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Which Window Cleaning Method is Right For Your High Rise Building?

At Archer Window Cleaning, our expert team can advise you on the right high level window cleaning methods to achieve the perfect finish on the windows of high rise apartments or buildings.

Making sure your building’s high level windows are kept free of dirt and grime is not only very important for the health and happiness of the tenants working inside, but also for maintaining the property’s appeal to keep it looking professional and attractive from street level.

Getting a spotless finish on the windows of a high rise building can take a little more time and effort, but with the right knowledge, a range of different techniques can be applied to achieve a squeaky clean finish on even the highest windows in the most awkward locations.

Abseiling

On very high or awkwardly shaped buildings abseiling may be the only option suitable for cleaning some of those hard to reach windows.

Sometimes also referred to as rope access window cleaning, this method sees your window cleaner donning ropes and harnesses to freely traverse the side of your building.  Rope access allows your window cleaner to get up very close to the windows to achieve perfect results.

Cherry pickers

Providing your building isn’t in an awkward shape and there is space outside, a cherry picker may be used to give your window cleaner direct access to your high level windows.  All our operatives are trained and qualified in the safe use of hydraulic platform machinery.  Cherry pickers can only reach to a certain height though, any windows higher than this would need to be accessed by abseiling.

Reach & wash system

Our reach and wash water-fed pole systems are an ideal choice for cleaning windows up to a certain height when minimal disruption is required.  Our window cleaners stay at ground level when using the system which retains privacy inside the building as it means no distracting faces turning up unexpectedly at the window on the 12th floor.  The reach and wash system provides a quick and thorough clean which can include window frames, cladding, panelling, fascia, signs and more where required.  The reach and wash system will only reach a certain height and may need to be combined with abseil window cleaning for very high level windows.

Traditional window cleaning

All of the above methods may be combined with traditional window cleaning for the low level windows on a high rise building. Traditional window cleaning methods allow window cleaners to get up close to provide a thorough clean and sparkling finish.

Depending on the size, shape, and features present on your high rise building it is likely that more than one of the techniques above will need to be employed to complete the job.

High level window cleaning requires expert knowledge and training as it poses plenty of health and safety risks.  At Archer Window Cleaning, all our staff is equipped with the best protective clothing and equipment.  The health and safety of both our employees and clients are of paramount importance to us and we ensure that all our staff is highly trained and safety conscious.

To discuss your high level window cleaning requirements with Archer Window Cleaning, pick up the phone and give us a call on 0161 870 6503 for a free quote.

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Abseiling – A Window Cleaning Solution for Tenement Buildings

Find out why our abseiling and rope access window cleaning service is the ultimate fuss-free window cleaning solution for tenement buildings.

Rope access window cleaning services offer a high quality squeaky clean finish without all the fuss and inconvenience of using scaffolding or machinery to access those high or hard to reach windows.

Find out more about what exactly abseiling and rope access window cleaning is, the advantages of this cost effective but specialist service and why it could be the ideal solution for your tenement building.

What is abseiling window cleaning?

Also known as rope access window cleaning, abseiling is extremely versatile and ideal for quickly accessing and cleaning windows even in the most difficult to reach areas.

Abseiling window cleaning is a type of industrial abseiling and uses specially designed equipment including ropes and harnesses to allow window cleaners to navigate the outside of buildings quickly and freely without the need for scaffolding or machinery.

Here at Archer Window Cleaning, our rope access window cleaning solutions are completely safe and ideal for tenement buildings.

What are the advantages of abseiling window cleaning services?

Cost effective – The no-fuss nature of rope access window cleaning means that the job can be done quickly and efficiently with minimum equipment needed, making it a very cost-effective solution.

No maximum height limits – When scaffolding or machinery are used to access windows there will be a limit to how high they can safely reach, but there are no limits to how high an abseiling window cleaner can work at.

Easy to get to difficult to reach areas – Rope access cleaning is favoured by many because of just how flexible it is.  Your window cleaner will be able to easily traverse your building with his rope and harness no matter what the shape of the building.

Minimal disruption – The machinery and scaffolding needed with other methods of window cleaning can cause noise, inconvenience and pollution as windows are being cleaned.  Using rope access window cleaner means your building and its tenants are left undisrupted whilst we work.

First class results – Unlike some other methods of window cleaning, your rope access window cleaner will be at very close proximity to your windows as he works, meaning that you’ll receive a first-class wash.

Fast – With very little setup required the job can be done quickly and efficiently making it a less disruptive and more cost-effective solution.

Why is abseiling window cleaning the ideal solution for tenement buildings?

If you own a tenement building, you’ll know the importance of providing building maintenance services that cause as little disruption as possible for your tenants.  Abseil window cleaning solutions are quick, quiet and undisruptive, the perfect solution for tenement buildings.

At Archer Window Cleaning, our rope access window cleaners can also provide building maintenance services such as gutter cleaning, jet washing and installing bird netting or spikes as required.

