First Time Cleaning Windows- Few Questions?

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  1. buzzing

    buzzing Active Member
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    I cleaned some windows for the first time- did a bungalow and took 2 hrs lol (still not comfortable with heights). I cleaned all the sills, are you supposed to do that? Also, I had these old rags which were really small for cleaning the sills and window frames, what do most people use? They got really dirty with cobwebs etc I took a 2 litre bottle of water which wasn't enough afterwards to clean the rags. Also when cleaning where do most people put their rags and cloths, on a bucket on a belt? I kept putting them down and I think that lost me time.

    Also, I was late as i set my phone to tell me in the memo gthingee, but it didn't flash or make noise or anything, I guess I need to get something different to warn me about appointments?

    They gave me £20

    Also, I just threw my rags and micro fibre cloths in the boot and went home, should i wash them or dry them out?

    Also the microfibre cloths got wet and weren't doin g the detailing properly, need three for a job? do you just dry these out or wash them?
     
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  2. John B

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    It will take time to get into a routine which suits you, and as a newbie doing first cleans it is tough going. You will get more confident and quicker with experience.

    Whether you clean the sills (and frames for that matter) is really up to you. I do both as a matter of course, but then I am really fussy and want the customer to be happy with my service.

    I carry 3 microfiber cloths with me. I use one for frames and sills, one for edges and corners of glass, and a spare for when the sill cloth is too dirty. I put them in my pockets and over my shoulder.

    I keep my appointments in my mobile phone, but don't use the alarm system available. I just move on to each job in turn and don't have any hard and fast appointment times.

    Going back to microfiber cloths, I dry them out and reuse as sill cloths if possible, but always use fresh, clean, dry cloths on the glass.

    Wash them on a hot wash, but don't use softener on them.Hope this helps,

    John
     
  3. Smurf

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    Silly question but if you are not comfortable at heights why did you go trad? Would not wfp method suit you better?
     
  4. daley

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    cos hes tiyt :D and have note to do with scint
     
  5. laddergarder

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    What service you provide with regard to sills frames etc is up to you as long as you charge a sensible price for your time. If you want to do frames and sills etc, you might want to consider WFP, personally I am trad and we only do the glass, no frames or sills, however our prices reflect this. We opted to stick to glass only as its what our competitors do, and keeps us competitive.

    As cloths use scrims, I have used microfibres and by comparison they are terrible. They get saturated really quickly, and will cause water marks around the edges if you dont change them regularly.

    For bookings, well we dont use bookings per say we just have our sheets with the rounds and we do all the groups together. When I started I used booking and decided to change over. Its just more efficient and easier to manage, if you just tell them you'll be by next month, a day or two either way depending on how the weather goes. That way when you do have a spell of bad weather for a few days, you don't have to spent half your night on the phone trying to make new appointments with everyone.

    Just a note. IMO £10 per hour not including time travelling and potentially going back out to collect as well as processing charges if they pay by cheque or online is a bit tight. I would instead try to aim to make around £15 ph including travelling, and ensure your pricing reflects this, but again you will get faster so your might not be that far off it.
     
  6. Paul

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    How do you know it's nowt to do with skint? Not everybody has the money to go WFP straight away, seriously the man is asking a question if you have nothing good to say, say nothing.
     
  7. GMcleaning

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    definitely clean the sills as an absolute minimum, im trad and i do sills and frames as standard but its up to you, some like to charge extra for frames, i dont personally.

    i use scrims for detailing, high quality microfibres for leads and cheap microfibres for sills and frames. i have the sills cloth on my boab,(through the loop), my lead cloth in the beltloop of my trousers and my scrim over my shoulder/round my neck. when there wet il tie them to the ladder on the roofrack and let them dry as im driving between jobs

    get a 25litre water container in the car and a rectangular bucket to carry with your ladder, i only change the water in the bucket when it resembles more of a soup then water,lol

    and yh as above, drop the appointments, i tell my customers which week of the month i will be in there area, thats as close as it gets to an appointment
    hope some of thats of some help
     
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    that wos in repliy to smerty ,and wot dus some one whos not comfterbul at hites doing contemplating use ing ladders if u wor to ask me its another axedent wayting to hapen ,hopefuley it wont but if u not confedent at hite u will make me stakes
     
  9. GMcleaning

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    not being able to afford it is not the only reason not to go wfp, you get a better finish with trad, plus LOTS of customers dont like wfp, and even though anyone can clean windows it takes a degree of skill and effort to clean windows trad, i actually LOVE trad cleaning and would personally never go wfp, its personal choice
     
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    SHould I go and get more rags and bigger ones for the sills? And the dirty ones and microfibre cloths I used should I just dry them out? Or wash them?

    Do people use the customer outside tap to clean their rags for the sills? or take a few litres of water to do it?
     
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