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dazmond
9 hours ago, RWCleaning said:

I just think working in heavy rain & strong winds together looks desperate & unprofessional. 

I agree......I work in most bad weather but sometimes you gotta sack the day off....its windy here with the odd wintry shower but its forecast to be mainly dry for most of the day so I'll be heading out shortly 

9 minutes ago, Jango said:

Yes and then your full of cold  with getting soaked. 

When the weathers good your off Poorly. I know a few windies who work in terrible weather, crazy. 😤

Getting wet doesn't give u a cold...your more chance of getting a cold indoors warm and dry!😆

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dazmond

If you clean windows in relatively calm conditions and its really windy overnight then they will get dirty again.. so what are we supposed to do?have a week or two off til these storms die down?

No......just go out and clean the windows.if they are dirty again after a day it's not our fault.....we cant control the weather....

 

These storms are becoming more and more frequent during the whole year,not just in winter.......

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mike007
1 minute ago, dazmond said:

If you clean windows in relatively calm conditions and its really windy overnight then they will get dirty again.. so what are we supposed to do?have a week or two off til these storms die down?

No......just go out and clean the windows.if they are dirty again after a day it's not our fault.....we cant control the weather....

 

These storms are becoming more and more frequent during the whole year,not just in winter.......

But if they get dirty an hour after cleaning?

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dazmond
3 minutes ago, mike007 said:

But if they get dirty an hour after cleaning?

No one will notice as most customers are out......I'm cleaning cheap estate work this week so I'll just do my best.thats all you can do really.....

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scottish cleaning service

its the nature of the beast. You have got to play the game the way the customers want or you lose them. I gained 2 bungalows because their windy was there when the weather was like this. The woman was appalled that he was trying to clean her windows in this type of weather as he used a ladder. I ended up with the job every month now. You have just got to play the game or lose it, I'm afraid. fwiw

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Dave B
2 hours ago, mike007 said:

That is the thing when working in adverse weather...you cannot be sure you have done a good job straight away if using WFP....and may end day thinking your a hero battling the poor weather conditions and still earned your money, only to find later some customers are displeased with the results. And I always say...and believe we are only one bad clean, or misplaced comment away from losing the customer.

Good luck with the conditions..........at least you have achieved your parents ambitions of having you go to Cambridge!!!

Opposite for me, may of got some done AM but flipping well snowed in afternoon and heavily too.

I trad bottoms when it's windy usually as the tops seem to avoid the bits blown off the ground and the bottoms are dry so nothing will stick.

Not had any issues.

1 hour ago, Jango said:

Yes and then your full of cold  with getting soaked. 

When the weathers good your off Poorly. I know a few windies who work in terrible weather, crazy. 😤

That's a fallacy.

It's been scientifically proven that temperature has no impact on health.. you need to be in contact with bacteria or viruses to get ill.

Handling money that ill customers have touched is more dangerous. 

35 minutes ago, scottish cleaning service said:

its the nature of the beast. You have got to play the game the way the customers want or you lose them. I gained 2 bungalows because their windy was there when the weather was like this. The woman was appalled that he was trying to clean her windows in this type of weather as he used a ladder. I ended up with the job every month now. You have just got to play the game or lose it, I'm afraid. fwiw

I don't agree.. I run my business how I want and if someone doesn't like it I'll replace with another customer.

I still have to pay my bills.

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scottish cleaning service
15 minutes ago, Dave B said:

I trad bottoms when it's windy usually as the tops seem to avoid the bits blown off the ground and the bottoms are dry so nothing will stick.

Not had any issues.

That's a fallacy.

It's been scientifically proven that temperature has no impact on health.. you need to be in contact with bacteria or viruses to get ill.

Handling money that ill customers have touched is more dangerous. 

I don't agree.. I run my business how I want and if someone doesn't like it I'll replace with another customer.

I still have to pay my bills.

 

I do a lot of church folk and when one of them told me about someone cleaning her windows in a storm, I took notice. She actually felt that it was her fault that he was cleaning her windows and it worried her that he may fall, so she quickly cancelled. Life's too short and it only takes one accident (which you have Experienced Dave) to change your views. Experience is the only teacher that gives the test before the lesson.