For more information about our window cleaning services in Manchester, Warrington, Wigan, Preston, Bolton and surrounding areas, give us a call on 0161 870 6503.

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6 Tips for Improving Your Commercial Property’s Kerb Appeal

Improving your commercial property’s kerb appeal will boost its value, keep tenants happy and make it attractive to buyers in the future.

Updating and maintaining your commercial property’s kerb appeal could have more benefits than you realise.  First impressions count and just a few small updates and quick fixes could make your building stand out from the others surrounding it.  A regularly maintained and well looked after building is also likely to have any structural problems identified sooner making repairs less expensive than if the problem was left to get worse.

As well as the benefits to the building itself, an impressive and eye-catching exterior will make your commercial building a more popular choice amongst tenants looking to impress their own customers.

Use these 6 tips to start improving your commercial property’s kerb appeal today.

Use commercial window cleaners – There is nothing more off-putting for potential tenants than the sight of grubby, stained windows.  Neglecting to get your windows cleaned regularly could put potential tenants off as they may worry about whether other parts of the building are maintained or not if the windows clearly aren’t.

With over 25 years of experience in offering commercial window cleaning services, you can rely on us here at Archer Window Cleaning to maintain your building’s kerb appeal by putting the sparkle back into your windows.

Landscaping or plants – From making sure your lawn is always mowed to putting hanging flower baskets or potted plants at your entranceway, a splash of greenery or flowers can make the world of difference by cheering up even the drabbest of building’s exterior.

Update signage – Have you looked at your signage recently? Outdated signage can look unprofessional and be off-putting to potential customers.  If you need new signage installing or your current signage just needs a good old clean, this is a service that our rope access window cleaners will be happy to offer.

Pressure wash the building – Over time you will find that pollution and dirt will build upon your building’s brickwork and other surfaces.  Whilst you may not notice the gradual build-up, try looking at your building as a customer seeing it for the first time and it may suddenly look a little more tired than you realised.  If you’re interested in jet pressure washing of the communal areas which needs sprucing up, as part of your commercial window cleaning services just let us know when you make an enquiry.

Focus on the entrance – Whilst maintaining the whole of your property’s exterior is important, you should start by focusing on the entrance as this is the main point that your tenants will be concerned about as it is the first impression their customers will get of their business.  Focus on making your entrance look professional, welcoming and attractive with the use of lighting, a smartly painted door, paving and/or plants where appropriate.

Keep up with the maintenance – A tired looking building can be a real turn off for both tenants and their customers alike.  Make sure that paintwork is updated before it starts fading or flaking off and signs of rot or damage are nipped in the bud before the problem becomes bigger, more expensive or a real eyesore.

To discuss how our window cleaning services here at Archer Window Cleaning can help improve your building’s kerb appeal give us a call on 0161 870 6503.

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Office Window Cleaning – Company Requirements and Regulations

In the past 30 years, the demand for commercial window cleaning has rapidly increased due to the modernisation of inner city buildings. If you look at the central areas of major cities such as London and Manchester you will be met with a view of glass and steel towering above everything. This has meant that window cleaning companies have had to adapt; no longer does a bucket and ladder cut it in the new age. Window cleaners now need to be able to work from great heights for long periods of time, meeting the high expectations of their clients whilst guaranteeing their own safety. So, to help you better understand these expectations and requirements with commerical window cleaning, we have compiled a concise list of everything you will need to consider.

When working from extreme heights your window cleaner will need to be trained in high rise window cleaning and how to safely use all the equipment. They will need to adapt to different working environments and equipment whether that be using a cradle or abseiling down the building.

Different access techniques are also required when cleaning high rise windows depending on the nature of the job. Often, water fed poles can be used as a quicker and more efficient way of cleaning, but this can only be used up to a certain height. Taller buildings are more likely to require scissor lifts, cherry pickers, cradles or hydraulic lift platforms. A cradle for example provides an easier way of navigating large buildings.

The varying nature of each job will also mean that window cleaning companies will require your property to be assessed before providing you with a quote. There are a number of areas they will consider, starting with the size of the windows which will determine the type of equipment that is required. The accessibility to the windows is another important factor that will be considered; if for example they will be working above a public area, many safety checks will need to be carried out prior to the job. The number of windows that need to be cleaned will also affect the quote as the more windows mean more time and equipment used. Depending on the current state of the windows the company may choose to charge more as it may take more time and more advanced products to give you the sparkle you expect.

It is also important to be aware of other fees that can arise after the job is complete. There will always be a minimum cost for the services provides with additional fees added on such as the time frame. There are several variables that can alter how long the job will take, some that were not foreseen at the beginning of the job. To avoid issues such as this, preparation is key; ensuring that there are no obstructions before the project begins will save you both time and money. If those cleaning your windows must waste time working around issues that should have been dealt with it will be reflected in the cost.

To discuss how our window cleaning services here at Archer Window Cleaning can help improve your office building, give us a call on 0161 870 6503.