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Long term customers – the sign of doing something right!

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Window Cleaning | Comments Off on Long term customers – the sign of doing something right!

The other day I was archiving some old files and doing a general office tidy up when I came across some 6 year old run sheets of old jobs.  I stopped to flick through them and it was pleasing to see that most of the jobs on those runs are still with us today.  You obviously lose a few jobs here and there for various reasons- shops closing down, budget cuts, change of owners etc, but you also continually gain new ones to make up the difference.  Ultimately though it is better to hang on to those you have.  The old sheets showing such a large...

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OH&S responsibilities – yours and ours

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Window Cleaning | Comments Off on OH&S responsibilities – yours and ours

Some say that the government makes it hard for business by taking up too much of its time on trivial matters, and in most instances I would agree.  There is however one area where it needs to lift its game – OH&S compliance.  Our business regularly deals with heights and like it or not a simple mistake could lead to tragic consequences.  We have made a conscious effort to eliminate dangerous jobs from our roster and, with detriment to our sales, no longer do a lot of the risky jobs.  These jobs simply cannot be done whilst complying...

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Hot weather but the work goes on

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Window Cleaning | Comments Off on Hot weather but the work goes on

It has been hot, as we are constantly reminded as the day goes on, but with a little bit of planning most of the work can still be done.  On a daily basis we schedule the jobs to avoid the direct sunlight as this heats up the glass and makes it impossible to clean – not to mention it can be uncomfortable to work in. This is especially important for the new tinted and black glass types.  During these hot spells  we start earlier, book the jobs so that the sun is less of a factor and generally get most of it done.  Funnily enough this...

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Adelaide Test Match – 5 days of cricket for some, early mornings of window cleaning for others.

Posted by on Dec 7, 2013 in Window Cleaning | Comments Off on Adelaide Test Match – 5 days of cricket for some, early mornings of window cleaning for others.

We have looked after the glass at Adelaide Oval for a number of years now and the new stadium is no exception.  We are some of the lucky few who have seen it grow through the construction phase til now as it opens to the public.  I challenge anyone not to be impressed and now that the cricket has started all that remains is to finish the Eastern Stand and get into the Footy season.  The new stadium has certainly got plenty of glass, with a lot of it in high places or which is difficult to access.  It is our job to get it up to standard in the...

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Glad we are not scared of heights

Posted by on Dec 1, 2013 in Window Cleaning | Comments Off on Glad we are not scared of heights

One of the best things about this job is that most days are different and we are not working in the same place all the time.  Today we were in Adelaide (with a couple of closed off streets) to do the external of a 5 storey building.  Boom work is something that we do regularly but the height in this case is pretty unusual.  Normally tall city buildings are abseiled (and in some cases done with a basket) from the roof, but in this case that was not an option.  That meant council permits, traffic control and quite a big boom.  Fortunately I...

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Save Yourself Some Money!

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Window Cleaning | Comments Off on Save Yourself Some Money!

Most of us have limited disposable income and we are all looking for a good deal and value for money.  If you are anything like me, you don’t want to spend a heap of money on contractors.  This is especially true for something as discretionary as window cleaning.  Lets face it there are other things you would sooner spend your hard earned on – but there is a way to keep the pricing down.  As we charge by the time on the job (plus some travel time) all you have to do is make us as productive as we can be whilst we are there.  This...

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Pleased to announce a new arrival – the difference between us and most!

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Window Cleaning | Comments Off on Pleased to announce a new arrival – the difference between us and most!

As mentioned in my last post I am continually amazed at how people will engage someone (and allow them into their home or business) who does not exhibit the slightest hint of professionalism.  I spend a lot of time travelling the suburbs and I would be a rich man if I had a dollar for every scruffy looking window cleaner with an old T Shirt and dirty, inadequate equipment I have seen. We try very hard to present as professionally as possible – we will always attend jobs in company uniform and with the right equipment.  Further to this...

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Water Poles – the new way to clean windows

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Window Cleaning | Comments Off on Water Poles – the new way to clean windows

The problem in our industry is that it is too easy for someone to spend $100 bucks on the bare minimum of equipment and then call themselves a window cleaner.  The reality is that it is a specialised profession for some of us.  We have been doing it for years and become very proficient at it.  An example of this is the advanced equipment that is now available mainly around reverse osmosis water brush technology and carbon fibre poles.  To get into this can cost anywhere north of $5K for the machine and the carbon fibre poles costing up to $2k...

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Outdoor PVC Blinds

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Window Cleaning | Comments Off on Outdoor PVC Blinds

We have had a lot of phone calls about the cleaning of outdoor PVC Blinds and if and how to clean them.  The short answer is most window cleaners will clean PVC blinds using essentially  the same method as used when doing a window.  It does take a little longer as you need to be more careful,  use a smaller squeegee and rag dry afterwards but the main problem with them is that they do not come up anywhere near as clean as glass.  The main factors affecting the results are the quality and tension the blinds and the amount of staining on them. ...

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Winter has gone- Hello Spring!

Posted by on Sep 14, 2013 in Window Cleaning | Comments Off on Winter has gone- Hello Spring!

If that was the cold dark winter then I must have blinked and missed it.  The work has already started to heat up with the weather and bookings are filling fast.  The other positive to be had is the election is over and we can all get back to business. It amazes me that people comment on being “so over the election”  but in reality I don’t think that a few weeks of campaigning is too much to put up with – especially to make an informed decision about our futures.  And whilst on politics I had a tour around Adelaide...

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