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dmw

Its sleet and blustery here but workable. I'll do what  I usually do and carry on working, my customers are used to it and I get more hot drink offers. 

And bear in mind this is probably going to be in all week.  I hate being sat around the house watching " homes under the hammer" all day.

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scottish cleaning service
9 minutes ago, dmw said:

Its sleet and blustery here but workable. I'll do what  I usually do and carry on working, my customers are used to it and I get more hot drink offers. 

And bear in mind this is probably going to be in all week.  I hate being sat around the house watching " homes under the hammer" all day.

 

Weather is meant to be terrible up here but its turned out fine now. That's the thing about the weather up here, you need to wait till the day because it changes all the time. Yesterday it was sunny then hailstones then heavy rain in driving wind and to top it all we ended the day with thunder and lighting, just a typical day in Glasgow. 🤣😂🤣

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Pjj

It’s sunny hear at the moment at 4 degrees bit windy but workable, still cannot do the costal hotels as way to windy hopefully later in the week we will be able to get them none 

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scottish cleaning service
12 minutes ago, Pjj said:

It’s sunny hear at the moment at 4 degrees bit windy but workable, still cannot do the costal hotels as way to windy hopefully later in the week we will be able to get them none 

 

Aye the wind has just moved up a few scales on the chart, I'm taking a few days off this week. I have a PW job on Friday and its meant to be raining which is good for Pressure Washing.

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Dave B
1 hour ago, scottish cleaning service said:

 

I do a lot of church folk and when one of them told me about someone cleaning her windows in a storm, I took notice. She actually felt that it was her fault that he was cleaning her windows and it worried her that he may fall, so she quickly cancelled. Life's too short and it only takes one accident (which you have Experienced Dave) to change your views. Experience is the only teacher that gives the test before the lesson.

Tradding in this weather is a different kettle of fish.

Wouldn't catch me up a ladder in it.

16 minutes ago, scottish cleaning service said:

 

Aye the wind has just moved up a few scales on the chart, I'm taking a few days off this week. I have a PW job on Friday and its meant to be raining which is good for Pressure Washing.

I have a pw job on friday also but she is obsessed with it needing resanding next day as she won't park on the block paving until it is.

Told her it will be fine only a range rover but she is adamant.

The job is fine in this weather but some people are the problem.

Pressure washing is a different matter as a 1 off job and if customer is not happy for me to do it what can i do.

It's a 400 quid job just for the drive as it's a huge country house so I don't want to lose that as I'd do it in under a day and resand next day.

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Suhrly
4 hours ago, dazmond said:

If you clean windows in relatively calm conditions and its really windy overnight then they will get dirty again.. so what are we supposed to do?have a week or two off til these storms die down?

No......just go out and clean the windows.if they are dirty again after a day it's not our fault.....we cant control the weather....

 

I agree with you there. If the working day that you're out cleaning is fine then , crack on of course. Fill ya boots while the weather's fine.

 

However, if your working in very high winds that day KNOWING the windows are gonna be a mess when they dry (I'm talking WFP here) then to me that's disgraceful. 'should you have a week or two off till these storms die down'..? My answer would be yes, you should if you know the windows are gonna be a mess when they dry off. We are window CLEANERS, not window dirtiers. No storm lasts 2 weeks anyways only a few days max in my 40 years I can remember. 

 

I know I'm gonna get the , 'but I've got bills to pay' replies. And yeah, you got to do what you got to do, but I would suggest you should have money set aside for such conditions.

 

4 hours ago, dazmond said:

No one will notice as most customers are out......

 

Don't agree. My customer noticed and that's how I found out yesterday a lot of the 27 houses I cleaned were a mess. To say NO ONE will notice is well, wrong. MAYBE no one will notice...if you're lucky. Or maybe a lot will...and either complain (rightly so) or cancel. SOME won't notice yeah, but that doesn't change the fact that I know! And I like to sleep easy at night not worrying if they have noticed and I may be losing a ton of customers.

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Martyn

I think we walk a tightrope between our need to earn and hopefully our desire to provide a quality clean, sometimes that's not an easy decision.

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Dave B

This is the only time I use ladders on my whole round.

