Advances in technology have given rise to two types of window cleaners; traditional and water fed pole window cleaners. Most window cleaners start out using the traditional method, as it requires a minimum amount of equipment and a smaller initial outlay.
Traditional window cleaning is done with ladders and a bucket whereas the newer water fed pole window cleaners use a specialist piece of kit attached to a water supply that is operated from the ground. This is still fairly new in the trade and the majority of domestic window cleaners still use the old method on their daily round.
A traditional window cleaner's kit consists of several essential items plus a few that are optional depending on personal preference. This is all loaded onto a car or van before setting off for the day's round. Ladders, bucket, cleaning solution, water, t-bar applicator, squeegee and clean cloths are the basic tools of the trade. The window cleaner usually brings his own water, but some customers are quite happy to top up their supply if asked.
A window cleaner's round is usually concentrated into a small area each day so that the maximum number of customers can have their windows cleaned without too much time being wasted travelling between properties. Therefore each day will be devoted to a different area and one day of the week devoted to paperwork and administration such as chasing up payments and writing up the accounts.
Once the window cleaner arrives at the first property he sets about cleaning the upstairs windows first, accessed by a ladder using a mixture of the cleaning solution and water in the bucket. This is either a specialist cleaner or washing up liquid.