Window cleaners clean windows and other glass surfaces and façades. Some work at ground level using ladders to reach upper floor windows. Others work at heights, cleaning windows on high buildings and tower blocks. In this type of work they use power-operated work platforms (or 'cradles') which hang on cables from the building, or ropes and abseiling harnesses. Special training is needed to use these methods.
Window cleaners might also be asked to do other work at heights, such as clearing gutters, cleaning paintwork, painting exteriors and applying protective coatings. Self-employed cleaners have to find new customers, agree a price for each job, collect payments and complete accounts and tax returns.
Window cleaners employed by a cleaning contractor would probably work a 40-hour week with the opportunity for overtime. If self-employed, window cleaners will have some flexibility in choosing the hours they work; they might work longer hours in summer to earn enough money to cover the short days of winter.
Most window cleaners have to work outdoors in all weathers. The work is physically demanding, involvingworking at heights, climbing, lifting and bending.
To be a window cleaner, you should:
Many window cleaners are self-employed, since start-up costs are fairly low. They may work alone, or employ other staff.
Window cleaners are also employed by contract cleaners or specialist window cleaning firms. They may have opportunities to move into supervisory and management positions.
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2 The Courtyard
48 New North Road
Helpline: 08000 567160
Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA)
99 West St
Tel: 01252 739150
National Federation of Master Window and General Cleaners
Tel: 0161 432 8754