Dustless Wood Floor Sanding

In this case study, our team carry out a full restoration sand & refinish on Victorian-era uneven floorboards with a dated “orange” varnish.

Let’s take a look at what the team achieved…

The Green Man wood floor sanding kit

Professional dustless wood floor sanding will always commence with a detailed site survey. As a rule of thumb, the older the property, the more chance there is that wooden flooring will have warped and expanded. There is also a much greater chance that we will find areas of damage from historic overlaying of carpets, impacts from accidents and discolouration from water ingress.

Irregularities across floorboards will mean a job is likely to take longer and include a broader variety of wood floor repairs, such as wood filing and floorboard replacement. On this job, the main issue was that various floorboards had been replaced over the years. We discussed the likely consequences with the owner, who was happy to proceed.

Choosing the right type of finish for a sanded wood floor –

Applying sample oil finishes to pine floorboards
Choosing oil finishes for a pine wood floor

When one of our team makes a site visit to carry out a (free) survey of your wooden floor, this is often the time to discuss how your would like your floor to look after the wood has been sanded. By applying either lacquer (varnish) or wood oils, you floor will be protected and can have either a natural looking finish, or a completely different colour and a glossy sheen. There is a huge range of options and it is well worth doing your own research into this in advance, so that you begin the process armed with some ideas.

In this case, our customer had decided that a coloured hard wax oil should be applied. We recommended Fiddes Hard Wax Oil, and narrowed down the likely colours to: Whiskey, Walnut, Dark Oak & English. In the image above, you can see our technician Tom has sanded back a small section of floorboard and applied the four samples. This is carried out at the beginning of a job or before the job, so that there is sufficient time to decide on (and order!) the desired finish.

Dustless belt-sanding

Using the Pallman belt sander

We use a Pallman Cobra Classic belt sanding machine to ensure a high quality finish whilst maintaining a clean, virtually dustless working environment. This is the tool we use to remove all signs of previous finishes and to ensure floorboards are level.

Edging

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…

The video demonstrates the power of the edging sander, as well as its ability to reach right up to skirting boards. This particular model has in-built lights which are important in helping our team deliver a high quality finish.

Finishing touches

On most wood jobs, we use our Bona Flexisand as a final sanding machine. It works with 4 independently rotating sanding discs to create a flawless final finish.

Achieving a fine finish on pine floorboards using Bona Flexisand
Achieving a fine finish on pine floorboards using Bona Flexisand

Although some sanding companies use these machines, not all do. They have a particular benefit when it comes to parquet wood floor types, but benefit all wood floor sanding in achieving a high quality finish.

While the belt & edge sanders will achieve a level floor and take the wood back to its raw state, neither machine could be described as subtle. For oiled finishes, the professional sander needs a machine with a circular or orbital motion to ensure that any marks from the initial heavy sanding can be removed. Oils will sharply define both the grain of the wood, as well as imperfections and scratches caused by the sanding process.

Applying Hard Wax Oil to the pine floorboards

Once all the sanding was completed and the floor completely dust-free, it was time to apply the Fiddes Hard Wax Oil. Our client had selected Walnut as the preferred finish.

This was carefully applied by hand using lint-free cloths.

Sometimes, this is a process that can be done using our machinery. However, in this instance, manual application was specified owing to the gaps in the floorboards.

In the image opposite, you can see how striking the effect of a tinted oil can be. Modern wax-based oils can be either clear or stained and with a range of finishes from matt to gloss.

From the manufacturer’s website:

Fiddes Hard Wax Oil is a blend of natural oils & waxes offering exceptional durability & resistance for internal natural wood flooring, kitchen worktops (wood) and areas subjected to a high degree of wear.

One of the key benefits of oiling a wooden floor is that it can be cleaned and refinished without re-sanding. This is definitely worth considering if you want a modern, natural looking floor that will need to withstand high traffic, or pets, or children!

Walnut Fiddes Hard Wax Oil on Victorian pine floorboards
Walnut Fiddes Hard Wax Oil on Victorian pine floorboards

If you are considering renovating your wood flooring and would like to organise a free survey, please use our contact page and we will get in touch.

At present, our team are offering a dustless wood floor sanding service in Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham & Gloucester.

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Successful Rug & Upholstery Clean in Chippenham

Earlier this month, our technician, Joanne spent a productive morning as a residential property in Chippenham cleaning 3 sofas & a rug. All the items for cleaning were in good condition but with numerous cats & dogs, the customer wanted a deep clean to get them all cleaner, fresher & sanitised.

