The Techniques Of A Professional Window Cleaner

When it comes to commercial window cleaning, it takes a bit more than just a bucket and sponge to get the job done right. There are many ways to reach the heights of tall buildings and get into those hard to reach places that can’t be cleaned without specialist equipment. We’re looking at a few of the techniques and equipment in which commercial window cleaners use to get the job done.


The water-fed pole system is an effective and environmentally friendly method of cleaning windows. Pure water is pumped to a height of 60ft via a water-fed pole and through a brush head onto the windows.

Clifton National Window Cleaning’s vehicles are equipped with water treatment systems that produce pure water. A water softening resin is used to remove the positive ions and a reverse osmosis unit is used to remove the negative ions.


For areas that are difficult to access via machinery, industrial rope access provides a safe alternative. Industrial rope access is not merely a means of cleaning windows but is a specialist trade in its own right.

Clifton National Window Cleaning uses a team of specialist sub-contractors that are Safecontractor accredited and IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Training Association) trained. The IRATA team are rigorously trained and abide by a strict code of conduct.


For working at heights, many buildings have cradle systems to allow access to the external face of the structure to permit cleaning and maintenance.

Many buildings have bespoke cradle systems that are used by window cleaners to access external areas and many internal atrium styles.

Each cradle is specific to the building and is either electronically or manually operated. Whilst the equipment itself has many safety features, a building owner must have a current test certificate for load and track.


Clifton National Window Cleaning has invested in and owns a 20m (63ft) lorry mounted platform and also uses a number of national hire companies for hydraulic platforms or ‘cherry pickers’.

These are either lorry mounted or self-propelled and are used to access heights of 30m or more where the use of ladders would be neither practical or safe for staff and have the added advantage of enabling a range of equipment to be raised to the level of the cleaning work on the platform.