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Showing content with the highest reputation since 12/01/19 in all areas

  1. 6 points
    brianbadonde

    "Can we leave it this month" AGAIN

    When I started a few years ago I would take it up the ar*e because I needed the work. Now my tolerance level is pretty low. If it happens once, but they’re a good customer and if there’s people close by whos window’s I clean then I may let it slide. If they have a good reason then I’ll let it slide. But I have had plenty who have said “can we leave it this time” and so I just never go back lol I’ve also had people borderline begging to have me back when this has happened lol it’s all down to your own personal tolerance level. As as to when it becomes a first clean again, it depends on where it is. I have one bungalow that’s close to loads of trees and I used to clean it every 4 weeks and it was like a first clean each time. On the other end of the spectrum I have 8 weekers that I hardly have to scrub as they don’t get that dirty.
  2. 5 points
    Clisty1989

    "Can we leave it this month" AGAIN

    One skip ill allow, but 2 skips in a row, or 3 in a year and they're gone.
  3. 4 points
    Alex87

    "Can we leave it this month" AGAIN

    I seem to be finding a few leave it this month's and had around 5 cancellations due to customers re-jigging their finances. People tend to review finances at the start of the year and we are the bottom of the list when it comes to necessity. Spring will soon be here !!!
  4. 3 points
    spruce

    "Can we leave it this month" AGAIN

    Each customer will be different. If they skip a clean then I'm more tollerant of this, especially in winter as a skipper means I have one less to clean to catch up my backlog. I'm always behind as I have far too much work, so I'm not going to be the 'kettle calling the pot black.'
  5. 3 points
    Alex Gardiner

    The Best WFP Pole Spray

    Hi Dave Just watched your video 😀 It is worth noting that the WD40 brand dry-film PTFE spray is, in our testing, not a good brand of dry-film PTFE spray. It is has too high an oil content and does not truly coat the surface the way a commercial grade dry-film PTFE will. When I tested it several years ago it dried very slowly if at all, did not bond well to the carbon surface and wore off quickly. If anything it ended up attracting some dirt to the surface. Therefore I have been recommending to clients and on forums for several years now when asked, not to use the WD-40 brand of PTFE spray. By contrast commercial grade dry-film PTFE spray (as used in the manufacturing industry) flash dries in seconds and leaves a truly non-stick surface. Not tested the Vision brand myself, but I imagine that it is probably a more 'commercial' grade of Dry-Film PTFE which is why it feels better in use than the WD-40 brand.
  6. 3 points
    Green Pro Clean Ltd

    Another what would you charge....

    Ahhh well in that case ignore the advice... everyone and I mean everyone, @Part Timer @Pjj myself and everyone else has turned up and thought 'wont take that long and left hours later thinking 'well cocked up that estimate' Once you got a couple of dozen of all scenarios under your belt then the best advice I can give is listen to those that do. You may be building and want experience but make it good experience. Dont low ball just to secure a job. Be honest and fair when pricing. Tell them £40 per hour and your guessing about 4 hours. That way if done in 3 you can reduce the bill and fell better. If 5 hours then oh well, they new the cost.
  7. 2 points
    RWCleaning

    How clean are the windows!!!!

    Yeh I was obviously joking. I would never do the above. A friend of mine was canvassing a couple of years back, and he picked up a bungalow with a elderly lady living there, apparently the old cleaner, trad cleaner, was doing that what I mentioned above, just went round with a cloth or something quickly. The nosey neighbour watched him one day then told her. My mate said some of the windows were baldy blown so if the sills & frames looked cleaned I guess he sadly got away with it. What goes around comes around I guess, if he was that much of a cowboy I imagine he’s got very little long term customers.
  8. 2 points
    WScleaningsolutions

    "Can we leave it this month" AGAIN

    Don’t take is personally it’s better to skip a clean than lose it all together it’s a funny time of year we probably get 5+ a week do the same but it’s only really December and January when it happens just part of the job 👍
  9. 2 points
    doug atkinson

    WCW for RO Filters?

    "I phoned Pentair yesterday and was informed they block up much easier, even with a sediment filter" I've been SHOUTING this point 😀 With very hard water molecules are larger and also expand in the cold. Those higher spec filters tend to be sold with steam filters where the molecule is smaller as the water has been heated up Pentair do not sell direct to the public and everything goes through their distributor.
  10. 2 points
    Nudel

    230v shurflo pump into 12v

    I suppose one could use an inverter?
  11. 2 points
    Green Pro Clean Ltd

    New start up help

    There is only two things to give a customer. 1: Quality service. 2: Fair price. And that's what will build your round up nice and strong.
  12. 2 points
    Part Timer

    Submersible pump

    For the quantity you're talking about I would personally put into drums and carry it
  13. 2 points
    scottish cleaning service

    New start up help

    One thing us windies don't like and that's doing a first clean and being told not to come back again. I feel I've spent a lot of time getting them up to my standard just to let them go back as they were before, that's why I charge double for first cleans now.
  14. 2 points
    Clearview Lee

    I think this is to cheap

    There’s no too cheap and no too expensive. It’s what you want and whether someone is happy to pay it. Nothing more, nothing less. I’ve told this before on here - I do a house for £50 and the previous window cleaner was Charing £15.5-bed. With large connie. Sounds like BS but it’s really not. The other guy never put his price up ever and was an old man who’d been cleaning them for years. Some windies want beer & *** money, some want a nice house like his customers and take his family on nice holidays abroad. It’s all a state of mind. Some earning a few quid, some definitely in business.
  15. 2 points
    Part Timer

    New start up help

    Would say after you've done them for 3 months personally
  16. 2 points
    Alex Gardiner

    WCW for RO Filters?

