Window Cleaning Cartoons

Woman Writer

I love cartoons.

Since I was a kid, I have enjoyed the likes of Looney Tunes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, Voltron, Disney cartoons, and a number of other cartoons that I could spend quite some time naming. I’ll spare you the complete list, though.

Working with window cleaners, I have come to respect their lives and their work. So I thought it would be interesting to put together a list of cartoons ABOUT window cleaners.

Here’s the list I came up with. I actually thought there would be more. I love to hear if you know of any others!

Donald Duck in “Window Cleaners”

Popeye the Sailor in “The Paneless Window Washer”

Looney Tunes in “Window Pains”

Simon’s Cat in “Window Pains”

And just because Wile E. Coyote has always been m favorite cartoon character, and I could not find him cleaning windows… here’s “Chariots of Fur”

I hope you enjoyed a quick step back from the serious and into the zany and animated.

The Best Kept Window Cleaning Secret

 

The Best Kept Window Cleaning Secret

A window cleaner’s tools are the key to their success. Whatever tools you use, you want them to be the best quality at the best price, so that they last and benefit your bottom line.

Well, what if I told you that you could save money as soon as your next set of scraper blades?

If you use Triumph scrapers, I have news for you!

Just last year, Unger released their new scraper – the Ninja Adjustable Scraper. If you have not tried it, this scraper is an innovative tool that could change how you view window scraping. Why? It has an adjustable head, allowing you to use it straight when working by hand or angled when using it on an extension pole. It also comes in both 4″ and 6″ sizes for the best versatility.

But there is even better news!

So you say you use a Triumph scraper and you don’t want to buy a new scraper? Well, Unger can also save you on the next pack of blades for your Triumph.

This is because the Unger Ninja Adjustable 6″ Scraper’s blades will fit into the Triumph scraper, at a lower price than you’re currently paying for Triumph’s replacement blades.

The Unger Ninja Adjustable 6″ Scraper uses stainless steel blades that fit the Triumph. Even if you prefer carbon steel blades, Unger has a direct replacement for those as well. The replacement blades for Unger’s 6″ ErgoTec Glass Scraper are a direct replacement.

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Unger Ninja Adjustable Scraper

Use the Ninja scraper straight, for hand use…

 

Unger Ninja Adjustable Scraper

…or angled for pole use.

Goodbye, 2014 – Hello, 2015

New Year 2015

2014 is gone. It was a good year for window cleaning, a good year for giving you information on the blog, and a good year for Detroit Sponge.

Rather than a completely new post, I thought this might be a good time to review the great stuff we covered in 2014. There’s a lot of information here!

Window Cleaning Business

Window Cleaning Tools

Add-on Services

Pure Water Cleaning

I hope your holiday season was a good one. Throughout the New Year, it is my resolution to bring you even more helpful information in the coming months. Expect more Pure Water information and more about the various tools of the window cleaning trade.

Do you have questions or a topic you would like to learn more about? Ask me. Comment below or email us from the About Page!

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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Window Soap & Winter

Winter Window

What is the best way to keep my window soap from freezing?

During the winter, this is a common question I receive from window cleaners.  Unfortunately, there is no perfect answer to this question.

Why?  Well, the purpose of window soap is to lubricate the squeegee and to keep your water from evaporating off the window too quickly.  The most effective way to lower the freezing temperature of water is an alcohol additive.  However, this is somewhat counterproductive, because alcohol will cause the water to evaporate more quickly.

Adding alcohol is also adding more chemicals to the equation of window cleaning.

So winter window cleaning becomes a balance of factors.

If the weather is not too bitter cold, it may be more effective to use warm water in your soap mixture.  Be aware, this will also cause soap to evaporate off the window faster.

If you do use an alcohol additive, make sure you use cold water.

What types of alcohol can be added to window soap to lower its freezing temperature?

  • Methyl alcohol (Methanol) – A good source of this is automotive windshield washer solvent
  • Isopropyl alcohol – Also known as rubbing alcohol
  • Ethyl alcohol (Ethanol) – Commonly used as a solvent in the form of “denatured alcohol,” which is drinkable alcohol with poisonous additives to make it undrinkable

There is also Ethylene Glycol (most commonly automobile antifreeze), Propylene Glycol (often used for “pet-safe” antifreeze), and Glycerol or Glycerine (which was formerly used as automotive antifreeze but is more commonly used now in sprinkler systems and is non-toxic).  These are not as commonly used in window soap as antifreeze, but are present in some commercial cleaners.

For more information on types of antifreeze, check out the Wikipedia article on the subject.

In addition to evaporation time, it is also important to pay attention to the dangers of working with alcohol mixtures.

Keep in mind:

  • Alcohol is flammable
  • Read all MSDS information carefully
  • Keep chemicals in clearly marked containers
  • Remember that you will be coming into close, prolonged contact with these chemicals, and that makes them more dangerous
  • Gloves and good ventilation are always important

For more information on safely using alcohol as an antifreeze additive, see the AWC article Using Alcohol, by Gary Mauer.

Above all else, always be aware of what chemicals you are using and how to use them safely.

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