Capstone cleaning Ltd started life in 1996, using the traditional method of cleaning (and all the risks it entailed). Steadily building a solid reputation amongst the house building companies working for Connolly Homes, Prowting Homes, Wheatley Homes, Barratt Homes, Mclean Homes, Wimpey Homes and Henry Boot Homes as Kettering and its surrounding areas expanded quite extensively from 1996 to 2007.
In 2005 Health and Safety recommendations changed with the 2005 amendment to the Working at heights act, which, asked all members of our industry to look at more practical and safer methods of work. We invested heavily at this point with our first venture into reach and wash. This more cost effective and time efficient method of cleaning opened up new doorways as we moved into the commercial sector in 2005.
Since 2005 we have grown our local market share considerably and in 2016 we were ready to bid for a public sector contract which we won at the first time of asking.
I am proud to say that the company has been built on very solid foundations and has grown at a pace that has been sustainable, has always deployed resources and investments wisely and has always run a positive and solid cash flow. This measured approach to our business model has enabled us to be able to compete with any rival bidder, regardless of size, as our cost base/cash flow ratio is of the highest order as we are not saddled by typical costs that more established companies suffer from.
Reach and wash window cleaning (Water fed pole systems)
Capstone Ltd run two van mounted cold water fed pole systems. Each van carries a number of poles up to 65ft. This makes it possible to clean windows up to 5-6 storeys whilst working safely from the floor, reducing risk on even the most dangerous contracts whilst providing the most cost effective solution.
The reach and wash system is a brand of waterfed poles and pure water systems from ionic systems and has been the industry standard for waterfed poles and systems since 1997.
Benefits of using water-fed poles:
How Reach & Wash works
The Reach & Wash System consists of a 7 stage water treatment system that produces 100% pure graded water. The treatment process utilises reverse osmosis and mixed bed de-mineralising resin to produce the pure water. No detergents or chemicals are needed during the process that makes it very environmentally friendly.
All operatives have been trained by the BWCA (British Window Cleaning Academy) in the use of Water Fed Poles and hold NVQ accreditations.
Both systems have been supplied to us from Ionic, the reasons for choosing Ionic over others manufactures is the fact that the systems have a crash test policy passed by THATCHAM who independently assess safety of carriage during transit to comply with the Road Traffic Act. Ionic bolt the tank through the chassis to ensure the tank stays firmly stable in the van.
Wherever possible we harvest rain water for the process of water production and then use the waste water that is rejected during the process of pure water to either be reused as part of the filling process or kept for the use of fascia, soffit and gutter cleaning.
Traditional window cleaning and Window Cleaning using Ladders
Even with all of the new technologies that are out there, traditional window cleaning is still the best way to guarantee that streak free finish that all window cleaners are aiming to get. Our professional window cleaners are trained to the highest standards at our in house window cleaning training facilities based in Hemel Hempstead and carry all of the correct tools as well as use pure water.
Capstone Ltd use ladders in situations where other means of access or WFP are not suitable. For example, low level windows, tight access situations and inside building cleaning. When carrying out window cleaning with ladders, operatives work with “buckets on a belt” making it possible to keep three points of contact with the ladder at all times. All ladders are fitted with anti-slip devices, or footed by another operative.
All operatives are trained in the use of ladders and follow all guide lines in place by the Health and Safety Executive.
Capstone Ltd use industry standard in ladders supplied by reputable dealers that comply with the specification below:
Were ladders banned by the HSE?
No, in 2005 the Work at Height Regulations changed, operatives were expected where feasibly possible to find an alternative to ladder use to reduce risk in our industry after a number of falls, injuries and even deaths. They are, as long as they are justified, for example access to windows above flat roofs and short periods of window cleaning i.e 30mins.
Ladder Safety Information & Guidelines followed by Capstone Ltd operatives:
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