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  2. Thats a point. Also a right pain can be that pollen coming off certain big connifers. Clouds of it. Think its early this year coz of this early spell of summer.
  3. scottish cleaning service

    Canvassing - how do you guys find it

    Aye its nice and flat down in Norfolk but can be a bit dusty with the fields.
  4. My wifes leafleted the whole town now and ive picked up 50ish people from in a month by just facebook group, and leaflets, im working on a 6week rota, with a cpl on 4wk and a cpl on 8wk. Did 4 quotes tonight and got all 4 jobs, 2 already have a window cleaner but they dont like wfp cleans and their guy refuses to do them trad, so i dont feel bad taking his work. Im gonna start canvassing the whole town next week hopefully ill have a full 5day 7hr round in no time atall. Just gonna be totally upfront and honest, if they have a cleaner ill bid them good day and leave them a business card just incase 😉 240 customers is my goal, grossing me £1700/2000 a month.
  5. scottish cleaning service

    Solar panel cleaning - risk of shock?

    They say they are made of self cleaning glass. There is only one thing that will give the maximum energy and that's automatic sun tracking. The panels can produce 120% more than they should in really hot days but it can burnout the inverter. That's what happened to my mate last year when we had the sunny spell. Cost him a grand and a few hundred in feed in tariff. I was lucky because they didn't have any 250w panels when I got mine and ended up with 245w and a couple of 2kw inverters. You would think the Middle East would be full of panels but I heard it was too hot for them.
  6. Probably because installers tell the customers that the rain will keep them clean. According to Solar Steve, they had to sell and convince customers operating solar farms that regular cleaning maintenance was cost effective.
  7. THL4KEL

    Back pack trolley - water shortage hack

    Where did I say that a customer doesnt want someone reliable polite competent? You have basically stated what I already said regarding equipment.
  8. Dave B

    Ninja bucket damaging blades

    Glue an old piece of squeegee rubber over the divider where it rubs Job done
  9. We did solar Steve’s course years ago , I did learn a bit but I feel his attitude of if you don’t attend my course you will all die was ott , we have cleaned many many thousands of panels and non of us have ever received so much as a tingle, however Ime not saying you cannot get a shock solar Steve kept saying that one cleaner nearly died by being g electrocuted but when I pushed him he would never give a name , at the time if you googled it nothing came up world wide , I think he was scaremongering and trying to dissuade ones from cleaning them to gain more work for himself , he has single-handedly ruined the market he offered us 16 pence a panel , I told him exactly what he could do with his panels , I have taken the decision not to do any more large solar farms as it’s not cost effective we earn far more doing domestic/commercial window cleaning , the most we do now is ones on houses I have a minimum charge of £60 for the first 16 panels then £3 per panel after that , removing licken from panels can be hard work evan with hot water , you must not use chemicals on the panels according to the manufacturers we dealt with , if you want tk clean them then just have a good look before you start for any damage , my guys hate doing them and so do I , there are some people on the other forum recone they earn good money doing them but you need to be able to clean at least 800 panels per day per man best I ever did was 1200 and it was still no where near what I could earn on Windows and was boring repetative work and used tones of water , my advice for what it’s worth would be focus on building a decent window round
  10. Mr Clean

    Water water every where. Where to buy.

    Hi Anyone no who can suply water in North kent for a few days? Thanks very much
  11. Theres no such thing as peoples 'areas'. Its a free market economy. There is a lot of competition out there, its true, but yeh, just pick up custom where you can, and like you say, if they already have a cleaner, fair enough, your not poaching. However, if they are rubbish and get dumped down the line, the customer is entitled to pick who they choose to replace them. maybe he was the cleaner himself, or friends/relative of him. Just drop your flyers through the doors, people move in and out etc, they wont have everyone on their books. cast your net wide mate, hook em up.
  12. Mr Clean

    Back pack trolley - water shortage hack

    Thats a bit harsh? why do you look unprofessional with a trolly? There brilliant, tbh. maybe i look up professional then, ok, window cleaner meat to look professional end of the day we all stand with a brush and 0 pure water coming out, whats the difference at the delivery point? the only difference is one pulls form a van, the other pulls from the trolly. I dont think they do, I think a customer wants a guy who is reliable, polite and good at what they do....why would they care or no what the difference is, there is no difference, you stand with a pole and brush and clean a window, its simple. You would never no who has a van or a trolly when we all clean at the windows...
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  14. scottish cleaning service

    Hypo stinks!!!!!!!!!!

