I’ve seen a few threads in route work covering squeegee sizes, I’m curious what you resi guys prefer to carry on your belts for ease and speed? Is there anything new on the market you’ve added to your rotation?
12 and 16. Sorbo with Unger handle
12 and 20 for residential
20 /22/30 for commercial
14” in the boab, 5” and 8” in the bucket
14" for standard and semi large residential windows, and 6" for interior french panes.
22 and a 30 was my go to commercialas well.
- But I do more residential now, so I’m pretty much 18 and maybe a 10 for small/random glass.
resi: 14" moerman & 18" ettore brass with a 6" ettore brass in the bag for smaller windows
commercial: 18" unger S plus
I use an excelerator 2.0 handle with all of them.
14 and 10 in my boab, unless I know I’m gonna have a lot of larger windows. Then I switch my 10 to an 18.
10" 12" and 14" Moerman, mostly the 12, carry the others
for when needed.
18” moreman without clips soo actually just a 16”… btw does anyone like the moreman clips?? I like the less detailing but I find its harder to use and leaves lines on glass
On residential one size is the fastest way to work as long as you know how to fan everything. I was told by a guy who runs four crews every day that this was the way to increase productivity. I didn’t believe him at first but I figured he wasn’t lying. Twelve inch Ettore brass squeegee all day every day on residential work. It’s TRUE.
Of course you’ll need a couple small channels for French panes.
Less Is More.
Keep It Simple Stupid
Most of our work is not large commercial style, so we don’t actually have anything larger than 18”.
Each have their preference, but I love a 14” Moerman using Ettore brass and Moerman end clips, 16” with Moerman end clips, and a 4” for french styles. Plus a little 1” of old rubber to help with some troublesome “repairs” where the goop is on the edge of the glass.
Has anyone else gone/tried the one squeegee approach @BostonMike mentioned?
The biggest window cleaning company on Nantucket. Famous 20/20 window cleaning roles with twelve inch channels. They have at least 6 trucks. WCR used one 14 “ squeegee back in the day when Chris and Alex had their residential window cleaning company. At least 10 truck operation. There’s a guy on YouTube. He’s with the guys who fun the window cleaning outlaws podcast. One squeegee. Wicked Clean Window Cleaning in Boston area, one 12” squeegee, owner use to work with 20/20.
Less is more.
If you can’t fan every window like a pro even when it’s kinda to small for the squeegee forget about the idea.
Just reread your opening post. The twelve inch squeegee only for residential work is the same principle some storefront guys are using when they stick with one 18” squeegee. At the end of a day a storefront professional get more work done if they stick with the one 18” channel.
Crazy idea, I know, but it works!
I’m not the only guy doing it.
Yes, 20/20… they gave us a 12” brass, some smaller channels for cut ups, 10” strip washer… kept it lean, we had 15 trucks and 2 power washing trailers… averaged 25-30 cleaners in the summertime.
Man, I miss cape cod sometimes
Not exclusively, but probably 85-90% with 12"
I may have to consider giving the one squeegee set-up a try…
I’m not a master at fanning by any means, but I’m serviceable and default to it where possible. Usually carry an 18" Ninja, 12" Pro+, and 6" Pro+ for cut-ups.
The 12” Unger Pro+ is classic. Can’t go wrong with that. That’s the handle I use with modified Ettore brass channels.
Man we are alike in many ways. I agree with you 100 percent, the 12 inch is the KING…until you get to the huge sliders, then it’s 20 incher time. I used to use a 14 and hated how it was just “a little too big” for most picture windows-- the 12 inch is the PERFECT size for damn near 90 percent of the residential side windows, etc.
You can cut that 12 into a 6 and two 3 inchers or a tiny and a larger-- possibilities are endless. And yes, it does make a difference!!