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Taking care of the money maker.

For some dumb, socially-conditioned reason, it took me a while to take genuine and public pride in being a cleaner.  We all go through this, I’m sure.  But for me, there was a point when I realized how much I have always enjoyed it, and from that point on, I just OWNED it.  I ROCK it. I am a cleaning GODDESS. My partner, bless his heart, hopefully has learned by now never to argue with me…

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Tucker UK: Poles, carts and the new hybrid brush

Rutland Pumps is a little known company right in the middle of England. Originally a business selling items such as pressure washers, water pumps and surface cleaners. When RP found themselves diving into selling soft washing chemicals and equipment this invariable brought them into the window cleaning world. We see Rutland Pumps as a fledgling, a new kid on the block with intent on bringing quality exclusive products to the market. Tucker CF pole range Already stocking the very popular X-Line range, RP…

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Hard times to come? Increased competition?

For years window cleaning companies able to offer clients a national coverage have dominated the UK landscape alongside facilities companies such as Mitie or OCS. Between them, they have commanded hundreds of millions of pounds of window cleaning contracts. Back then contracts at this level were only for the ‘super companies’. It was good news for regional window cleaners, lucky enough to be awarded the branches of a national client that fell into their geographical area….

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Our love/hate relationship with the ‘Nationals’

‘Nationals’ are the window cleaning companies that are able to reach the parts other local window cleaners cannot reach and they usually do it in a HUGE way providing a gift wrapped, all in one service and single invoice topped with a HUGE cute bow. (I, of course, made that last part up) National window cleaning companies are great for national clients, usually the big store brands we all know and love to shop at. They…

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Featured Reader: Matt Saxon

Let me introduce you to Matt Saxon. Matt is a window cleaner by day and a Fireman by night. He has always been a window cleaner before he became a Fireman and so it is interesting to see how the two jobs twine together. WCM: Matt, you are a window cleaner and a fireman? How are your two jobs shared through the day? Matt: Yes I am a fireman. I window clean in the day, usually Monday…

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Why water fed pole a Qata skyscraper?

                      Martin Meakins is the owner of Reach and Wash in Perth, Australia. His company was established back in 2004 and although it is a Perth based business, the Company operates throughout Australia and overseas providing multi disciplined project services to a wide range of industries. Martin is also the owner of the awesome picture we used on the cover of a back issue of WCM. He spent…

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What is CMS Berlin and why should we care?

The WCM Stig is Window Cleaning Magazine’s very own secret correspondent who dispatches reports on events and shows from across the planet. Today’s dispatch filed by the WCM Stig is from Europe. WCM Stig reports from the 19th-22nd September CMS Berlin 2017 event. So what is CMS Berlin and why should we care? Well, with over 429 exhibitors from over 24 countries with 29,000 square meters of indoor and outdoor space, we would say that the…

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Unger HydroPower RO dissected

The HydroPower family product line from Unger has just grown by one with the new introduction of the HydroPower RO. With the HydroPower DI and its proven field performance together with the achievement of The Cleaning Show 2015 Innovation Award, it was only natural that Unger would turn its attention to RO. Unger R&D have looked into how they could simplify the management of an RO system. The main important element to the HydroPower range has…

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The truth about TDS maps – What’s in a number?
Black and yellow orb weaver spider hanging out in its web by a water spicket.

Most window cleaners that use pure water and water fed pole systems will have a general understanding of how TDS works and what is involved to make that pure water. I personally live in an exceptionally hard water area and it cost me considerably more to make pure water as opposed to people who live in a Soft water areas. Recently, I decided to check out the TDS on properties in my street. I was shocked…

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