Water-Fed Poles For Window Cleaning

by writingmadwoman

A Primer For Beginners

Copyright Matt PrattoWater-fed poles are the newest piece of window cleaning equipment to hit the window cleaning industry. This is rather funny because the industry can, at times, be slow moving and non-tech. In fact, many window cleaners still use the same style of squeegee originally designed by Ettore Steccone in 1936. The theory has usually been, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. This is true only up until a certain point. The advent of water fed cleaning has revolutionized window cleaning in the area of two to four story buildings.

In the past, window cleaners would have to use ladders to
access the upper floors or be very proficient at using a telescopic pole. Another option was to use a swing but it has a tendency to be cost prohibitive to the building’s owner or management company. Enter the water-fed pole - triumph of modern technology in a low tech field.

The process of wetting, scrubbing, squeegeeing and drying the edges of a window on a taller building in this manner is incredibly time-consuming. Under normal circumstances, if a window cleaner left any water on the surface of a window, it would leave spots and drip marks. Likewise,
someone trying to pole a window from 40 feet below would leave streaks. Water-fed poles, however, simplify the process by eliminating the steps to a flawless window. The water is purified, meaning no need to squeegee or dry. Just wet and go over the window a few times with the brush to loosen any debris and flush out the frames. That’s it.

Impossible, you say? Nope. That’s the magic of a water-fed pole. The water is purified through the process of either deionization or reverse osmosis to filter out all the impurities. You see, it’s the impurities in the water that leave the streaks, the spots and the drip marks. In fact, the reason you squeegee the water off the glass in traditional cleaning is to remove the water, not the dirt.

Working from the ground, instead of on ladders or swings, can save so much time. No more huffing and puffing up and down ladders as you work your way across the front of a building. No hanging off the side of a building and doing single, time-consuming drop after single, time-consuming drop. All the headache is eliminated, making way for pure profit. Depending on the building and the crew, window cleaners can cut their time in half simply by using water-fed on this type of job. There
is a bit of a learning curve but many professional supply houses have training seminars.

Water-fed poles save time, do a better job and increase profit margins. What’s not to love?! Check one out today for your window cleaning business.

For more information on water fed cleaning, this is a great source for both professionals and homwowners.

Updated: 08/18/2011, writingmadwoman
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