To get the cleaning process off to a good start, Joanne gave the sofas a thorough vacuum to lift as much surface debris as possible. Then any visible stains were treated & an eco-sanitising pre-spray was applied. These products are given time to dwell to ensure they break down any stains/dirt.

Once these solutions have done their job, Joanne uses a rotary agitation tool to gentle agitate the fabric & bring any remaining soiling to the surface ready for extraction.

Professional Upholstery Cleaning

The final part of the cleaning process is the traditional rinse extraction, otherwise known as steam cleaning. This machine removes all the remaining soiling, products & water from the upholstery.

Once this particular sofa was cleaned, it was on to the next one …..

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As there was lots of cleaning going on, Joanne used air-movers to help speed up the drying process for the customers as shown in the photos above. Once this clean of this sofa was completed, it was on to the next one….

The same method of cleaning was used on all 3 sofas, and the use of the air-movers continued whilst Joanne moved on to tackling the rug.

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As with the sofas, the rug was in good condition, the customer was just looking for a good clean & freshen up. The method of cleaning rugs is similar to that of upholstery although it is generally more time consuming.

Firstly, Joanne laid a couple of tarpaulins down to protect the floor whilst cleaning the rug. In the warmer months, we try to clean rugs outside but this was not possible on this occasion.

Once the rug has been placed on the tarpaulin, it is pre-tested, specifically for dye-fastness. Once it has been confirmed that is ok to proceed with the clean, the rug is vacuumed front & back.

Any stains that have been noted are then treated before a wool safe eco-sanitising pre-spray is applied.

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Once these have had time to dwell, the rug is agitated to bring the remaining debris to the surface & then finally the rinse extraction takes place to remove all remaining debris, solutions & water.

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Once this had all been completed, the rug is left to dry. We recommend hanging them over the backs of chairs or bannisters where there is good airflow to help speed the drying process up.

All of the upholstery & the rug has had a full deep clean that is also a green clean which left them all cleaner, fresher & sanitised using eco-friendly products that do not compromise on results. All the products used are also safe for pets & humans!

If you are looking to have some professional cleaning carried out, please visit the domestic section of our website to see what services we can offer – Domestic & Residential Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning In Bristol & Bath (greenmancleaning.co.uk)

If you would like a quote or to discuss your cleaning requirements, all of our contact details can be found here – Contact Green Man For Professional Cleaning In Bath, Bristol & Frome (greenmancleaning.co.uk)

Excellent commercial upholstery and stain removal cleaning in Chippenham.

Ollie and Joanne teamed up this week for a large commercial upholstery and stain removal cleaning job in this village hall in Chippenham. There was a vast amount of upholstered chairs, in varying conditions, that needed a thorough, deep clean.

As you can see from the video on the right, Joanne and Ollie got themselves organised with different areas for different aspects of the clean. All whilst making sure the flooring underneath is protected with tarpaulins.

Once set up, Joanne and Ollie could move on to the first step in the process, a thorough vacuum to remove all surface level dirt. After this it was on to finding and treating all the spots and stains.

Commercial upholstery stain removal
Commercial stain removal on upholstery
Commercial chair stain removal in Chippenham
Upholstery cleaning in Swindon
Commercial upholstery cleaning in Swindon

As you can see from the images above, there are numerous steps in the stain removal process. Depending on what the stain is, which we often do not know, there are different methods to be used.

At home, when you know what the stain has been caused by, we have a helpful guide with some tips and tricks here.

For our technicians, their experience and knowledge of their products alongside pretesting, assists them in knowing where to start with tackling stains.

After all the stains have been addressed and an eco-sanitising pre-spray has been applied, it is time for the rinse extraction.

This is the most deep and powerful phase of the cleaning process and where the embedded dirt and bacteria is removed and addressed.

Chair cleaning in Swindon
Commercial chair cleaning in Swindon

On a job this large, an air mover is set up to assist in drying these chairs thoroughly whilst others are being cleaned.

This was a large amount of commercial chairs that Joanne and Ollie has brought back to life. The chairs are refreshed and rejuvenated and looking more vibrant in colour.

All the staining has addressed and the chairs are sanitised and ready to be used for new events in the village hall.

