There is a war going on in the window cleaning industry, and I am willing to go out an on a limb to assume you’re really not aware of the heated battle among the old and new generation of window cleaners. Okay, I’m being dramatic, but hear me out! 🙂
The Weapons of the Window Cleaners’ War
Window cleaning has been around as long as windows. In fact, common window cleaning tools, the Squeegee, T-bar and ladder, have been around for centuries. In 1903, Mary Anderson patented one of the first modern squeegees, and through the nineteenth, and most of the twentieth century, the act of window cleaning, changed very little. Squeegees, T-bars and ladders are still very much in use today, and most customers expect them to be used when hiring a window cleaning company. However, along with the use of ladders, comes great risk. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 165,000 Americans require medical treatment from ladder-related injuries each year.
So what’s the war all about…?
Really, it comes down to a generational split between traditional tools vs. the common use of water-fed poles. In the online window cleaning communities, trade meetings, or even when quoting a customer, window cleaners will strongly protest their opinions on which is the best tool to deliver the BEST results. The window cleaners who have been in action greater than 20 years will likely default to ladders, Squeegees, and T-Bars, whereas, the less tenured ones will quickly adopt the pure water pole systems.
Here’s our take – we use BOTH!
To the Wash Masters we strive to deliver excellence on two fronts equally:
1. 100% streak-free, crystal clear, windows that bring the outdoors inside.
2. Unmatched safety to EVERY Wash Masters employee.