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The Essentials Every Window Cleaner Needs

If you’re looking to get into the window cleaning business, you’ll need a few essentials for the perfect service. Window cleaning is a skilled job, and getting that flawless clean is much harder than it looks. Apart from buckets, sponges, and squeegees, here’s a list of everything you’ll need as a window cleaner to get the job done right.

A van

If you’re a professional window cleaner, having a van is essential. It provides a way to transport your ladder and other equipment, but it also serves as a mobile office. You can store all of your cleaning supplies in the van and keep track of your appointments and customers. Having a van also makes it easy to advertise your business – put your company name and logo on the side of the van, and you’re good to go!

Just remember that you’ll need to have the proper insurance in place. This will protect you in the event of an accident or theft and help cover the cost of repairs or replacement. When choosing insurance for your van, get quotes from multiple providers and compare coverage options. This will help you find cheap insurance that gives comprehensive cover, even in the worst circumstances.


Ladders are a key tool for any window cleaner. They provide a way to reach high windows and can be used to access hard-to-reach areas. When choosing a standard ladder or rolling ladder, make sure to select one that is the proper height for your needs, rated for the weight of the person who will be using it. You might also need a ladder stabilizer for uneven surfaces, helping you reach corners without wobbling everywhere.

Clean water

Clean water is essential for getting streak-free windows. When cleaning windows, use fresh water every time – dirty water will leave streaks and smears on the glass. Keep a clean supply in your van and change it each day before starting. In addition, using clean water will help prevent water spots from forming on windows. If your local water is hard, you’ll need to use a water softener to remove the limescale. Otherwise, you’ll be left with water marks no matter how well you clean.

Eco-friendly detergent

You’ll likely be working outside when cleaning windows, and this can often involve working in people’s gardens. To avoid killing your customer’s plants with harsh chemicals, you’ll need a biodegradable window cleaner. These cleaning fluids are made from natural ingredients that won’t pollute the environment and will help to enhance your reputation as a great window cleaner.

Drying tools

After you’ve cleaned your windows, it’s important to dry them off to prevent water spots from forming. Use a clean cloth or towel to dry the windows, and be sure to move in a circular motion to avoid streaking. If you’re using a squeegee, start at the top of the window and move the tool down in a single, continuous motion. Wipe the squeegee blade after each stroke to avoid streaks, and don’t forget to fully dry wooden frames to avoid them rotting.

A brush extension

If you’re planning on cleaning especially high windows that a ladder can’t reach, a brush extension is a must. This tool allows you to reach the 2nd and 3rd floors without having to stretch unnecessarily. When choosing a brush extension, be sure to select one that is the proper length for your needs. This is perfect for cleaning conservatories, which are often inaccessible and awkwardly built against walls. 


These are just a few of the essentials that every window cleaner needs. You might not be able to clean the Shard or Notre Dame windows, but by having these items on hand, you’ll be able to tackle any job, big or small, and leave your local windows shining. 

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