dry, it was time to apply new coats of topical seal. After careful consideration, we specified LTP Ironwax Gloss. It’s a low maintenance self-shine gloss finish film forming acrylic sealer that enhances colour and texture, protects against staining and stubborn dirt, easy to maintain.

We applied the seal in stages across multiple nights to ensure maximum drying time and the strongest possible adhesion. This is likely to be the most walked upon floor we ever treat, so it was imperative to get the finish right.

Applying LTP Ironwax Gloss to marble flooring in the Roman Baths
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~ After six coats of the topical seal, the Prom floor now has a renewed lustre, as well as being protected.

Ongoing maintenance will now include interim mopping using LTP Floorshine, which helps to reinforce protection on surfaces sealed with LTP Ironwax Gloss

If you have any questions regarding this case study, or wish to enquire about a commercial project you have in mind, please feel free to get in touch.

Thank you for reading.

Stunning results with Wood Floor Sanding

The last few months have seen our team busy with the sanding & refinishing of wooden flooring. Using the latest dustless wood sanding technologies, our FITA trained technicians have been able to improve & refinish a host of wooden floors within our service area (and beyond) this year, whether it has been a full restoration of damaged pine floors to the delicate fine finishing of parquet flooring.

Please see below for some fabulous before & after photos.

First up was a customer in Cirencester. They had 2 rooms that were sympathetically sanded back & refinished with a matt lacquer (BONA Traffic HD) as well as a few boards that required replacement.

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As you can see from the photos, these floorboards were in poor condition as a result of wood worm, damage & fairly regular gaps with historical dirt.

However, once our team had spent a productive few days working hard, the results were impressive…..

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Next was a private job that our technicians took on in Jacobstow, although this is outside of our service area, such good results deserve to be featured on our blog!

These photos show some of the processes involved with dustless wood floor sanding. This floor was finished with BONA traffic HD (Satin).

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The next job was very similar to the one above, the floor even had the same finish, BONA Traffic HD (Satin).

I love how well these photos show the huge differences that can be achieved during this process.

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The final job that we would like to show you was back in our regular territory of Bristol. This dustless wood floor sanding job in our customers lounge was stained with Morrells light fast & then finished with Junckers Strong (Matt).

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I think all of these photos show what an amazing difference our dustless floor sanding can make to your wood floors, giving them a new lease of life.

You can find further information about our professional wood sanding here – Wood Floor Sanding | Green Man Cleaning

If you are interested in having your wooden floors sanded, we would recommend an initial survey of your flooring.

This will help determine the condition/ specific requirements of your floor & would be carried out by one of our trained technicians.

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Please do not hesitate to call us to arrange a free, no obligation survey today. All of our contact details can be found here; Contact Us.

Thank you for reading & we hope to hear from you soon!