Window CleanerJob Description:
Window cleaners work on domestic and commercial premises, cleaning windows, doors and other glass surfaces.Job Category:
What you will do:
- mix cleaning chemicals and detergents
- climb ladders
- use water-fed poles
- clean windows on high buildings using cradles or ropes
- talk to customers
- keep a record of payment or complete customer reports
- safely store and transport equipment
- find and bid for new business
- do business admin tasks if you’re self-employed
- knowledge of public safety and security
- the ability to work well with your hands
- physical skills like movement, coordination and dexterity
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
To become a window cleaner, there are typically no specific subjects required. Window cleaning is a practical and skill-based profession that primarily requires hands-on experience and attention to detail. However, certain subjects and skills can be beneficial if you’re considering a career in this field.
Here are some subjects that can be helpful:
- Mathematics: Basic math skills can be useful for measuring cleaning solutions, calculating cleaning timeframes, and estimating costs for services.
- Science: A basic understanding of the properties of water, cleaning agents, and how they interact with surfaces can be beneficial for effective window cleaning.
- Physical Education (PE): Window cleaning often involves physically demanding work, so being physically fit and having stamina is important.
You can get into this job through:
- applying directly
- specialist training with a professional body
You could apply directly to become a window cleaner with a company, buy an existing round or set up your own business. You don’t need any formal qualifications to do this.
You could work as a window cleaner on tall buildings like office blocks, if you’ve completed training in rope access work or operating a mobile platform.
Employers will be interested in your practical skills, ability to work at height, and your awareness of health and safety regulations and good practice.
Working Hours and Environment:
Typically you could work 38 to 40 hours a week.
Your working environment may be at height and outdoors in all weathers.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career Path & Progression:
You could work for contract cleaners or specialist window cleaning firms. With experience, you may be able to progress to become a supervisor or manager.
You may start your own business, working alone or employing staff.