Archive for Water-fed Window Cleaning

Extend Your Reach (with a Waterpole)

High Ceiling Ceiling Chandalier

One question I get a lot is how to reach higher than the 30 or so feet the longest aluminum extension poles reach. Whether it is to reach one awkward window, a burnt out light bulb, or to dust a corner or high ceiling fan, the only thing long enough (and actually useable at that height) is a waterpole.

Aluminum poles become too heavy and awkward much over 30 feet, and their construction is not rigid enough to remain stable at such heights. Waterpoles, because of their lighter, more rigid construction, can be made to reach 65 feet or higher. They are usually made of fiberglass, carbonfiber, or a mixture of the two.

It’s a bit of an investment if you don’t have a waterpole yet, but might be worth it in the long run if this is a regular customer. It would also give you a good excuse to try out using a Pure Water system on a few of your most time-consuming, problem window cleaning jobs.

ACME Thread versus European Thread

If you do have a waterpole, now you’re probably wondering–how do I attach this tool to the European (fine) thread on the end of my waterpole?

Well, there are a few ways to accomplish this.

Waterpole Adapters -- Unger

First, and most versatile, is the Unger HiFlo MultiLink Cone Adapter. This little guy will attach to your European thread on the end of the waterpole and allow you to attach the Unger ErgoTec Locking Cone Adapter. Then, you have the option of attaching a wide variety of tools, whether they screw on (with the coarse, ACME threads), lock on with Unger’s locking button system, or friction-fit on to the tapered part of the cone.

Waterpole Adapters -- ReachAround

The other option is the ReachAround. This is a simple red ACME threaded tip that can be added to some waterpole goosenecks. You can use it with screw on tools, or you can add a wooden or plastic taper to accommodate most window cleaning tools. With the ReachAround, you can use both the waterpole’s cleaning brush and another tool.

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How to Choose Waterpole Brush Jets

Waterpole Brush Jets - Pencil and Fan

Waterpole Brush Jets – Pencil and Fan

The Brush Jet is what delivers the Pure Water to the window. It attaches to the Waterpole Brush.

Brush Jets come in two styles—pencil jet and fan jet.

Pencil Jets

A pencil-style Brush Jet sprays water in a straight line. Pencil jets are best for Hydrophilic Glass, which is glass where the water easily cascades down the surface in sheets. Hydrophilic Glass is easily cleaned with quick passes.

Pencil Brush Jets are the standard type of jet to come with most Waterpole Brushes.

Fan Jets

A fan-style Brush Jet sprays water in a wide, fanning shape. Fan jets are best for Hydrophobic Glass, glass that “fears” water, repelling it, and where water beads more, not covering the surface as easily. Hydrophobic Glass is best cleaned with slower passes.

Fan Brush Jets are usually available to be swapped out, or are commonly in Waterpole Brushes with four jets.

Hydrophilic Versus Hydrophobic

No one knows what causes glass to become hydrophobic, but you may be able to return the glass to hydrophilic by gently rubbing the glass with bronze wool or a bronze wool pad.

Otherwise, using slower, tighter passes with your Waterpole will clean hydrophobic glass better.  For more information, see the blog post How to Perfect Your Waterpole Technique.

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How to Choose a Waterpole Brush

Waterpole Brushes - Rectangular & Radius

Waterpole Brushes – Rectangular & Radius

With a Pure Water System, the bulk of the work is done by the the Waterpole brush. What brushes are available and which one should you choose?

Waterpole brushes come in a variety of styles and materials. Each type has its pros and cons. Choosing the right style for your use is based a great deal on preference.

Rectangular vs. Radius

A Rectangular Brush has a straight brush body and is great for straight surfaces – meaning they work well for windows. This is a great brush, because it accomplishes the ideal goal of maximum brush contact with the window.

A Radius Brush has an angled brush body and works well for cleaning window sills and window frames or other uneven surfaces. This brush is also useful for non-ideal situations.

The picture at the start of this article shows the profile view of both a Rectangular Brush and a Radius Brush.

Synthetic Bristle Vs. Boar’s Bristle

Synthetic Bristle brushes are the most common brushes used for Waterpole cleaning, because they are less expensive. They can be made of nylon, polyester, or a combination of the two.

Note: Synthetic brushes often come “flagged” meaning the ends of the bristles are split to make them softer and better able to hold water. These flagged bristles are usually the best option for window cleaning.

Boar’s Bristle, or other natural animal-hair bristle, brushes also work well for window cleaning, because they hold more water than Synthetic Bristle brushes.

Bi-Level Brushes

Bi-level Brushes feature dual-cleaning surfaces which make them ideal for cleaning hard to reach areas. Usually these brushes have short, stiff bristles and longer, softer bristles, accomplishing good surface contact on most surfaces.

Solar panel brushes

Solar panel brushes are usually made of very soft bristles. These brushes are usually Synthetic Bristle and are yellow to denote that they are for solar panels. They are available in either a Rectangular Brush or a Radius Brush.

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How to Choose a Pure Water System

Choosing the Right Pure Water System

What Pure Water system is right for you?

To answer this question, we must answer a few more specific questions first.  These questions regard, TDS, work height, and frequency of use.

