How it works!
Traditional window cleaning is the use of water and detergent, an applicator to wash the window, a squeegee to remove the water, detergent and dirt off the glass. Finally, a microfibre cloth to clean off any remaining solution that has missed by the squeegee, right in the edges where the window meets the frame. The end result is a window that is dry and gleaming. Your frames and sills will also be ‘wiped down’ when moping any excess cleaning solution away.
When to Use the Traditional Window Cleaning Method
In recent times, the water-fed pole system has become the staple method for more and more window cleaners. Many made the move over to pure water window cleaning from traditional window cleaning methods years ago. Still, others have started their careers on the water-fed pole system. We take a look at 5 reasons why you should still maintain, or even develop, traditional window cleaning skills.
Interior Window Cleaning
Perhaps the most obvious reason, maintaining your traditional skills allows you to continue to offer a good quality interior window cleaning service. Whilst there is interior water-fed pole options on the market, these are usually more suited for commercial applications, meaning traditional methods are still the most effective for residential work.
Whether it’s because they’re convinced it doesn’t work, or the last window cleaner pulled their favourite plant pot over with his hose, some customers really dislike the water-fed pole system – and won’t be persuaded otherwise. You might find yourself being asked to make an exception and clean a customer’s windows using traditional methods.
There are some circumstances where the water-fed pole system just isn’t suitable for certain types of windows. As an example, traditional leaded and stained-glass windows, often hundreds of years old, are very delicate and not particularly water tight. As a result, traditional methods are a less risky and more effective solution for cleaning these kinds of windows
Hard to access windows
The water-fed pole system is renowned for allowing window cleaners to get to hard to reach windows, but there are odd occasions where that isn’t always the case. A common example is balconies, where the railings prevent access, and where the position and depth of the balcony is such that even using a water-fed pole from the balcony isn’t possible. Other examples are interior courtyards and areas too far from your vehicle or where trailing hoses are not possible.
Some window cleaners choose to carry their traditional equipment as a backup solution. If any components of your water-fed pole system fail part way through a day or job, it might make sense to use traditional methods to complete the job, your work that day or to carry on working until you’re able to get your system back up and running.
Heavily Soiled Windows
For some instances windows may be too heavily soiled to be cleaned using a water-fed pole system, for example not been cleaned for an extensive time period, or around a building site. With this in mind the best solution is to use traditional methods to ensure the windows are fully clean.
Traditional Window Cleaning Equipment
- Stainless Steel Squeegee -used to dry the window after washing
- T bar – holds the washer sleeve
- T Bar Sleeve – used to wash the window
- Microfibre cloths – used to wipe glass)
- Squeegee & T bar side holster bucket
- Oblong Window Cleaning Bucket
- Window cleaning solution
- replacement squeegee rubbers
- Belt with Pockets
- Window Scraper – to remove stubborn marks like dried paint
Unlike some other window cleaners, I bring my own water and cleaning solutions with me, so I will not need to ask you for water when I am at your home or business. You don’t need to be at home when I call to clean your windows, unless you would like me to clean the insides as well.