Got some telescopic ones in the van for about 5 jobs a month for jumping up on flat roofs.

Even that felt dodgy in this wind.. plus had snow for a whole 5 minutes earlier lol.

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1 hour ago, Suhrly said:

 

I agree with you there. If the working day that you're out cleaning is fine then , crack on of course. Fill ya boots while the weather's fine.

 

However, if your working in very high winds that day KNOWING the windows are gonna be a mess when they dry (I'm talking WFP here) then to me that's disgraceful. 'should you have a week or two off till these storms die down'..? My answer would be yes, you should if you know the windows are gonna be a mess when they dry off. We are window CLEANERS, not window dirtiers. No storm lasts 2 weeks anyways only a few days max in my 40 years I can remember. 

 

I know I'm gonna get the , 'but I've got bills to pay' replies. And yeah, you got to do what you got to do, but I would suggest you should have money set aside for such conditions.

 

 

Don't agree. My customer noticed and that's how I found out yesterday a lot of the 27 houses I cleaned were a mess. To say NO ONE will notice is well, wrong. MAYBE no one will notice...if you're lucky. Or maybe a lot will...and either complain (rightly so) or cancel. SOME won't notice yeah, but that doesn't change the fact that I know! And I like to sleep easy at night not worrying if they have noticed and I may be losing a ton of customers.

That's why you then trad the bottoms so dry when the bits fly round in the air 

Tops are never affected anyway as they are too high up.

It's not disgraceful as I know my jobs are 100% clean.

Had a woman say to me this morning "glad you came as this weather has messed up my windows".

My customers are actually glad to see me.

 

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Suhrly
13 minutes ago, Dave B said:

It's not disgraceful as I know my jobs are 100% clean.

 

Think you misconstrued my words Dave. I'm talking about if you clean windows WFP KNOWING they are gonna be a mess after they are dry. If you know for sure, absolute certain that your jobs are 100% clean (which I'm sorry but nothing is ever 100% clean, and I'm not so sure about what you say about the tops either but I'm not sure about that as I've never checked them have you? Genuine question there! I can see the trees out my window right now blowing a hoolie are you saying dust only flies about in the air up till about 6ft?) then that's a different ball game I'm not talking about that.

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Dave B
7 minutes ago, Suhrly said:

 

Think you misconstrued my words Dave. I'm talking about if you clean windows WFP KNOWING they are gonna be a mess after they are dry. If you know for sure, absolute certain that your jobs are 100% clean (which I'm sorry but nothing is ever 100% clean, and I'm not so sure about what you say about the tops either but I'm not sure about that as I've never checked them have you? Genuine question there! I can see the trees out my window right now blowing a hoolie are you saying dust only flies about in the air up till about 6ft?) then that's a different ball game I'm not talking about that.

I have checked mate.

Seems to be the **** in the air is the muck blown off the floor so only goes so high.

Not had an issue.

However a couple years ago I was doing a bit of work to help out @Cghwindowcleaningand got a couple of complaints as did them 100% wfp in storm doris which is what wised me up to it as it was the bottoms that were an issue .

All the others where I tradded the bottoms were fine.

Just off to do last job now and earned £245 for the day with tradding bottoms so can't complain. 

Better than sitting at home watching towie I suppose🤣

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Suhrly
3 minutes ago, Dave B said:

I have checked mate.

Seems to be the **** in the air is the muck blown off the floor so only goes so high.

Not had an issue.

 

Great to hear cos when I went round yesterday re-doing some houses I was only doing the bottoms on a few 😂

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Dave B

Seems to be the wind whips the muck up onthe ground floor. 

I think the top windows seem to be too high so just get the wind.

Tradded since 1991 so don't take any longer apart from packing up wfp and getting the squeegee out.

 

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Jango
6 hours ago, Dave B said:

That's a fallacy.

It's been scientifically proven that temperature has no impact on health.. you need to be in contact with bacteria or viruses to get ill.

Handling money that ill customers have touched is more dangerous. 

On the internet the other day, it spoke about health issues in cold weather and wet weather. 
I am  not going to get into a debate. Everyone can do as they wish. Some work in bad weather others don’t. Personal choice. No right or wrong way. 

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