WINTERS COMING

Discussion in 'Managing Your Business' started by jordan, Oct 25, 2015.

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  1. jordan

    jordan Member
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    i have done a winter already window cleaning but last year i wasn't prepared
    I'm cleaning the traditional way by hand-
    I wore a coat trainers and tracksuit bottoms
    i brought some neoprene gloves £30
    Does anyone recommend any gloves ???to use as i tried the neoprene and my hands were freezing!!
    what do other trad window cleaners do as if i wear gloves i'm always putting water on my strip washer and dipping my cloth into the bucket??so my gloves are getting wet
    what happens if your hands are so cold you can hardly hold your squeegee do you carry a warm water bottle or maybe a bucket of hot water??
    Sorry it sounds stupid but i just don't know how to keep working in the cold conditions i found myself last year sitting in the van every 5 mins
    Cheers
     
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  2. TolishAPurd

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    I just put on gloves in the morning on the way to the first job,and by the time I get there my hands are toasty. For the rest of the day I am fine with just bare hands. Maybe try not getting your hands in the bucket, just change out for fresh cloths when needed.
     
  3. Jacob

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    Used neoprene myself and its :turd:. I gonna get some sealskinz heard they are warm and keep water out and they seem managble when it comes to using the rag for details.
     
  4. Posh

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    Pair of surgical gloves with fingerless over em & grin & bear it.
     
  5. daveyboy

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    Don't use a bucket in the winter
    Use a bottle of soap/water mix and keep applicator wet like that
    No need to get wet hands then
    I don't bother with gloves but i keep my hands dry like that
    If applicator gets a bit dirty use a customers tap to rinse it and shake the excess off
    Keep hands dry and you'll be fine
     
  6. Jake

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    Suffer it, there were some really cold winters 07,08,09 & 2010, the years I worked for someone, and it was COLD!!!!

    Never wore gloves, hands got so cold eventually theyd burn, then the pain goes away, I used to wear two pairs of thick socks and basketball boots when it was really cold lol!!

    We were dipping in and out of the bucket, and that's horrific, wish we'd worn gloves, but we were convinced they would be so wet that it would make our scrims wet and make detailing difficult,

    So - just try and get through it, it's horrible, but that's all you can do really...
     
  7. CHWS

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    Get a warm bucket off water any chance you can from a customer , that's how I get through it
     
  8. Posh

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    Someone once put an idea on here of buying a cooler box & filling it with hot water & it last all day
     
  9. daveyboy

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    That was green
     
  10. mark

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    the best gloves for winter,try skytec argon gloves.from screw fix.there excellent.also try neat screen wash on your applicator & diluted in your buckey or bottles.if below -0 & cleaning trad- I use cold water.if you use warm water it freezes much quicker in my opinion
     
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