Successful day of carpet & rug cleaning in Bristol

The start of a new week saw two of our technicians spend the whole of Monday in Bristol cleaning a large range of carpets, rugs & doormats for a domestic customer. Thankfully there were no heavy stains or anything of particular concern, just general soiling from a busy household.

Starting with the rugs, the first step in the cleaning process is to pre-test them. This is to establish the materials that the rug is made from but also to check for dye-fastness, as we certainly don’t want any colours to run during the clean!

Once this has been done & the technicians know exactly what they are working with, the rugs are placed on tarpaulins to protect the floor & are then thoroughly vacuumed front & back to remove any surface debris.

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Next, any notable stains are treated & an eco-sanitising pre-spray is applied. These solutions are then given time to dwell to help breakdown as much soiling as possible.

Our technician then gently agitates the rug which works the cleaning solutions & hot water into the rug whilst continuing to break up any stubborn soiling.

The final part of the clean is the traditional rinse extraction. This is where the cleaning solutions, hot water & remaining soiling are extracted from the rug.

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The cleaning process was then repeated many times over as the customer had 8 rugs & 5 doormats to be cleaned!

As there were so many to be cleaned & our technicians were there all day, they used an air mover to help speed up the drying process.

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Professional Rug Cleaning

Once the rugs were cleaned & left to dry, it was time to start on the carpet cleaning. The exact same cleaning method used for the rugs was also used on the carpets.

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The cleaning method used on the rugs, doormats & carpets represents a full deep-clean and was also a green clean.

If you are interested in anything you have read about today, please do not hesitate to contact us for a quote. All of our contact details can be found on our website here – Contact Us

We hope to hear from you soon!

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 –

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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.

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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!

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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.

Thank you for reading!

Portishead Flood restoration & Carpet Repair

A slow escape of water from an adjoining bathroom had caused black mould beneath the bath, as well as brown water damage to the carpet. We were asked to attend this apartment near the waterfront in Portishead last week in order to put things right. Although we wouldn’t classify this as a flood, it serves as another example of how water can cause damage to absorbent materials over time.

Assessing moisture levels

The first step here was to lift the carpet & underlay to determine how wet the sub-floor was. There would be no point fixing the issues with the other elements, but just sweeping under the carpet any underlying damp issues. Our team use a variety of Tramex moisture meters to assess levels of moisture in a variety of surfaces. In this case, we were dealing with a wood composite sub-floor.

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In this image, you can see that we’ve stripped out the damaged underlay. Unlike carpet, underlay cannot be decontaminated & fully cleaned.

We then inserted a metal probe into the boards to discover whether they were in danger of secondary damage.

The meter here shows a moisture content of 16%. This is slightly above the norm for this material, but below the threshold for structural damage.

Without moisture measurements, we would look for the physical signs of water damage – browning, a breakdown in structure or mould growth.

Repairing the minor damage

The damp underlay was removed and the rotten gripper rods lifted out. Once this was complete, the subfloor and area beneath the bath (in the adjoining bathroom) were cleaned of mould & an anti-fungal solution applied.

Now we were able to install new gripper rods and underlay into the area.

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Professional drying service in Portishead

Decontaminating the affected carpet

Now that the sub-floor, underlay and gripper rods were cleaned and replaced, the carpet could be re-fitted and cleaned. The type of water damage evident on the carpet suggested that it might not revert to its former state, but it was worth a try. We set up the rinse extraction machine on the floor below and ran hoses up to the affected room.

After a biocidal detergent had been applied to the carpet, we used a small hand tool to carefully rinsed the reinstalled carpet. The results were not great –

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The carpet had been permanently damaged by the ongoing leak & was not going to improve further.

At this stage, we discussed the possibility of a carpet repair.

Replacing the damaged carpet

There was plenty of spare carpet available in various cupboards in the home, so we decided to proceed with a repair.

Carpet repairs tend to be small, whereas this one would need to be 110cm long –

Cutting carpet requires a lot of measuring to ensure an accurate and regular hole is available for the insertion of new material.

A sharp blade is also essential. Without this, the edge of the cut is likely to cause the carpet to tear or fray. This will mean that the repair is unlikely to last long.

Once the damaged carpet had been carefully excised, we measured the replacement carpet and cut it as precisely as possible to ensure a close fit.

Heat seaming tape was inserted around the hole and the new carpet carefully lowered in.

We then applied steam through the carpet to bond the existing carpet to the insert.

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Carpet repair in Portishead

If you have experienced a flood or escape of water and would like a survey, or are interested in our carpet repair service, please do get in touch, Our friendly, zero-pressure team will be happy to help.

