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The History Of Window Cleaning UK

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Windows became a fixture of European architecture after 2000 BC, when
Egyptians were able to perfect the art of glassmaking. As its popularity
spread, so did the development of window cleaning tools.

While the first window cleaning products were no more complicated than
rags and water, the earliest recorded “specialised” window cleaning tool
is the horse-sweat squeegee from 5th century Greece. Initially used in
the stables to groom and rub down animals, people realised tha...


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Windows became a fixture of European architecture after 2000 BC, when
Egyptians were able to perfect the art of glassmaking. As its popularity
spread, so did the development of window cleaning tools.

While the first window cleaning products were no more complicated than
rags and water, the earliest recorded “specialised” window cleaning tool
is the horse-sweat squeegee from 5th century Greece. Initially used in
the stables to groom and rub down animals, people realised that the long
handles and absorbent material would also be very effective at window
cleaning.

In the 20th century, the refinement of chemical and manufacturing
processes brought about a rapid development of window cleaning tools and
window cleaning products. In 1936, Ettore Sceccone invented the single-
blade window cleaning squeegee. Other window cleaning product
breakthroughs helped eliminate the common problem of water spots and
streaks. These were the lint-free rags, micro-fiber window cleaning
towels, and later window cleaning clay foams. These window cleaning
products all promised to wipe off dirt while leaving a clear, flawless,
speck-free window.

Soon even good old soap wasn’t good enough for window cleaning. When the
automobile industry introduced tinted windows, it was necessary to
develop a detergent that wouldn’t destroy or scratch this special kind of
glass. This led to the ammonia-free window cleaning products, which was
non-corrosive but was still effective in removing the stubborn water
spots that often cling to the wind shield. This also led to window
cleaning detergents for stained glass windows (which was a popular
decorative fixture in the 1960’s) and frosted windows.

Today’s window cleaning detergents even promise to protect the glass from
water spots by leaving a very thin wax that seals out moisture. The
advantage of this window cleaning product is that it reflects light,
creating a beautiful shine and making your house look literally
“sparkling new.”

Homeowners can even purchase window cleaning kits that include fully
automated window cleaning squeegees (“rotate to reach all the corners!”),
no-drip window cleaning rags, disposable window cleaning towels, or even
“soapless” window cleaning mops (the soap is activated by the water).
Some of the window cleaning tools even have lightweight fiberglass
handles, making window cleaning so much easier on the forearms. Other
window cleaning kits include fully-extendable parts for window cleaning
out of the way windows.

With all these window cleaning products and tools, the chore of window
cleaning became much, much easier. Just in time, too. Modern trends in
architecture seem to favor floor-to-ceiling windows that allow massive
amount of light to flood the room. Plus, the development of high rises
makes window cleaning much more of a logistical challenge. How exactly do
you go about window cleaning when you live on the 25th floor of a
condominium?

That is why there are companies that offer professional window cleaning
services. They use lifts to carry them from floor to floor, while a
safety harness prevents any undue accidents (perhaps from skidding on
soapy water?). To keep their hands free, the professional window cleaning
crew will often carry their tools in a practical pouch slung around their
waists.

These people have banded together in professional window cleaning
organisations, whose goal is to ensure that proper safety standards are
maintained, and also to allow members to share the unique experiences
that comes with their job. As part of this movement, these window
cleaning organisations also have a code of conduct, newsletters, even
conferences. For some people, window cleaning is just a chore—but for
them, window cleaning is a passion.

				
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