Commercial Carpet Cleaning at Longleat

Carpet Cleaning at Longleat Safari Park Wiltshire

Our branch in Frome covers a very wide service area, which includes Warminster. We were delighted to be invited to survey some of the retail outlets within the Longleat House estate for commercial carpet cleaning.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning in retail space
Commercial Carpet Cleaning in retail space

Commercial carpet survey

The first location that required a deep-clean was the sweet shop. This is an area that (for obvious reasons!) endures a very high level of footfall.

When we arrived for the survey, the flooring initially appeared to be a wood effect laminate but, as soon as you stepped onto it, its softness revealed it to actually be Flotex. Flotex is made with 70 million fibres per square metre!

We don’t encounter this type of carpet very often, but it was popular in the past as a kitchen carpet.

It has several unusual characteristics that make it a practical option, such as:

  • Very sound absorbent
  • Very dense surface area, meaning it traps & hides soils extremely well
  • 20 years durability guarantee

From a cleaning perspective, it presents certain challenges. In a shop such as this, it will tend to hang onto an enormous soil load. Also, because of its density, we need to use a specific machine to agitate the floor as rotary floor machines tend to jam on its velcro-like surface.

Social distancing stickers

This floor had quite a few, worn out social distancing stickers on the floor that the managers wanted to replace, so our first job was to get these off the floor. Thankfully, we keep builder’s floor scrapers in the van for just this type of job…

Removal of stickers from floor
Removal of stickers from floor

Using contra-rotating brushes

After we had carried out a thorough initial vacuum, it was time to bring out “Old Faithful”.

This slightly battered orange machine is a contra-rotating brush machine, specifically designed to lift deep-seated soils from within the carpet pile whilst simultaneously agitating a cleaning solution into the carpet. The image below shows the night/day impact of this process…

Contra rotating brush machine agitating a Flotex carpet
Contra rotating brush machine agitating a Flotex carpet

Traditional rinse extraction

Once the floor had been prepped, it was time to recover all the soil & debris we had made soluble using a rinse extraction machine. On this occasion, we used an Airflex Miniflex. This is a compact professional carpet cleaning machine with more than enough power to tackle this job.

Airflex Miniflex on a commercial carpet
Airflex Miniflex on a commercial carpet

Rinse extraction cleaning is sometimes referred to as steam cleaning.

When hot water is fired out the end of the carpet cleaning wand, it has the appearance of steam. This carpet did not require a particularly high water pressure (in this case, around 200 psi).

Green Man Commercial Carpet Cleaning in Wiltshire
Green Man Commercial Carpet Cleaning in Wiltshire

Once we had cleaned the floor, it was clear that it would need to be cleaned again. So we repeated the process a second time!

When we had completed the second rinse, it was basically job done. We installed a fan heater to accelerate the drying, cleaned the equipment & headed home.


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