If you have a job you need the Green Man team’s help with, whether it is commercial or domestic, please use the button below to discuss your requirements with our friendly team.

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Outstanding carpet cleaning results in Chippenham

These carpets and a sofa were in need of professional carpet and upholstery cleaning in Chippenham last week. As you can see from the images on the right there was some significant staining that needed to be tackled.

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Stair carpet cleaning in Chippenham
Carpet cleaning in Chippenham

Joanne got to work and started implementing the professional Green Man process to remove those stains and sanitise the carpets to give them a new lease of life.

After a thorough dry extraction, it was on to tackling the deep set stains. Using a variety of methods dependent on the type of stain, the Green Man team always endeavor to remove stains as thoroughly as possible. There are occasions when staining proves permanent. You can read more about how to tackle stains here.

Fortunately, on this occasion as you will see from the images throughout this blog, Joanne worked some magic and these stains came out nicely and the carpets are all looking back to their best.

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Eco-friendly cleaning in Chippenham
Steam cleaning carpets in Chippenham
End of tenancy carpet cleaning in Chippenham

After the stain removal process, it is time for rotary agitation. The video above shows this is in action, the purpose is to agitate the carpet fibres to release embedded dirt.

Once the embedded soil is loosened it is time for the rinse extraction. This process is also known as steam cleaning. This ensures any ingrained bacteria is tackled and completes the full deep clean, environmentally friendly process.

The following photos show the different stages of the process, and the improvements you can see happening as the process unfolds.

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These impressive results show just how important deep cleaning of your carpets and upholstery can be. These carpets are now ready to deal with more challenges family life will throw at them, whilst being more resistant to staining.

Stairs clean and rejuvenated
Stairs clean and rejuvenated
During professional carpet cleaning in Chippenham
During professional carpet cleaning in Chippenham

If you have carpets that are no longer looking their best and in need of a thorough deep clean, don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out more.

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Successful end of tenancy carpet clean in Swindon

We receive many calls from tenants & landlords that require end of tenancy carpet cleaning to ensure the property is left looking cleaner & fresher ready for viewings & new tenants. For many tenants, having the carpets professionally cleaned is stipulated in their contract & we can help you with this!

Last week, our technician, Joanne was called to an address in Swindon to carry out an end of tenancy carpet clean for the outgoing tenant. The property had already been vacated & was unfurnished, meaning that Joanne could really tackle the carpets.

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On arrival, Joanne toured the house to have a good look at the carpets & determine the right treatment to bring them back to looking their best potential condition.

As this was an unfurnished property, you get a really good view of the carpets & can see how much the areas that have regular footfall differ from the unused areas of carpet.

As you can see, the carpets were in need of a deep clean & therefore our standard process of traditional rinse extraction was used in this property.

The carpets were all vacuumed first before any notable stains were treated. The customer had already informed us on this occasion of stains in the hallway & lounge, however our technicians will treat any that they see as the move around the rooms.

Next, the carpets are treated with an eco-sanitising pre spray before the rotary agitation machine is used to bring any debris to the surface.

The final step of the process is the traditional rinse extraction, otherwise know as steam cleaning. Depending on the level of soiling, this final step is sometimes repeated to ensure a good a finish as possible.

Before after stain removal
Before after stain removal
Successful stain removal
Successful stain removal
Swindon carpet cleaning

I think the photos show the great results that were obtained on this job. The carpets all looked much cleaner & the stains that weren’t removed completely showed a noticeable improvement.

If you are looking at having an end of tenancy carpet clean, please do not hesitate to contact us, we can also help with any hard flooring, rugs and/or upholstery that is part of your rental agreement.

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Outstanding results on a beautiful limestone floor in Wiltshire.

Did you know we also clean limestone floors? Limestone floors are a beautiful choice in a variety of different areas, whilst also looking stunning, it can be hard wearing and durable.

However, due to the natural texture often found in the tiles they can trap soil and debris which accumulates and proves hard to remove with home methods.

Green Man can help to remove this soil accumulation, to rejuvenate your tiles, using our powerful but environmentally processes.

It is often recommended to apply a layer of sealant to the tiles after deep cleaning, to protect the stone from oil and water-based stains without impacting the beautiful, striking appearance.

Newly sealed limestone floor in Wiltshire
Newly sealed limestone floor in Wiltshire
Professional stone tile cleaning in Wiltshire
Professional stone tile cleaning in Wiltshire

Our eco-friendly process can breathe new life into your limestone floors bringing them back to their best so they can be admired for years to come.

