Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Window washers stretch safety rules...

Facing hard-to-clean sliding windows, cleaners on East 44th Street cut corners


In an article by Peter D'Amato which can be found here, a five-man crew from a company called Upgrade Services took turns leaning out and stretching to clean the farthest corners of the windows in a 1950s-era office building. This building was sixty feet above East 44th Street. 

Upgrade Services President John McDermott sent the five men back for retraining once the union had heard the risky maneuvers they attempted to perform their work. The workers were in clear violation of the state's labor law. Laws require that workers use safety harnesses or a scaffold when cleaning the outside of windows. The President of the company also went on to say, "After years on the job, veterans can get overly brave. "You get lulled into a false sense of security that it's OK to take these chances."

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Moerman Liquidator

Check out this video on the Moerman Liquidator. In celebration of the release of the Liquidator channel back in April, Moerman released some time-saving tips and tricks! Its design comes close to eliminating detailing. You can cut down on almost all wiping of window frames and edges.

Here are some Liquidator suggestions straight from Moerman:

1. Place your original Liquidator rubber in the middle of the channel
2. Use enough detergent, preferably directly on the sleeve
3. Put minimum pressure and it floats like air
4. Get a feel for the right angle of attack
5. No detailing of the window

Check out the full video below!




Last year they brought you the Liquidator, this year Moerman plans to release "The Combinator." The new 3 part window cleaning squeegee comes highly anticipated. It has the same great features as the Liquidator with all new longer lasting ending clips. It is ideal for pole work, residential and even store fronts. It is component based which allows customization according to your budget and needs.


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Window washer survives 10-story fall

Window washer falls 10 stories from scaffolding in Newport News
Live from Norfolk, Va, a 24-year-old man fell 10 stories from a Newport News high-rise building on Friday. Read the official article here. Luckily, he is expected to make a full recovery. He is currently wearing a body cast and has a broken arm, broken foot, broken back bones and bruises on his lungs and heart.

Officials say he fell from the Maritime Square building which is near 26th Street and Washington Avenue. The incident happened around 1:45 p.m. on Sept. 9 while he was window cleaning.

Martin Stanford says he remembers free-falling and then having a tough time opening his eyes at the hospital. He doesn’t recall the impact. “When I first started dropping, I saw how high up I was,” he says. “The first thing I thought was that I’m about to die, and then I woke up in the hospital and I was still alive.” Stanford says he started repelling from buildings five days before the incident.

The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry is currently conducting an open case to investigate what went wrong.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Northern Lite Water Fed Pole

Alex takes a look at the new Northern Lite Water Fed Pole from our friends up North! The Northern Lite water fed pole is a great 2-3 story water fed pole for residential or commercial window cleaning. With a short collapsed length of only 63", a true length of 29' and a reach of 32'.  Weighing only 5.6lbs without the brush this is a very user friendly water fed pole. Comes complete with brush, tubing, angle adapter and fittings. More details in the video below!



Friday, 2 September 2016

Superhero window washers make an appearance

Superhero window washers make an appearance at Alberta Children's Hospital

In a recent news story by the Calgary Herald, a few super heros including Spiderman, The Hulk, Ironman and Thor, washed some of the windows on the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the experience while they cleaned the windows of the hospital’s exterior. Fullerton, senior operating officer with Alberta Children’s Hospital, said patients were “so excited” to see the superheroes sliding down the building.

Fullerton went on to say, “They’re either in the hospital or visiting one of our specialty clinics, and imagine their surprise to look out the window and see these superheroes washing our windows for us,” she said. “So it’s really made it a special day here at the hospital for our children and families.”

The report continued on to say how grateful the hospital is for the community. “It just means the world to our patients and families,” Fullterton said.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

The Executive Mindset



Join Josh Latimer in his free 5 day podcast series for window cleaners titled: The Executive Mindset

This is what he says about the series:

"Please listen in and take notes as I walk you through the 10 things you need to CRUSH your business goals and build a company you can be proud of!

Building a business is one of the hardest things you will ever do in your life but can also be the most rewarding.  Take the time to invest and work on your mindset.  Be intentional about the kind of people you spend time with and allow influence in your life.

Anyone can win but not everyone will.  Why?  It's a combination of mindset and GRIT.  Ask yourself this question:  "Are you relentless?  Do you want to win so bad that your stomach hurts?"  If the answer is yes than you have what it takes as long as you operate with the correct mindset."

Though today is day four, you can still listen to past podcasts on his feed here.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Close up with Tucker Water Fed Pole Brushes

Alex takes a close up look at the Tucker Water Fed Pole Brushes in our new video!


Check out the products mentioned in the video and more brushes here!

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