Pure Water Window Cleaning
We use only water to clean, without using any kind of soap. The window and frames are scrubbed with a wet brush to loosen dirt and then rinsed with highly purified de-ionised water. Because the water is pure, it leaves no marks when it dries. You can think of it like the “spot free rinse” at the automated car wash, times 100.
The Water Fed Pole System
Water, in its purest form, has zero Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) in it. Purified water is well known to be a great cleaning agent for many applications such as cleaning clothes and taking showers. Those of you that have children more than likely have bathed your kids in purified water, and of course mix the baby formula in it as well.
Pure mineral free water naturally wants to bond with minerals, dirt, and organic material. It’s all part of the natural cycle that our planet produces. So when water is passed through carbon, sediment and RO filters, then on to a DI resin, it is nearly as good as rainwater in purity (with regards to mineral and some chemicals that have been removed from the water). When the water is purified, it is forced through hoses to a Water Fed Pole (WFP) delivery system.
It travels up the pole, and sprayed onto the glass via jets in the brush. The window gets clean by gently agitating the dirt on the glass. The water acts as the lubricant to break the bond between the dirt and the glass and then, when the glass is clean, a final rinse is given to ensure that all contaminants are washed away.
The Different Set Ups
Some firms have a large container of de-ionised or purified water in the back of their van or truck, which is pumped up the WFP to the window. Small firms or those with restricted access (like at the back of a home) use trolleys or backpacks to move a small container and pump unit. There are companies that manufacture portable purification systems that are about the size of a rectangular window cleaning bucket!
Of course, it is not the magic wand of window cleaning. There are windows that it simply won’t clean for one reason or another. Having this innovative tool, and knowing how to use it safely, is a highly valuable option to consider - especially if you are a property manager looking for safer ways, and possibly less expensive ways, to keep your buildings windows maintained.
The advantage of a WFP window cleaning system is that it leaves windows, frames and mullions cleaner than with a squeegee, it removes more dirt from the grooves on window frames and it reaches windows in places too dangerous to put a ladder. No rental equipment is needed, bringing costs down. No personnel ever leave the ground, keeping workers compensation costs down and keeping accidents to a minimum, provided that proper training is in place with the company that uses these tools. Plus, it cuts the time to get the job done by about 30%! For the property manager, that’s a dream!
WFP systems can also be used in the rain, as rainfall will not re-activate any soap residue that causes the white rain spots. Clean Management Solutions use several water fed pole cleaning systems, some for windows, some for fascias and some for building washing. Currently we carry 12 water fed pole systems; 8 of which are the most advanced in the world for high access cleaning and are pure carbon fibre making the poles light weight and rigid which in turn keeps fatigue to a minimum when compared to cheaper, heavier poles.
The less expensive, heavier poles are made from aluminium and some are made of pure fibreglass. While poles made of these materials will be able to get the job done, and much more effectively than a traditional squeegee would, in the hands of an untrained person it could be very dangerous. The poles made of these materials tend to bend and are operators are less likely to be able to control them at heights.