Shocking Window Cleaners?

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  1. Jon Grainger

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    Hi everyone
    Bit of a long winded story, but before I got married last May, I had my mates come up for a chilled weekend of good food, late nights and hanging out.

    We went for a curry, got chatting to our waiter, who asked what we did for jobs, and he asked for my number as he managed a Subway restaurant as well as waitering in the evenings, and they weren't happy with their current window cleaner.

    We spoke when I was back from honeymoon and settled, gave him a quote of £10, every two weeks, two windows, a door, and a few small pains of frosted glass above the shop windows, in and out. A fair price, as I want to get a foothold in that area and there is ALOT of passing trade.

    He said his existing cleaner who had cleaned for years, but wasn't great, went to Thailand for three months from Christmas to end of Feb. He'd ask me to come during this time, do regular cleans, and then when the old window cleaner came back, say he'd found someone else. This was fine by me, as I was stacked out at the time.

    Anyway, went this afternoon for the first time, hate working Sunday's but I am going away next week, and wanted to get him done while he was keen.

    WFP'd the outside, and traditional on the inside. As I applicated the frosted glass, I couldn't believe how dirty it was! It turned my newly washed applicator, to a black mess, after three small pains, 1ft x 2ft! I bladed off, and it was running down black. Same was true for the normal windows, and the door glass.

    The manager was standing chatting, we get on well, and he was speechless at the state it was in, and the work of the previous guy. He used to pay him £5.00 a free footlong sandwich, and he used to push his luck asking for free extras, costing the shop £9 just for the sandwich! I guess the insides haven't been cleaned for a good six months, maybe just a quick rub over with a cloth if the manager was looking :D

    The guy cleans about ten shops in the same strip, which I'm going to canvass after the subway manager has gone and told them about me. And has done so for years.

    Why do people pay for such shoddy workers, who are screwing the customers? I know we all like to price work well, but this guy was taking the mick!

    Anyone else got any good story's of appalling window cleaners?

    J
     
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  2. Adams0211

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    I took on a new customer a few months back. When we spoke on the phone the first time she told me that she'd got rid of her previous window cleaner because he "wasn't any good".

    Alarm bells started ringing but I didn't push it and thought I'd go and see for myself. Went round the next week and she told me that the previous guy had told her that her front too windows were "too high" and he couldn't clean the tops ones at the back because "you've got decking and window cleaners don't clean windows above decking". God knows why but she'd stuck with him for about a year before ditching him. He'd never cleaned her top windows and was charging her for the full house.
     
  3. Cghwindowcleaning

    Cghwindowcleaning Well-Known Member
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    You get what you pay for in life.
    Years ago restaurants like subway,Pizza Hut, etc would be done twice weekly at the minimum.We had some that would be daily now so many retail units and restaurants are getting cleaned fortnightly and these people want to pay peanuts.
    £5 for a shop/restaurant(the free sandwich probably cost them 50-80p) in and out it's no wonder he knocked it.

    You also have to contend with old school window cleaners who have not upped their prices since the 80's there standards are poor but the shops are paying so little they will never get rid or care that he misses bits.

    Looked at a daily clean on a well known jewellers recently.there window cleaner was retiring they were paying £19 for 6 cleans a week £3 a clean what do they expect for £3.
     
  4. noddy

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    only shocking ones a have met is in Clacton , we have just bought around there so on my first trip out I made myself very well known

    me and the wife had cleaned this fourth story flat on the front street its such a bad angle I had to use the ex47 and one extten for the front and the same round the back but we had to move the van round the corner so there I am cleaning away using the full 100m hose out up two alleys when I think to myself I need to visol this

    walking back to the van I hear a guys voice saying "bet you think your clever " walks round the corner to see two blad blokes having a go at the wife with them bucket on the belts clipped on the side

    I went mental that's all I can say about it on here , other then they will think befoure having ago at a fellow window cleaner again
     
  5. steve garwood

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    I find I pick up custies when they see me doing the frames of others, where their windie has left them filthy
     
  6. kahoona

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    I watched a couple of guys turn up at one of my neighbors. As they jumped out their van i quickly started a timer on my phone and watched them. One disappeared around the back while the other guy did the front. They used wfp but I have never seen before or since such a piss poor display of splash and dash in my life. The guy on the front took 3 mins yes that correct 3 mins, the guys around the back took a shade under 5mins. I was gob smacked at how slap dash they were. all in all i stopped my timer as they drove off down the road 7mins total.

    I didn't mention anything to neighbour but few weeks later she approached me & ask if I would add her my round as she wasn't happy with the previous cleaners. they were also charging here the highest I have heard of any windy charging for that size house.
     
  7. Green Pro Clean Ltd

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    These shops forget that 5 years ago they were have daily or every other day clean and that's why they used to pay £5 per clean and to be honest if the shops along my high street wanted daily (and do bear in mind its all small cafes, bookies and hairdressers) I would do them at a fiver a day, I could knock out 20 in an hour along here.

    Problem is as said above, it's all bi weekly now and they still expect a daily clean price.
     
  8. peter rogers

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    get some real bad ones one estates near me dont do any frames even on windows with 2 panes and pvc in middle shocking lol
     
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    haven't started yet but my hairdressers windy uses the garden tap, i mentioned that i come for a haircut but don't bring my own scissors.
     
  10. David K

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    I Also Pick up from " barcardi-cleaners" sometimes , you know " Hey its summer , i wanna be a windowcleaner !! ",( low Price of course ) o_O and then when Fall and Real Winter apears ... " Hey !! I wanna be something Else !!" In the meantime these low-budget losers have destroyed markets ! I use to work a certain area for 10 years , moved away and came back 6 mhts Ago , today its totally wrecked ,>:(( cant make a Living wage in that area anymore. So ive found another to chew up ! :thumbsup:
     
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