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  1. mike007

    So funny when you’re well established

    Always keeping in mind to not try to over complicate the business, it,s window cleaning......Keep it simple!
    5 points
  2. Part Timer

    So funny when you’re well established

    The only thing you can forget about is worrying about if you have enough money to pay your bills. You can control your customer base and prices easier but the downside is the fun and excitement of the earlier days goes.
    5 points
  3. Jaygti

    So funny when you’re well established

    Pricing a house up. You don’t mess around counting windows etc. You can just turn up and instinctively know how long it’s going to take, and how much to charge .
    5 points
  4. Davy G

    So funny when you’re well established

    Reliable, efficient, fast techniques nailed down. A better ability to solve equipment problems. More confidence for dealing with arrogant customers.
    5 points
  5. Pjj

    Working all day then waiting a week for payments

    We are now in a position to be very fussy with who we take on I am having to get rid of work to take on new customers as we are full to bursting point . If what I said came over as arrogant that’s not how it was meant I am just stressing we don’t need any more customers so I am very fussy who I take on as I can afford to be like @Green Pro Clean Ltd Once said the customer has to meet his profile , I thought he was being arrogant but he’s right , Ime not interested in taking on every job that comes my way , I want nice houses , easy access , no dog poo , no locked gates unless we have keys or codes not interested in txt or phoning , good prices and nice customers I am in a lucky position to be able to pick and choose after 22 years or so doing this job , we are currently getting around 30 + enquires a week Ime struggling to keep up with the emails and answer phone massages , again this isn’t boasting Ime just sharing my experience and I know several other window cleaners in my area are experiencing exactly the same as I am . Housing estates with hundreds of new homes are being built all over the place and there simply isn’t enough window cleaners that are any good or reliable to keep up with the demand . I am not interested in disorganised customers that’s my whole point problems in the making ,
    5 points
  6. Pjj

    Working all day then waiting a week for payments

    Totally agree once you have signed up with thousands of customers on it they can charge you what they want and there is very little you can do about it , try changing to another company what a hassle , no way would I even consider it .
    5 points
  7. Den

    Tips for velux windows?

    Tell all new potential clients there is no guarantee on veluxs windows due either not being able to see them properly or awkward angle/access. Then you can always refer back to the conversation if not perfect.
    5 points
  8. TWC

    Clovis and outdoors...

    One of my wife’s ex colleagues is 24 years old. Fit and healthy with 3 kids. Caught it and up until last week was in a serious condition in hospital. I’m a bit sketchy on the details but the general feeling was even if she survives she will have serious health issues for sometime. Do not think she’s been jabbed but it’s funny how some seem to be more genetically at risk than others. I intend to take every precaution I can to avoid it. Freedom day has actually been the opposite for me as I’m more careful than ever.
    5 points
  9. dazmond

    Working all day then waiting a week for payments

    if a window is partly obscured by an overgrown shrub i just clean what i can and leave the rest,sod pruning it for the customer!also customers can be very precious about there plants so giving them a chop could be very annoying to them without their consent....
    4 points
  10. Pjj

    Working all day then waiting a week for payments

    If they are problem customer s then they get dumped , I certainly wouldn’t entertain keeping them and going gocardless to keep ones like that , got more work than we can cope with so now it’s one strike and they are gone .
    4 points
  11. Davy G

    Working all day then waiting a week for payments

    As little third party influence or control in my life and business as possible. I don't want or need it.
    4 points
  12. Jonny 67

    Tips for velux windows?

    Don't worry so much, it sounds to me like you're over egging the pudding. Standing on a flat roof with a 35' pole for a velux is above and beyond the call of duty. When quoting I would have told them I couldn't do that one because you couldn't reach. Take the advice given and inform the customer with confidence. Ps. Don't go in the house to clean the velux, just say you can't do it. Good luck....
    4 points
  13. windowsurfer

    Tips for velux windows?

    I tell customers I will give them a clean, but because they face the sky everything floating in the air just lands on them n they get dirty quicker n they are awkward to do.
    4 points
  14. kevinc250

    Best cleaning detergent?

    but thats forum life dave, many people chip in with comments without any real world knowledge, yes, i agree if the poster has no idea that hypo is an acid or alkaline the comments should really be dis regarded as those people new to soft washing could take up those comments and use them only to cause serious damage or mishap to themselves or a customers property then, comes the "how do i get out of this post", . people, if you are new to softwashing or are looking to start offering these services please, take some replies with a pinch of salt and go with the gut feeling on who to gleen info from, in my opinion theres only two or three on this forum who'll give sound,safe advice on this.
    4 points
  15. Den

