The Equipment and Supplies You Will Need

window-cleaning-buffaloChecklist of everything you need to start

Now that you have your company registered, your bank accounts open, and insurance in place, it is time to go shopping. We will go over the equipment that you will need to clean windows three stories and lower. Below is a comprehensive list of what you will need.

  1. Dish soap
  2. A scrubber, washer, or some call it a wand – 12” & 18”
  3. Squeegees – 8”, 12”, & 18”
  4. Clean rags
  5. Tool belt
  6. 5 gallon bucket
  7. A six inch scraper
  8. Razor blades for your scraper
  9. Fine grade steel wool
  10. A bucket on a belt
  11. Telescopic poles – 6’, 12’, & 18’
  12. Ladders – 6’ 24’ & 32’

There you have it. This is all you need to start washing windows like a pro. In the next section we will talk about where to acquire everything.

 Where to buy supplies

There are different places to purchase your supplies. The best place that I can recommend is www.window-cleaning-supply.com. You will find everything you need there. Go to your local janitorial supply store, and they should have mostly everything on the checklist. You can also find some of these items at Lowes or Home Depot, and obviously you can obtain dish soap from your local grocery store. Feel free to shop around and compare prices both in stores and online.

 Which ladders to acquire

It all depends on your budget, but I think it’s a good idea to have 5 different sizes of ladders. Most of the time you will only use 2 or 3 different ladders on each project, but it’s good to build up to these five if possible. We will start with a 6 foot stepladder and an 8 foot stepladder. Then let’s add a 12 foot extension ladder, a 24 foot extension ladder, and the beast, the 32 foot extension ladder. When I first started out, all I used was a 24 foot and a 6 foot ladder on 80% of all jobs. Go down to Home Depot or Lowes and look in their ladder aisle and familiarize yourself with what’s out there. I recommend aluminum ladders. The fiberglass ladders are heavier, and are harder on your back. Also while you’re shopping for ladders, look into ladder leg levelers, and ladder mitts for the ends. The mitts keep you from scratching or damaging the surface that you lean the ladder up against. You might be wondering by now how you are going to carry your ladders around. If you have a truck, go and get a ladder rack installed on the bed. If you are using a car, then get a real sturdy roof rack or ski rack for the roof of the car. Remember to shop around not only in stores, but also check on Craigslist for used stuff. Be really careful when tying ladders down to your racks especially if on a car, and use a red flag at the tail end of the ladder when en route.

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