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Choosing ladders and step ladders for window cleaning

Besides the squeegee, ladders are among the window cleaner’s most useful tools. As a professional, you need to be able to access all the windows of every building you work on. There’s nothing worse than starting a job and realising you have the wrong ladders.

That’s why we want to help you choose the right ladders and step ladders for window cleaning…

Folding step ladders

While very handy to have for a variety of jobs, step ladders are usually used by window cleaners for storefronts and in inside houses. Having both a six and ten-foot step ladder should cover most tasks nicely.

Material wise, choose aluminium because it’s much lighter to carry around. While wooden step ladders are strong, they are too heavy to carry around all the time.

Extension ladders

Exterior residential windows above the 1st floor are usually done with an extension ladder, made from either fiberglass or aluminium. They should also have swivelling feet and a rope and a pulley system.

Fibreglass ladders are safer around power lines because they do not conduct electricity. While slightly more expensive than aluminium, it is essential for work around electricity.

You should pick a long enough extension ladder for most of your jobs without going over the top. 20-foot extension ladders will generally be tall enough to reach second floor windows, but if you want to go higher, you’ll need a 30-foot ladder for window cleaning. There’s no need for a 40-foot ladder – it’s huge and if you are going that high you may as well just use rope access.

A newbie window cleaner should be ok with a 24 foot ladder and can rent a larger ladder if needed.

sectional-laddersSectional ladders

Sectional ladders are probably your best bet if you are a professional window cleaner, since they are specifically designed for window cleaning. You can tell because of the triangular end which is designed to fit in hard to position places.

Obviously, the reason they are called sectional ladder is because they come in sections, which can lock together to make a complete ladder. It’s probably best to get one in 4 to 5 sections. Most cleaners only use 4 sections for safety reasons.

Using roof ladders to clean your windows

Anyone who owns a house knows what an arduous task window cleaning can be – so they may have heard of very specific equipment called roof ladders. Windows get smudged quickly and need to be cleaned often to keep them looking clear and attractive.

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Ladder safety rules for window cleaning

Ladder Safety RulesAre you an independent window cleaner? Or are you a homeowner planning to clean your windows? Well, unless you own a big business, it’s likely that you won’t be able to afford expensive access equipment – so you’ll be using a good old-fashioned ladder But wait…don’t just jump on your ladder and start cleaning – There’s a whole host of ladder safety rules to consider.

Did you know that there are several falls from ladder related deaths every year as well as being a major cause of serious injuries? Don’t worry – our friends at Browns Ladders are here with some easy-to-follow rules to keep you safe while window cleaning using ladders.

 

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How to build a prosperous window cleaning business with a good reputation

Starting your own window cleaning business and becoming your own boss is an attractive and exciting prospect. However, getting a window cleaning businesses off the ground is not as easy as many think; there is a lot more involved than buying a bucket and chamois leather and knocking on a few doors.

The following guide outlines what it takes to build up your business from scratch and develop the reputation you need to succeed:

  • Starting out

Starting the sales process is the hardest thing, you have no reputation, no contacts and no customers. The easiest way to win new customers immediately is by asking friends and families. This will allow you to build up a selection of jobs and get you out there, cleaning windows.

Begin by turning your van into an advertising medium by promoting your name, company and contact details; this gives you an identity even when you’re not on the job.

You will then need to start canvassing for new jobs; this is the most crucial part of the trade. Canvassing should be subtle and detailed, you want to work out if an area is currently covered by another cleaner and see if there are houses in the area not covered yet.

Start on a road, knock on a few doors and ask a few pertinent questions. If another cleaner has the entire road, move on to the next, you will soon find gaps emerging.

There will be a lot of competition out there.  Undercutting the competition will create more enemies than customers, so please avoid doing this.

Dropping leaflets through doors will not win your business on its own; you need to go out there and talk to customers, wining sales through face-to-face contact.

Window cleaning is a something everyone needs without realising it. Explain the service; be friendly and charming. If somebody is not home or needs to think about it, drop in a leaflet and pop back.

  • The Deal

Once you win a customer round, sealing the deal with a price is very important.

 

Judge the amount of time the job will take by looking around the property; don’t just accept the customer’s opinion.

First cleans will be more time consuming so you can potentially charge more, unless, of course, you are really keen for their business!

You will then need to discuss how frequently you will clean the property – suggest once a month and then negotiate from there. Be honest and find the right solution for the customer.

Get their name and contact number and then call them back to confirm the time and date you have arranged.



The job

Most important to building a reputation is the quality of the job you provide. Too many jobs and not enough hours and you won’t do the job properly.

Word of mouth is key, so you need happy customers and good recommendations.

Plan your time effectively: estimate how long it will take to carry out each job and don’t take on more work than you can service.

In time you will become more efficient and take less time to do the same number of jobs well.

 

Equipment is also vital: do your research and find the right products. Unger window cleaning products sell a range of affordable, high quality equipment which will get the job done. For other equipment information visit cleaning supplies from Click Cleaning.

  • Building your customer base

Soon you will generate business without having to do anything; customers will approach you or recommend you to friends and family.

This is now a good time to advertise; put an advert in the local paper or on Google ads and set up a website that gives you more exposure.

Social media is now also a popular method of advertising and is easy to set up and maintain at no extra cost. Create a Facebook profile, share it with your friends, post some attention grabbing news items and you will soon have a recognised local name.

With more work coming in you will need to manage your growth with new staff and more equipment; always plan ahead and keep an eye out for employees who will help you develop your trade.

