Kimberly Clark award scholarship to Green Man

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Kimberly-Clark award Green Man a scholarship to the ISSA Biohazard training course.

We are delighted to announce that we have received confirmation that we have been accepted onto the ISSA’s GBAC Fundamentals Online Course:  Microbial Warrior Workshop, courtesy of
Kimberly-Clark Professional.
This course teaches cleaning professionals to prepare for, respond to and recover from biohazards in the workplace. Participants will learn infection and contamination control measures for infectious disease outbreak situations such as the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

This course will be an invaluable resource to the team at this time. Whilst we have a variety of decontamination training as a team, the ISSA course will be another opportunity to consolidate our learning at a time when we are receiving increased demand for this service.
Kimberly-Clark will fund the training as part of their outreach programme to workers in our sector on the front line of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Thank you, Kimberly-Clark!

Decontamination cleaning in Bath

Eco-friendly decontamination cleaning in Bath

As a provider of professional cleaning services, we are receiving an increased volume of enquiries relating to decontamination cleaning. The current Covid-19 crisis has affected everyone, both at home and at work. It has heightened the public perception of how contamination can be spread and therefore increased the demand for this type of work. 

What we offer

Green Man carry a range of solutions specifically designed to deal with pathogens and have the training in place to ensure a professional deep-clean can be conducted to a high standard. While few products in our sector have been accredited as being “Covid-19” specific, the solution we use is effective against Coronoviruses, as well as being entirely eco-friendly. For this reason, we are confident in stating that we can conduct a decontamination clean with a solution tested to kill a range of Coronaviruses.

 “Green Man can conduct a decontamination clean with a solution tested to kill a range of Coronaviruses.”

 

Specifically relating to the current situation, here are the anti-viral services we offer our customers in and near Bath: 

  • Eco-friendly anti-viral carpet cleaning in Bath
  • Eco-friendly anti-viral hard floor cleaning in Bath
  • Eco-friendly anti-viral upholstery cleaning in Bath
  • Eco-friendly anti-viral rug cleaning in Bath
  • Eco-friendly decontamination fogging/fumigation treatment in Bath

How to conduct a sanitising deep-clean in your home

Professional cleaners need professional training & qualifications to ensure a consistent & thorough job is done every time. Here at Green Man, we regularly retrain & reinvest in the latest equipment & eco-technology to ensure we are able to deliver the best our industry has to offer.

The methodology of a deep-clean

At this difficult time, we thought it might be helpful to outline the very latest advice from our industry about the methodology of a  sanitising deep-clean.

It is important to state very clearly that here in the UK, the government has not certified any particular products as having the capacity to kill Covid-19. This isn’t to say that many products will already exist that can do the job, but that we have to exercise caution in suggesting any particular brand will be 100% effective.

1. Know your enemy

Basic Information About Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are a type of organism that often cause respiratory diseases in people and animals. In the fall of 2019 a new mutation of a coronavirus was first detected in China. The new variation was soon recognized to have properties similar to the 2003 coronavirus that led to the description of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). As such, the virus was named “SARS-CoV-2” by the World Health Organization (WHO). Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 can lead to a specific form of illness characterized by very high fever and dry cough named “coronavirus disease 2019” – abbreviated “COVID-19”.

Within months of its identification, despite extensive efforts at containment, COVID-19 spread around the globe and was declared by the World Health Organization to be a “pandemic”; a world-wide epidemic of an illness for which people have no natural immunity. To address the risk, significant efforts are being directed at developing a vaccine. However, as of the published date of this document, no such preventative medicine is available. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Nonpharmaceutical intervention would be the most important response strategy” to COVID-19. Their pronouncement means that infection control and home care of the affected are the key response measures.

It is noted that older adults, particularly those with weakened immune systems and underlying health problems, are at a higher risk for severe COVID-19 associated illness. This means that medical facilities and eldercare accommodations are especially vulnerable to outbreaks.

2. Choose a powerful disinfectant

If conducting a deep-clean at home, please take conscious steps to avoid spreading any contamination:

  • everything that you use to clean must be kept clean
  • until we know what will definitely kill Covid-19, use a different cloth/wipe for every separate area that you clean

As we proceed, it is important to understand that we are using disinfectant to clean, rather than disinfecting. Without rigorous testing after our work, there is no way to guarantee that areas cleaned are entirely disinfected.

When choosing a cleaning product, it makes sense to choose a brand of disinfectant you trust. If a solution is known to have the power to kill a range of viruses, as well as bacteria, this will be a good indication of potential kill power

3. Wear protective gear

Although we are discussing working in your own home, it might be helpful to understand that, as contractors delivering this type of service, we are obliged to wear gloves, gowns, eye protection, and respirators as a minimum. This is following British Standard guidelines designed to protect us, as well as our clients.

