I have a couple of Stir Fry Asian Restaraunts that I’ve been handed to complete. The upper windows go once a month but … I don’t know how to safely clean them. Walking on the ledge is not going to work. What I’ve been told is to side-pole it from a ladder. However I don’t know that this is safe. I’ve been trained to always have 3 points of contact on a ladder for safety reasons. I have a guy who is coming to help me and show me how he does it. But I’m a little skeptical right now. I won’t put myself in an unsafe situation to wash a freaking window. Is it safe to pole from a ladder??
Here is a picture of what I’m trying to do. It isn’t great but hopefully it will give you an idea of what I’m up against. You can at least see the ledge I’m reffering to. It’s about 12 feet high and extends about 5 feet. How would you do this?? Thanks for any advice.
I usually turn around and lean back against my ladder in that situation and pole it. Two feet + legs + butt + back = plenty of contact. Poling it sideways will keep you from having to use any kind of ledger.
I do this type clean all the time especially in residential. I use a ladder with a wide stabilizer. some ladder mitts on it for my hip comfort as I lean against the ladder Never climb past the 3rd rung down your pole can extend if needed. I use an Ettore reach pole and a squeegee with a swivel handle.
I then work the pole until I get the soap on the glass in arms reach and I then lay my pole across the stabilizer then finish by hand.
Trim out as needed and climb back down.
If you use the shortest pole required to reach the glass plus a zero degree squeegee or wagtail squeegee, you should be able to do this one-handed while standing on a ladder with three points of contact. I do one handed pole work all the time provided the reach isn’t too far.
I did do this job from a ladder with pole (2 handed) as suggested. However I didn’t have a 0 degree handle so it was a bit awkward finishing everything out. I think I’ll get used to it and will be getting a zero degree to see if it helps. I did feel somewhat uncomfortable with no hands on the ladder. I turned backwards with my butt against the ladder and poled it. You know, the way you are never supposed to be on a ladder. I have to wonder how many times window cleaners do things on ladders that they really shouldn’t be doing. I guess it’s perhaps a comfort level, but I always try to follow the rules I’ve been trained on. One fall off a ladder will ruin everything for me and my family. So perhaps I’m cautioning on the side of safety moreso than others do.
The inside is pretty inaccessible. Light fixtures hang from a 6-8 foot ledge over the tables. There is also a lot of ducts that are in the way. I was only able to do the outside because I couldn’t figure out a good way to get the inside done. There were a few places I stuck a ladder and was able to clean a couple windows but largely the inside was just, … well not window cleaner friendly. I know some have done these same setups. Anyone have luck doing the insides??