    Six week experiment changing techniques

    Recently done a little experiment with regards to my jets/rinsebar window cleaning only no FSG etc. 2 weeks with 100 degree fans. 2 weeks with 35cm rinsebar. 2 weeks with 2mm pencils. 1 day with 3mm pencils (used too much water). My conclusion is the 100 degree saves water you really needed to rinse on the glass uses less water. Rinsebar works well on most windows but not on sash windows plus it adds weight to your set up. 2mm pencils work well on all windows and if you prefer to rinse off the glass these are better than 100 degree fans. 3mm jets great but you must be able to carry plently of water people using smaller tank/backpack will use their water up to quickly. 1.4mm pencils (35cm brushes only) my preferred choice of set up for approx 80% of my work uses the same amount of water s 2mm pencils jets. I personally like all the above as originally when I started window cleaning it was 2mm pencils and then used the 100 degree fans for a couple of years after they were released, and then the rinsebar when that was released, but took that off the rinsebar purely to save weight. I now personally use mainly 2mm pencils for 26cm brushes and 4 x 1.4mm for 35cm brushes most of the time when cleaning windows. Hope this helps someone thinking of maybe trying out a different option, please understand these are my opinions only and I advise everyone to try out all options to find out what’s best suited for their technique for themselves.
    3 points
  16. spruce

    Has anyone added an extra membrane to an RO?

    https://ro-man.com/?product=membrane-upgrade-kit As @ched999uk stated waste restriction will change if you have a fixed inline restrictor. Ro-man also sell them specific to the r/o. I would be inclined to go to a 1/4" gate valve so you can control waste more accurately. However, using a gate valve will not be as aesthetically pleasing. I upgraded my 275gpd to 450gpd by just changing the membranes and inline restrictor. The restrictor was preset to 3 waste to 1 pure - not ideal to save water.
    3 points
  17. Pjj

    Six week experiment changing techniques

    This is a very interesting review , we have tried , rinse bars , fan jets and gone back to the old 2 mm pencils and find this works best for us . Each person finds different things work for them .
    3 points
  18. Pjj

    So funny when you’re well established

    Once well established you don’t have to worry about canvassing or getting more work ,as it then comes to you , knowing that you have enough monthly income to pay the bills without worrying ,having the option of not having to take on certain jobs that you would if you needed the work . Knowing how to do a certain job and how long it will take , si pricing becomes easier and hopefully you don’t shoot yourself in the foot going in to cheaply and regretting it . No advertising budget needed . Having bought all the rubbish equipment then realising what’s rubbish and getting good stuff so no more wasting money on poor equipment. And there are many more things as well
    3 points
  19. swc1

    So funny when you’re well established

    Everything becomes second nature. PS.. it doesn't take years
    3 points
  20. Pjj

    Monocouche render

    Also you should be carrying data sheets for any chemicals you are using ,this will give you vital information on first aid treatment for getting it in your eyes ,ingestion, on the skin etc , also provides information for the emergency services if you are involved in an accident , and most commercial companies will request this information if working with any chemical on there premises , it will ask tell you how the chemical should be used dilution rates , and what not to do or use it on , it also sets you apart from joe bloggs who uses any old products and hasn’t got a clue what they are or how to use them safely , all to often accidents happen from the very situation you have described you don’t know what you are using , is it acid or alkaline??? How does it react with water ? Is it volatile ?? If you end up in hospital how can they treat any injuries if they dint know what you have been using ?? This is something that many do without thinking about the consequences, being in the Fireservice I am all to aware of the potential dangers of this type of situation , please dont take this as a lecture but look at it as a learning curve and make the needed adjustments , next time it might not be a stain on a wall it could be far more serious .
    3 points
  21. Pjj

    Working all day then waiting a week for payments

    I haven’t put up many this year as most are very good anyway but did put up prices last year by quite a bit , but all new ones are 50% higher than existing work , gets a bit difficult when quoting next to existing customers so I just say I yours will be dearer than next doors , so they don’t come back later saying why’s mine xx amount more than next doors
    3 points
  22. Part Timer

    Monocouche render

    I'm not here to lecture anyone but I struggle to believe you are using a, potentially dangerous, chemical that you nothing about. I hope you manage to rectify this and learn a lesson from it. Try and do a bit more research before you do your next job.
    3 points
  23. Chris34

    Working all day then waiting a week for payments

    Have you put your prices up this year? I'm charging roughly 20 percent more now. So a £25 job is now £30, a £40 job is £50, a £100 job is £120 etc. I was always on the high side anyway but they're paying more now. If I was in your position, which is a great position to be in, I'd be whacking the prices up as you can afford to lose a lot and still be full with work.
    3 points
  24. Pjj

    slick connect alternatives

    If you tag @Skxawng in hopefully he will see it . He’s a very helpful guy
    3 points
  25. Pjj