Clearly, as you live in the home you are about to clean, the chances are that you have likely been exposed to any micro-organism & viruses present. For this reason, PPE is advised as an example of best practice.

4. Clean all touchpoints

The first step in cleaning and sanitizing to break the chain of COVID-19 illnesses from secondary surfaces is to remove soil and other surface contaminants. Emphasis should be placed on cleaning surfaces more likely to be touched by occupants; commonly referred to as touchpoints. Since people are not precise when touching objects, touchpoint cleaning should extend past the focused item 3-12 inches. Common touchpoints include, but are not limited to:

  • door knobs and locks
  • door push bars, door edges and jambs on the side opposite the hinges
  • stair and ramp hand railings
  • cupboard and drawer handles
  • appliance handles
  • light switches
  • table and desktops
  • telephones
  • toilet seats and flush handles
  • tap handles
  • soap pumps
  • keyboards and mice
  • elevator buttons
  • television remote controls
  • chair armrests
  • bedrails, and countertops

Typically, a trigger sprayer and a wiping cloth are used for cleaning most touchpoints. In that circumstance, spraying the cloth and then wiping is preferable to spraying the surface.
If it is an allowable application method under the EPA registration for the particular chemical, substituting pump up devices that deliver the chemical product as a foam is a technique that has multiple advantages over a sprayer for cleaning touchpoints. A foam application allows the worker to see what has been covered, allows the product to stay on the surface longer without drying, and uses significantly less of the cleaning product.

5. Applying disinfectant to the wider area

Professional cleaners have access to atomising sprayers & a range of equipment designed to broadcast disinfectant throughout a given space.

The most sensible process at home would be to address the flooring and wall spaces. These could be appraoched using similar process as before, taking care not to damage areas by ensuring you pre-test any surfaces you are unsure about wiping. This can be done in areas that are out-of-sight or less visible.

Finally,

Whatever steps you take in your home, please understand that they are likely only to manage the potential risk. The chance of re-contamination after a clean is ever-present. Only regular, thorough cleaning using this method is likely to prove a worthwhile preventative measure.

Thank you for taking the time to read. We all wish you good health during these difficult times.

Green Man

– some information taken from the Preliminary Report for Restoration Contractors Assisting Clients With COVID-19 Concerns published by the IICRC.

Find out more about our domestic services here

Airbnb Emergency

We received a call last Sunday evening that a large Airbnb rental property in Bath had, essentially, been trashed. The owner was genuinely distressed as this was a property he & his partner had invested significant time & money making into a boutique stay location. The place had been used as the venue for a large party in which fixtures had been smashed, furniture urinated on, ceilings & walls smeared with food etc. etc.

The whole house was already booked from 3pm the next day (Monday) – could we help?

We were already fully booked for most of the week but, after consultation with the team, we found we could bring in some trusted back-up support to cover some communal area cleans (thank you, Ryan!).

The scenario:

  • Deep-clean 7 bedroom carpets
  • Remove vomit from beds & sanitise
  • Treat & remove urine from corner sofa & deep-clean
  • Stain treat & deep-clean modern rug

The team decided to deal with the contamination first. After donning ppe, we first dealt with the vomit on the upholstered sides of some of the beds. We removed the contaminant, disinfected the area, then rinse extracted the entire panel to avoid issues with watermarking.

Airbnb in Bath upholstery cleaning

Next, we attended to the sofa. This was a good piece of upholstery that was in danger of permanent damage. After vacuuming the fabric, we applied a solution to the urine stain to neutralise it.

This was followed by a general pre-spray, gentle agitation with a soft brush & then traditional rinse extraction. We added an eco-friendly, sanitising odour neutraliser to the rinse to allow full penetration and anticipate potential issues with any recurrent smell.

Green Man can deep-clean, deodorise & sanitise all soft furnishings using entirely eco-friendly products.

After the areas of contamination had been neutralised, we focussed our attention of deep-cleaning all bedrooms. The way we clean will sanitise as part of the process.

The stairs had suffered a lot of heavy traffic in muddy shoes.

As with everything else, it was

Vacuumed

Stain treated

Pre-sprayed

Agitated

Rinse extracted

And, after all that, it looked a lot better!

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Last of all was the large modern rug. This was badly stained with something that looked like tar or similar. It required some pain-staking close treatment using a variety of stain removal solutions & techniques.

Thankfully, after the preparation work had been done, the whole rug responded very well to the final extraction & looked like new once we had finished-

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After the work had been completed, I had a phonecall from the owner who was delighted with the outcome. Not only had we completed the work within the 4 hour window we’d been given, but (with the exception of the rug) all elements were dry enough for the property to be available immediately.