    I spilt some of that scent in my van it smelled lovely for weeks.
  15. scottish cleaning service

    Solar panel cleaning - risk of shock?

    Panels are meant to deteriorate with time but mine seem to get better. Got them installed at the end of 2011 and my feed in tariff goes up each year. Either we are getting more sun up here or because I cleaned my panels they produced more electricity. Last year was the highest amount of energy I have had but we did have a long sunny spell. Cleaning panels cant have a negative effect but there doesn't seem to be much demand for it that's why I just clean my own.
  16. Hi all! im looking to supplement my current round in the farnborough/Farnham/aldershot area if anyone has anything available? cheers, max
  17. Just a few questions about canvassing really. Do you guys like canvassing? I don’t enjoy it too much tbh, get some rude people, one person today said to me at the door that he has a window cleaner I said ok thank you no worries he then said I’d watch stomping on other people’s work areas (with a serious face) I said well I didn’t know, he then goes yeah there’s a few windows cleaners here they do all the area, I just said ok thanks but carried on and picked up a few customers on them roads, so weren’t all bad. I can’t lie he did bug me a bit as I could tell he was trying to basically say get out of this area. Have you guys had experiences like this, how do you deal with it and do you just carry canvassing the area or move on? I don’t want to step on other window cleaners spots but tbh they are everywhere and end of the day the works there for everyone, anytime a person says they have a window cleaner I say ok thanks, I never try to steal work and I’d never want to. Maybe the more I canvass the more I will become comfortable with it.
  18. Part Timer

    Furthest Job So Far

    Makes my trip down to Gosport like a walk to the pub 😲
  19. Clarkus84

    Hypo stinks!!!!!!!!!!

    Bonnymans sells a floral scent I think
  20. Master Jedi Alejandro

    Furthest Job So Far

    Used my SumUp for the first time today (thanks, @P4dstar). It can even show you the location of the transaction afterwards. Must admit, I hadn’t realised I had traveled quite as far!
  21. Have a 500L square tank, looking to swap for a 400L flatbed. I’m in Caterham, Surrey
  22. ks789

    St. George day!!!!!!!!

    I remember the days us kevs were honored with an international kevin day. Now we get fewer as each winter passes, no one wanting to call their offspring by such a name in this day and age, and maybe one day as rare as cuthberts. But then, just when all was lost in 2086, and the last of the old kevs were near gone, the name became trendy again, as has happened today with herbert etc.
  23. james82

    St. George day!!!!!!!!

    Happy Georges day everyone
  24. Pressurewasher

    Hypo stinks!!!!!!!!!!

    Just had my first go using hypo yesterday, seriously impressed by the results. However everything stinks, could still smell it in my garage this morning. I remember reading about some sort of odour eliminator to add to it. Cant find the thread now. Can anyone reccomend a decent brand? Does it work? thanks
  25. Total payments, including subsidies, may well be approaching £2000 pa. An efficiency drop-off of just 10% would 'cost' around £200 in a single year. It's not so much the dirt, I reckon - that will just wash off with rain. It's the lichen I mentioned, which won't wash off.
  26. Please may I ask what you mean when you say it made a big difference to my output. Cleaning a solar array has to bring a return on investment in business terms. If you are going to charge £60 then the customer has to see that as a return on his money very quickly and then still reaping the benefits well into the future. I don't know much about how much solar brings in over a year, but I can't see how a clean of £60 would be recovered in a few months and still see a benefit in 18 months. The trouble is that I can't find anyone who can give me figures in % dirty verses clean because no one has 2 panels running at the same time for comparison. I'm inclined to think that in true valve its probably as you say, beer money. For me its just not worth the risk.
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