    Working all day then waiting a week for payments

    The problem is we already have approx 4,500 regular customers as well as add on jobs and we don’t have any spare time to take on theses new jobs , I agree totally with what you are saying it could be a good new revenue earner , but we are now booking add on jobs going into November, some won’t wait that long but most are prepared to so we just have to turn so much stuff away , it’s a shame but I cannot take on any more I am dropping our lesser paid stuff and replacing it with higher priced work on a drop a job and take a new one on basis . I have never known anything like the volume of enquires we are getting don’t understand why it’s suddenly gone like this . Sounds about right
    3 points
  26. Pjj

    Working all day then waiting a week for payments

    I am so busy I am not prepared to Evan consider the possibility of a problem customer anymore , and certainly not prepared to pay through the nose to GC to prevent someone becoming a problem , if they are a problem about paying they will also be problematic in other ways , like oh leave them today they aren't to dirty or looks like it might rain give them a miss this time , been there and done that , I have become very strict these days as we don’t need the work and only take on customers that we are happy with so our rejection rate is now quite high .
    3 points
  27. scottish cleaning service

    Working all day then waiting a week for payments

    I have customers who go one or two months without paying but they always pay up. It doesn't bother me unless they question it and then it effects me. When one is busy then it's easy to drop folk but no point if you are quiet unless they fail to pay.
    3 points
  28. Apw1210

    Can’t stop pre filter leaking

    Great news mate
    3 points
  29. ched999uk

    Tips for velux windows?

    Too right mate. Select jobs I can do . I even have a laser distance finder to check I can reach now . Always deliver at least what you promise, never under deliver . I am gaining experience on every clean, onto my first repeats this week, wow so much easier. Taking less than half the 1st clean time. Still focus on quality but a little more speed is coming. It helps knowing the houses and having a better methodology than I had at first, a fairly standard order of cleaning helps me too.
    3 points
  30. Pjj

    Tips for velux windows?

    Most velux windows are a pain it’s difficult /impossible to see them properly when you think they are clean give them another half dozen rubs with the brush , try using a longer pole and don’t extend the top section this will help to be able to apply a bit more pressure on the glass then a thorough rinse , as most have said we always tell customers we will do our best but cannot guarantee it will be perfect , having said that I can only think of a couple of complaints we have had and we do unfortunately have a lot of them on our rounds
    3 points
  31. wezza13

    Tips for velux windows?

    It's a case of giving them a good soaking, thorough clean and then thorough rinse. Also, longer poles will help you immensely. If you're having trouble seeing the velux windows, then tell the customer that you'll clean them the best you can. They can't moan at you for having tried. Good luck.
    3 points
  32. Apw1210

    Clovis and outdoors...

    Hope she makes a full recovery and doesn't get hit with long covid. Me personally, live alone, go to work and distance myself from everyone, don't drink so don't go to pubs or clubs & nor do I eat out. The chances of infection in my personal opinion are still high and I do not want to catch it. All it takes is one person one cough or contaminated contact surface I respect the virus and do all I can to protect others but still go about my business with the upmost caution I think living with someone who has it or has had it is a big issue and something that leaves you feeling anxious about getting it yourself
    3 points
  33. CMcB

    So funny when you’re well established

    Taking holidays without stressing
    2 points
  34. Master Jedi Alejandro

    Wfp Van mounted system

    I wouldn’t recommend this as it won’t be a crash tested tank. Even if you just get the tank professionally installed, and do the rest yourself, you need to be really careful. I would recommend Pure2O as they price match. Others are Ionic Systems (own Pure2O), Grippa, PureFreedom. They have all crash tested their systems and install them properly, through the chassis. EDIT: Just to make myself clear, as I reread this and realised it could be misunderstood. If you decide to get a tank installed professionally and then do the rest yourself, I see no problem.
    2 points
  35. Part Timer

    Six week experiment changing techniques

    No mention of 1.4mm jets? We use these on all of our work and get an extra 2 man hours out of our 800l tank.
    2 points
  36. Pjj

    Sodium Hypochlorite on painted wood window frames.

