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Millie77

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Hi all,

I am new to this and have just started my own business! I have a question regarding traditional window cleaning.. How can u clean the windows above an extension like the picture attached?

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3 hours ago, Millie77 said:

Hi all,

I am new to this and have just started my own business! I have a question regarding traditional window cleaning.. How can u clean the windows above an extension like the picture attached?

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Even harder is how are you gonna clean the skylights?

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Yeah I have a trad pole but still doesn’t seem to get the job done properly. Thank you! Just out of curiosity, are there many solely traditional windies or do people use wfp more now?

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5 minutes ago, Millie77 said:

Yeah I have a trad pole but still doesn’t seem to get the job done properly. Thank you! Just out of curiosity, are there many solely traditional windies or do people use wfp more now?

There are still quite a few still about but once they realise the benefits and safety aspect of wfp they start switching over. Too many people get hurt from ladder falls. 

I'm not trying to start an argument as I know some prefer to trad over wfp.

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1 minute ago, ched999uk said:

There are still quite a few still about but once they realise the benefits and safety aspect of wfp they start switching over. Too many people get hurt from ladder falls. 

I'm not trying to start an argument as I know some prefer to trad over wfp.

Yeah that’s my main concern with the ladder.. 21 year old female?.. better get on the weights!!

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1 minute ago, Millie77 said:

Yeah that’s my main concern with the ladder.. 21 year old female?.. better get on the weights!!

Ladders can be deadly, it just takes one mistake! You have so many years ahead of you why take risks? Seriously look at wfp. Have a search from top right search box. Even if you start using a backpack out of a car. WFP is soo much safer and maybe quicker - so you can do more a day.

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15 minutes ago, Millie77 said:

@Dave B skylights not included ? 

That's my issue.

I clean wfp but still use trad but I could never quote a job with skylights and say to tje customer sorry I can't clean them.

Even if it meant going inside and flipping them round to trad them.

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Just now, ched999uk said:

Ladders can be deadly, it just takes one mistake! You have so many years ahead of you why take risks? Seriously look at wfp. Have a search from top right search box. Even if you start using a backpack out of a car. WFP is soo much safer and maybe quicker - so you can do more a day.

Yeah I get that, but I have a lot of customer now that have got rid of WFP windies and prefer the traditional method! A lot of people where I live anyway ? 

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Doing a good job on that with trad tools will be almost impossible, it’s probably best to walk away from this one . Wfp would do it .

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2 minutes ago, Dave B said:

That's my issue.

I clean wfp but still use trad but I could never quote a job with skylights and say to tje customer sorry I can't clean them.

Even if it meant going inside and flipping them round to trad them.

Yes, I have skylights on my house and I just flip them to clean them! So much easier! 

I have a lot of bungalows near me so I can hit those up aswell!!

i am currently doing this part time at the weekends on top of my 9-5 job ? 

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1 minute ago, Millie77 said:

Yeah I get that, but I have a lot of customer now that have got rid of WFP windies and prefer the traditional method! A lot of people where I live anyway ? 

I think that's because some wfp windys don't know what they are doing or have poor technique.

Maybe transition them over by saying you will trad ground floor and wfp upstairs. You could use the H&S angle that is open to interpretation but basically states that if there is an alternative way of working then you shouldn't work off ladders. WFP is an alternative so H&S could fine you for working off ladders!!!!!

If you prove to them you are doing a better job wfp i.e. frames and sills clean as well as glass. 

If you can any new customers should be wfp only that way you gradually transition everyone over to wfp.

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Just now, Pjj said:

Doing a good job on that with trad tools will be almost impossible, it’s probably best to walk away from this one . Wfp would do it .

Thankyou ? Customer has said they would like me to do all windows apart from ones I can’t reach £8 monthly 

Just now, ched999uk said:

I think that's because some wfp windys don't know what they are doing or have poor technique.

Maybe transition them over by saying you will trad ground floor and wfp upstairs. You could use the H&S angle that is open to interpretation but basically states that if there is an alternative way of working then you shouldn't work off ladders. WFP is an alternative so H&S could fine you for working off ladders!!!!!

If you prove to them you are doing a better job wfp i.e. frames and sills clean as well as glass. 

If you can any new customers should be wfp only that way you gradually transition everyone over to wfp.

Thankyou for this! Very helpful! 

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5 minutes ago, Millie77 said:

Yeah I get that, but I have a lot of customer now that have got rid of WFP windies and prefer the traditional method! A lot of people where I live anyway ? 

The trouble is will these people keep paying you if, God forbid, you have an accident. I think we all know the answer to that. They probably changed because the previous WFP's were poor at the job. If I were you I'd get a backpack and trolley to clean these types of windows and look at converting your customers by initially doing 1st floor by WFP. If they still don't like it then you have a decision to make. Good luck whichever way you chose to go.

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1 minute ago, Part Timer said:

The trouble is will these people keep paying you if, God forbid, you have an accident. I think we all know the answer to that. They probably changed because the previous WFP's were poor at the job. If I were you I'd get a backpack and trolley to clean these types of windows and look at converting your customers by initially doing 1st floor by WFP. If they still don't like it then you have a decision to make. Good luck whichever way you chose to go.

Thankyou, very helpful! ? 

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8 minutes ago, Millie77 said:

Thankyou ? Customer has said they would like me to do all windows apart from ones I can’t reach £8 monthly 

That's cheap, even for up here, they would charge that for 2 weekly cleans.

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2 minutes ago, Part Timer said:

That's cheap, even for up here, they would charge that for 2 weekly cleans.

I feel like I have to charge less as I am a newbie 

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10 minutes ago, Millie77 said:

I feel like I have to charge less as I am a newbie 

No don’t do that. Charge properly from the start. When you’re not a newbie you won’t be able to increase these prices enough. Also don’t let customers know you’re a newbie, they will try and take advantage, it’s all about confidence.

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8 minutes ago, Millie77 said:

I feel like I have to charge less as I am a newbie 

No don't be too cheap just to get customers. When you no longer consider yourself a 'newbie' how are you going to increase the prices!!! Start with a professional attitude and charge a professional rate. I assume you have insurance?

As long as you do a good job why is your work worth less than someone else?

I assume you are thinking about window cleaning as a career? 

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