We spoke to a few of our fully trained, insured, and certified high-rise window cleaners and asked them to tell us about their job.
Cleaner #1: Sometimes, when I’m cleaning a commercial building, I hear pedestrians shout “Hey, Spiderman!” That always cracks me up. Oh, and I promise I wasn’t wearing the costume… or slinging from webs.
Cleaner #2: Yeah, people sometimes treat us like rockstars. I think it’s because it takes a lot of guts to hang from the side of a building as your profession. But I’m only cleaning windows, that’s what’s humbling about it. I’m just doing my job.
Cleaner #3: The job can be nerve-wracking, though. I became a window cleaner about six years ago after working three years in the maintenance industry. I did it because I wanted to do something more challenging with a little more of a risk… and gosh did I get it.
Cleaner #2: When I get nervous, I drown it out by listening to music or just by getting into a pretty solid groove. Oh, and I always look at the safety checks. Those are my lifeline; they are what will save me.
Cleaner #1: Honestly, the fatality rates are low. There’s no reason to be fearful. My favourite thing about the job is getting that exclusive look at life. We always get the best views. The tallest building I have rigged from was 18 stories high.
Cleaner #3: I see window cleaning as a craft. People always ask me what we put in the window cleaning solution. My response is the same each time, “It’s not the solution” I tell them, “It’s the technique”.
Cleaner #1: Yup, there are a lot of windows out there and only a small number of people who really know how to clean them. That’s why I always tell friends and family to hire professional cleaners rather than DIY. The difference is unimaginable. Sometimes, customers are so surprised by the difference that they give us treats!
Cleaner #2: The best treatment I’d ever received was from an elderly woman. She walked onto the balcony of her eighth story retirement home and handed me a Coca-Cola. It was so adorable. Of course I was happy and blushing. I took it from her and took a picture with her. It was cute. It was the most memorable moment I’ve had.