Having professional window cleaning tools is the key to efficiency and profitability in a window cleaning business. Big residential and commercial window cleaning jobs require the below 11 professional tools.
These are the number one tool a professional window cleaner needs because they help you achieve a dry, streak-free finish. Since you’ll use several squeegees for daily window cleaning, try one of each different type and choose the best for you.
2. Extension Poles
These are great for cleaning hard to reach windows if you don’t have ladders or lifts. Try to get poles that have ergonomic grips and easy locking mechanisms to make your work easier.
3. T-Bars and Sleeves
T-bars are also called window cleaning wands and they usually have a sleeve or mop attached often called the scrubber. These are the tools used to wash the window. They apply the water and cleaning solution to the surface of the window.
Scrapers are used to remove caked dirt or grime. A belt holster for your scraper can be extremely helpful keeping your scraper at your fingertips whenever needed.
5. Solution and Buckets
Keep cleaning solution simple with soap and water for a professional clean. About a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in a couple gallons of water does the trick. As for the bucket, professional window washers normally use a rectangular bucket large enough to fit their largest T-bar.
6. Window Cleaning Cloths or Towels
Window cleaning cloths ensure lint and streak-free drying of windows. Window cleaners should have several Microfiber cloths and surgical towels on hand as they are cheap and highly efficient at cleaning. Old bath towels are also great for cleaning up behind you and absorbing dripping water.
7. A Tool Belt
Window cleaners need to carry many tools with them as they clean so a tool belt comes in handy. Look for comfort and functionality. For example, your belt should have a squeegee and scraper holster or bucket-on-a-belt.
Ladders enable you to clean hard to reach tall windows. It is important to get a secure ladder as it can literally save your life. To be able to reach any window you should have a 20-foot ladder as well as a standard 3-foot step ladder.
9. Window Cleaning Estimating and Billing Software
Billing software is required to create bids and send invoices for payment. Such software is critical for business management and success. Find one that gives you the flexibility and efficiency to manage schedules, client info, bids, invoices, and billings.
10. Water Purification Systems
These remove chlorine, minerals, and bigger particulates from window cleaning solutions, allowing windows to dry perfectly clear with no squeegee required. The purification system comes on a water fed pole system with extended reach eliminating the use of ladders. Water fed poles make window cleaning jobs so much easier.
11. Window Screen Cleaning Kit
Modern window cleaners should have a screen cleaning kit that includes a microfiber sleeve, cleaning solution, a bucket, a pressure washer, and a screen cleaning machine.
(BONUS) Window Cleaning Software
To run your window cleaning business efficiently by streamlining and automating daily tasks, you need to utilize window cleaning software in your day to day operations.
The #1 Window Cleaning Tool to Grow your Business is YOU
Emphasis on tools and techniques is great for your business but what ultimately matters is your self-worth as a window cleaner. Window cleaning tools do allow you to work faster and get paid faster. But a professional approach to window cleaning will help you get repeat jobs.