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 –

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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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Green Man invest in Vaportek technology

A recent odour remediation job presented just such an opportunity – our client’s car had suffered a milk spillage, which had penetrated the rear upholstery & then deteriorated. As you will probably know, this is a particularly unpleasant odour!

Failure is often an opportunity for innovation.

A recent odour remediation job presented just such an opportunity – our client’s car had suffered a milk spillage, which had penetrated the rear upholstery & then deteriorated. As you will probably know, this is a particularly unpleasant odour!

Green Man are IICRC trained as Odour Control Technicians and, as such, know to treat these type of issues at source. However, short of ripping apart the rear seat of this vehicle, the only way we could reach the absorbed milk was through saturation of the fabric. We did this with a powerful solution several times, and rinse-extracted several times.

We then applied two types of commercial odour counteractants.

Still the smell persisted.

For this reason, we have ordered a Vaportek Restorator. Here’s the blurb…

“The Restorator is a simple to use, portable electric device that quickly, safely and effectively renews interior spaces with non-toxic technology. It uses Vaportek’s patented essential oil membranes to release a non-toxic odour neutralizing dry vapour into the air. This penetrating vapour quickly controls and eliminates malodours from smoke, food and biological odours. It is based on proven technology used in fire and flood restoration, the Restorator sets a new standard in interior space renovation. Also excellent for car valeting and other tough odour contamination projects. The Vaportek Restorator will not harm fabric, rubber, adhesives or remove pigment from leather. The replaceable cartridge is rated for up to 200 hours of service.“Vaportek” odour control systems provide immediate odour neutralisation in situations where other methods fail. These systems may incorporate natural, non toxic essential oils and odour neutralising compounds in patented membrane cartridges that breathe a penetrating dry vapour into the air. Unlike fogging and ozone treatments, Vaportek products can be used in occupied structures. They will not harm people, plants or animals or affect fabrics, rubber, adhesives and other materials and surfaces.”

It is due with us tomorrow and we plan to deploy it in our customer’s vehicle on Friday.

Watch this space… 

Commercial upholstery cleaning with social distancing

Today our technicians conducted a deep-clean & sanitising service to office chairs in Bristol City Centre.

This job was originally booked before the Coronavirus lockdown, and then postponed until the office was empty. Nonetheless, our technicians took the appropriate PPE and maintained a safe distance from each other throughout.

Commercial chair cleaning

Today’s job was focussed on restoring the office furniture to a high standard so that it could be moved into the new business premises & feel refreshed.

We also used a disinfectant approved to kill Covid-19 to sanitise the plastic touch-points on the furniture. This is to give the office staff additional peace of mind once the lockdown is phased out.

The process was as follows:

  •  Vacuum the fabric
  • Apply eco-friendly/sanitising pre-spray
  • Agitate fabric using brush
  • Rinse extract using powerful extraction machine
  • Post-clean application of disinfectant to plastic touch-points. Allow sufficient “kill time”, then wipe clean

When we are conducting deep-cleaning of office upholstery, the task takes on the motion of sheep shearing!

Chairs are mustered into position, ready for cleaning. The first technician applies the pre-spray to multiple chairs & agitates the solution into the fabric. Each chair is then passed on to the second technician who rinse extracts the fabric with a hand tool. This process looks very much like sheep shearing – take a look at a video from a different job & compare this with the footage of an Aussie shepherd hard at work!

Office chairs are less unruly than sheep, thankfully!

If you have any questions about how we work, or would like to enquire about our commercial services to offices, please get in touch via our Contact page.

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Commercial chair cleaning – a brief case study.

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Green Man professionally cleaned 250 chairs in a Catholic Church in Bristol this weekend.

A few week’s back, we were asked to survey a large number of chairs in a church in Bristol. They needed significant wax & stain removal, as well as deep-cleaning – and this all needed to be done within a short time-frame. Not only this, but they needed to be guaranteed dry within a day so that the church congregation would be able to sit on them for a special occasion.

The scope of the job meant that we would need to create a bespoke clean that ensured the client was able to secure a quick turnaround without compromising on quality.

Modern solutions to meet the demands of a busy world…

The nature of this particular job meant that traditional rinse extraction cleaning was out of the question. Whilst it would have been our preferred option, the temperature of the church and condition of the chairs meant that guaranteeing all 250 chairs would have been dry would have been a gamble.

