The Poetry, Patience, Peculiarities & Product Necessities of Window Washing Life
a sparkling clean vision of life beyond the windows
Respect & a Little Fear
Professional window washing. It’s not for everybody. Going out on a ledge takes guts. Hanging by a rope, a belt, a pulley towering among the skyscrapers in the clouds takes bravery. Suffer from vertigo? Definitely a no go. Anyone who tackles the fine art of professional window cleaning may never encounter the heights & precarious acrobatics of these “New York City Man on a Ledge” window cleaners, but all have a few things in common: a passion for a sparkling clean vision of life beyond the windows & proper cleaning tools, kits, equipment, cleaning products and solutions.
Poetry, Patience & Peculiarities of
“the Life” & a Window to the World
Once armed with the right equipment and out there tackling windows of every size, shape and dimension, perspective changes. That’s when the poetry, patience, and peculiarities of the window washing life can transform everyday life into a thrilling, adrenaline-filled adventure. Think of the window washers who clean the pediatric wing exterior windows at the hospital dressed as Super Heroes. Maybe every story is not so dramatic, but everyone has a story. The life, perfectly and eloquently captured in a Seattle Times article “Clean sweeps: Seattle window cleaners have seen it all” sums it up best:
…But then there are glorious days like this when light bounces everywhere, and the city admires itself in sheets of newly cleaned glass. Days when people tethered to their desks on the other side of the glass look out at Seera with envy.
Unlike most of us who spend our lives on the ground, Seera experiences the city from every angle imaginable: Up close, panoramic, cubist, upside down, outside in and spinning around.
His is a world of stunning visuals, an ocular onslaught of ever-shifting perspectives. Whether he’s cleaning the green-glass dome of the Second and Seneca building downtown, or eyeballing lichen growing on cornices, his view is relentlessly novel…
and What about Job Security?
And then there is job security. The fact remains that window washing cannot be automated. Although there have been expensive attempts to automate robotic cleaning, the results have been unimpressive, at best. Experts cited in a New York Times article, “Window Washing Skills Beyond a Robot’s Reach” explain that washing windows is something that machines still cannot do as well as people can. We knew that! And now, so do you.
for Streamlined Optimum Performance
Whether starting a business, testing the waters and finding a niche or fully involved in a thriving business, it’s good to check options and product developments. Better equipment and cleaning solutions will streamline business productivity, thus profitability and more jobs. If you are a “Do It Yourselfer” and still want that professional edge, these options might be right up your alley.
Best Ever Starter Kits
A great starter kit for immediate professional results. The Unger Pro Cleaning Window Kit Includes an 8-ft. Opti-Loc Extension Pole (two-section extension pole), 18″ Original Strip Washer (synthetic deep pile scrubber), Pro Stainless Steel Squeegee Handle, 12″ and 18″ Pro Stainless Steel Channels with Rubber Blades (one blade for each channel), large sponge (8-5/8″ x 2-3/4″ x 3-7/8″), and Pro Trim Scraper with one blade.
The most efficient indoor window cleaning tool kit ever! This kit provides everything needed for indoor glass cleaning perfection including windows, glass partitions, showcases, mirrors, glass refrigerator doors, elevators & more. The Unger Stingray Indoor Cleaning Kit incorporates a new one step “Apply and Clean Technology” and a Microfiber TriPad for simultaneous window & frame cleaning. The enclosed spray nozzle design prevents over spraying, eliminating drips, streaks and the rework associated with wet window sills.
This system features a 15% larger pad size that saves time compared to traditional pads. The unique triangular TriPad shape makes it easy to clean corners and other hard to reach areas. With its new Easy-Click-Pole technology simply add on another pole extension to reach desired heights. The kit includes ready-to-use, easily replaceable pouches that are pre-filled with top quality 3M Scotchgard™ professional glass cleaner. The spray activation button on each Easy-Click-Pole and handheld unit, make cleaning a snap.
