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Conservatory roof cleaning help



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1393jason

I have just started cleaning the windows of this customer and she would like her conservatory roof cleaned every 6 months or so.

 

I thought it would be fairly straight forward as it isn't all that bad. Anyway, I went to clean it today. The height of the conservatory caught me out as I could not really get an angle on the roof with the wfp.

 

Is anybody able to give me any tips on how to clean this?

 

I need to return back tomorrow or Monday to have another go, but made myself look a real tit today!

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1393jason

Will the ladders be ok resting on the guttering?

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Clisty1989
Will the ladders be ok resting on the guttering?

It should be OK, if you have a pointer even better as you can rest it on the frame.

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1393jason
It should be OK, if you have a pointer even better as you can rest it on the frame.

 

No I don't have a pointer I am afraid, Steps at the front make it awkward and the uneven ground at the side won't make it easy to set a ladder up.

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Tuffers
I have just started cleaning the windows of this customer and she would like her conservatory roof cleaned every 6 months or so.

 

I thought it would be fairly straight forward as it isn't all that bad. Anyway, I went to clean it today. The height of the conservatory caught me out as I could not really get an angle on the roof with the wfp.

 

Is anybody able to give me any tips on how to clean this?

 

I need to return back tomorrow or Monday to have another go, but made myself look a real tit today!

 

Looks like a pig of a job does that. No slope on the roof = lots and lots of wasted time and water rinsing.

 

Price accordingly or you might get stung.

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1393jason
Looks like a pig of a job does that. No slope on the roof = lots and lots of wasted time and water rinsing.

 

Price accordingly or you might get stung.

 

I was using slightly harsher words to describe it earlier. I was just building up my confidence and this has put me back to square one, felt like a real tool today haha.

 

Another bash tomorrow.

 

Out of interest what would you be pricing it at Tuffers?

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Tuffers
I was using slightly harsher words to describe it earlier. I was just building up my confidence and this has put me back to square one, felt like a real tool today haha.

 

Another bash tomorrow.

 

Out of interest what would you be pricing it at Tuffers?

 

Looks like glass, £70? Depends how much you value the customer i.e if you might lose them if you go in too high. I've lost regular window cleaning contracts in the past when I've priced add on work too high.

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1393jason

Thanks Tuffers that gives me a ball park figure to move forward with. I feel I get my windows pretty much spot on but the add-ons I really don't have a clue on and in all honesty I really don't want to do them.

 

I might look to find somebody to pass them onto and hopefully will give me a better chance of keeping the customer.

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Clisty1989
Thanks Tuffers that gives me a ball park figure to move forward with. I feel I get my windows pretty much spot on but the add-ons I really don't have a clue on and in all honesty I really don't want to do them.

 

I might look to find somebody to pass them onto and hopefully will give me a better chance of keeping the customer.

I wouldn't, the custy may decide to switch to them as they can do everything, just crack on with it. My rule is 5-10 a panel depending on the state of them and an extra tenner if they have finials. Gutters are 15 a strip just to clear 20 just outside and 25 in and out, 25-30 for an apex. I get good money and its not too expensive, and I make a point of doing them a 'deal'. For example if its a £60 gutter and £50 Conny I'll ad a tenner onto my quote then tell them I'll knock 20 off if they done at same time, I don't lose out and they feel special

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Adams0211

Ladder against the gutter will be fine.

I'm not a fan of cleaning glass roofs so try to avoid them if I can and charge high if I have to do it. I'm even less keen to do glass ones if the customer doesn't have an outside tap I can use. It's handy to keep a hose on your van in case a customer doesn't have one.

 

If you're going to do it, wet the roof (preferably with the customers water so you're not wasting your pure), spray with ubik/virosol, scrub it a section at a time and then wash the whole lot down with the customers water. Then finally rinse with pure water.

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Adams0211

Ladder against the gutter will be fine.

I'm not a fan of cleaning glass roofs so try to avoid them if I can and charge high if I have to do it. I'm even less keen to do glass ones if the customer doesn't have an outside tap I can use. It's handy to keep a hose on your van in case a customer doesn't have one.

