Traditional Starter Kit

Discussion in 'Traditional Window Cleaning' started by Ellisium, May 26, 2014.

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  1. Ellisium

    Ellisium Newcomer
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    Hi,

    I'm looking at cleaning the windows on my own property and also on a couple of rentals. This site has been very informative with the Unger products regularly mentioned.

    I would like to put together a simple kit for me to use and found a thread suggesting the following:

    Unger bucket- £7.61 - http://www.wintecs.c...&products_id=28

    Unger Ergotec Handle - £5.78 (this will be your 'main' handle)http://www.wintecs.c...&products_id=64

    10 inch channel w/ soft rubber (this and the handle above I use on 99.99999% of trad jobs. Smaller channel = easier to work with = faster = better.)- £2.58 http://www.wintecs.c...roducts_id=1041

    Unger S squeegee handle - £4.09 - (this is for the 6 inch channel below, I use this handle because its smaller and the 6 inch channell only gets used on openers and such where the 10 doesnt fit. They are the perfect combination.) http://www.wintecs.c...products_id=522

    6 inch channel - £1.92 - see above - http://www.wintecs.c...&products_id=54

    Unger T bar for applicator, 14 inch - £2.75 - http://www.wintecs.c...&products_id=96

    Ettore porcupine applicator sleeve - £8.61(has bristles that take off dirt and **** really well - saves me using a scraper a lot. I am the envy of all my friends! Really worth getting.)http://www.wintecs.c...&products_id=83

    Pulex bucketonabelt - £10.64 (you can't really trad without a boab, well - you can, but it's a nightmare.) http://www.wintecs.c...products_id=112

    Unger 15cm scraper - £7.85 - Have never needed or wanted a smaller scraper since I bought this and the porcupine glove. http://www.wintecs.c...products_id=923

    Jumbo microfibre - cut in 2, so it's easily pocketable. £3.03 - http://www.wintecs.c...products_id=641
    (Maybe get 2 or 3 if you think you will need to do a lot of detailing?)

    Unger soft rubber - 42 inches - My personal favourite rubber. £2.29 - Nothing worse than starting trad work, finding there is a nick in the rubber, and not having any spare. Worth getting.http://www.wintecs.c...products_id=237

    Only other thing I think you'll need is a 'sill cloth - I just use whatever, an old teatowel, £1 microfibres from the pound shop, my favourite is a carlsberg beer rug towel thing from the local pub - it's just for sills so it doesnt really matter much.

    http://windowcleaningforums.co.uk/threads/reccomended-traditional-starter-kit.7122/#post-161975

    I realise I do not actually need all of the above but would appreciate your recommendations as one of the properties has not had the windows cleaned since they were installed in 2008!! Thanks
     
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  2. mrtaytay

    mrtaytay Grand Master
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    Sounds pretty comprehensive. What about a pole for those hard to reach windows?. Personally, I like to have a long channel to hand (18 inch) for really big windows.
     
  3. Tuffers

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    How about a ladder too?
     
  4. TolishAPurd

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    Scrims, way better for detailing then microfibers IMHO.
     
  5. tench0771

    tench0771 Grand Master
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    i used to think that till i tryed these [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  6. Posh

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    Seems a lot of outlay for 3/4 houses??
     
  7. Ellisium

    Ellisium Newcomer
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    That's what I was thinking Posh, but I also need the windows doing properly as it forms part of the maintenance agreement but also allows me to keep an eye on the properties.

    Essentially I am looking for a basic kit to allow me to keep on-top of things i.e from the list above

    I presume it would consist of:
    • bucket - Unger seems fine
    • monsoon/microfibre sleeve - ??
    • squeegee & rubber - most useful size?
    • microfibre cloth/scrim - I presume the microfibre is best to start with
    • porcupine sleeve
    • sill cloth - tea towel
    • cleaning fluid - E-cover gets mentioned alot
    I already have ladders but just wanted thoughts on the above as I would only need one squeegee etc. Have I missed anything?

    Thanks
     
  8. cheapncheerful

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    ahh but you will need a 6 inch scraper for our friend the bird poop...soap first...:)

    it is in the list above ...defo need it...
     
  9. Posh

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    Ecover= defiantly
    Fishscale microfibre
    Bucket= any bucket you can get your applicator in. Cheaper ones around then unger. There good but for just 3/4 house a cheaply would suffice
    Applicator= a normal monsoon would be enough. A porcupine is good but you wouldn't need both.
    Squeegee & rubber= you can't beat unger
    Scraper= yes

    Maybe a cheap belt to hold your stuff in.
    To me tats all you would need.

    For safety I spose you could add ladder mits & rubber mats for your ladder but that's up to you.

    My personal favourite squeegee is a unger 10 inch

    Hope this helps
     
  10. Ellisium

    Ellisium Newcomer
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    Thanks Posh, CNC and others, very helpful info

    I've just measured some of my windows and the 10 inch squeegee would work the best.
    I'll have a look online at the best places to buy the gear from, not forgetting the scraper.

    Health & Safety wise my ladders already have rubber feet so they should be fine.

    One other question, what do you use if doing the inside of the window?
     
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