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


Stain treated



Rinse extracted

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

Airbnb in Bath stair carpet cleaning

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-

Airbnb in Bath rug clean 2

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.

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.

Agitating eco-friendly pre-spray to chairs in a church in Bristol
Applying eco-friendly pre-spray to chairs in a church in Bristol

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



Stain Resistant