We discussed the various options with our client and devised a cleaning approach that used a combination of traditional stain & wax-removal techniques with modern encapsulating technology.

This involved:

  • 1. Vacuuming (using an industrial vacuum with turbo-brush hand tool attached)
  • 2. Spot/stain treatments – including a significant amount of the classic “iron and kitchen towel” wax removal technique!
  • 3. Eco-friendly encapsulating pre-spray
  • 4. Rotary agitation (using a motorised micro-fibre pad machine)
  • 5. Dry extraction

How does low-moisture upholstery cleaning work?

Our encapsulation solution uses no detergents, contains natural plant extracts and utilises advances in technology to deliver built in anti-stain & anti-soil properties.

After the solution has been applied to the carpet and dwelt for at least 10 minutes, crystallizing polymers surround or encapsulate the soils which are now suspended within the solution.

As the solution dries, the encapsulation polymers dry to a crystal. This crystal does not adhere to the carpet fibres; instead, it’s easily removed with a micro-fibre pad.

To read more about our chair cleaning services, click here.

Agitating eco-friendly pre-spray to chairs in a church in Bristol
Applying eco-friendly pre-spray to chairs in a church in Bristol

The finished result was excellent.

When we left, about a third of the chairs were already dry and able to be safely sat upon.Within 5 hours, all 250 chairs had been stain treated, deodorised and cleaned.

We had removed almost all traces of wax from around 50 of the chairs, as well as ink stain removal and the general fabric cleaning. Not only that, but the fabric is left more resistant to ongoing staining.

In layman’s terms, the upholstery is:

Drier quicker



Stain Resistant

Office chair & office carpet clean in Bristol City Centre

Last weekend, Green Man carried out a deep clean of 56 office chairs and four office carpets at a location on Queens Square, Bristol.

Following an initial professional survey, we organised a bespoke clean that would tackle the key issues our client had.

These were:

  • Grubby marks on the arms and upper surfaces of high-end cream office furniture
  • A variety of food/ink/hand marks on standard office chairs
  • Heavy soiling in dark coloured carpets (that were hiding the wear well)

The diagnosis for this combination of issues was a deep- clean using our industry standard eco-sanitising solutions.

In order to ensure a satisfactory result was achieved, we also planned to use several environmentally friendly solvents to initially dry-clean problem areas on the furniture.

Our professional office chair cleaning method

This includes:
1. Vacuuming (using an industrial vacuum with turbo-brush hand tool attached)
2. Spot/stain treatments
3. Eco-friendly/ sanitising pre-spray
4.Rotary agitation (using a motorised brush machine)
5. Rinse extraction (see video below)

Once we had completed the upholstery cleaning, whilst it dried, we were then able to attend to the carpets. In order to ensure the clean was thorough, we took all moveable elements out of each office before proceeding.

Our professional office carpet cleaning method

 A little known fact is that a deep carpet clean employs a very similar method to an upholstery clean, but using a different range of tools. After the initial vacuum (using our trusted Sebo BS36 & BS46s), we stain treat, apply a pre-spray, agitate then rinse extract.

Here’s one of the offices being cleaned (at a slightly faster rate) below:

Once the carpets were cleaned, we replaced all the furniture & conducted a final spot check with our client. All elements were judged good, so we thanked our client, carefully packed all our equipment & left to do our Christmas shopping!

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Cleaning the BBC Points West sofa

A few week’s back, we took an unusual enquiry…

I’m looking for somebody that could remove a stain from a sofa in our studio – a baby wallaby had an “accident” on it and I’m trying to clean the sofa without leaving stains.

This isn’t a regular occurrence, so we were fairly intrigued and called the customer back and arranged a survey.

Our senior technician, Gareth, conducted the survey and devised a deep-clean that would sanitise the fabric, restore the sofa to its best potential condition, yet still be dry in around an hour. The studio in question was at the BBC Whiteladies Rd. studios, Bristol. During the survey, Gaz discovered that the particular studio we were to work in was where the original Johnny Morris Animal Magic series was filmed. It turns out that, over the years, all manner of monkeys, snakes and various beasts have disappeared and wreaked havoc in the building!

