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John1980

Hi all,  

 

I have been in business for 3 years now and had no issues with scratched windows.  Not to long ago my first incident happened.  The only change I had made was to the brush head I was using.  It was a gardiners stiff universal brush.  Just out of interest has any one else had issues with the stiffer brushes? I have gone back to using the fliocked brush as bristles are softer, so hopefully more forgiving.  Just interested in others experience with the stuff bristled brushes. 

 

Cheers 

 

John

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Pjj

We have used stiff brushes for several years and never had a problem 

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Martyn

Most likely cause of a scratch would be a bit grit trapped in the bristles, very rare though.

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THL4KEL

I use Gardiner Universal Stiff - never had any issues with it.

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Part Timer

I would've thought that the brush with the most bristles is more likely to trap the particles and therefore more likely to scratch the glass. We use medium and flocked and never, as far as we know, scratched any glass.

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John1980

Thanks for the replies guys.  Do you all use the same brush when cleaning velux windows to carry on cleaning rest of house?  

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wezza13
2 minutes ago, John1980 said:

Thanks for the replies guys.  Do you all use the same brush when cleaning velux windows to carry on cleaning rest of house?  

 

Yes, they're no different.

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Part Timer
1 minute ago, John1980 said:

Thanks for the replies guys.  Do you all use the same brush when cleaning velux windows to carry on cleaning rest of house?  

Yes, rarely change a brush. Might bring it down and clean it if I think it's very dirty

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John1980

Thanks guys.  Very paranoid about this know.  Dreading getting calls from customers in the spring saying there are scratches on the window.  I change brushes regularly, clean them with a hose at end of day and soak in purses over night.  Not sure what else I can do.  Have a good all 

 

Cheers 

 

 

Sorry that should say 'soak in pure water'

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wezza13
15 minutes ago, John1980 said:

Thanks guys.  Very paranoid about this know.  Dreading getting calls from customers in the spring saying there are scratches on the window.  I change brushes regularly, clean them with a hose at end of day and soak in purses over night.  Not sure what else I can do.  Have a good all 

 

Cheers 

 

 

Sorry that should say 'soak in pure water'

 

The scratch may have always been there and the customer only just noticed it. 

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Martyn
3 hours ago, John1980 said:

Thanks guys.  Very paranoid about this know.  Dreading getting calls from customers in the spring saying there are scratches on the window.  I change brushes regularly, clean them with a hose at end of day and soak in purses over night.  Not sure what else I can do.  Have a good all 

 

Cheers 

 

 

Sorry that should say 'soak in pure water'

Honestly scratches are very, very rare, I can only think of one occasion it happened to me and I've been doing this for nearly twenty years.

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John1980

Appreciate, the comments.  I find myself examining every window now and seeing scratches.  I suppose if you look at any oldish window there are going to be some scratches over time.  Fingers crossed it wont turn into a drama.  Have a good weekend all

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wezza13
16 minutes ago, John1980 said:

Appreciate, the comments.  I find myself examining every window now and seeing scratches.  I suppose if you look at any oldish window there are going to be some scratches over time.  Fingers crossed it wont turn into a drama.  Have a good weekend all

 

A lot of the time it's gravel that gets whipped up by the wind and scratches the glass. I'm sure that they were there before you got your brush anywhere near it! 

 

Hope you didn't have to pay to replace the glass or anything like that? 

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John1980

Not had to pay anything yet.  Hope it stays that way

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Pjj
8 hours ago, John1980 said:

Thanks for the replies guys.  Do you all use the same brush when cleaning velux windows to carry on cleaning rest of house?  

 

 

Yes we generally use the one brush for everything including leaded if you go carefully it’s fine we di carry a couple of other brushes but very rarely use them 

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Tango
8 hours ago, John1980 said:

Thanks for the replies guys.  Do you all use the same brush when cleaning velux windows to carry on cleaning rest of house?  

 

Yup, just one brush head, all i can afford at present so i look after it thoroughly.

 

7 hours ago, John1980 said:

Thanks guys.  Very paranoid about this know.  Dreading getting calls from customers in the spring saying there are scratches on the window.  I change brushes regularly, clean them with a hose at end of day and soak in purses over night.  Not sure what else I can do.  Have a good all 

 

Cheers 

 

 

Sorry that should say 'soak in pure water'

 

I flick through my brisltes very thoroughly from left to right to dislodge / flick out anything that they've picked up. I wear nitrile gloves too so i don't get my hands in bird poo germs etc while flicking through them. Also I clean the glass first and the sill after - once the sill has been done i never touch the glass again until the bristles have been flicked through as they could have picked up solid particles from the sill itself. Once the sill is done it's time for a flick through again. Yes it does take a few seconds but it's better that than someone demanding i replace their window pane. If doing first floor windows then glass first then go back round the sills - saves the brush head keep coming down for a flicking.

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scottish cleaning service

I am new to wfp but I use hot water. The best brush that I have came across is the new 260mm Xtreme Sill brush (stiff). I would like the same one but at 350mm with 4 jets, may ask @Alex Gardinerif he is bringing one out in the future.

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Alex Gardiner
12 minutes ago, scottish cleaning service said:

I am new to wfp but I use hot water. The best brush that I have came across is the new 260mm Xtreme Sill brush (stiff). I would like the same one but at 350mm with 4 jets, may ask @Alex Gardinerif he is bringing one out in the future.

Yes this is in the pipeline 😀

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scottish cleaning service
2 minutes ago, Alex Gardiner said:

Yes this is in the pipeline 😀

 

I received my 35cm brush today and fitted it with four 50% fan jets. Tried it on my patio door and found it amazing. If you get the distance right then its like rinsing with a straight line. Not sure why no one rates them but i will be out tomorrow breaking records. 😉

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Minty
On 17/01/2020 at 15:52, wezza13 said:

 

A lot of the time it's gravel that gets whipped up by the wind and scratches the glass. I'm sure that they were there before you got your brush anywhere near it! 

 

Hope you didn't have to pay to replace the glass or anything like that? 

Where do you live Chicago?

surely if it was windy enough to pick up gravel and for it to damage glass, we’d all need to wear eye protection and protective headwear. 

 

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