News from 1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance

The secret to cleaner windows?

The secret to cleaner windows?

 Don’t let your windows get MAD -  The most damaging things for your windows are as follows: Moisture, Alkalinity and Dirt or MAD for short.

Now there is not much you can do about your windows getting wet, especially at this time of year, but having your windows cleaned regularly will help to protect the glass from long term damage and staining.

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What is a Man Safe or Anchor Safe system?

What is a Man Safe or Anchor Safe system?

One of our qualified inspectors tested a line safety/ Man safe system in Portsmouth on Friday. We thought we'd do a quick Q and A for anyone not sure about Man Safe or Anchor Safe Systems

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Pigeon netting and bird netting

Pigeon netting and bird netting

Why do I need bird netting on my building?

Amongst other things Pigeons can spread disease and leave unsightly droppings on your buildings.

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Before and after render cleaning

Before and after render cleaning

We have just finished some work cleaning the render and the exterior of some residential properties in Gosport. The before and after photographs below show the extent of the clean up and how much smarter the building looks after the render has been cleaned.

If render cleaning is something you are considering for your building then please do give us a call on 023 9236 6377 to discuss your requirements. Our team are fully qualified and insured as well as being DBS checked.

Get a quote for your render cleaning by calling us on 023 9236 6377 or completing the contact form.

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Deionised water for Window Cleaning

Deionised water for Window Cleaning

Professional window cleaners recommend deionised water for window cleaning. Some window cleaners use tap water to clean your windows. However tap water contains minerals, which while ideal for drinking are not ideal for your windows. 

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Advent Calendar 2016

Advent Calendar 2016

Our 2016 Spirit of Christmas Advent Calendar is designed to spread a little festive spirit this Christmas. We'd love you to share it with your friends and colleagues and if it brings you some festive joy then please do make a donation to The Royal Marines Charity on our virgin donation page

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NAPO films for health and Safety

NAPO films for health and Safety

 

NAPO have produced a range of films aimed at highlighting important health and safety issues for employers. In their latest film they draw attention to the fact that European workers are ageing. By 2030, workers aged over 55 are expected to make up 30% or more of the total workforce in many EU countries. This creates challenges for employees, employers and businesses. Their latest film “Napo in… back to a healthy future” looks at issues around ageing and occupational safety and health,  musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and noise.

The film can be viewed here on the NAPO website

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Cakes4Commandos

Cakes4Commandos

Thank you to everyone who bought a cake at Maritime House in Portsmouth last week in our Cakes4Commandos fundraiser in support of the Royal Marines Charity. The Royal Marines Charity supports both serving and veteran Marines and their families. Our photos didn’t come out brilliantly but we had some lovely feedback from the visitors asking if we’d be back before Christmas! Dawn did a tremendous job baking over 300 cakes and raising £161.11 for the Charity.

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Bottle Tops for Marines

Bottle Tops for Marines

1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance are raising money for the Royal Marines Charity by encouraging their customers to recycle their used milk bottle tops.

The milk bottle tops are not generally collected by local councils and therefore often end up in landfill. However these bottle tops can be recycled by specialist companies that granulate them, enabling them to be used to make items such as hard plastic garden toys for children like as slides or indeed more bottle tops. 

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Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme CHAS

Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme CHAS

1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance have been awarded their certificate for Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme CHAS. With 720 buyer members and over 62,000 suppliers on its database, CHAS is not only the largest but also the fastest growing health and safety assessment scheme in the UK. At 1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance we take health and safety seriously, we ensure we comply with all safety standards and are fully insured, meaning our customers can rest assured they are in safe hands. All our staff are DBS checked as well to add to your peace of mind.

Learn more about CHAS here: CHAS website

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Our 14th Year of Safecontractor Accreditation

Our 14th Year of Safecontractor Accreditation

1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance in Portsmouth has been awarded further accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

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We are proud sponsors of the Portsmouth Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2016

We are proud sponsors of the Portsmouth Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2016

At 1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance we value the work of those who volunteer in our city and so this year we are sponsoring the Portsmouth Inspiring Volunteers Awards 2016. 

The Sports and Healthy Living Award links in with our work with Portsmouth City Council and Public Health England on becoming the 1st Accredited Workplace in Portsmouth to receive the Workplace Wellbeing Charter Award.

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1st to Win Healthy Workplace Award

1st to Win Healthy Workplace Award

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor Frank Jonas congratulates Dawn Nickels of 1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance on being the first Portsmouth business to gain the Wellbeing Workplace Charter's national accreditation following their successful completion of the Council's programme. 

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Advent and the Spirit of Christmas

Advent and the Spirit of Christmas

We support the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund and this year we've created a little 'Spirit of Christmas' advent calendar to help raise money for it.

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13th Year of Safecontractor Accreditation

13th Year of Safecontractor Accreditation

1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance been awarded further accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

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Raising money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund

Raising money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund

1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance are raising money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund by encouraging their customers to recycle their used milk bottle tops.

The Milk Bottle tops are not generally collected by local councils but they can be recycled by specialist companies that granulate them, enabling them to be used to make hard plastic garden toys for children such as slides or indeed more bottle tops. 

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A Victorian Christmas at Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard

A Victorian Christmas at Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard

The Victorian Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard starts on November 27th and runs for the whole weekend. 

At 1st Choice High Level Cleaning & Maintenance we have been helping the team at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard care for and maintain the heritage site since 1991.

In the run up to the Victorian Festival of Christmas we help by organising the cleaning so as not to disrupt the preparations being made by the team onsite.

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Southsea Castle Gets A Spring-Clean

Southsea Castle Gets A Spring-Clean

Battered by the elements since it was built in 1544, Southsea Castle is being cleaned by 1st Choice High Level Cleaning & Maintenance.

Visitors to one of the city's leading landmarks may have noticed that some of the historic walls are a different colour, as our specialist cleaners hanging on ropes with harnesses get to work with blasting the stonework with steam.

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Charles I Gets his Sparkle Back

Charles I Gets his Sparkle Back

We'd been involved for sometime working with Portsmouth City Council on cleaning their sensitive and historic buildings including Southsea Castle and so were delighted when asked to help with the cleaning of The Square Tower which dates back to 1494 and the bust of King Charles I. Portsmouth City Council Seafront Manager David Evans gives us his views on the project.

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Rescuing Citizens Advice Cosham from Rats!

Rescuing Citizens Advice Cosham from Rats!

Cosham Citizens Advice Bureau has provided free, impartial advice to those that need it for decades and over this time it has faced many challenges. However, this time they knew they were facing their toughest challenge to date  …. Rats!

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