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.

Thank you for reading!

Fabulous results on a commercial clean in Bath

We were recently contacted by the manager of a local branch of Specsavers, as they were interested in having the carpets & hard flooring cleaned in the store. As with most commercial enquires, it benefits to conduct a short survey so we can determine the condition & specific requirements of the flooring. We can then provide you with a comprehensive quote & a cleaning plan tailored to each job. All surveys are carried out by our trained technicians.

Following on from a successful survey, two of our technician returned this week to carry out the clean after the shop had closed to carry out a deep clean of the carpets & amtico flooring.

Our technicians made a start in the exam rooms at the rear of the premises which were all carpeted.

The cleaning process includes;

Dry extraction/vacuuming – All the carpets are thoroughly vacuumed using a commercial vacuum cleaner to remove as much surface debris as possible.

Spot/stain treatments – Any visible stains are treated & the solutions are given time to dwell so that they can break down as much of the stain as possible.

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The next step in the carpet cleaning process is;

Eco-sanitising pre-spray – This is applied to all of the carpets & as above, it is given time to dwell to assist further with the breakdown on stains & residues.

Rotary Agitation – This was carried out using a machine that gently agitates the carpets whilst delivering hot water & cleaning solutions deep into the carpet to provide a thorough clean.

The last step of the process is then the traditional rinse extraction, sometimes known as steam cleaning. The extraction machine removes all the remaining soiling, water & solutions from the carpet. This process represents a full deep clean which leaves the carpets cleaner, fresher & sanitised whilst still being a green clean.

Once the carpet clean had been completed, it was time to move onto the hard flooring which in this instance was amtico flooring. Amtico is a type of vinyl flooring although it is manufactured differently to standard vinyl flooring. The finished article often has a close resemblance to wood or stone.

As you can see in this photo, it is a wood effect floor which due to a high volume of foot traffic through the store had a high volume of soling ingrained into it.

The cleaning process for a hard floor such as this follows the same method listed above for carpet cleaning. However when it comes to the rotary agitation aspect, a soft brush or pad is attached to the bottom of the machine.

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On this occasion it was a soft brush that was attached which gently washes the floor using the cleaning solutions.

As some of the next few photos show, a high level of soiling was removed from these floors which resulted in an impressive difference.

Outstanding results, well done team!

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Here are some videos that our technicians took of the clean that allow you to see some parts of the process in action……

If you are looking to have your commercial flooring cleaned, please do not hesitate to contact us today to arrange a free, no obligation survey. All of our contact details can be found here – Contact Us

For more information of the kind of services we offer our commercial customers can be found here – Commercial Services

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Impressive large scale commercial carpet and upholstery cleaning in Bath.

We were contacted by this boarding school in Bath for professional commercial carpet and upholstery cleaning. The whole team were involved on this job to get this large scale clean completed in a timely manner and to the Green Man high standards.

Commercial upholstery cleaning in Bath
Commercial carpet cleaning in Bath

We have conducted cleans here before but we still attended prior to the clean to conduct a survey. This allows us a chance to discuss with the customer their requirements as well as assess the carpets and logistical considerations such as access to the premises and hot water and electricity.

We then send a formal quotation to our commercial customers for them to consider and accept. This ensures the customer and the team are all aware of exactly what needs doing and there are no misunderstandings.

Bath large scale commercial carpet cleaning
Bath commercial carpet cleaning
Commercial sofa upholstery cleaning

With a job this large, the team work methodically and split up the work so everyone knows what they need to do and crucially they do not get in each other’s way!

A deep clean of the carpets and upholstery was needed here to get all the carpeted areas and upholstery in the dormitories fresh and ready for the new students to arrive soon for the new term.

The process used here was our full deep cleaning process which involves;

  • Dry extraction/vacuuming
  • Spot/stain treatments, as necessary 
  • Eco-sanitising pre-spray 
  • Rotary agitation
  • Traditional rinse extraction (sometimes called steam cleaning)
Professional commercial carpet cleaning
Commercial sofa cleaning in Bath
Upholstery cleanining in commercial premises in Bath
Upholstery commercial cleaning

As you can see from the images, there was a large amount of upholstery that needed cleaning, once it has been cleaned and as much moisture has been removed as possible, the cushions are left propped to increase air flow around the surfaces to increase drying time.

The team worked tirelessly on this large commercial job over three days to clean all of the upholstery and carpeted areas in this boarding school and bring them back to their best. The carpets and sofas are rejuvenated and freshened ready for the new intake of students to arrive soon.

If you have a commercial premises in need of carpet and upholstery cleaning, or any of the other services we offer (you can find these here), please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our admin team will be happy to assist you in discussing your needs, arranging a survey and sending you a formal quotation.