The Unger nLite HydroPower Window Washing Starter Kit is a top of the line kit utilizing pure water that cuts glass cleaning time in half, making each job easier and safer. The system is all-inclusive with no ladders required for jobs that have significantly elevated heights to tackle saving substantial cost and investment for additional equipment. The nLite system is lightweight and is easy to assemble – extension poles, goosenecks, and brushes can be added quickly and easily. It has the most efficient DI Pure Water System ever with up to 30% higher output! Kit Contents: HP06T HydroPower 006RT, AN45U nLite Aluminum Master Pole – 14’, NL11U nLite Hose – 36’, NLR27 nLite Radius Brush – 11” and the FTGOS HiFlo MultiLink Adapter.
The Unger nLite HydroPower™ DIfilter system includes new patented design features: FastLock™ Opening – Lever allows for one step pressure release and easy opening, QuickChange™ Resin – Change resin on the job in less than 30 seconds. Pre-sealed resin bag contains the perfect amount of resin for optimal performance every time and FloWater™ Technology – a unique design that optimizes the flow of water through resin bags, resulting in up to 30% more pure water output than other systems.
In summary: Deionization essentially turns water it into a magnet for dirt and grime, eliminates the need for a chemical cleanser, provides optimal productivity, saves money and leaves a streak-free shine without a squeegee.
Serious Glass Cleaners
Spartan Concentrated Window Cleaner is economical, practical and highly effective. The dilution ratio is 1:20, so one quart will make five gallons! This product contains distilled vinegar for added cleaning, contains no butyl or ammonia, is phosphate free, biodegradable and USDA authorized. This cleaner is used with the Spartan Accurate Measure Dispensing System (SAM). No rinsing is required with this cleaner, leaves no streaking or film and has a pleasant fragrance. The concentrated formula is boosted by the addition of distilled vinegar, an organic acid. Fingerprints, smoke film, hard water spots, and other soils are quickly and easily removed from glass and other hard, non-porous surfaces not affected by acid by this versatile cleaner.
The no-nonsense Unger Easy Glide Glass Cleaner is composed of a professional window cleaning formula that removes tough dirt and leaves no film, foam or streaks. It is biodegradable, non-toxic, and won’t irritate your skin. The concentrated liquid makes about 25 gallons of solution when mixed with water. This cleaner leaves behind a smooth surface for squeegees to glide across easily.
RubOut is the professional glass cleaner needed for removing hard water stains, rust, mineral deposits, lime scale, and soap scum. Rub Out is a super strength product with a pleasant fragrance that scrubs tough stains without harming surfaces.
Don’t Forget about the
Handy Sprayer & Ultimate Squeegee
Unger Sprayer on a Belt combined with SmartColor MicroWipe makes wet cleaning strain-free, faster and easier. The sprayer hooks on to a belt to transfer weight away from the back and arms. Its flexible hose allows the trigger to extend up to 3 feet and sprays the surface closer or even upside down without bending. The belt for Sprayer (sold separately) is made with durable nylon and has an easy on/off snap connection.
This tool is a washer and squeegee in one convenient package. The Unger VisaVersa Squeegee features a new quick release spring and holds the channel more securely. It Includes a notched stainless steel “S” Channel and ErgoTec® Soft Rubber blade and works up to 20% faster. It features an Original StripWasher® to scrub, flip the tool over and squeegee with the “S” and soft rubber blade. The VisaVersa® can also be used with Unger brass channels and the heads can be offset to clean over ledges. This tool comes pre-assembled, the squeegee channel and blade are easy to change with a quick-release spring system.
Haven’t Found What You’re Looking For?
Still, haven’t found what you’re looking for? Check out our website for much more in the window washing department of life. If you don’t see what you’re looking for give us a shout & we’ll do our best to track it down for you. We, like you, want the world to see life beyond windows quite clearly & you might just be the missing link. Look for featured items on our website front page during the month of May.
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