Demand for window cleaning services is on the rise as more high-rise buildings go up the SoCal skyline. This trend is expected to pick in 2019 and beyond. With so much competition among businesses, window maintenance is now more important than ever for commercial establishments. Whether you own an office block or residential complex, you want it to look sparkling at all times.
The commercial cleaning industry went massive changes in the past few years. Modern cleaning tools and processes changed the way managers operate and how employees conduct daily tasks. Here are some window cleaning trends that could optimize your maintenance checklist.
The most common method for washing building windows is to have washers work their way up on scaffolding. However, scaffolding requires plenty of space on the ground and on the side of the building. It is also laborious to build.
A cherry picker also takes up a lot of space, and rental fees can be expensive. In addition to a window washer, you need to hire a lift operator.
Ladders are popular for small jobs, but they are dangerous and inefficient. Working side to side puts the ladder at risk of tipping over. The safest way to do this is to climb down the ladder, move it, and climb back up. Ladders also do not go very far in terms of height.
The hottest trend in window cleaning is abseiling.
Abseiling is incredibly efficient for cleaning windows in any type of commercial structure. All the work is managed from the building roof, so there is no disruption on the ground. If you own a restaurant or hotel, abseil window cleaning is ideal for your business.
Abseiling is sometimes called rappelling as the process is similar to descending a cliff through a double-looped rope. One end of the rope is fixed to the top of the building. The other is wrapped around the body of the window washer. Secured to a harness, the washer cleans the windows while moving down the building.
In an abseil setup, window washers can easily move up and down and from side to side. They can reach a wide radius without having to move anchor points.
The benefits of abseil window cleaning are numerous:
- Washers can quickly set up.
- Washers can finish the job faster.
- You only have to hire a few washers with less equipment.
- There is far less disruption to your business with no personnel or equipment on the ground.
You can save time and money with abseiling – savings you can pass on to your customers.
The cradle is another window cleaning technique on trend. The building maintenance unit (BMU) lowers a cradle from the top of a building. This provides a platform for the washers to stand on as they clean the windows. It is a great option where the ground surface is not flat and cannot accommodate cherry pickers.
The cradle system is ideal for skyscrapers with a straight descent. Buildings with unorthodox shapes or protruded structures like balconies are more suited for abseiling.
Pure water systems
More companies are now aware of the environmental impact of chemical cleaners. This is why pure water systems are becoming a trend in commercial property maintenance. Pure water refers to filtered water that has been processed to eliminate impurities – making soap unnecessary. Water-fed pole systems loaded with pure water can be operated with a cradle or cherry picker.
Green cleaning is not really a new trend. Reducing carbon footprint has been a focus of many cleaning companies in recent years. There are several ways to do this.
- Stop using paper towels. Every year 13 billion pounds of paper towels are thrown into landfills and waterways.
- Assign different cloths to different jobs. Cleaning cloths come in many sizes and textures. Microfiber is great for dusting and polishing windows.
- Stick to green products. Always look for the “green” label when choosing a cleaning product. These cleansers generally contain less harmful chemicals.
Smart technology made its way into the commercial cleaning sector. Expect more advances in professional cleaning equipment and processes in 2019. Modern scrubbing tools can now perform deeper cleans while dirt collection is now even more automated. Additionally, cordless technology allows cleaners to reach every nook and cranny. Washing the façade of a tall building is now far safer and more efficient, thanks to advanced cleaning methods.
Clean windows make the workplace more inviting. Prestige Property Services is committed to making your place of business look its best. We can help you determine the most efficient and cost-effective window cleaning method for your store or building.
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