Bodelwyddan Castle (bodelwyddan–castle.co.uk) is a museum in Denbighshire, Wales, which is over 500 years old and has been restored to the height of its Victorian splendour when it was a family home to the Baronets of Bodelwyddan. The Castle, as well as being reputedly one of the most haunted castles in North Wales, featured on Most Haunted tv programme also boasts nine historic rooms and many other interesting areas.
The carpeted areas in these rooms are also a great feature with beautiful designs and colours. Keeping these valuable assets clean and in prime condition is a problem faced by many public access buildings across the UK especially when carpets need to be in constant use and always looking their best. Another important consideration was the need for specialist cleaning of their carpets as the use of water would raise the humidity to unacceptable levels and potentially damage the valuable paintings and furniture on display.
The answer for Bodelwyddan was to call in the services of Andrew Jones, Proprietor of Pomegranate Floor North Wales, who using the Host Dry Extraction cleaning system was able to ensure that the custom made Axminster carpets were not only thoroughly cleaned and restored but that they were ready for use again immediately after cleaning.
Andrew Jones, “The carpets at Bodelwyddan are all bespoke custom made Axminster, mostly 27″ hand sewn together, bordered and requiring specialist cleaning. Water or moisture in these carpets would be a disaster, also moisture is highly monitored throughout the building to protect the portraits which are irreplaceable, much of the furniture which needed to be moved around for the clean are also highly valuable antique pieces. The HOST process is a unique all in one system that gets carpets clean and back in use immediately. Using the Host Freestyle machine to thoroughly vacuum and pile lift the carpet removes dry soil from top to bottom of the carpet fibres. Host Sponges – a non-abrasive organic fibre moistened with water that contains safe to use solvent and detergent – are then applied and brushed through the carpet by the Host Freestyle machine. This brushing action breaks up and traps any remaining sticky soil. Finally, the powerful vacuum removes the soiled cleaner. The great advantage is that carpets are ready to be used again immediately with no mess and no drying time needed”.
Deputy Director of Bodelwyddan Castle,Morrigan Mason, who commissioned the cleaning programme says “the carpets at Bodelwyddan Castle are a real feature. They have over 60,000 pairs of feet walking over them every year and people like to see their amazing colours and design, created from carefully researched archival patterns. The organic dry cleaning solution Andrew provided was ideal. The process was quick and there was no use of water or harsh chemicals, which meant the collections were safe. Andrew also has an expert knowledge of how the carpets are made and was trusted to carry out minor repairs as part of the service. The effect of the clean has been impressive and the carpets have a new brightness to them.”
“Woolsafe and Greenseal approved, the HOST System deep cleans carpet and reduces dust mites and mould leaving it fresh, clean, dry and ready to use. Carpets do not re-soil as quickly because there is no sticky residue to grab and hold fresh soil. Because the Host Carpet Cleaning system does not contribute to re-soiling, regular, frequent vacuuming keeps the carpet cleaner for longer. The Host sponges absorb soil and so no soil is left in the solution at the base of the carpet – so soil cannot wick back to the carpet surface and appear as a spot some time later”.
Pomegranate Floor North Wales delivers professional Dry Extraction Carpet Cleaning to both domestic and commercial premises throughout North Wales, Chester and Wirral. As Andrew explains, “we offer one off cleans and restorations where either through heavy footfall or spillages carpets have become worn and tired looking as well as scheduled maintenance contracts. Carpet is one of the most valuable assets that both businesses and home owners invest in and by working closely with our clients to develop maintenance programmes we can help keep their carpet looking good and extend its lifetime”.
As an installer with over 30 years experience, Andrew has also now extended the Pomegranate range of services to include supply, installation and cleaning – a complete package from one of North Wales’ fastest growing carpet contractors.
For further information contact: Andrew Jones . Pomegranate Floor North Wales.
0800 180 4803 / 07900 907253