If you manage an Airbnb or portfolio of rental properties, get in touch to find out how we may be able to support your work in making your properties clean & greener.

IICRC Water Restoration Technician Certification

Last week, Green Man attended the excellent IICRC Water Restoration Technician training course at The National Flood School in Alton. Over the course of three days, the course outlines all aspects of professional flood response & restoration.

Day 1 – We began with looking at the different classes of water typically found in a flood situation. The different classifications are based on levels of contamination & potential risk.

This was followed by looking at insurance categories and how to ensure our initial assessments comply with the standard protocols of a possible insurance claim.

The correct use of moisture sensors & essential PPE was also covered.

Day 2 –  We next looked in detail at how to conduct the initial survey & ensure that a sufficiently detailed assessment of all potential flood damage is recorded. A Drying Plan is a key tool, but relies on accurate measurements taken correctly. This is exactly the area we need to make sure we get consistently right so that we can monitor how well we are recovering water from a flood.

In the afternoon, we began to get into the mathematics & science of Psychrometry.

Day 3 – On the last day, we looked in detail at permeance (how materials absorb & release water vapour), and practised using relative humidity graphs to establish to exact water content of a given area, enabling us to precisely deploy the correct number of dehumidifiers & air movers.

The afternoon was taken up with the IICRC exam. Because the IICRC is based in the USA, we will have to wait about a month until we get our results.

Fingers crossed…

IICRC Water Restoration Technician

Read more about our flood response & water restoration services here.

Deep-clean to all corridors, dormitories & upholstery in a Bath school.

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A few weeks back, several of the Green Man vans teamed up to form a commercial cleaning unit & spent three days at a large Bath school.

The brief was simple:

Clean all the dormitories [Total: 144 beds],

306 m2 of corridors,

23 sofas,

19 stools

& 3 rugs

We sent 4 technicians for 3 days and deep-cleaned everything.

All full deep-clean involves:

  1. Industrial vacuuming/dry extraction
  2. Spot/stain treatments
  3. Eco-sanitising pre-spray
  4. Rotary agitation
  5. Traditional rinse extraction (sometimes called steam cleaning)

This was a sizeable job. Here is a brief walk down one of the corridors…

Some images of the common-room upholstery clean

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We completed the job within the specified time-frame & our client was very happy with the work. There were zero issues with all areas.

If you have any questions about how the Green Man commercial team can help, please feel free to get in touch. We provide a free, no obligation survey for all our commercial work and offer the flexibility of up to 5 vans with 8 technicians to be able to deliver all types of carpet, hard-floor, rug & upholstery cleans to almost all types of location.

Case study: Deep-cleaning of carpets, hard-flooring, rugs & upholstery in a Bath school

Not long after Christmas, a school in Bath that we have worked with over the years asked us if we could perform a deep-clean of carpets, safety flooring, alphabet rugs & staff room upholstery this Easter.

We arranged a full survey and provided a detailed quotation, which outlined the need for a three van team to attend the school with 5 technicians in total…

Safety floor cleaning

Two members of our team were assigned to deep-cleaning safety flooring in the nursery area of the school. This involved:

  1. Clearing the area
  2. Applying a carefully selected eco-friendly pre-spray that would sanitise the floor
  3. Using a combination of rotary & oscillating pad machines to agitate the floor
  4. Rinse extraction to remove the water & soiling.
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Staff room upholstery cleaning

It will come as no surprise to learn that there were plenty of tea, coffee (and hot chocolate!) stains for us to get stuck into in the staff room.

Thankfully, someone had made the right decision to furnish this staff room with synthetic upholstery. Man-made fibres tend to be much more responsive to stain treatments than natural fibres – this is worth bearing in mind in homes where similar types of staining is likely…

We deep-cleaned the upholstery here using the full professional method and all areas responded extremely well.

Alphabet Rug Cleaning

Alphabet rug cleaning

Most primary schools & nurseries have alphabet rugs. They provide a cosy space for young children to sit on during story-time & other literacy activities. Because of this, they tend to contain a huge amount of soiling and general staining.

In the image above, our technician is performing the final rinse-extraction process (sometimes called steam cleaning) after industrial vacuuming, stain treatments & a sanitising pre-spray.

School Carpet Cleaning

Classroom carpet cleaning

School carpet cleaning is very much like much of the large scale commercial carpet cleaning we perform. The key factors in achieving a good result are ensuring we adhere to the full professional carpet cleaning method to deliver a high volume of soil extraction.

This results in carpeting that not only looks clean, but carpets that we know are deep-cleaned and rid of as much soil & contamination as we could possible achieve.

For more information about Green Man‘s commercial carpet cleaning services, click here.