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Successful clean of commercial upholstery in Bath

On a sunny Friday earlier this month, our technician Ollie spent a productive few hours cleaning a host of commercial upholstery at a hall in Peasedown St John, Bath. The mornings clean was a result of one of our technicians conducting a successful survey of the chairs a few weeks prior which meant that Ollie was fully prepared & knew what was ahead of him to achieve the best possible results.

Firstly, Ollie laid tarpaulins under the chairs to protect the floor during the cleaning process. Then he began by thoroughly vacuuming the chairs to remove all the surface debris which prepares them for the rest of the cleaning process.

The chairs are then subject to pre-testing which ensures that our technicians know exactly what material they are working with & can match the products accordingly.

Luckily for Ollie, these chairs were in reasonably good condition, however they were still subject to the entire deep cleaning process which means any stains that he noted were treated appropriately. The products were given time to dwell which helps breakdown the deposits as much as possible prior to rinse extraction.

All of the chairs were then covered in an eco-sanitising pre-spray.

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Upholstery Cleaning
Upholstery Cleaning

The last step in the process is the traditional rinse extraction, otherwise known as steam cleaning. This is where the extraction machine uses a mixture of hot water & products to thoroughly clean the upholstery. It brings any soiling to the surface which is then extracted along with the water & remaining product. This step in the process is sometimes repeated in the event of heavy soiling, although this was not the case on this occasion.

Deep cleaning of upholstery
Deep cleaning of upholstery

As it was a nice day, Ollie took advantage of the warmer weather & arranged the chairs outside to dry in the sunshine!

All 46 chairs are cleaner, fresher & sanitised as a result of a professional deep clean.

Bath Commercial Cleaning
Bath Commercial Cleaning

If you have any commercial upholstery requirements, you can find more details about this & all of our commercial services here.

If you would like to arrange a survey please do not hesitate to contact us, all of our contact details can be found by following this link – Contact Green Man For Professional Cleaning In Bath, Bristol & Frome (greenmancleaning.co.uk)

Wonderful commercial upholstery cleaning in Frome

Ollie was in Frome recently, where a business in the business park required our professional commercial upholstery cleaning services. This commercial property had two upholstered sofas that needed the Green Man treatment.

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Green Man commercial upholstery cleaning in Frome
Frome upholstery cleaning

Once Ollie had got all of the equipment ready and moved into the building it was time to get his work area set up and assess the sofas and check the customers requirements.

The company had two of these lovely grey sofas that were to be fully professionally deep cleaned.

Commercial upholstery cleaning

Ollie then started with dry extracting the sofas, this is vacuuming.

Using an industry standard vacuum cleaner all the loose debris and soil is removed from the fabric, and the hard to reach areas.

Spot and stain treatments are next, any areas of concern are addressed with environmentally friendly solutions. Common areas for staining are the arms and sofa seat cushions. Grubby hands holding onto the arms and spillages are common problems.

Frome commercial upholstery cleaning

An eco sanitising pre-spray is then applied before moving on to agitation. Agitation, whether done by hand or by using a machine, is to release any embedded dirt and soil that is deep down within the fibres.

Rinse extraction, also known as steam cleaning, is the final stage in the process. This is the step in the process which provides the deepest level of cleaning and sanitises the upholstery.

Deep cleaning of upholstery in Frome
Deep commercial upholstery cleaning in Frome

The cushions are then left in a manner that the most air flow can get around as much of the surface area as possible. This aids a speedy drying time.

Ollie has achieved some fantastic results here and these sofas are looking as good as new and are ready to be used by customers and staff.

If you would like to speak to someone about your own cleaning needs, please do not hesitate to get in touch using the button below.

If you wish to read more information about the services we offer, you can find out more here.

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Outstanding stain removal results on carpets in Bath

Ollie was called to this residential property in Bath recently to help out with a more unusual problem. A baby blackbird, who seemed to have a diet consisting mostly of blackberries, had become trapped in the room and subsequently had left some rather unsavoury little gifts for the residents. Whilst they had done their best to clean the mess left, sadly the bird had left numerous small stains that needed addressing.

Carpet cleaning in Bath
Set up for carpet cleaning and stain removal in Bath

Once Ollie had got set up, it was time to take a look at the stains and start to tackle them.

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Stain removal on carpet in Bath
Removing tough stains in Bath

As you can see from the image above, there was quite a lot of staining in a small area. Ollie had to use two different stain treatments, along with some good old fashioned hard work to remove the staining. Staining can be very different to tackle, depending on what the stain is caused by, sometimes permanent damage can already have been caused.

Fortunately, for this customer this was not the case and Ollie achieved some incredible results. You can read more about how to tackle stains at home here.

Before and after stain removal in Bath

Ollie used the full Green Man process here to bring these carpets back to their best and that involves;

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

This represents a full, deep clean and is also environmentally friendly.

