Unger 14 inch soft blades

Discussion in 'Traditional Window Cleaning' started by fast_muchly, Jan 23, 2014.

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  1. fast_muchly

    fast_muchly Newcomer
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    Hi All,

    Been using these ever since I started all year round summer and winter .And to be honest I don't know wether its me not having a good cleaning motion or something wrong with the blades.When I put a new blade in its great, no little lines on window and don't have to do extra detailing.
    I store the blade in the car and o.k sometimes it might rest on something bending the rubber but recently I have taken it out and lay it flat below the windscreen in the car just to make sure its flat and still after a short while I get a kink in the rubber near the middle.I then use the opposite side and quite often this works for a short time before the same happens again.

    The bucket on the belt I use is the unger ninja one.

    I store all my rubbers in the box they come in.

    Has anyone else come across this problem as its a pain in the back side.How long do your rubbers last in general before you change them.
     
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  2. Smurf

    Smurf Banned
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    I very rarely use trad gear now so not really the best person to answer but have you checked by using another channel that it might be the channel causing the issue not the rubber. Does the same thing happen when you use a hard rubber aswell in that channel?
     
  3. rjacandwc

    rjacandwc Well-Known Member
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    #3 rjacandwc, Jan 23, 2014
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    I normally change the rubber when the corners start to wear and you can always cut the ends off and put the rubber in a smaller channel. Don't forget that you can spin the rubber round too and use the other side. This applies to blades too in most cases. Check that your channel is straight and have a go at dog earing (video's on You tube will show you how to do this)... On average I clean on a 6 - 8 week cycle. 6 weeks in the summer and 7-8 weeks in the Winter, it will take me longer to get round in the Winter due to weather, shorter days etc. I normally change my rubber ever 6 weeks or so. In the summer I tend to change my rubber a little more often. You only need to take one spare rubber out with you, just in case you get a kink it the rubber and even sometimes with a kink it will only kink one side of the rubber. Get as much use as you can out of your rubber. because like everything else. It all add up!... I use a Ettore "Quick Release Handle" Which is great. Although, every now and then the nuts need a slight tighten.... Just keep messing about and your find the solution to the prob... Not sure of anyones technique, But, when squeegee-ing try keeping you handle closer to the window!..Hope this helps...
     
  4. Doo

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    I use the same stuff boab included I usually get 3 days out of a rubber both sides but got less before I started putting flash bright and shine in my bucket along with ecover, but I am heavy handed, but technique has a bit to do with it too I think, iI try to keep the leading edge leaning forward as you see on you tube clips.
     
  5. norm

    norm Grand Master
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    try the unger hard rubber lasts longer takes takes wee bit more abuse less detailing and it suits a heavy hand like I have:D
     
  6. rugbywolf

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    This is someting that I found quite common, especially while leaving my squeegees in my BOAB. I had to fix rubber on to the BOAB wherever the squeegee rested. That sorted it out. I now use a Wagtail as my main blade, and as I don't leave it in the BOAB when I take it off to move places, I have one of these rectangular flat trays that you put plant pots on and it lays in that. I use Pulex and Unger hard and soft, and I never have any problems now. I can send a pic via email of my BOAB if you want.
     
  7. Posh

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    I bought some rubber slots that you can put in the boab. They slot in nicely & protect yer rubber as you take the squeegee in & out. Think I got them from wcw. Would think bike handle rubbers would do the same. The plastic on the boab can get sharp edges.
     
  8. Doo

    Doo Well-Known Member
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    Thanks for the tip , what are the hard rubbers like in cold weather norm ?
     
  9. rugbywolf

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    They just wear better, I use them all year round.
     
  10. norm

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    as rugbywolf says was out today van said 3deg and had no probs
    I know that they say soft for colder and hard for warmer but suits me ok cold days and rugbywolf must suit him
    Think its try yourself and see if it suits your technique
     
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