What are the average TDS levels of the Tap Water you will be using?

Choosing the Right Pure Water System

 

If they will be less than 150, you can use just a DI Resin filtering system.  Otherwise, you should consider a multi-stage system.

You can check your area’s average TDS levels with this website: http://www.zerowater.com/tds.aspx.

What heights will you be working at?

Choosing the Right Pure Water System

Basically: will you need a booster pump?

If you are only using a DI Resin filtering system at heights of less than 30 feet, you should be able to get away without a booster pump, as long as you have adequate pressure at the tap (about 30 PSI).  Otherwise, you will probably need a booster pump paired up with multi-stage system.

Remember: A booster pump is not needed for heights less than 30 feet or work with just one pole, but it will lengthen the life of the RO Membrane.

How often will you be using the Pure Water System?

If you will be cleaning with the Pure Water System infrequently, a DI Resin filtering system may be more cost effective.  This is especially true if you are just starting out and want to decide if a Pure Water System will work for you and your business.

A DI Resin filtering system will require less maintenance, which may counter cost of lower DI Resin life with higher levels of TDS.

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How to Choose a Waterpole

 

Choosing the Right Waterpole

What waterpole is right for you?

To answer this question, we must answer a few more specific questions first.  These questions regard work height, pole weight, and price.

Remember: There are several compositions of waterpoles available and this affects their price, work height, and pole weight, as well as rigidity.

How high will you be working?

Choose a composition, rigidity, and length best for the height you need to work at.

  • Less than 30 feet – Aluminum and fiberglass
  • Up to about 40 feet – Fiberglass and carbonfiber/fiberglass hybrids
  • Up to about 65 feet – Carbonfiber, including HiMod and carbonfiber with Kevlar

How long will you be working?

Choose the lightest composition possible when you will be working for long periods of time.

  • Heaviest – Aluminum
  • Medium weight – Fiberglass
  • Medium weight – Carbonfiber/fiberglass hybrids
  • Lightest – Carbonfiber, including HiMod and carbonfiber with Kevlar

How much do you want to spend?

Choose the waterpole of a length and composition that will also fit your budget.

  • Cheapest – Aluminum
  • Medium cost – Fiberglass
  • Medium cost – Carbonfiber/fiberglass hybrid
  • Most Expensive – Carbonfiber, including HiMod and carbon fiber with Kevlar

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Choosing the Right Waterpole

 

How to Perfect Your Waterpole Technique

A squeegee

For window cleaners used to cleaning with a squeegee, the idea of cleaning a window with just a brush and water is daunting.  Rest assured that the combination of a soft brush and Pure Water is all you need to clean windows!

Traditional Cleaning versus Waterpole Cleaning

The conventional, traditional way of cleaning windows involves a squeegee and the following two steps:

  1. Scrub with a soapy applicator.
  2. Remove all the soap and dirt at once with a squeegee.

Then, because you want the window left dry, you probably also need to touch-up the edges with a dry towel.

To clean with Pure Water, there are two steps:

  1. Scrub with a soft brush.
  2. Rinse with Brush Jets and Pure Water.

A window cleaned this way can be left to dry naturally, because all of the dirt has already been rinsed away.

In the Pure Water method, the brush is the substitute for the applicator and the brush jets and Pure Water do the same work as the squeegee.

Pure Water means that the TDS levels are at or near 0.  This is an unnatural state for water, and it will aggressively try to get itself back to a state of “dirty.”  So the Pure Water does most of the work in cleaning the window!

However, these two steps are not very useful at explaining exactly HOW to clean with a Waterpole.  You may be thinking, “I could scrub a window and run some water over it and it won’t necessarily be clean.”  Unless you know what you’re doing, you’re probably right.

The trick is all in the technique.

1. Scrub the window – First Pass

Water-fed Cleaning Pass #1

Waterpole Cleaning Pass #1

Run the Pure Water and the brush over the entire window.  Use overlapping, top to bottom strokes from one side to the other.

2. Scrub the window – Second Pass

Water-fed Cleaning Pass #2

Waterpole Cleaning Pass #2

Run the Pure Water and the brush back over the window going in the other direction.  Use the same overlapping, top to bottom strokes.

Two passes is all you should need to effectively clean the window.

3. Scrub the Top and Bottom

Water-fed Cleaning the Top and Bottom

Waterpole Cleaning the Top and Bottom

If necessary, get into the crevices along the top and bottom edges.  Use side to side, full-width strokes.

4. Rinse the Window

With the brush lifted slightly or at an angle, so the brushes are not touching and only the Pure Water is hitting the window, rinse the window in a horizontal, back and forth pattern, starting at the top and working your way down.

Remember: If you are working with Hydrophilic Glass, you can make larger, faster passes.  Pencil Brush Jets work best here.

Water-fed Cleaning on Hydrophilic Glass

Waterpole Cleaning on Hydrophilic Glass

If you are working with Hydrophobic Glass, you are going to want to make tighter, slower passes.  Fan Brush Jets work best here.

Water-fed Cleaning on Hydrophobic Glass

Waterpole Cleaning on Hydrophobic Glass

If you follow these simple steps, that Pure Water will not only clean the windows, but keep them clean longer!

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