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Been going for seven months now. Just wanted people's experiences with velux and glass roofs. Please don't shoot me down but I find them incredibly frustrating to clean. Feels like no matter how much you clean and rinse the frames, **** still comes onto the windows after walking away, is it a case of its get better in time after a few cleans. 

I prefer to clean them from inside and flip them but if the customer is not in I always walk away disheartened.

Thanks 

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8 minutes ago, Bebobom said:

Been going for seven months now. Just wanted people's experiences with velux and glass roofs. Please don't shoot me down but I find them incredibly frustrating to clean. Feels like no matter how much you clean and rinse the frames, **** still comes onto the windows after walking away, is it a case of its get better in time after a few cleans. 

I prefer to clean them from inside and flip them but if the customer is not in I always walk away disheartened.

Thanks 

I hate them too. I only trad style clean them myself from inside using my Vikan easy shine kit and spray bottle of pure water 

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I used to use my 25' wfp for my veluxes on the bungalow roof I do. Last week I tried one ladder out my triple ladder and used my 18' wfp and it made it alot easier and I can see the result.

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Never had an issue with veluxs very easy to clean glass roofs can a bit different, but the time needs putting in on the first clean to get them up to standard. 

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Velux can be a bu**er if there is sun baked Seagull poo or pollen splodges. Sometimes they dribble from the top seal too.

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The swivel is a great help for Veluxes.

The problems with this type of window are mainly three fold : the proximity to the roof means that they get a lot of dirt and moss splashed on them from the roof and they are prone to bird droppings which can get baked on by the sun.

The shallow angle means that water and dirt do not drain down as quickly and easily during rain or a wash as on normal vertical windows.

They are often fairly hard to reach from the ground.

I find the swivel very good. First, I build a good curtain of water at the top to wet the glass and frame. Then I agitate up and down working across and back a few times to loosen the dirt. Finally to rinse. Using the swivel I turn the brush on its side and starting at the top I swipe across and back on glass and side frames dropping the brush down a little lower (like a descending wiper blade) as I work to the bottom frame. Most are done successfully within about thirty seconds.

Glass roofs are a dread for most of us, I'd say.

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1 hour ago, Iron Giant said:

Never had an issue with veluxs very easy to clean glass roofs can a bit different, but the time needs putting in on the first clean to get them up to standard. 

These needed the SLX47 to be fully extended and worked from virtual shoulder height so not very easy ?

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4 minutes ago, Part Timer said:

These needed the SLX47 to be fully extended and worked from virtual shoulder height so not very easy ?

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Ouch!!

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1 minute ago, Part Timer said:

There was only 6 of them ?Screenshot_20210423-212617_Maps.thumb.jpg.81eb978aa3a8590eb0eca0b5d52c84f6.jpg

Yep! That's about half a dozen too many for me. ?

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5 minutes ago, Davy G said:

Yep! That's about half a dozen too many for me. ?

There was 11 blocks of flats on the site, all 3 floors but these were the only ones we had to do at that height. All the others were reachable with the 35.

Staying a night in, or near, Swindon next month. Will give you a shout when I know when and where we're staying.

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Just now, Part Timer said:

There was 11 blocks of flats on the site, all 3 floors but these were the only ones we had to do at that height. All the others were reachable with the 35.

Staying a night in, or near, Swindon next month. Will give you a shout when I know when and where we're staying.

Yeah mate! do that. Be good to meet up. ??

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47 minutes ago, Part Timer said:

These needed the SLX47 to be fully extended and worked from virtual shoulder height so not very easy ?

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The trouble with those is you can't possibly see from the ground just how effective the clean has been.

What brush do you favour for that sort of work?

 

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I tell customers I can clean them, but they are hard to clean and air pollutants land on them as they face the sky.

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1 hour ago, Part Timer said:

These needed the SLX47 to be fully extended and worked from virtual shoulder height so not very easy ?

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Lol I think you deserve a medal for  getting an six 47 on that velux at that height , must have been all over the place with the flex on it ????

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Just now, Pjj said:

Lol I think you deserve a medal for  getting an six 47 on that velux at that height , must have been all over the place with the flex on it ????

It was actually quite a steep pitch so the "sag" wasn't that bad and barely rubbed the gutters.

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17 minutes ago, Martyn said:

The trouble with those is you can't possibly see from the ground just how effective the clean has been.

What brush do you favour for that sort of work?

 

A very light one ?, the first 3 were green so it was easy to see they were cleaner. Agreed though that it is impossible to see properly.

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9 hours ago, Part Timer said:

These needed the SLX47 to be fully extended and worked from virtual shoulder height so not very easy ?

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You should have had me standing on your shoulders...

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Interested in what kinda brush widths people are using on there longer poles - I have the smallest lightest brush head( gardiner supreme DuPont tapertec 23cm) but tbh I have been having trouble getting caked bird off the glass high up spots. Maybe I should rethink my technique bc I struggle to know if I’m good when out of sight high up and end up taking ages - turned out not to be clean anyway ??‍♂️ Any tips on this welcome (was thinking binoculars would be helpful maybe to check work close up  )

 

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51 minutes ago, DeLaCruz said:

Interested in what kinda brush widths people are using on there longer poles - I have the smallest lightest brush head( gardiner supreme DuPont tapertec 23cm) but tbh I have been having trouble getting caked bird off the glass high up spots. Maybe I should rethink my technique bc I struggle to know if I’m good when out of sight high up and end up taking ages - turned out not to be clean anyway ??‍♂️ Any tips on this welcome (was thinking binoculars would be helpful maybe to check work close up  )

 

35cm Tapertec on all our poles, including a 60' modular pole. It was a Tapertec 35cm on the SLX47 doing those velux's

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