my first clean

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  1. gwindows

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    hi did my first clean with wfp which i got on friday , and was not to impressed with some of my shop windows and also my own house . a few of the shops were spotted all over and my own front top window had a kind ow streak about a foot wide, had to do it a few more times . still have the rest of my windows to do a first clean .any tips would be very much appreciated . thanks
     
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    Someone who does wfp could answer better but if say.

    Practice on your own windows first before doing paid jobs dude.
     
  3. Gmeister

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    The streaks would be coming from the vents.

    when cleaning windows do not let the brush or water touch the vent
     
  4. Ssierragls

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    If you tell us you technique, wether you cleaned the frames, how long you scrubbed the glass, how much rinsing ect, the. We can give you some pointers.
     
  5. Geoff Szita Cross

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    All a learning curve every house is diffrent on first cleans check check and check again sometimes the seals have gone hold water then drip out a hour after clean leaving streaks.
    cant stress enough the rinsing as well.
    Good luck.
    Geoff
     
  6. spruce

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    I would suggest you reclean your house windows now and see if there is a difference. First cleans only become easier when you've been doing it a while.

    First time out with WFP for me was on a new round we had just purchased. I found I had to do them once and move on and do a few more houses and then redo them again once the windows had dried. Most were fine after the second clean with the occassional window needing further attention.

    Starting WFP is a major learning curve even if you have been cleaning windows trad for years. It takes time to develop those muscles and learn to control your brush at the end of a long pole.

    You will need resolve to stick with it as you will ask yourelf many times why you have made the change, but once you've done the windows and left a satisfactory result the first time, the second clean will be easier and you will get quicker.

    Some slowly introduced WFP over a period of time which helped with the monthly finances, but as our round was mainly dormers, we had to do them all wfp from the start.

    We also learnt to do the top opening quarter windows first and only after they had dried did we do the large pane of glass underneath. That prevented that streek that runs down from the top openers.
     
  7. gwindows

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    did the frames first then along the top a few times and down the sides then the whole window twice back and forth then rinsed only once . did the front windows of my house again and after third time they were ok .on some of the bottoms of the windows the water was still sitting maybe 2 inches up , do i have to give it a good scrubbing to ?
     
  8. Gav

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    This was what i used to do with first cleans.
    Some will say avoid vents like the plague and that this is overkill, but for me i preferred to keep on top of them and ensure everything was cleaned well. Once you get them to a decent clean level they are not to much trouble as long as they are done well.

    For me i found it really frustrating and quite often found it disheartening to find after my hard work i still had some spotting etc. So i figured byt doing it this way i would ensure that were perfect and i would not get that feeling of defeat and ultimately i didn't dread first cleans!
    Over time this long winded method below really was not that time consuming and eventually i adapted it but it takes time.

    So for first cleans:
    • Starting at the top if you have windows above. Go from top all the way around house, then bottoms.
    • I would give the whole frame a real good scrub, this includes vents, sides, top, bottom and sill. Also a quick once over on the window.
    • Then give it all a really good rinse
    • Then cut the water flow (kink hose) shake water off brush and run it a couple of times over the top of frame and vents to get rid of that excess water which will sit there ready to drip on your windows!
    • Do the same for the rest of the frames.
    • I would then go back to the beginning and do just the windows.
    So say i start on top windows, i do the above then do all around bottoms. By the time i have done this the worst of the water has gone from the top frames and i can do the windows only. By the time i have gone around the top windows only the bottoms should be ready to do and the water dripping from the top should have stopped.

    It sounds really long winded i know but when i started out this seemed to ensure windows were clean every time for me on first cleans.

    As time goes on you get faster and adapt. After a while i did not need to do frames first all around then windows as i slowly got used to it. What works and what does not. etc One thing i always found useful though was the cutting water, shaking water of brush then running it along top of frame to remove that water sitting on top. I did this all the time not just on first cleans.

    Hope that is useful.
     
  9. gwindows

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    cheers gav
    take it its plain sailing after the first clean ? why is the first clean so different ?
     
  10. Gav

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    Because usually they are a lot dirtier than windows you have cleaned before.
    I used to do most windows monthly and really at this period it is just maintaining them, i.e keeping on top of them, they are never that dirty when you do them once a month so you will get quicker and window will be much easier to clean.

    I would say after 2-3 cleans it is pretty plain sailing after that and just keeping up the maintenance of them.
    This is just my opinion and the way i did it. Others will have over time adopted their own methods they are comfortable with and work for them just as you will.

    When you first start it is frustrating at times but it does get much easier and the frustration will turn into enjoyment.
    On another note. Pricing is also a challenge when starting out, or so i found anyway. If their is one bit of advice i would give re this it is do not under price just to get the job. I did this a couple of times but never again.
    2 hours cleaning all windows and gutters "yes sure mrs" £15! Learnt after that
     
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