    Jolly good , just be careful if it does cause lighter run marks there is nothing you can do but re paint , so always worth exercising caution and trying a bit first Glad it went well , hypo is a very good cleaning agent and will produce some amazing results when used right .
    2 points
  37. Dave B

    Monocouche render

    You do need to know it's chemical properties if using it like you have. Tfr is traffic film remover not for fascias etc so how do you know any damage that may be done to render etc.
    2 points
  38. Davy G

    Working all day then waiting a week for payments

    I have slightly increased the price of most new jobs in comparison to my existing jobs of the same type/size. I do this year on year. Existing jobs are increased gently through the years. Especially gutter emptying. These, I charged at about £3 per metre when I started 7 years ago. About £18 a run on a 3 bed semi. Then after a couple of years £20. Last year I made it £25. Now I'm charging £30~£35, occasionally £40 if they only want one run emptied. Larger jobs are priced accordingly. I can't recall anyone challenging me except once, a rental landlord about three or four years ago. He was given the simple, straight choice. We got the job at our price.
    2 points
  39. @PjjThanks for the advice! I did a test patch on the frame and no movement from the paint so I went ahead and just kept rinsing the windows all day. Came out lovely in the end!
    2 points
  40. Skxawng

    slick connect alternatives

    Hi, sorry its only for microbore hose currently. I think looking over the description on the website I should maybe highlight that sentence in bold and put it nearer the top where it can be seen easier. I could send you a 8mm od stem x 8mm id tube JG adapter, but I think it would struggle to fit inside. The aperture for the hose is 12.25mm which is too small for minibore. Have you tried your hose to see if you can fit it inside the TuffTap? If you can I'd be happy to send you an adapter for 8mm ID hose, if it's too big, which I think may be the case then I'd be happy to refund you. Edit: or, give me a couple of days days and I can make a modified version for minibore and post it out for you to try out. Which would you like me to do?
    2 points
  41. cleaniac

    Working all day then waiting a week for payments

    You just put the price up. Not sure what the question is. Log into the dashboard, edit the subscription and change the price.
    2 points
  42. Jamesmarshall

    Tips for velux windows?

    Always rinse them brush on nowadays. Take slightly longer than a normal window to get perfect so charge more for them. I usually clean top plastic then two sides 2 scrubs each then all glass couple of times then leave brush at top wriggling across for a couple of seconds and rinse down as normal. Taking brush off ive found brings little bits out and you have to keep going over. Similar to cleaning a fascia below roof tiles, brush on seems to work better
    2 points
  43. scottish cleaning service

    Getting oil off driveways

    And still no one has come up with the answer, that's why I swapped the blocks over. The oil has usually soaked into the blocks and nothing will remove it.
    2 points
  44. McDirty

    Can’t stop pre filter leaking

    I guessed they were designed as such, I’ve seen lots just hanging like that during my research. I generally over engineer everything and wasn’t happy with they way it moved. I just nipped out and put a floplast soil pipe bracket around it and it’s now perfect.
    2 points
  45. Dave B

    Best cleaning detergent?

    All gone quiet now hasn't it
    2 points
  46. Apw1210

    Can’t stop pre filter leaking

    Get some Gas rated thicker PTFE tape Clean all the threads, reapply the thicker tape in the correct orientation and add a little bead of washing up liquid on the ptfe tape and tighten slowly but firmly The washing up liquid will help prevent the tape dragging and mushrooming
    2 points
  47. Apw1210

    Tips for velux windows?

    I know two chaps locally who don't touch them and tell the customers they are classed as roof cleaning because they make up part of the roof
    2 points
  48. Pjj

    Best cleaning detergent?

    I have never known hypo to affect any rendered or pebble dashed wall s been doing it around 18 years , it will turn white UPVC yellow if it stronger mix is used but if washed off it will revert back to white after 2-4 hours . Plants and grass will be fine provided you mist them with water before and after application of hypo mix . The correct PPE is important especially when mixing it up , if doing a path then a watering can is good for applying it as there is no drift, if spraying hypo you want a proper nozzle that produces water droplets not a mist spray pattern this will greatly reduce any drift but not totally eliminate it all together
    2 points
  49. Try googling odd bods cleaning services Darren is a good guy and he’s in your general area
    2 points
  50. ched999uk

    Clovis and outdoors...

    There was a statistic the other day on the news that 60% of people dying from Covid in hospital have been double jabbed!!!!!!! The best thing to do is try not to catch it by reducing risks wherever possible. My partners family caught it last Jan, well all but the 16 year old son!!! Last week he had symptoms and tested +ve. So even though he didn't catch the Kent variant in Jan he did catch the Delta one now, he thought he was immune (as he was young!)! While the chances of dying with covid after being double jabbed are very much reduced they don't seem to have said you are less likely to get long covid. You are right that working outdoors means you are less likely to catch it at work but you still have same risk from an infected person breathing on you or you picking up something in a shop that has been coughed on etc. Don't take things for granted the risk is not worth it, minimise your risks where you can. Obviously it's up to you how you live your life but look at the risk vs reward and weigh it up then make your decisions.
    2 points
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