Using Extension Pole to Clean Windows

Published: 07th November 2011
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In some places like shops or offices, it can be hard to clean windows which are higher up. A good solution is to buy a pure water system but not everybody can afford it. Another option is to use an extension pole, which allows you to clean higher areas from the ground. Suing an extension pole to clean windows may sound very easy but it can be quite a challenge for people who have not done it before. Beginners who try their hand at window cleaning with an extension pole are often baffled by the vertical lines of water they leave on the window. Additionally, they have no idea how to prevent water which runs down from the top edge. Here are some tips to help them do a better job.

Mopping with an Extension Pole

To secure the applicator to the extension pole, you have to use a good locking cone. If you have to clean a large area outside, itís important to use a lot of water. Conversely, you can use less water when you are cleaning windows inside the building. The spotlights in shops can heat up the windows, which may cause the water to dry too quickly. You have to flip the mop over when it runs dry. To prevent water from running down, you have to leave a slight margin at the top edge of the frame when you are mopping. The idea is not to mop the top edge. As you reach the top, try to slide the mop to the left. By using this technique, you will miss the top edge, leaving the slight margin. When you are mopping the window, itís highly recommended that you begin on the right, mopping to the left. In order to complete cleaning the window in the normal way, you may be able to save some time if you mop as far down as possible.

Blading with an Extensive Pole

Before anything, you need to secure the squeegee to the extension pole by using a locking cone. Starting from the top left corner of the window, you have to blade the water away from the top frame by using short downward strokes. Angling the blade at 45 degrees, begin from the left and move to the right, blading the entire length of the top edge. Pull the squeegee down the edge on the right hand side to finish the first pass along the top edge. Always work form right to left. As you pull down, make small arches and then curve into the next stroke. An important point is to make the downward strokes a little bit diagonal. This way, the water flows along the rubber blade and leaves a dry edge. By using this technique, you will not be leaving any vertical lines. To execute the final downward stroke on the left, you will have to begin at the top left corner once more. Remove excess water by tapping the squeegee a few times on the window. Then, execute the final downward stroke at a slight angle as discussed earlier.

Detailing with an Extension Pole

A simple way is to wrap a dry cloth around the extension poleís end. Another idea is to fit a clamp on the extension poleís end. Then, fold the cloth and clamp it. If you wish to avoid much detailing, you should not soak the frames with water while you are mopping.


I hope these tips have helped you as much as they have helped me with my Temecula window cleaning company. Remember to use common sense, and be careful out there! Good Luck.

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