Across the Pond

Across the Pond

I am 59. Based in Haarlem in The Netherlands, that’s near Amsterdam.   When I came out of the Army in 1979  I was a bit wild. A friend offered me a job as a Window Cleaner. I started working with 2 Bad Ass Old School cleaners. In that time the Boab was not even...
Maykker Handy Sleeve VS Techno Pad

Maykker Handy Sleeve VS Techno Pad

In this head to head duo, we’re going to take a look at the IPC Techno pad and the Maykker handy sleeve.  Two very grippy and useful tools. If you’ve ever spent a day doing some heavy duty scrubbing, you know what the feeling is.  Your fingertips burn, and your joints...
Gear Prep

Gear Prep

I feel like ‘gear prep’ is a topic we tend to talk about year round, especially in the calm before the storm. Preparing for the busy spring season, now is the time to get your gear prep in order. I can’t think of anything worse than landing that BIG JOB you didn’t see...
Dutch Touch Window Cleaning

Dutch Touch Window Cleaning

I started window cleaning straight out of high school in which I washed and detailed big rigs at my dad’s work starting at the age of 13. After working for another window cleaning company over the summer we (me and my parents) started our own in August of 1989. Me and...
USA Made Waterfed Pole by Simpole

USA Made Waterfed Pole by Simpole

We talked with Phil Alexander about SimPole’s new US made waterfed pole! Here’s what he had to say.   This was back In 2002 after we got an “over the top pole” from the 2001 IWCA Convention in CA. It was 3, 10’ sections and a 20-foot fiberglass bottom. It was...
OSHA Interchangeable Ropes

OSHA Interchangeable Ropes

High Rise window cleaning has always been an evolution and safety features and enhancements have been made thru the years.  We are going to see new evolutions coming to our industry in the future.  One such change to industry standards is an interchangeable 2-line...