Learn the WaterFed® Basics

Amy LavinWaterFed®4 Comments

Whether you are just getting started with Waterfed® or you are a veteran checking out what the experts have to say, you’ve come to the right place. We have broken down the basic techniques used in WaterFed® cleaning, from start to finish, as well as some tips our WaterFed® experts gave us.

Learn the Steps for Basic WaterFed® Technique:

  • Turn your system on and make sure that water is running. Be ready to go by having your pole & brush already set up, as well as your hoses plugged in. While you are laying out your hose, it’s a good idea to scout particularly dirty windows or those that may have dried on bird droppings, etc. This is an excellent time to pre-soak those areas for easier cleaning later. Tip: A pre-soak on tough stains can also be done while cleaning frames.
  • The most suggested way to begin WaterFed® cleaning is to start with the frames. Make sure to give them a good scrub by starting at the bottom left corner of the frame and moving clockwise around the frame.
  • Next, on the same window, clean and rinse the top 2-3 inches of the window. Tip: If you are cleaning commercial property, pay extra attention to any rubber seal. Clean those extra well.

  • Begin at the bottom left corner of the window. Scrub in an up and down motion, paying extra attention to avoid the top 2-3 inches of the window that you cleaned in the previous step. Work your way from the left side of the window to the right.

  • Once you are done scrubbing the window, lift the brush so that it is not touching the window. Only do this if you can maintain proper control of your pole. Move the brush from side to side, working your way down the window, continuing to avoid the top 2-3 inches of the window.

Be the Expert:

Always begin with the highest row of windows.

Try and develop a pattern that allows you to smoothly complete one window, ending in a place that enables you to quickly and easily transition to the next window.

If you are working on hydrophobic glass, rinsing the window with fan jets usually mitigates the problem of beading water. It also helps to hold the rinse closer to the glass if possible. If you are working with Hydrophilic glass, pencil or fan jets will work equally well.

Clean your buildings in rows, not columns, because this will allow the windows on the top rows to finish their dripping, minimizing drips from the highest windows onto the lower windows.

If you are concerned that wind may blow standing water off of the bottom sills, or too much standing water will cause rundowns, pinch off your pole hose and use the brush with no water flowing through it to remove as much standing water as possible.

4 Comments on “Learn the WaterFed® Basics”

  1. I own a power washing company and operated my business for the last fifteen years. The business atmosphere in my area has made me consider to diversify the business. I belive window cleaning may be the answer. Please send me a list of books and outher information on running a window cleaning business.

    Larry K H
    Dirty Deeds Power washing

  2. Hello,
    What is the learning curve for a water fed pole. I have been cleaning windows for 21 years but never tried this. I am bidding 3 huge buildings on a college campus that may lead to the whole campus on a rotating schedule. This would be huge for me. A game changer for my business. However, I think i would need a pure water fed pole system to clean a lot of the windows. The first building the want done in april. Do yo think i could jump into the water fed pole game in this amount of time with no experience. I want to take a chance if i get the job. Is it possible? IF so, what type of set up wold you recommend? Thanks

    1. Joe,

      Great questions! There is a learning curve, but it’s not too steep. If you got started right away and practiced a bit you could definitely start tackling jobs in April. WaterFed will enable you to tackle 95% of the windows out there (learn some of the limitations here: http://blog.window-cleaning-supply.com/2016/04/what-to-expect-from-your-waterfed-system/)

      The two main questions are: 1) How often will you use the system; 2) How high will you go? Learn more about that here: https://www.window-cleaning-supply.com/how-to-choose-a-waterfed-cart/

      We’ll reach out to you directly to discuss what options might work best for you.

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