Successful team work on Upholstery & Carpet cleaning in Bristol

Earlier this week, Pete & Tom spent most of the day working together on some upholstery & carpet cleaning at a residential address in Bristol. The customer had a vast array of upholstery for cleaning as well as some carpets that needed a little attention after a few potty training incidents!

First up was this large faux velvet sofa, as you can see in this picture, Tom is giving it a thorough vacuum to remove as much surface debris as possible.

Next, he will treat any stains that he can see as well as using a eco-sanitising pre spray, these solutions are then given time to dwell to help break up as much soiling & residue as possible.

The upholstery is then gently agitated to work the cleaning solutions & hot water into the fabric to ensure a deep clean.

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Velvet Upholstery Cleaning in Bristol
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The final part of the process is the traditional rinse extraction (sometimes known as steam cleaning). This is where all the remaining soiling, products & water are extracted from the upholstery. The sofa is then left to dry naturally.

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Whilst Tom was cleaning the sofa shown above, Pete was carrying out the same process on this large cream corner sofa. There were a few more cushions on this one though!

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Continuing with the upholstery clean, next up were a selection of armchairs. As before the same cleaning process was used & thankfully the stain treatment worked really well on the stained seat areas of these chairs.

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Once all the upholstery had been cleaned & left to dry, it was time to tackle the carpets. On this occasion is was 4 bedroom carpets that needed to be cleaned, with particular attention to some potty training related odours in one bedroom.

The cleaning method followed that of the upholstery cleaning & was a combination of the following:

  • Dry extraction/vacuuming
  • Spot/stain treatments, as necessary 
  • Eco-sanitising pre-spray 
  • Rotary agitation
  • Traditional rinse extraction (sometimes called steam cleaning)

Due to the reported odours, an odour neturalising solution was applied to the offending carpet. This is an environmentally friendly solution that is highly effective against odours associated with bodily fluids.

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All the relevant carpets & upholstery have had a deep clean which was also a green clean, great team work from Pete & Tom!

If you would like more information on the domestic services that we offer, please follow this link – Domestic Services

If you are thinking about having your carpets and/or upholstery cleaned, please don’t hesitate to contact us today, all of our contact details can be found here – Contact Us

Superb carpet cleaning at Thornbury Castle

It is always nice when you get repeat business, so it was lovely to head back to Thornbury Castle in Bristol to carry out some carpet cleaning earlier this week.

Following a successful survey carried out by one of our trained technicians back in July, this week saw a team of 3 clean the carpets in the dining room, hallway & bedroom.

This beautiful castle was once owned by Henry VIII & although the carpets are not quite that old, they still needed some tlc to get them back to looking their best!

These stunning wool carpets get a lot of footfall so our traditional rinse extraction method of cleaning was best suited to achieve optimal results.

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The process starts with preparing the carpets by thoroughly vacuuming them to lift any surface debris, we then treat any stains that we see, allowing the solutions time to dwell to help the break down of any stubborn soiling.

Next, we apply an eco-sanitising pre-spray before using a rotary agitation machine to gently agitate the carpets & bring any remaining soiling to the surface.

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Once all of the above steps have been followed, the carpets are ready for the final part of the process which is the traditional rinse extraction (steam cleaning).

This removes any remaining water, cleaning products & soiling from the carpets. Sometimes if the carpets have shown significant soiling then we may repeat this part of the process to ensure we achieve the best results.

Here is a great little video showing some of the team carrying out the rinse extraction part of the cleaning process.

You may notice the use of air-movers in this video, due to this being a commercial premises we had these running to speed up the drying process so that the customers could use the rooms as soon as possible.

If you are thinking of having some cleaning carried out whether it be rugs, upholstery, hard flooring or carpets, then please do not hesitate to contact us today. All of contact details can be found by here.

You can also find further details to our all commercial cleaning service by visiting the commercial page of our website which can be found here.

And finally, if you are anything like me & love the history of castles, you can find more information about the beautiful Thornbury Castle by visiting their website – Our Tudor History – Thornbury Castle History

Fabulous carpet repair in Bristol

If an area of your carpet has suffered from some sort of damage, whether that be permanent stains, burns or the handy work of a four legged friend, the thought of replacing the whole carpet is never a good thing. Which is why, we are so pleased that we offer a carpet repair service.

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

Our repairs specialist, Jon spent a productive day on Thursday last week carrying out carpet repairs in Bristol.

As you can see in this photo, Jon has already cut the small areas of carpet with the damage out. Usually this is done as a square or cuboid shape to assist in creating a perfectly matched insert piece.