Once we had discussed the logistics of the job, we made arrangements to attend on a Sunday to allow a margin of error, should the sofa take an unpredictable amount of time to dry before the next edition of Points West was due to be filmed.

We were given security clearance and entered the studio.

Professional vacuuming

Sofa cleaning in Bristol

A tv studio is crammed full of electronic equipment and therefore attracts a huge quantity of dust.

Any professional upholstery (or carpet) cleaning requires careful vacuuming as the first stage and, in this instance, it was absolutely essential.

Professional sofa cleaning is about the removal of soils, grease & contaminants from the fabric. A significant percentage of the soils present in upholstery are able to be removed using a decent vacuum and a detailing tool.

Without this primary stage, some of these soils actually become harder to extract because they may forced deeper by the rinse extraction process.

Following the vacuuming, because this sofa is constructed of polyester, it was also shedding a lot of fibres. Close-up, this gave the impression the studio was inhabited by a long haired, white dog!

These fibres needed careful removal by hand, so that the finished product would not only look clean, but also uniformly groomed.

Professional stain removal

The next stage in the clean was to attend to any specific stains before wetting the fabric, as this can sometimes mask any problems by making them harder to spot.

Because this particular sofa is constructed entirely of a synthetic crepe-type material, it was clear that there would not be any concerns regarding colour bleed or likely sensitivity to any of our solutions.

I used one of our highly effective eco-solvents to break down several areas of sticky residue prior to the next stage of the sofa clean.

Stain removal on sofa in Bristol

Selecting & applying the pre-spray

Wallaby wee is clearly a hygiene issue, so the selection of a pre-spray needed to ensure that the fabric would be sanitised. Fortunately, Green Man carry a number of entirely environmentally friendly solutions that will sanitise as part of the way they work. The need for a rapid drying time narrowed down the choice and I mixed up a solution that works on contact and does not need to be applied heavily.

We use a variety of large & small sprayers, many of which have a variable jet. This job only required a misting, so the nozzle was adjusted to allow for a controlled application of product.

Upholstery cleaning treatment in Bristol

Agitating the fabric

One of the key differentiators in how a professional will clean upholstery is in how they achieve a deep, even penetration of the cleaning solution.

Without this, only a superficial clean is achieved.

With fine fabrics, Green Man technicians will opt for a microfibre hand mitt to conduct this stage of the clean.

However, on hard-wearing synthetics and large areas of upholstery, a motorised drill brush provides outstanding evenness, breaking up stubborn soils and greases.

Traditional rinse extraction using a modern, low-moisture hand tool

Rinse extraction using a specialist, moisture-limiting hand tool
Once the sofa was fully prepared, it was time for a deep-cleaning rinse extraction treatment. This is more or less the main final stage of most professional carpet, rug or upholstery cleaning. Prior to this, all the initial stages have focussed on encouraging soils to detach from the fibres and breaking down greasy soils into a soluble state.

Depending on the fabric type, upholstery cleaning can result in lengthy drying times. This is sometimes an uncertain variable, depending on fibre type, level of soiling, type of solution used and drying conditions. Because this particular clean was time-critical, it was important to use a modern upholstery cleaning tool that would rinse the fabric fully, without over-wetting.

The Sapphire upholstery tool works in an unusual way, creating a seething mesh of water, rather than firing jets of water directly into fabric…

Pretty fascinating stuff, I’m sure you’ll agree.

The finished product

The brief had been simple, if unusual:

I’m looking for somebody that could remove a stain from a sofa in our studio – a baby wallaby had an “accident” on it and I’m trying to clean the sofa without leaving stains.

The finished product looked outstanding

We had vacuumed, stain-treated, sanitised & deep-cleaned this bespoke piece of furniture within the time constraints of a busy tv studio and delivering a drying time that meant the sofa could be filmed on within an hour.

“It is the diversity of work and the people we meet that makes professional carpet, rug & upholstery cleaning in Bristol a consistently engaging job. This famous couch certainly provided challenge & interest, but was also another opportunity to demonstrate that however unusual the job may be, Green Man can deliver a responsive and professional service.”

Jon Gardner, Green Man

Upholstery Cleaning in Bristol