Newbie and finally received my kit to start cleaning, advice needed

Discussion in 'Traditional Window Cleaning' started by Scottie, Oct 14, 2014.

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  1. Scottie

    Scottie Well-Known Member
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    Hiya all, hope your all well.

    Spoken to some of you on here a few times now and got some advice re my kit list and it has arrived all £180 of it. Iam pleased with it all, all unger and ettore. Just gettign used to it all and practicing. I just wanted to pose a few questions.

    For a pole, what angle do you use, I got the zinc one, just wondering if I should ahve got the plastic one, is it lighter? just as good? Any opinions would be great, or am I ok with the zinc one.

    Also I have
    Ettore Master Rubber
    Unger ErgoTec® Handle
    Unger Stainless Steel S-Channel

    With 6" 10" and 14" rubbers

    I have noticed while practing that the window is clean after but the water left around the edges is a little bit and using he squeegee running along the edge as show by wagga and polz etc on youtube, that the rubber is still leaving water lines, I am applying low pressure and keepign the recommended distance from glass. I do find that the rubber is weak on the edge and does seems to give way and is not ridged enough I feel, I wonder is you have any tips. The rubber seems to ride on to the black sealing and when it is running across the glass at the top it just leaves water and i have to work it again and again. The rubbers do stick out a bit on each end there the 14" channel and 14" rubber so fitting is right. Do you cut yours down a bit still?

    Also any have any good links to videos on teaching using the squeegee as this week I am practicing hard. Been at it for 3 hours today non stop lol. Seem to be getting better so its practice practice I feel.

    Thank you for anyone that has time to reply, I appriciate that very much.
    Scottie.
    P.S what squeegee set up are you using at present? Any tips or advice whats best?
     
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  2. Diwrnach

    Diwrnach Grand Master
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    Dog ear the channel might help?
     
  3. boarcity

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    #3 boarcity, Oct 14, 2014
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    dont try tooo hard mate. trim the squeegee rubber so only a very little, 1/8 inch max sticks out each end

    soap up in several diffrent directions , squeegee off best you can ,touch up edges , wipe frame dry , bam onto the next window.
     
  4. daveyboy

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    I wet the window then wipe the frames so it don't matter if you touch the glass then squeegee
    Wipe round the edges with finger in the microfibre wipe siĺl job done
     
  5. daveyboy

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    Give it a week and see the difference
    Then mod your channels when you get good..lol
     
  6. Scottie

    Scottie Well-Known Member
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    Hi Boarcity, cheers, yeah I think I am trying to hard. I thought with good euipment it would not leave any marks on edge, but reading and viewing you tube it happens to most cleaners and hence use of the scrim erc (detailing). Yeah I clean it and its left with some marks on edge only little so i just used the unger micro cloth and its clean to perfection.

    Sometimes i get some streaks on the window in middle but thats lifting the handle to high I am getting better, then worse lol, but i think its a time thing, I mucst have cleaned my back windows 20 times today really. the up stairs ones are ok for a pole i just use cloth and mop edges and its clean as, some little marks but they disapear nearly, but its really good and not as bad as I thought.

    I was a bit cheeky yesterday i went to look at some windows a cleaner done down my road and they were awful, i saw the lines of water for the squeegee al over edges, guess some cleaners are not as hot on their work.

    I no I wont be the fastest cleaner, as I am too fussy and rather windows be right and do a few less each day, just want to do it well. Gald my stuff is hear bit sad but excited lol.
     
  7. Scottie

    Scottie Well-Known Member
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    Cheers Daveyboy. Yeah I soap up and then squeegee best I can, it goes well, but now i just wipe round edges and its all good:) I just thought i would be able to do it with just squeegee, but no you can not all the time and will always need a detail to make it bang on.

    I prefer the unger rubber to the ettore though. I will hopefully be better by next week as I will be out flyering and knocking etc after sorting out my HMRC and other bodies, looking forward to working again.
     
  8. daveyboy

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    I had a lovely house today
    The rubbers round the frames are perfect for my modded squeegees and didn't need to detail anything except bottom of frames and sills
    Not often you get a iob like that
     
  9. boarcity

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    i would chuck dirty water over your windows and let it dry then av a go at cleaning them, this is more real world than recleaning already clean windows . do your door too . be sure to wipe top edge of your letterbox,that the first place housewives check for dust ,to see if youre lazy
     
  10. mrtaytay

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    Scottie. I always have to detail so dont get too wound up about it. Try not to have too much rubber overhang as boar suggested earlier. Make sure you use the right kind of cloth for detailing. Dont have too much water on your applicator as this can make things messy around the window edge. Do you do pulls or fan?
     
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