How to become a Window Cleaner

Window cleaners clean interior and exterior window surfaces, usually from elevated platforms or scaffolds attached to high-rise buildings.

Personal requirements for a Window Cleaner

  • Enjoy practical work
  • Methodical
  • Honest and reliable
  • Able to bend, stand and lift
  • Able to work at heights
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Commitment to workplace health and safety
  • Able to read and follow instructions.

Duties & Tasks of a Window Cleaner

Window cleaners may perform the following tasks:

  • Clean glass surfaces by applying and removing cleaning solutions or solvents
  • Assemble and dismantle ladders, scaffolding and other support equipment
  • Use ladders and other equipment (such as swinging scaffolds, bosun's chairs, hydraulic bucket trucks, cherry pickers and hoist systems) to reach windows in multistorey buildings
  • Perform minor repairs to equipment
  • Clean stone walls, metal surfaces, fascias and window frames.

Working conditions for a Window Cleaner

Window cleaners may at times be responsible for the security of the building in which they work. This responsibility may include holding onto keys and ensuring that lights are turned off, that the building is secure and that any security breaches are reported to building owners or managers. Window cleaners often work very early in the morning or at night, travel from one location to another and stand for most of the day. They may be employed as full-time, part-time or casual staff.


Specializations

Window Cleaner

Window cleaners clean interior and exterior window surfaces, usually from elevated platforms or scaffolds attached to high-rise buildings.

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