Cottage clean on May Hill

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A few week’s ago, we conducted a full survey of carpets & upholstery near May Hill.

Following on from our quotation, we were asked to conduct the clean last week, so myself & one of our Quedgeley based technicians spent the day in a lovely corner of Gloucestershire.

The scope of the work included four traditional wool rugs, a large embroidered sofa, as well as six decent sized rooms & two staircases. 

It was definitely a full days’ cleaning for two of us!

In some ways, the professional cleaning of all soft furnishings involves a similar process:

  • Dry extraction
  • Stain treatments, as necessary
  • Application of a fabric-specific pre-spray
  • (An appropriate level of) Agitation
  • Some form of extraction of the soils etc. that have been made soluable

Today, we needed to work efficiently to ensure all items received the same level of attention.

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As you can see in the upper right hand corner of the photo, there was a noticeable greasy deposit bound into the fabric that would need some specific attention.

After a careful vacuuming of all elements of the sofa, it soon became apparent that the cushions continued to hold on to a significant amount of dust.

For this reason, I took them each outside and gave them a sound beating the old fashioned way 😉

Once this initial dry extraction was complete, it was time to apply a pre-spray. In this case, it was our hi-tech eco-friendly sanitising cleaning solution that  a c t i v e l y  breaks down soils & greases into easily rinseable molecules.

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Once this was complete, I agitated the solution deep into the fabric using a soft brush.

After a short dwell time, it was time to rinse extract…

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In order to deal with the greasy stain, an additional orange-extract based solvent was applied, then immediately extracted.

Our technicians are fully trained and work hard to deliver an outstanding clean every time. We take pride in sourcing the best eco-friendly products available to ensure that we can clean with a clean conscience. 

Sometimes there are specific types of stains that will not respond to the range of plant-derived solutions we use. If this is the case, we will consult with our customers & decide what the best way forward is. Occasionally, this will involve the measured application of a professional-grade, fabric safe solvent. If this is done, it will then be fully rinsed & disposed of responsibly according to PAS 64 standards.

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After we had lunch, I began to work through the variety of rugs. Owing to their age & continued use, these each carried a considerable soil-load and required extensive vacuuming & back-beating.

Take a look at the short (poor quality) video as a guage of what these types of rugs can yield up. This footage was taken after an initial vacuum to both sides of the rug, followed by back-beating…https://www.youtube.com/embed/MnPxgTYsBs4?feature=oembed

Once I’d removed as much dry soil as possible, the rugs were each pre-sprayed, agitated, then rinse extracted.

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We were delighted to be given both a space to air the rugs, as well as the apparatus to hang them on! This is not usually the case and we generally leave air-movers to accelerate drying.

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Now we really were getting toward the tail end of the day & Pete was finishing the stairs.

The final process was to deep-clean the downstairs carpets-

Redefining the meaning of green cleaning!

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When all elements of the work had been completed, we conducted a walk-through with the customer. I’m pleased to say she was delighted with each aspect of the clean.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you keep your home cleaner & greener, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Thank you for reading.

Professional vacuuming prior to carpet clean

Pete began upstairs by carefully moving all items of furniture. The Green Man team will usually move most furniture by default, only leaving very heavy or fragile items in place.

Once this was done, he conducted a full professional vacuum of all areas using our industry-standard Sebo BS36.

This machine has two independent motors – one for powerful vacuuming, one to power the beater bar, generating a deep level of agitation to coax out the deepest of dry soils!

A carpet after a deep eco friendly clean.

While Pete worked upstairs cleaning the carpets, I began with the sofa.

This particular item was from the 1960’s, British made with a complex embroidered fabric that needed a gentle touch. 

Commercial chair cleaning – a brief case study.

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Green Man professionally cleaned 250 chairs in a Catholic Church in Bristol this weekend.

A few week’s back, we were asked to survey a large number of chairs in a church in Bristol. They needed significant wax & stain removal, as well as deep-cleaning – and this all needed to be done within a short time-frame. Not only this, but they needed to be guaranteed dry within a day so that the church congregation would be able to sit on them for a special occasion.

The scope of the job meant that we would need to create a bespoke clean that ensured the client was able to secure a quick turnaround without compromising on quality.

Modern solutions to meet the demands of a busy world…

The nature of this particular job meant that traditional rinse extraction cleaning was out of the question. Whilst it would have been our preferred option, the temperature of the church and condition of the chairs meant that guaranteeing all 250 chairs would have been dry would have been a gamble.

We discussed the various options with our client and devised a cleaning approach that used a combination of traditional stain & wax-removal techniques with modern encapsulating technology.

This involved:

  • 1. Vacuuming (using an industrial vacuum with turbo-brush hand tool attached)
  • 2. Spot/stain treatments – including a significant amount of the classic “iron and kitchen towel” wax removal technique!
  • 3. Eco-friendly encapsulating pre-spray
  • 4. Rotary agitation (using a motorised micro-fibre pad machine)
  • 5. Dry extraction

How does low-moisture upholstery cleaning work?

Our encapsulation solution uses no detergents, contains natural plant extracts and utilises advances in technology to deliver built in anti-stain & anti-soil properties.

After the solution has been applied to the carpet and dwelt for at least 10 minutes, crystallizing polymers surround or encapsulate the soils which are now suspended within the solution.

As the solution dries, the encapsulation polymers dry to a crystal. This crystal does not adhere to the carpet fibres; instead, it’s easily removed with a micro-fibre pad.

To read more about our chair cleaning services, click here.

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The finished result was excellent.

When we left, about a third of the chairs were already dry and able to be safely sat upon.Within 5 hours, all 250 chairs had been stain treated, deodorised and cleaned.

We had removed almost all traces of wax from around 50 of the chairs, as well as ink stain removal and the general fabric cleaning. Not only that, but the fabric is left more resistant to ongoing staining.

In layman’s terms, the upholstery is:

Drier quicker

Deodorised

&

Stain Resistant