    The 10" Fibredyne Filters can be ordered from either: Grippatank - at £17.42 +VAT each - https://www.grippatank.co.uk/fibredyne-cfb-plus-sediment-carbon-pre-filter-10 or Gapswater at £15 +VAT each - http://www.gapswater.co.uk/acatalog/Pentair--pentek--CFB-Plus-Carbon-Filter-CFBPLUS.html#SID=550 Then if you need a sediment pre-filter before this you could use either of the following 5 micron Sediment filters: First item on this page - 2 for £13.33 +VAT - https://daqua.co.uk/sedimentfilter.htm or Gapswater - £1.60 +VAT each - http://www.gapswater.co.uk/acatalog/SPECTRUM-Economic-Spun-Bonded-TruDepth-Filter--ESP_5.html#SID=844 Of course there are many other suppliers of these items available 😊
  17. 2 points
    scottish cleaning service

    Pressure Washing Decking (Anti-slip strips)

    I did mine with yellow strips which seems to be a good seller, maybe for night time. No matter the colour, they give good grip and don't hold water, I'm happy with outcome.
  18. 2 points
    adamangler

    Need something more reliable than backpack

    A backpack is just like a van mount in that it's a pump a d a battery, some wires and a switch or two in a plastic casing. So what would you do if your van mount developed fault? Probably fix it. So why not just carry a spare pump and battery and fix the backpack if it breaks? They are only cheap pumps in them they will go eventually.
  19. 2 points
    spruce

    WFP system & van Help needed

    The same quality and amount of water will pass through a standard tap as with a gold plated one. Nuclear resin - the cost will blow your budget and wallet apart I heard someone say.
  20. 2 points
    Part Timer

    WFP system & van Help needed

    To get a decent hot water set up will cost you circa £10k, excluding the van. If you're going to spend that type of money I would get a 650l 2 man system as it won't cost that much more. I'll assume as you run a grounds maintenance company you'll have the room to purify your water in a building rather than have a van mounted system. Sorry to be boring but you'll need to first find out if you're in a hard or soft water area. I have a Purefreedom 2 man Hot Water System, for 8 years, with van mounted R/O and booster pump and can't fault their engineering. Wouldn't buy any filters etc from them though
  21. 2 points
    Alex Gardiner

    Need something more reliable than backpack

    Hi P4dstar Looks like you have missed the warranty cut off on your Gardiner backpack by just 5 days!! Generally these on/off switches are very robust As a gesture of goodwill I can arrange for a replacement switch to be sent to you along with some quick connectors.
  22. 2 points
    Green Pro Clean Ltd

    advice on letter please

    Dear Customer, As of 1st March 2019 we will only be accepting GoCardless for payments for window cleaning. GoCardless are the market leaders in direct debit processing and you can rest assured that all payments are protected under the Direct Debit Guarantee. We have made this decision as it will help us to streamline our payment process and automatically allocate the correct payment to each job allowing us to free up much needed time to focus on providing you with the best service possible. Please remember this is a direct debit so we still need to request payment after every clean, it is not a Standing Order that comes out automatically every month. GoCardless offer a service second to none. A brief description of how it works is simple 1: Windows are cleaned as usual on your regular date 2: Job is marked as complete on our smart-phones 3: This triggers the payment request with GoCardless to your bank 4: The funds are collected 5 days after the clean. As simple as that and the beauty of it being a 'triggered' direct debit means that should we not be able to clean your windows for any reason (snow, bad weather ect) the job is not marked as done on the smart-phone app so you don't pay for a service you haven't had. Please visit https://GoPayYouDamnBillsOnTime to set up your authorization for future payments. If you have any questions at all regarding this please do not hesitate to call me directly on 0800 GOAWAY Thank you for you business and we look forward to seeing you on your next clean. Kind regards, Mr Getting Paid At Last
  23. 2 points
    TJTOPCAT

    advice on letter please

    Just one point to remind you that gocardless is not a foolproof way to guarantee to payment. If they haven't got the funds in their account then it will get bounced back as a failure. Sometimes this can be as frustrating and time consuming in showing them that the payments failed. If customers late pay or don't pay then far better to show them that you mean business and after sending a polite, please pay by a certain date etc within the next 7 days you will apply an admin charge £40 and take them to small claims court which will incur a further £25 charge. Result: they pay you or you actually do it and apply online to small claims court. I had a customer who owed £15 and £10. £25. I did the above and they promised to pay both amounts. They did not pay, I kept there text messages as evidence. Applied on line to small claims court. Successful. They then had 31 days to pay now £75. No payment. They now have a CCJ against them for that amount. That will **** there credit score up big time and I will now look to enforce it. All that because they were another customer who thought oh it's only £10 and its only the window cleaner. [emoji848][emoji189] Sent using the Window Cleaning Forums mobile app
  24. 1 point
    High-tower

    What length pole?

    Yeah, my 22 will comfortably clean most ground and first floor properties, and I can reach a lot of town houses and dormer windows too. The other advantage of the 22 over the 25 is the shorter collapsed length which makes it more manauverable.
  25. 1 point
    RWCleaning

    WFP system & van Help needed

    @GrippaTANK are up there with Ionics for quality, but always premium price! If I had a open(ish) cheque book, it would be GrippaTank Or Ionics no problem. Also how will you be getting the pure water? Making it on board with a inbuilt R.O system in the van? Or a storage tank & separate R.O somewhere else? Or buying the pure water at a filling station somewhere near by?
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