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Once the damaged area has been removed, it is time to insert the donor piece of carpet. In this instance, the homeowner did not have any off cuts but luckily had a carpeted cupboard. Jon removed the donor carpet from the cupboard cutting the exact shape that he needed for the repair.

A slight variation is often common when inserting the donor carpet as depending on where is has come from, there is often a colour difference as well as a contrast to how the pile appears. Jon will always do his best to make the repair as seamless as possible but sometimes any discrepancies will need some time to settle & blend in with their surroundings a little more.

However, I think we can agree that a great job has been done here & the customer was really pleased that repair rather than replace was achievable.

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If you would like to see further examples of the carpet repairs we have carried out for both domestic & commercial customers, please visit our carpet repair section of the website which can be found here – Carpet Repair | Green Man Cleaning

If you have an area of the carpet that would benefit from a repair & you have donor carpet available, please feel free to email us a photo of the damage & let us know whereabouts you are located & we can then provide you with a quotation. All of our contact details can be found here.

Impressive results of Travertine tiled floor in Bristol

Last month a customer contacted us to enquire about having the hard flooring cleaned in their kitchen, dining room & utility room. As with all enquires of this nature, we recommend having an initial survey carried out by one of our experienced technicians.

A survey helps us determine the condition & specific requirements of your floor as well as enabling us to assess the type of flooring & grout you have, carry out a test clean & strip (if needed) on a discrete area of the floor. We also apply finishing seals so that you can decide on the type of finish you would like to achieve.

Once the survey has taken place, we can then email you a quotation tailored to your requirements.

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Hard Floor Cleaning of Travertine
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Cleaning of Travertine tile grout

Following on from the successful survey that our technician, Pete, carried out last month, he then called back this week to carry out the clean.

Travertine is a type of limestone which often has a textured surface which can accumulate soil over time & as you can see from the photos above & on the right, it was looking a little dull & tired.

The first step in the cleaning process is to apply an environmentally friendly stone cleaning solution to the travertine & use a rotary machine to gently agitate the floor. We then use a wet vac to pick up the resulting slurry & we then repeat this process to ensure maximum amount of soiling is removed. We then clean the grout manually using a grout brush.

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Clean agitate to travertine tiles
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Hard floor cleaning in Bristol

Once the cleaning has been completed, the floor is left to dry. As you can see that as this stage in the process, the floor has been taken back to it’s initial matt finish.

Once the floor is completely dry, it is time to apply a seal. Most of the time, flooring such as stone/limestone benefit from multiple coats of seal as this type of flooring is particularly absorbent. Applying between 2-5 coats of seal also protects the floor from spillages & build ups. Depending on the type of seal you chose, it can often significantly improve the overall appearance of the floor by intensifying the colour & increasing the depth of the grain.

As shown in the images & video below, our customer chose a gloss seal & requested that the floor be as shiny as possible which I think Pete achieved perfectly!

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Bristol Hard Floor Clean Seal
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Travertine Clean Seal
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If you have a travertine floor or any type of hard flooring that you are thinking of having cleaned, please do not hesitate to contact us today, all of our contact details can be found on our website or by clicking the following link – Contact Green Man For Professional Cleaning In Bath, Bristol & Frome (greenmancleaning.co.uk). We look forward to hearing from you!

Successful Carpet Repair in Bristol Apartment Block

We are often contacted by customers who are interested in having their carpets repaired as a cost effective alternative to replacing them when accidents have caused irreversible damage. Irons, hair straighteners & curlers being the main culprit.

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

One of last week’s carpet repairs was at a Bristol apartment block where an electric scooter had been doing wheel spins in the communal hallway causing tears to the carpet.

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Carpet repairs in Bristol
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Carpet repairs

You can see that a small area of carpet with the damage has been cut out. Usually this is done as a square or cuboid shape to assist in creating a perfectly matched insert piece.

Scissors called “Naping shears” are used so that we can trim the carpet pile to the correct/matching heights

Once the damage has been cut out, it is time to insert the donor carpet. This is cut from a spare piece of carpet in the exact shape of the damaged area. A slight colour variation is common and will vary, depending on how the “donor” piece of carpet has been stored and how much traffic/UV light the main body of carpet has experience. Over time, these minor discrepancies tend to level out.

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Bristol carpet repairs
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Successful carpet repairs

The completed repair as shown above looks much better & gives a positive first impression when entering the building as well as removing the possibility of the damaged areas becoming more worn and therefore increasing over time.

If you are interested in a quote for carpet repairs & you do have donor carpet available, please email some photos of the damage & let us know whereabouts you are.

We can then advise on the likelihood of a successful repair & an estimate on cost.

