con roof help please

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  1. Greener

    Greener Well-Known Member
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    Hi all, I have a great customer that I clean on a regular basis, I clean the house and conservatory up to the guttering he has asked me to quote for the con roof. I would appreciate a bit of help ;) now ive cleaned quite a few roofs now but this one is different than them due to the pitch of the glass its nearly horizontal, I'm more than happy I can clean it but im a bit dubious about the rinsing process? I find in most roofs ive cleaned the rinsing part takes me just as long as the cleaning:confused: getting every little bit off? What do you boys use/do to remove all the debris? Thanks in advance Greener
     

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  2. Alien Human

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    I would get my combi ladders out, get them into platform position, connect up to customers outside hosepipe and use my old sill brush VERY GENTLY to give it a good rinse and GENTLE scrub down. Would then connect up to my van and wash & rinse with purified water. Time consuming but that's why I charge more for them. Here's one I did this week......which to be fair you can't really see how clean the top is......but gives an idea image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg
     
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    Would it help to use a squeegee on a pole to get the worst of the tap water off, before rinsing with pure? Should be easy enough with straight pulls.
     
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    #4 Smurf, May 2, 2015
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    On that type of low pitched roof they tend to get quite a bit of build up of debris under and around the lead flashing etc. I tend rather than trying to flush it out I vacuum it out first using a guttervac instead. That way I reduce the amount of **** that goes all over the glass in the cleaning process.

    Regarding the final rinsing down I turn the flow rate on the pump controller to full as I'm not that bothered how much pure water I use as my pure freedom trolley is connected to two tanks in the van (approx 700 litres)

    For me I prefer not to attempt to clean a glass conservatory roof on a hot day as I find it harder to clean. I much prefer to do job like that on overcast days and ever when it's raining.

    Regarding fine particles being left on the glass you can spend all day trying to chase them away but you have to decide when it's time to stop. I just let the customer know this and as long as the frames & glass is cleaner than when I started they don't seem to mind and are normally very happy with the job.


    The other option you could trad the glass with say a wagtail but I tend not to as the fine particals of tile grit could scratch the glass.

    Note: If it happens to be self cleaning glass then be careful what method & chems you use.
     
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  5. Smurf

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    Myself I live in a hard water area so I avoid using tap water.

     
  6. Alien Human

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    Very true Smurf....I should have added that I do that for the first clean then just pure for maintenance cleans. I live in Brighton which is the hard water capital of the whole entire universe :thumbsup:
     
  7. Alien Human

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    That's a good idea :thumbsup:
     
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    May I add that style low pitched roof is one of my pet hates to clean properly but is a lot easier to clean than alot of the others I get to do.
     
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    Nice job by the way :thumbsup:

     
  10. Tuffers

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    Would custy give 2 hoots if you knocked the owl off the roof :whistle:

    I find that the lead flashing stains glass roofs and they really do look shite when you've cleaned the glass. If there is a lot of moss etc on the roof I find that sweeping it off with your water turned off using your WFP helps. As Smurf said, you can chase the small bits all day while rinsing and bits off trees and out of the air will always fall on the roof even while you're still cleaning it. You can scrub the frames and glass and get most of the muck off and then change to a clean brush and rinse while the brush is still on the glass, this will bring small particles that are left down with your brush.
     
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