 

If you're going to do it, wet the roof (preferably with the customers water so you're not wasting your pure), spray with ubik/virosol, scrub it a section at a time and then wash the whole lot down with the customers water. Then finally rinse with pure water.

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1393jason

Thanks all for the replies, I really don't know what I would do without this forum!

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Adam curtis

If u got a old squeegee and pole do as above then pull squeegee down to get the crap off then I rinse as the pitch ent that grate to move the bits off

 

 

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1393jason

Thanks Adam I will give that a go.

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steve garwood

Remember if you put a ladder against white upvc guttering it will move slightly as your up against a smooth surface. When it moves, its easy to scratch the guttering.

Top tip. Take some pipe lagging that's cut the whole length of the piece you need, open it and place on the gutter your going to lean on.

Two things achieved here, no scatches and less movement of the ladder :)

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StorminNorman
Ladder against the gutter will be fine.

I'm not a fan of cleaning glass roofs so try to avoid them if I can and charge high if I have to do it. I'm even less keen to do glass ones if the customer doesn't have an outside tap I can use. It's handy to keep a hose on your van in case a customer doesn't have one.

 

If you're going to do it, wet the roof (preferably with the customers water so you're not wasting your pure), spray with ubik/virosol, scrub it a section at a time and then wash the whole lot down with the customers water. Then finally rinse with pure water.

 

What is that hose reel you are using on your trolley 1393jason ?

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1393jason

Well, I did it yesterday. It was not perfect because no matter what I tried I could not get the tiny bits of loose dirts to come off.

 

The squeegee idea worked, but it had so much dirt under the plastic support as soon as I rinsed more appeared.

 

It certainly wasn't the easiest job to have my first attempt on.

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1393jason

It is just a cheap reel I picked up from Homebase. It was about £7 and fits on the trolley perfect.

 

Have a look in the wfp section and someone (sorry don't remember who strarted it) has made a great thread on it.

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Adams0211
It is just a cheap reel I picked up from Homebase. It was about £7 and fits on the trolley perfect.

 

Have a look in the wfp section and someone (sorry don't remember who strarted it) has made a great thread on it.

 

I think that was my thread.

 

My new Gardiner backpack trolley

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StorminNorman

Thanks guys.

Went to homebase yesterday and there was a hose reel very similar to yours, took it but now I am puzzled as the connector on the side of the reel is static and spins around when I am turning the reel.

Will it not wear out the hozelock fitting?

Should I get a swivel elbow?

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1393jason
Thanks guys.

Went to homebase yesterday and there was a hose reel very similar to yours, took it but now I am puzzled as the connector on the side of the reel is static and spins around when I am turning the reel.

Will it not wear out the hozelock fitting?

Should I get a swivel elbow?

 

The male connector on the side? mine does not spin at all. Have you got it pushed all the way through?

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johnny bravo

pull all the hose out of reel you need before you start.

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StorminNorman
pull all the hose out of reel you need before you start.

 

Thanks! Figured it out while cleaning today on my windows! still waiting for that swivel elbow from Gardiner it will make things so much easier.

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johnny bravo
Thanks! Figured it out while cleaning today on my windows! still waiting for that swivel elbow from Gardiner it will make things so much easier.

just use the swivel neck for window cleaning, for connys keep brush rigid, normal gooseneck.more brushing power, easier to manage where you want the brush to go. easy to change over

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Tuffers
just use the swivel neck for window cleaning, for connys keep brush rigid, normal gooseneck.more brushing power, easier to manage where you want the brush to go. easy to change over

 

I think he meant the swivel hozelock. @StorminNorman hozelock connectors do wear out when connected to the reel because the snap fittings inside get worn down by the male connection turning round in it.

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johnny bravo

dont forget your sprayer for your chemical spray, wilkinsons have them, go online if not in shops now

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johnny bravo
I think he meant the swivel hozelock. @StorminNorman hozelock connectors do wear out when connected to the reel because the snap fittings inside get worn down by the male connection turning round in it.

dont forget your spray bottle for your chemicals, especially on the finials

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