All of our contact details can be found here – Contact Green Man For Professional Cleaning In Bath, Bristol & Frome (greenmancleaning.co.uk)

You can see further examples of the various carpet repairs we have carried out in the past here – Carpet Repairs

Outstanding coffee stain removal results in Bristol

Life can be messy and accidents happen, this home in Bristol was no exception. As you can see from the image above, a cup of coffee had caused a real problem for this family. Coffee stain removal can be a very tricky process and despite all our best efforts there are no guarantees coffee stains will come out. The tannins and acidity in coffee can permanently damage the carpet fibres. Luckily for this customer, Jon was able to work some magic and you will see the incredible results he has been able to achieve.

Coffee stain deep clean in Bristol

Jon got to work to try to remove this coffee stain. The first step in the process for treating this stain was to apply a carpet safe reducing bleach. This was left to dwell and work into the carpet, before being rinsed out thoroughly. As you can see from the image on the left, this had a great impact.

Once this had all been rinsed out, the whole carpet was then fully deep cleaned again using an eco friendly cleaning solution.

Deep clean of coffee stain on a carpet in Bristol

As you can see, Jon has achieved some impressive results here with this coffee stain removal. Despite a very large, and very dense patch of coffee the carpet is now looking much better and the family have saved themselves from having to replace the whole carpet, in turn also saving another decent carpet going into landfill.

There are some stain removal tips and tricks that you can use at home, a professional clean is always best, but we appreciate that times are tough at the moment and you can read some hints and tips here for removing stains in your own home.

If you have a coffee stain, or any type of stain that you would like the Green Man team to come and tackle, or anything you would like to discuss with us, please use the contact us button below and we would be delighted to help you.

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Successful commercial carpet & upholstery clean in Bristol apartment block

We are no strangers to the vast Number One Bristol apartment complex as we have been cleaning their carpets & upholstery on an annual basis for the past few years as well as ad hoc cleaning when the need arises. Before the annual carpet clean, we still conduct a survey to see how the carpets have faired since our previous visit & to observe any areas of particular concern. As with all our surveys, this allows us to put together a comprehensive plan to bring out the best in the carpets in a time efficient manner.

On this occasion we arranged for a team of technicians to spend 3 full days cleaning the communal carpets over 14 floors as well as some upholstery in the lobby of the building.

As you can imagine with an apartment building of this size, it gets some heavy footfall throughout the communal areas so there was general soiling to deal with as well as some food & drink stains.

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Commercial carpet cleaning

Our team tackled one floor at a time using our tried & tested process which includes a combination of the following;

  • Dry extraction/vacuuming – Thoroughly vacuuming the carpets first to pick up any surface debris
  • Spot/stain treatments, as necessary – Applying stain treatments as necessary & allowing them to dwell to loosen up as much of the stain as possible
  • Eco-sanitising pre-spray – Applying an effective santisier that is tough on dirt & bacteria
  • Rotary agitation – Using a rotary machine which agitates the carpets to bring any debris to the surface. This machine also applies a cleaning solution to the carpets & agitates it deep into the pile to provide a thorough clean
  • Traditional rinse extraction (sometimes called steam cleaning) – This final part of the process extracts all the remaining dirt, water & cleaning solutions from the carpet. In some cases where there is a high level of soiling, this step can be repeated to ensure as much as possible is extracted
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I think the results shown in the following pictures speak for themselves….

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Great results from our fabulous team on the carpets, the overall outcome saw most of the stains lifted & a large amount of soiling removed. Conducting an annually clean like we do in these particular premises really does help to keep on top of the soiling/staining which in-turn extends the lift expectancy of a carpet.

However, our team were not finished yet & also had some upholstery to clean in the lobby of the building. There was a curved sofa & a chaise that both needed some attention. The chaise in particular looked a little tired & soiled as it was mainly used as a table for incoming deliveries.

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We adopted the same cleaning method as that used on the carpets but swapped the rotary agitation machine for a hand held tool. These now look much cleaner & fresher & offer a nicer place for visitors to sit, hopefully the introduction of a table in the lobby will now prevent the parcels being left on the sofas!

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Huge thanks to our amazing team for their hard work over the 3 days, it was a big job in this warm weather but they rose to the challenge perfectly (thanks for the lift selfies too!)

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If you are thinking about having the carpets cleaned in your commercial premises whether that is an apartment block, offices or shops, please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a survey, we’d be delighted to help.

All of our contact details can be found here – Contact Green Man For Professional Cleaning In Bath, Bristol & Frome (greenmancleaning.co.uk)

For further information about the commercial services we offer, more information can be found by clicking on this link – Commercial Services