Our client’s feedback…

Before I got home after the day’s work, I had received an email from the school’s facilities manager. The school caretaker had email her his thoughts just after we left:

“Just to let you know that the carpet cleaners have finished their work here.

 

As usual their standard of workmanship has been extremely high and our carpets and upholstery are looking great!”

Receiving feedback like this – unasked for- makes all our hard work feel worthwhile.

Professional velvet upholstery cleaning

When we get a call asking us to consider cleaning velvet upholstery, there are always a number of key questions that come to mind:

  1. What is the condition of the fabric?
  2. What has been used to clean it with so far?
  3. Are there any significant concerns?

What lies behind these questions is many years of experience of facing the impossible task of restoring velvet that has either collapsed (due to over-wetting) or been permanently damaged through excessive agitation or application of an off-the-shelf cleaning product.

As I may have mentioned (or moaned about) before, far too often items of upholstery (and carpets) are sold without any explicit care instructions or- far worse- no explanation that cleaning the item may be problematic or need the attention of a professional.

This example comes from a recent clean in Box, Wiltshire. The owner had not specified any particular issues so we had planned for a straightforward dry clean using a fabric appropriate solvent. Because of the volatility of the solvent, the household was advised to keep the door closed. While we worked, we used a P3 respirator to ensure that no hazardous fumes were breathed in.  After the clean was finished, all windows were opened to allow the solvent to safely disperse.

Green Man operate as a green-cleaning company, but recognise the limitations that this occasionally imposes with regards to so-called problem fabrics such as velvet. Most of the time, with 95% of our work, getting an outstanding finish is possible using only eco-friendly products. However, some fabrics are simply not suitable for any kind of water0based clean, and this is when we have to revert to (the safest possible) dry cleaning solvents. We do our best to discuss the possible options with clients and ensure that they are informed about any possible compromises with regards to the eco credentials of our work. 

As a general rule of thumb, if there has been any significant water-damage or staining to velvet, it is highly unlikely to be salvageable. The beautifully soft pile of velvet is created using the cut strands of fine cotton and, as such, it is incredibly prone to collapse.

If you’ve any questions at all regarding our velvet work, or would like to discuss having an item of velvet cleaned in your own home, feel free to get in touch. We’d be delighted to help.

Eco-friendly carpet cleaning in Bath

Green Man are proud to deliver an outstanding and innovative eco-friendly carpet, rug & upholstery cleaning service to our customers in Bath.

As members of the National Carpet Cleaners Association, we have continually invested in both up-to-date training and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure we are able to provide a responsive and professional service to both domestic & commercial customers alike. 

 “A superior result in almost every situation”

A few years back, the concept of eco-friendly still had the sound of something faddish or vaguely hippy-like about it. Certainly, we have spent a lot of time demonstrating that being environmentally friendly definitely does not mean that our products are inferior. In fact, the reality is that modern, eco-friendly cleaning means a superior result in almost every situation. The benefits in our industry are that these new formulations are free rinsing.

Old-fashioned detergents invariably fail to be entirely rinsed from a carpet during a clean and will attract soils much quicker, meaning unscrupulous carpet cleaners find they are called back more frequently and- ironically- make things worse than they were before!

Not only will our solutions help to maintain the cleanliness of your soft furnishings, but they also sanitise as they work. Whether your carpets, rugs or upholstery are constructed of natural or synthetic fibres, the many solutions we use combine the benefits of deep-cleaning with the additional benefit of a sanitising action. 

Hypoallergenic cleaning

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One of the clear benefits of operating in a sustainable way is that our cleaning systems are highly suitable for hypoallergenic cleaning.

At the initial stage of the clean, we’ve ensured that dust, pathogens and the multitude of airborne, allergy-causing pathogens are filtered through two electrostatically charged filters at the vacuum stage.

Following this, the agitation stage of our cleaning system is designed to remove even more particulates by effectively brushing the carpet pile or upholstery fabric.

The final rinse extraction process will rinse and recover the wide spectrum of soils, grease, stains and debris that the previous stages have made soluble, leaving your carpet/rugs/upholstery restored to their best potential condition.

Protecting the natural world

At the heart of our business is a pledge to provide the absolute best carpet cleaning with the absolute minimum harm to the world around us.

Sourcing excellent eco-products is part of this, but so is responsible disposal of any waste water or vacuum bags we dispose of. Minimising our use of diesel is also a priority, which is why our manager continues to cycle to as many surveys as he can. One day, we hope to be able to buy zero-emission vans for the whole team. This would be a huge expense, but is not an impossible aspiration and one that we are all keen to fulfil.

If you have any questions about the way we run our business, please do feel free to get in touch.

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