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… 

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.

Thank you for reading!

Odour Neutralisation in a cottage in Broadway

The Brief –

This week, three of our technicians were called out to conduct a full professional odour neutralisation clean for a start of tenancy in Broadway. The new owners had realised that the property smelled strongly of tobacco odours as a result of a long-term smoker in the property.

A certified IICRC company

IICRC Water Restoration Technician

Green Man are certified members of the IICRC & our technicians are trained to the highest standard in a wide range of services, including flood restoration & odour neutralisation.

The Odour Control Technicians Course teaches a rigorous & scientific approach to the causes of odours. Nicotene & smoke odour removal requires intensive cleaning with specialist solutions of all surfaces, including walls & ceilings…

Because of the “sticky” nature of deposits from tobacco smoke, traditional rinse extraction is an essential first approach to removing unpleasant smells from soft furnishings, such as curtains & upholstery.

Professional end of tenancy cleaning in Broadway

Porous surfaces such as stone require a longer contact time with the specialist cleaning solution, so we employ a foam-generating sprayer to ensure the “dwell time” of the product is increased.

There are many similarities between decontaminating a property (for Covid-19, or other pathogens) & eliminating odours. In both cases, all surfaces must be cleaned & sanitised prior to fogging. When the Covid-19 pandemic first began, we noted that many companies appeared offering to decontaminated commercial & domestic properties using fogging alone. This will not work.

Professional deodorisation using a fogger

Simply misting a product onto a dirty/dusty surface does not deal with either an odour issue or bacteria/viruses at their root cause.

Once we had completed a thorough clean of every surface in the property, we then conducted a professional fogging using an eco-friendly odour counteractant.

The purpose of fogging is to create a “fog” of particles only a few microns in diameter that are able to penetrate areas that cleaning cannot reach, and also interact with the molecules & micro-organisms that we are seeking to deactivate.

If you have any questions regarding professional odour neutralisation, decontamination or any of our services, please feel free to get in touch.

You can use the telephone numbers at the top & bottom of this page, or use our Contact page to email us.

Upholstery cleaning in Broadway