Cleaning and sealing can increase the longevity of your floors and increase their lifespan, saving you money and reducing waste.

If you would like the Green Man team to attend to survey your limestone flooring, discuss your needs, our processes and provide you with an estimate, please use the contact us button below. We would be delighted to help.

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Eco friendly stone cleaning in Wiltshire
Eco friendly stone cleaning in Wiltshire

Successful & effective commercial carpet deep clean

On a warm & sunny Saturday, two of our technicians were hard at work at a commercial studio in Bath. The bright & contemporary office requested a deep clean of their carpets throughout to remove some visible stains as well as ensuring they were clean & sanitised.

Rinse extraction carpet
Rinse extraction carpet

It was great to return to a office space where we have cleaned the carpets on a yearly basis over the past 3 years. Giving the carpets a thorough deep clean once a year keeps them looking better for longer.

This office & studio had a mixture of carpets including some nice bright & bold designs which were a little grubby in places. High traffic areas such as reception, walkways & under desks are prone to dirt building up & benefit from a yearly deep clean.

Office carpet clean
Office carpet clean
Successful rinse extraction
Successful rinse extraction

There are many steps involved in our process of giving your carpets a successful deep clean, one of those is to treat any stains, as necessary. As you can see in the left hand picture above, there was some heavy staining in this area due to a recent flood, however successfully pre-treating this meant that the finished result left it looking as good as new. Both of the pictures shown above demonstrate how effective each step of the process is, including the final task of traditional rinse extraction which produces very satisfying results & is successful in restoring the carpet to it’s original brightness.

Modern carpet cleaning
Modern carpet cleaning

If you are thinking about having your commercial flooring cleaned, we are happy to come out & conduct a full survey so that we can tailor each clean to match the individual needs of you & your business. We can also offer out of hours & weekend cleans in-order to keep your business operating as normal.

As well as flooring, we also offer a range of other services which may benefit your business. More about what we have on offer, can be found on our website or by following this link – Commercial & Office Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning In Bath & Bristol Area (greenmancleaning.co.uk)

Carpet tiles deep clean
Carpet tiles deep clean

If you would like to enquire about our commercial services or to book a survey, please use the button below to get in touch.

How to keep your carpets looking great for longer.

When thinking about maintaining the upkeep of your home, we often think about decorating, garden makeovers, possibly a kitchen or bathroom renovation but the flooring, specifically the carpets are often overlooked.

The life expectancy of a carpet varies hugely based on the usage & care shown to it over the first few years following installation. Allowing soiling & stains to go untreated cuts their life-span down significantly.

Should you vacuum every day? Yes, nearly 85% of dirt found in carpets is bought in on peoples footwear. This dirt then sinks into the fibers of the carpet where it accumulates & therefore becomes more difficult to remove. The best way to beat this is to vacuum every day, preferably using a high quality vacuum cleaner.

Vacuuming carpets can also release any allergens that are embedded within the fibres into the air where they are then inhaled & potentially cause allergy symptoms. Choosing a machine that has a air (HEPA) filter will also effectively remove allergens & a fully sealed system to prevent them from purposely being released.

Before and after of footfall marks
Before and after of footfall marks
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Deep clean of wool carpet in childs nursery in the Cotswolds 1

Conducting an annually or bi-annually professional carpet clean is also recommended. This involves a much more thorough deep clean & will ensure any remaining soiling is removed.

Always use a certified company for a hot water extraction to ensure that it is done properly.

If you have a spillage on your carpet, it will most likely stain the carpet if not treated straight away. Applying a good stain protector can significantly reduce the likelihood of spillages causing permanent staining, as long as you are able to address the issue fairly soon.

A stain protector can be applied after a professional clean has been performed or once you have bought a new carpet. Either way, a quality stain protector will help protect your carpets for longer.

Carpet stain protection in Bath and Bristol

Carpet repairs are something that doesn’t often cross peoples minds. However if you have damage to your carpet such as a burn, hole or permanent stain, this can potentially be repaired.

A successful repair depends on their being a donor piece of the same carpet available. This can either be an off-cut or taken from a cupboard or an out of the way area. Ideally there should be more donor carpet than the area that needs repairing.

During a carpet repair in Bristol
During a carpet repair in Bristol
After picture of a successful carpet repair in Bristol.
After picture of a successful carpet repair in Bristol.

