How Does the Water Fed Pole System Work and Why Use It?

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In days gone by, a set of ladders were the stereotypical, standard-issue tool of the trade for every window cleaner. Nowadays though, you’re much more likely to see a window cleaner carrying out his work from the safety of the ground, using a telescopic water fed pole.

So how does the water fed pole system actually work? Afterall, the windows are not squeegeed or dried manually – they are left to dry naturally – which might go against everything you think you know about cleaning with water.

Purified Water

Ordinary tap water is full of sediments and minerals. It’s these impurities that cause spotting and streaking when tap water is left to dry on a surface. For that reason, users of the water fed pole system use purified water. Window cleaners purify their water by passing it through a series of filters and resins, making use of natural processes like reverse osmosis and deionisation. They then store this water, usually in a suitably equipped vehicle, so that they can get it to their customers.

Telescopic Water Fed Poles

The windows still have to be thoroughly cleaned. To do this, water fed pole window cleaning uses telescopic poles complete with cleaning brushes that can easily access heights of up to 70-feet. The pure water is then pumped up these poles, which allows the window cleaner to scrub and rinse away any dirt. Because the cleaning process has used pure water, the windows can then be left to dry naturally, with a perfect, crystal clear finish.

The benefits

So why bother with the water fed pole system when traditional methods have always worked? Well, there’s a reason why pure water window cleaning has become the staple method for both commercial and domestic window cleaners – there are numerous benefits for both customers and window cleaners themselves:

Safety & Eco-friendliness

First and foremost – the water fed pole system eliminates the need for ladders, drastically reducing the risk of injury and damage to property. The only consumable the pure water system uses to clean windows is pure water, which is completely harmless to your property, garden and the environment – unlike traditional methods which use harsh chemicals and detergents.

Versatility & Finish

The water fed pole system very often allows window cleaners to access windows that were previously inaccessible by ladder, for example Velux windows and roof lights. Unlike most traditional window cleaners, skilled users of the water fed pole system usually clean not just the windows but the frames as well, resulting in a better overall finish.

In addition, the beauty of the system is that it doesn’t limit window cleaners to just cleaning windows. It can be used to clean virtually anything, from conservatory roofs, fascias, soffits and solar panels to commercial signage and cladding.

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