Work hard, take pride in your work and your reputation will grow in no time!

Is it possible to start using a cheap water fed pole system for less than £400?

 

Yes, it is possible to start using a cheap water fed pole system for less than £400.

Some window cleaners are still not sure that using a water fed pole system is a wise business choice. Some commonly held doubts are:

-          Will my customers react favourably to a new method of cleaning their windows?

-          Will I be able to achieve excellent results, cleaning the windows to the same standard or higher than using traditional methods?

-          Is it a suitable method for the work I have?

-          Will I really save time using a water fed pole system on my round?

-          If so, will the extra money I am able to earn cover the running costs of the system?

The only way to resolve these questions is to try it out properly, using it on your round.

However if you are not fully convinced then likely you are reluctant to take the plunge and spend your hard earned money on an expensive system.  Your best bet then is to just ‘test the water’ , excuse the pun, but yes , test the water fed pole system.

We at Full Clean Centre, also known as Bayersan , have  recently introduced our new water fed pole trolley system.  This  trolley, named ‘Impressor 30’,  has been introduced in response to the changing demands of the window cleaning sector. It is simple and ready to use, functional, easily serviceable and efficient.

The 80psi pump is powered by a 12v, 18ah battery and can be operated easily with a 3 speed controller. The trolley also includes a charger and battery indicator.

As an alternative to the trolley system is the backpack set up. Backpacks are brilliant machines which allow you to be even more portable and efficient, in many cases  speeding up your work . For example,  cleaning the backs of terraced houses, inner courtyards and other situations where trailing hoses can cause problems.

 

Whether you opt for a trolley system or backpack system, our low cost starter systems come with an Impressor water fed pole and the fittings required to connect to the trolley or backpack. All you need to do is just add pure water. This works out to be one of the cheapest water fed pole systems.

We also supply DI resin and pressure vessels  for immediate pure water production or RO systems for a more cost effective pure water production system in the long run.

We have a range of poles to suit your budget and stock other useful extras such as TDS meters to measure the purity of your water and extra water containers. You will find everything you need to start at very reasonable prices at the Full Clean Centre.

In answer to the question, yes you can be set up with a cheap water fed pole system for less that £400.

We invite you to come and visit our website at www.fullcleancentre.com

Water fed poles crash course

This water fed poles crash course will give you a  glimpse at what is on the market and the various features of the poles.

Check out the Play List below to view individually or click Play All above to watch them all. 

 

Things to consider when considering which water fed pole to buy:

  • Length of the pole.
    Don’t just look at the extended length for the job required. When the pole is closed will it fit in your van or car comfortably or will you need to put it on the roof rack? How easy is it for you to reach the clamps when extending and collapsing?
  • Weight of the pole
    This is especially important for the longer poles used for high work. For short bursts of high work a heavier pole may be fine but for extended periods of time  a lighter pole is important. Not only will you work faster and in more comfort but your back and shoulders will thank you for it at the end of the day.
  • Rigidity of the pole.
    A rigid pole is easier to control although some flexibility is required to reduce breakage. A water fed pole with too much bend will quickly sap your energy.
  • Material of the pole.
    Carbon fibre poles are very light and rigid.  However they can break more easily if treated without due respect. Glass fibre or aluminium is a heavier material but more resistant. Some poles combine the materials taking advantage of both. These are called ‘hybrid’ poles.
  • Usage.
    Will the pole be used by yourself or by employees? Will they treat the pole with care? If it likely to be thrown around then a glass fibre or aluminium pole may be a more durable option.
  • Versatility
    Some people like a collection of specific poles – one for every kind of job. Others choose one or two poles that are comfortable to use for a wide range of jobs.  
  • Modular or telescopic?
    Usually a modular pole will have an external pole hose. A bag or trolley is often provided so that you can add and remove sections as needed. The advantage of modular poles is that they weigh less not having clamps on them and the fact that you only use and carry the length of pole needed. However, if you are happy to carry the extra weight an extendable  telescopic pole is less fiddly and is quicker to use. If you choose modular how do the pieces connect? Heavy mechanisms may weigh as much as clamps. Tapered push fits are prone to getting stuck together. Getting them separated is possible but not easy!
  • Price and budget
    Obviously a key factor for most of us is the depth and resources of our pocket. Weigh your options carefully. Buying a cheaper pole that doesn’t tick all your boxes could end up costing you more.  Likely you will end up having to buy a different pole in the end spending again.

 

If you are thinking of buying a new water fed pole or just want to know what’s out there on the market then you will love this playlist I put together…

Most of the videos shown in the playlist are of actual water fed pole manufacturers demonstrating and explaining  the selling points of their products.

Click here to watch these videos and get a glimpse at what water fed poles are on the market right now and their various features.

 

 

 

Enjoy….

 

 

Water Fed Pole Reviews – Rigidity Comparison Test


 

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These helpful water fed pole reviews were created by J. Racenstein . They compare the rigidity of a range of water fed poles carried in their store. The water fed pole reviews are in the range of 25-32ft.
Poles in this video include the Ionic Grafter and the Ionic Grafter Plus.  The Gardiner CLX (not the Xtreme), the Unger nLites in both Hybrid and Full Carbon Fiber Model and their very own 3-Star branded poles also in Hybrid and full Carbon Fibre.
For those of you disappointed not to see the Gardiners Super Lite Xtreme in the line up, here’s another video showing the rigidity of the Superlite Xtreme. 
 



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