If you would like to enquire about any of the services we have mentioned in this article, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

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Specialist velvet upholstery cleaning

Pure cotton velvet requires careful attention & is easy to damage through rinse extraction cleaning. Because it is a “cut pile”, the individual cotton threads will tend to compact when wet.

It is for this reason that many upholstery cleaning companies will either refuse to clean velvet, or insist on using large quantities of volatile solvents to do the job. Dry cleaning solvent has its place in the arsenal of a professional fabric cleaner, but will not yield particularly good results for a general clean.

The owner of this particular velvet sofa had informed us that their cat had urinated on the fabric multiple times & that the visible damage & odour needed professional attention.

Avoiding damage

Stain removal from velvet

This image & the (very dull!) video below demonstrate how wetting affects a velvet pile and- importantly- how using a velvet “boffin” brush can reset the pile & reduce the risk of damage.

Removing pet urine from velvet

Urine will always leave uric salts within fabric, which need neutralising & removing. This creates an interesting problem when the fabric is velvet, as we will usually be looking to use as little moisture as possible to avoid potential damage.

In this case, our technician applied a specific urine neutralising solution to the velvet in minimal quantities using a sponge, rather than spraying it directly onto the fabric. This reduced the chance of the pile collapsing & ensured that we were able to remove the cat pee odour.

Our team are IICRC approved in Odour Control & have a range of solutions & equipment to tackle most issues.

Conclusion: The final result (which, alas, we forgot to photograph) was an odourless, sanitised & visually clean velvet sofa which our client was delighted with. This type of work tends to take a little longer than standard upholstery cleaning, but we find it very satisfying when we can bring this luxury fabric back to its true potential condition.

If you have any questions about our professional velvet cleaning process, please get in touch.

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Cleaning & sealing a Victorian tiled hallway

Many homes from the Victorian/Edwardian era contain skillfully laid tiled hallways. When they were originally installed, they would have then been cleaned & oiled at least once a week. In the more recent modern era, mopping is the main method of cleaning and brings with it a few issues.

“What has this floor been cleaned with?”

The chances are that most tiled floors are cleaned with a general detergent based solution. Over time, the sticky residues left by mopping with detergent accumulate in the grout lines and flaws in the tiles, attracting further dirt. If this is combined with insufficient rinsing, then you will find that entrance tiles can soon lose their vibrant colours beneath layers of soil.

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This image shows a typical example. The floor is actually quite recent, but a regime of heavy footfall & standard mopping has lead to a dull, faded appearance.

After an initial survey to determine the quality of the installation & integrity of the tiles, our technician performed a simple test of the seal (this is done by pouring a small amount of water onto the surface of a section of tiles to see if the water is absorbed).

Any absorption indicates that the seal has failed & will require new applications of a sealant. 

The Clean

Stage One:

First of all, we conduct a thorough sweep & dry extraction of all debris & loose material on the floor.

Stage Two:

Next, we apply an eco-friendly tile specific alkali cleaning solution to break down historic deposits of soil, grease and layers of ingrained detergent residues. We do this in stages, using either a rotary machine or a more specialist agitating device (example video below) to ensure the floor is scubbed as thoroughly as possible.

How we deep-clean & re-seal Victorian tiles

Stage 3:

After the cleaning solution has broken down the layers of dirt in the tiles, we extract the resulting slurry using a rinse extraction machine or a “wet pick-up”. We then clean & rinse the floor again using pure water only. This tends to be the last stage of Day 1.

Stage 4:

On Day 2, only after the floor is completely dry, we begin applying the new layers of seal. The type of seal depends on the preferred finish type of the homeowner – in this case, we were instructed to put down a satin finish. After the initial layer has been applied, we allow the seal to dry or “cure” before applying further coats.

“A completely reinvigorating facelift”

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After 3 layers of sealant have been applied, the job is complete.

You can see in the image opposite that not only have these tiles been deeply cleaned, but that their colours are now enhanced.

This is the beauty of applying the right type of seal – you are protecting your floor from scuffs & spills, as well as giving the very first area of your home that people see a completely reinvigorating facelift.

Victorian tile sealing in Cheltenham

If you have any questions regarding the cleaning, sealing or general maintenance of your floor tiles, or any type of stone or laminate flooring, please do get in touch using either our  CONTACT page, or by calling your local branch of Green Man using the number at the top of the page.

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