About Traditional Window Cleaning

What is traditional window cleaning?

Traditional methods involve the application of soapy water to a window which is then scrubbed clean. Professional window cleaners use microfibre cleaning sleeves fitted onto a hand held t-shaped bar. The sleeve is then soaked in water mixed with a window cleaning solution and applied to the glass. Microfibre sleeves are specially designed for their effective removal of dirt and combined with the cleaning product this cleans the window. A squeegee is then wiped over the glass similar to a car windscreen wiper and this removes the soapy water, leaving a nice clean window. Any water runs are wiped up with a dry microfibre cloth.

For many years this was the accepted way of cleaning windows for professional window cleaners and we can use this method should the customer request, and for cleaning interior windows.

For first floors and higher it is necessary to use ladders and / or extendable poles which the t-bar and squeegee attach to.

A disadvantage of the traditional method is that cleaning products leave a clear film on the glass that can’t be wiped away. This attracts dirt which sticks to it meaning windows get dirtier quicker.

Traditional methods


Should I Change to WFP & Pure Water Window Cleaning?

During the 1990’s water fed poles (wfp) and pure water technology was introduced to the UK having been developed in the US. Long reach poles that typically extend to around 30 ft but can go much higher have purified water pumped through them onto the glass. A brush on the end of the pole scrubs the window clean as pure water washes dirt away and also cleans frames and ledges. WFP is operated only from the ground.

Purified water has had all its natural impurities removed as explained in our about Reach and Wash page. As a result it dries to a crystal clear finish and is ideal for window and conservatory cleaning.

Advantages of wfp include:

  • no film is left on glass so windows stay cleaner for longer

  • pure water ensures a clear, streak-free finish

  • no ladders required protecting your privacy in upstairs bedrooms

  • safer for operators

  • ability to reach higher windows and previously inaccessible windows above conservatories


Customers in the past have been somewhat resistant to the change but after a few cleans by one of our local window cleaners, they invariably appreciate their cleaner, clearer, shiny windows.

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