Jump to content
Clearview window cleaning

Traditional cleaner what are you happy to earn a day

Recommended Posts

Hi lads I've just started out on my own the last 6 week i left my full time employment due to wanting more money I asked for a pay increase but was told that the way things are it was not possible 

So now I've went it alone I've done window cleaning on and off here and there but have decided to try make a comfortable living from it I'm starting from the ground up out canvassing 2 or 3 nights a week and most nights get round £100 worth of new work 

 

What I wanted to know was what are you guys capable of earning per day im not going that fast at minute due to alot of first cleans and wanting to start out with a good reputation for doing a good job I do frame glass sill and give doors a quick going over 

 

Will I get threw more work with a wfp system ie earn more money thanks in advance for your input

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


There is a demand out there for trad window cleaners. A lot of people cant move with the times and methods. Its not the safest or most practical way of working but im sure theres people out there willing to pay for a good tradder. If you charge by the hour then it makes no difference whether you’re trad or water fed really. If you’re working on price you’ll always get through it quicker water fed and life is much easier and safer.



Sent from my iPhone using Window Cleaning Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Aye mate but hundreds on poles resin backpacks brush heads, water tanks di vessels ros. All adds up. The bonuses are though you can do fsgs and conny roofs. which are good earners. Then you could water fed upstairs and trad downstairs once youve got equipment. If you can get a big trad round and youre comfortable on ladders and willing to take the risks... it should be good profit really if youre charging enough. Only your van and insurances and tax to pay really innit. Try going bust as a trad window cleaner.
Two words.
Dont fall.
All the best!


Sent from my iPhone using Window Cleaning Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There is only a demand for trad cause some are stil willing to feed that demand.

 

It's more like a couple of grand, not hundreds, by the time you set yourself up right but you sound like you're assuming @Incheck the lad hasn't got a proverbial pot to **** in?  Sounds like you're trying to price scare him into trad only. 

As for going bust as a trad cleaner?  Good luck cleaning windows in a wheel chair!  

As @Incheck suggested...Dont fall! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The way I see it is that if it makes me get threw work faster with as good a job and earn more money doing so then it's a investment and it will pay for its self in no time but I think I'll always give the consumer the choice weather they want traditional or water fed pole as there the ones paying for it unless it's hundreds of we small windows then its wfp so if anyone knows of a decent system for sale or could point me in the right direction for a new start up one witch brushes and so on would be greatful 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Are you looking to stay doing domestic work or would you consider going commercial or industrial route? IMO for domestic work the lads are spot on WFP gives you a much more thorough clean and is alot safer. Obviously it is a bit more to it than bucket of water and squeegee but nothing that cannot be learned through practical experience like most things.

 

If you can diversify and get some retail/commercial work, trad cleaning is a gift for that & obviously if you are working on shopping malls trad is the only way to go. I watch a guy trying to wfp outside of one of the centres I do and before he gets set up and ready to clean, i have already been and gone from the store beside it. Industrial cleaning, sure don't even bother trying trad with it. IMO every window cleaning should have both options in his or her arsenal so you are prepared for any job. Different jobs call for different approaches. I wouldn't be too concerned just yet with what you can earn a day, as it's relative to how much you have and how quickly you can do it. Just concentrate on establishing yourself as a reliable supplier, keep the body fit and healthy and perfect your game. There is an abundance of glass around the place that needs to be cleaned, there will always be work there for us.

Edited by Daniel Perkins

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I’ve been using wfp for around fifteen years now and still use both methods. I see wfp as another tool in the trade and not a replacement. There’s always gonna be windows that are out of reach for a pole or old wooden windows that just never come up right. Some guys on here will beg to differ as they have the luxury of picking and choosing there work but when your first starting out especially from nothin you will want to take on everything. Obviously you want to start as you mean to go on but that’s not always financially possible. Also remember what takes you half an hour now will take you a lot less as you learn and improve your skills. I’m covering around £25-£40/hour 100% trad if that gives you somethin to aim for but to start with I wouldn’t dwell on too many figures as it may dishearten you. As long as your earning a living instead of signing the dotted line then that’s all that’s matters.
Good luck matey.


Sent from my iPhone using Window Cleaning Forums

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


×

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.