Ollie’s hard work and determination coupled with the Green Man process has achieved some incredible results here.

After a somewhat stressful incident with the bird being trapped, all nasty remainders have now been removed and the carpets are clean, hygienic and looking fresh.

Carpet cleaning results in Bath
Stain removal results in Bath

If you have some carpets that need a clean from the wear and tear of usual family life, or have a particular stain that needs tackling from a more unusual incident like this one, please do feel free to contact us using the button below. We are happy to assist with domestic and commercial works and offer a wide range of services. You can find out more about what we offer by visiting our website, here.

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Rug cleaning in Bath provides positive results

Our Bath based technician, Ollie, recently spent a few hours giving a nice colourful rug a new lease of life by giving it a thorough clean. The customer had booked a deep clean for her rug as she felt it was a little tired & grubby looking as it had not benefitted from a professional clean before.

The first thing our technician’s do before they start cleaning a rug is to conduct a pre-test, this not only ensures they are using the correct cleaning method but is also to check for dye fastness. This is an important first step as it is checking the materials resistance to fading or running.

The process of cleaning a rug is much more time consuming than cleaning carpets as we have to treat the back of the rug the same as we do the front! This includes vacuuming, back dusting & stain treatment on both sides to ensure the best possible results

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Rug Cleaning in Bath
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Once the rug has been pre-tested, back dusted & vacuumed front and back, any stains are treated & an eco-sanitising pre-spray is applied. These are allowed to dwell to remove as much soiling as possible.

The rug is then agitated either mechanically or by hand depending on the type of rug. On this occasion, the rug was agitated using a machine before we used traditional rinse extraction to remove all the solutions, water & soiling.

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Successful rug cleaning results
Successful rug cleaning results

The finished result was looking much cleaner & brighter, a great result for Ollie!

After the rug has been cleaned, we recommend a warm area where it can be hung or draped to dry.

Although this was not the case on this occasion, some rugs that have a fluffy/shaggy appearance and those with fringes get some further attention. Following the main clean, rugs with a deeper pile are re-groomed & the fringes cleaned and also re-groomed to ensure an overall positive appearance.

If you are interested in having your rug cleaned, please do not hesitate to contact us, you can use any of our phone numbers or the message section of our website which can be found here – Contact Green Man For Professional Cleaning In Bath, Bristol & Frome (greenmancleaning.co.uk). Alternatively, you can email us – hello@greenmancleaning.co.uk – if you can include some photos of your rug along with the following information, that would be really helpful –

  • What is the approximate size of your rug
  • What is the rug made of?
  • Are there any particular concerns?
  • Do any pets lie on the rug?

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Wonderful terracotta tile cleaning results in Bath

Ollie was called to this property in Bath to these beautiful terracotta tiles that were in need of the Green Man deep cleaning treatment. As per our usual process, Ollie had been here earlier in the month to conduct a survey and test clean of the terracotta tiles. This means the customer has an understanding of how their tiles are going to look after the clean, as well as the process that will be used.

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Terracotta bathroom tiles to be cleaned in Bath
Deep cleaning of terracotta tiles and grout in Bath

As you can see from the images above, these tiles have been well used in this family home and had some staining that needed to be addressed.

The first step in the process of deep cleaning these terracotta tiles is to sweep and vacuum to ensure all loose debris is removed. Once this has been removed we can use a rotary agitator with an eco friendly cleaning solution to work down into the grout and tile to remove any embedded soiling.

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Professional tile and grout clean in Bath
Bath grout and tile cleaning
Professional terracotta tile cleaning

Manual cleaning is needed for hard floors to address those hard to reach areas. This includes the grout and around the edges up to skirting and kick boards.

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Terracotta tile and grout cleaning in Bath

Once the dirty slurry has been removed and the floor has been rinsed, several times if needed, to remove all soiling and cleaning solution, it is time for the application of an impregnating seal.

To allow the flooring time to dry, the seal was applied on a return visit the next day. The seal offers the beautiful tiles more protection from staining and increases their longevity.

Tile cleaning in Bath
Eco friendly tile cleaning in Bath
Kitchen terracotta tile cleaning in Bath

Considering the level of staining on this terracotta floor, the results are impressive. The tiles are rejuvenated in appearance and are hygienic ready for more family life.

Professional deep clean of terracotta tiles

These terracotta tiles will now be more resistant to staining and protected from the wear and tear of family life.

You can read more about our hard floor cleaning processes here.

If you have any hard flooring that needs a professional deep clean and reseal, please use the contact us button below to book in your own survey to assess and discuss your needs with one of our experienced technicians.

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Second superb commercial carpet clean in an office and shop in Bath

You might remember that earlier in the week Ollie and Joanne achieved some incredible results for a commercial customer at their offices in Bath. The team cleaned some carpets as well as some hard flooring. You can read the blog about the first visit here.

