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  2. yeh very true, if its saturated with window cleaners theres always extra jobs. A lot of elderly cant cut their lawns easily etc.
  3. Pressurewasher

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

    Thank you il look in to it
  4. Pjj

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

    Just make sure what ever you add to the hypo is designed to be added to it . We DONT put it in the hypo but spray the sorounding areas with clover chemicals bubble gum sent mask,after finishing rinsing down , it’s very strong stuff and a small amount goes a long way costs around £5 for 5 ltr I think . There are several sent mask products on the market that are made to add to hypo and they do work to a certain degree as @Clarkus84 said bonnymans sell some . As do softwash systems and others .
  5. Part Timer

    Water water every where. Where to buy.

    Spotless have a site in Orpington if that's any good
  6. scottish cleaning service

    Canvassing - how do you guys find it

    You have got to think logically sometimes. Imagine you are the streets window cleaner and someone comes knocking. Right away ones imagination starts to click into gear and wondering how much he is willing to charge. Folk might not be too happy if work begins to roll in and I'm not talking about the opposition. Best thing you can do is say nothing and carry on regardless. Theres other things you can add along the way, gutter clearing and PVC cleaning the add-ons are endless. I'm Mr Ben and today I was painting an outhouse. I have now to paint the outside of the whole bungalow at £150 a day which I'm happy about. Just plod along for a week and get 750 which is ok for an easy week. Eventually word gets around what you can do.
  7. It gets easier. its a good job to build your confidence up. dealing with people etc. In the end any dodgy remarks will be like water rolling off a ducks back because you wont need to care.
  8. We have several customers who have free electric during the day and get paid around £1200 per year from the feed in tariff we clean there panels every year for around £60-80 and they say that they notice up to 25% more output from the panels so they are more than happy to pay our charges , the interesting thing hear isa friend of mine runs a b&b and has 36 panels on his roof they were 6 years old and never been cleaned , I cleaned them for him and the output didn’t alter at all , so I think it depends what’s on the panel and if it’s the older type of panel where one cell covered in bird poo wipes out the charge from the whole panel , the latest panels only the covered or dirty part of the panel is removed from the production rate not the whole panel , hope this makes sense . We used to do a lot of arrays on farms and quite often the panels were covered in nearly a quarter of an inch of mud that had gone on the panels s as dust then got wet and turned to mud and practically wiped out production all together , we were cleaning them every 3 months ,at times there was 15 operatives cleaning and organising enough pure water and transporting it all over the county was a nightmare , sometimes we were working 100 miles away from home , I hated doing them and financially it was not worth doing , where we are there are tens of thousands of panels we were doing over 20 farms it started taking over my window cleaning business so I had to make a decision where I wanted the business to go in , so opted to give up the farm work as most of it was using cherry pickers , mewps, or fall arrest equipment for weeks on end and it was far harder work than cleaning windows , giving it up was the best decision I have ever made , we were recommended by the installers to clean there arrays as we started doing the ones on there offices and they liked what we did , if anyone down my way wants to do some I might still be able to put some work your way as they still email me wanting us to do stuff , but I won’t do it any more , far to much hassle and very little financial reward and then you get behind with your regular window work .
  9. Even the sleeping policemen are flat in norfolk 🤣🤣🤣🤣
  10. Hyzer373

    Canvassing - how do you guys find it

    I need to get a thicker skin and not let some of the knocks/remarks effect me so much, I am aware I need to work on this, hopefully it comes with more n more canvassing.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Dave B

    Ninja bucket damaging blades

    Glue an old piece of squeegee rubber over the divider where it rubs Job done
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  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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...
  23. scottish cleaning service

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

    I spilt some of that scent in my van it smelled lovely for weeks.
  24. 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.
  25. Hi all! im looking to supplement my current round in the farnborough/Farnham/aldershot area if anyone has anything available? cheers, max
  26. 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.
  27. Part Timer

    Furthest Job So Far

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