Window Cleaning Systems

Introduction to Window Cleaning Systems

There are two main systems of window cleaning in the UK. Most of the window cleaning companies use the modern system of water fed poles, but there will always be room for the traditional system of going up on a ladder and cleaning windows using a bucket and different kinds of cloths and sponges. When it comes to these two systems, they both have their advantages and disadvantages, but the fact is that the water fed pole system has taken over and that is because it is essentially safer and more eco friendly.

Window Cleaning Systems

Water fed pole window cleaning system

Unlike the old days, today it is very important for any kind of company to be as "green" as they can be, and this is one of the most important advantages of using water fed pole systems. As opposed to the traditional system, water fed poles use purified water for cleaning windows, and not chemicals. Although it might sound impossible, warm water can do wonders when it comes to window cleaning and it is eco friendly, because it does not contain any dangerous chemicals, just purified water. Another concern which is really important are health and safety issues, and the hazards of window cleaning are minimised using water fed poles, because there is no need to use a ladder. This is because water fed poles can reach heights up to and over 20 metres.

However, there are some disadvantages of using water fed pole systems for window cleaning. One of the most important disadvantages is the fact that the equipment needed is very expensive, far more expensive than the equipment needed for traditional window cleaning systems – the equipment can cost from £1500 up to £15000 or even more.

Traditional window cleaning system

Although it is outdated, this system is still used by some window cleaning companies, and the main reason for this is that water fed poles sometimes cannot reach every surface that needs to be cleaned. If this is the case, the easier and sometimes the only way to clean these surfaces is to use the traditional method. Another advantage of the traditional window cleaning system is the fact that it does not cost a lot of money to maintain, as opposed to water fed poles and equipment, which require ongoing maintenance.

On the other hand, using a ladder is always more dangerous than doing the job from the ground, so the traditional system is far more dangerous as cleaners using ladders always run a risk of falling and injuring themselves. Also, the traditional way is not eco friendly, as it uses cleaning chemicals combined with water.

All in all, it is safe to say that the water fed pole system is an all-around better solution for window cleaning, but it sometimes has to be combined with the traditional methods in order to achieve the best result possible. Although not "green", the traditional methods are still used and will probably be used for a long time in the future alongside any new systems that might appear.