Ollie and Joanne have returned to this commercial customer later on in this beautifully sunny week to address the carpets and hard floors in their shop premises.

As Ollie had been to survey the premises prior to booking the work, the team knew exactly what was required and after a quick walk around they were able to get to work.

Office carpet cleaning in Bath

Following the Green Man carpet cleaning process the team got started on the office carpets above the shop.

After a thorough vacuum, treating any spot stains and applying an eco sanitising pre-spray it was time for rotary agitation.

Rotary agitation helps to loosen deep down embedded dirt and assists in improving the appearance of any flattened pile.

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Commercial shop carpets cleaned in Bath

You can read more about our commercial carpet cleaning process here.

As you can see from the image on the left the carpets in the upstairs office above the shop have come up beautifully and look as good as new.

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Commercial stairs carpet cleaning in Bath

Ollie and Joanne have done a terrific job for this commercial customer, their offices and their shop premises now have carpets that are refreshed and rejuvenated. The hard floors in both premises have also received the Green Man treatment and the team achieved some great results. You can read more about our commercial hard floor cleaning here.

Asides from what is pictured here, Joanne and Ollie also had some sisal carpets to clean in the shop. Sisal is a natural fibre derived from the sisal plant. Whilst it is hard wearing and durable, it cannot be cleaned with our standard procedure.

Sisal fibres are prone to collapse and browning when wet so they need to be cleaned using a method known as Very Low Moisture cleaning.

It involves the application of a cleaning compound that contains cleaning agents, you can see this in the image on the right.

Sisal cleaning

This process lightly refreshes the sisal, improves the lustre and deodorises the sisal.

If you have any carpet, upholstery or hard floor cleaning needs that you would like the Green Man team to address, please get in touch using the button below.

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Superb commercial cleaning of carpets & hard flooring in Bath office

Last month, our Bath technician, Ollie attended a local business premises to carry out a short survey as the customer had contacted us about having the carpets & hard flooring cleaned in their office & shop. Carrying out a survey is a great way to determine the condition & specific requirements of a customers hard floor & with this being a commercial environment, it means we can tailor both the quote & the method of cleaning to suit the business needs.

Following on from the successful survey, Ollie went back this week with fellow technician, Joanne & spent a sunny Monday carrying out the office clean. This involved cleaning the carpets which totalled 53 m2 & 2 long flights of stairs plus 79 m2 of engineered wood floor.

Our method for cleaning the carpets involved:

Dry extraction/vacuuming – This involves using a commercial vacuum to remove surface debris

Spot/stain treatments, as necessary – Treating stains with a specific solution that is left to dwell to break down the deposits

Eco-sanitising pre-spray – A sanitiser that is tough on dirt & bacteria yet still kind to the environment

Commercial carpet & hard floor cleaning in Bath
Commercial carpet & hard floor cleaning in Bath

Rotary agitation – A rotary machine is used to agitate the carpet & bring any debris at the bottom of the pile to the surface. The machine also applies a cleaning solution deep into the pile to provide a thorough clean prior to extraction

Traditional rinse extraction – This extracts all the remaining dirt from the carpet as well as the water & cleaning solutions

This completes the carpet cleaning process & they looked cleaner & fresher as a result of Ollie & Joanne’s hard work!

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Office carpet cleaning
Commercial carpet cleaning in Bath
Commercial carpet cleaning in Bath

I love the attention to detail that this video reflects – This office space also doubles as a jewellery making studio & there were lots of little bits of metal embedded in the carpets. This video shows Ollie removing the metal prior to cleaning using scissors to tweezer them out!

Once all the carpets were cleaned, it was time for Joanne & Ollie to tackle the hard flooring. In this instance, it was engineered wood that they would be cleaning.

Commercial hard floor cleaning
Commercial hard floor cleaning
Commercial office cleaning
Commercial office cleaning

The process the technicians used for cleaning this floor was the use of a rotary machine, wet vac & to finish the floor was buffed dry.

1 – The rotary machine uses rotating pads to apply a cleaning solution which is then gently agitated onto the floor surface.

2 – The wet vac then vacuums up all the water & cleaning solutions as well as any remaining debris.

3 – The pads on the rotary machine are then changed & the floor is buffed dry to give it a gleaming finish.

This was a great team effort from Ollie & Joanne on one of the first warmer days that we have had this year. They worked so well together that they are going back again this week to clean this customers shop, check out our next blog later in the week to see how they got on!

If you are thinking of having the carpets or hard flooring cleaned in your commercial premises, further information can be found on our website Commercial & Office Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning In Bath & Bristol Area (greenmancleaning.co.uk) or please feel free to contact us, all of our contact details can be found here.

Commercial cleaning in Bath
Commercial cleaning in Bath