Fresh cleans. Can't stop spotting please help

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  1. lewiilew

    lewiilew Newcomer
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    Hi all I've just bought a reach and wash business and I've been doing it for around 2 months now. I'm 21 and just starting out so I'm apreciative of all advice. Basically I have had no problems with my existing customers as they have been cleaned by reach and wash for 6 years. I've picked up some new work and every new clean I do I get complaints regarding spotting on the windows. I'm running out of ideas as I scrub well and rinse thoroughly. I have a vikan pole and fat boy backpack my water is at 0.01 ppm.
     
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  2. spruce

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    #2 spruce, Oct 17, 2015
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    Which windows are affected and where are the spots (are they at the top of the window only). Do you have the same problem with each new clean? How do you clean a house? Do you do the tops all the way round and then start at the beginning and do the bottoms, or do you do tops and then bottoms straight afterward? etc.

    When we started wfp (and we bought a trad round from couple of glass cleaners only) we scrubbed and rinsed windows and frames and then went onto the next house. We then came back and redid the first house, cleaning windows only. There were a couple that weren't right after that which we bladed off. Next clean they were fine.

    We still have a few houses where we have to do top openers first and then come back a couple of hours later and do the bottoms. Some windows don't do wfp, even UPVC ones.

    What brush are you using and how do you rinse?
     
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  3. Tuffers

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    Welcome lewiilew, is it spotting or runs in a vertical line? When I clean my house I always get a run on my bedroom window no matter how much I scrub and rinse. Are you rinsing thoroughly?
     
  4. lewiilew

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    Thanks for your reply. I scrub across the tops first and then the rest of the frame and sill. then the glass and rinse I do this twice straight after each other. I always do a top window that's above a bottom one first so it has chance to drip dry before starting the underneath. The spotting is starting at the top where the rubber seal is and running down the center of the window it always seems to spot from the rubber seals. Hope this helps
     
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    Thanks Tuffers I sometimes get runs in a vertical line but mostly dried milky spots. I rinse rinse and rinse again but it doesn't seem to have any effect I've been back tonight to try and put it right so time will tell if they are Any better
     
  6. mark

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    the new work you have bought!!!was it done trad b4?have you explained the switch over?have you seen the spotting yourself?most likely ok!!there called moaners.get rid.
     
  7. lewiilew

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    Hi mark They Were All Trad before Some Even Didn't Do The Back Of The House As They Couldnt get ladders through so they havent Been Done For years. What's the switch over ? I haven't heard of that
     
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    Do the sills last. Sounds like either soap in the seal or the seal has broken down. You can avoid it by just nudging the brush to the top of the glass and not touching the seal, you can go over the top frame with the water turned off after you've got the first clean out of the way. Top openers are a problem as the frame sits over the bottom frame and water can run from the joint. You can tell if a window is going to run as you will see a run of dots of water in a line. You can stop this by letting it run and then rinse (very accurately) just below the highest spot. Sometimes water will run in a line from the top of the glass if a snail has left a trail, that can be sorted by scrubbing the trail away. Snail trails show up a whole lot more when the window is wet. I find swiping the brush horizontally works better than vertically to rid them.
     
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    Ah ok that's interesting I never knew how to "spot" spotting when it's still wet that's helpful
     
  10. mark

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    have you explained to your new custies your not cleaning them trad & that you clean them wfp.
     
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