So far, we have explained the benefits of waterpoles for window cleaning and how to choose the right waterpole for your business. Now we will explore the unique window cleaning techniques you can use with waterpoles to ensure that you get the most use out of your investment. While many of the steps in this process will be the same as traditional window cleaning, there are some specific changes you will need to make because you are using a waterpole.
Here is a guide explaining how to clean windows with a waterpole.
At the end of the day, the job of waterpoles and traditional sponges and squeegees is to remove dirt from a window and leave it dry, clean, and streak free. The difference here is in the tools used to accomplish that goal. With standard window cleaning, you use a sponge or rag to apply soapy water to the window, then wipe it down with a squeegee and use a dry towel to clean off remaining drips. With a waterpole, you use a soft brush attached to the pole to scrub the windows, then rinse it down with brush jets and purified water. We’ll explain this in more detail below, but that should give you a general idea of how the two processes differ.
Use the scrub brush on your waterpole to scrub down the window. You will need to have water running through the brush at this time. Go over the window in a zigzag pattern, starting from the bottom left corner, moving upward at a diagonal, and then moving downward until your strokes reach one of the corners on the opposite end.
If necessary, you may need to scrub the window a second time in the opposite direction, starting at the bottom right corner and ending on one of the left corners. You may finish your scrubbing technique with a pass along the outer edges of the window.
Pull your brush away from the window so that the bristles are not touching the glass at all. Then use the water coming from your waterpole to rinse off the window, starting from the top left corner and moving across horizontally. Continue with horizontal motions down the window until you have reached the bottom. You may need to use brush jets to create a tighter or wider stream of water, depending on the window.
Unlike with traditional window cleaning, you do not have to squeegee the windows dry. The purified water that comes through your waterpole will dry quickly, much faster than standard water that would come from the tap. That is because the water has almost no “total dissolved solids” (TDS) in it. If you’ve ever gotten water from an RO/DI (reverse osmosis deionization) filter system, you have probably tasted what truly pure water is like. Since the water is unnaturally clean, it will try to latch on to whatever it can to “dirty” itself back up. In this case, it’s the air, and that’s why it dries so quickly.
As with most window cleaning techniques, it takes time to perfect the art of cleaning windows with a waterpole. Have a few practice runs before you actually rely on this process to clean high windows for you, and then you can show up to the job site looking like a pro. You could ask one of your close clients if you could test your new equipment in their building in exchange for a few free window cleanings. That way, you’ll be ready to show off when you need to.