5 Traditional Tools That Will Change the Way You Work
Wednesday, 2 November 2016 | Scott
Following our article earlier this week outlining 5 tools that will change the way you work, we’ve decided to put a similar list together specific to traditional window cleaning. If you haven’t read the original article, it’s worth a look.
With traditional tools, quite often the best items are the tried and tested tools that have been around for some time. At WCW we often find the old adage ‘if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it’ to ring true. That said though, there are a few additional tools that may be worth trying. You may just find they can save you time, make things a little easier or even provide a better finish.
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1. FaceLift® RazrBLADE RED Rubber
RazrBLADE RED Rubber needs no introduction. Widely regarded as the industry's finest, RazrBLADE RED Rubber is our best selling and highest rated squeegee rubber. For most it’s a no-brainer and the first item in the shopping basket.
Check out some of our customer reviews:
‘On purchasing the red rubbers I thought can they be as good as the reviews , after using then I can honestly say I will be purchasing them again , great product , happy days.’
‘They really do last forever. Even over leaded glass, well worth the money. 10/10’
‘Bought these as not happy with previous blades. Quite honestly the best blade I have used! 30 years in the trade.’
You Can Purchase FaceLift® RazrBLADE RED Rubber HERE
2. Pivoting Handles
The pivoting handled squeegees have gained a lot of traction over the past few years but still seem to be somewhat of a Marmite product, you either love them or hate them. It’s fair to say that in the right hands, the pivoting handle can save time and give a great finish, especially for pole work, though it may take a little time to get the technique.
Within pivoting tools there are a few options but the two products worth knowing about come with great reviews and from well established companies. The two options that have made the list are as follows:
A. Wagtail SLIMLINE SQUEEGEE
You Can Purchase the Wagtail SLIMLINE SQUEEGEE HERE
B. MOERMAN® EXCELERATOR
You Can Purchase the MOERMAN® EXCELERATOR HERE
3. Premium Detailing Cloths
Whilst the scrim vs. microfibre debate rages on, over the years a number of other products have crept into the market armed with minor changes that can make a BIG difference when used daily. Whilst some of these come with a slightly larger price tag, you simply do get what you pay.
Some of our favourites are below:
A. Unger ErgoTec® NINJA MicroWipe™
You Can Purchase the Unger ErgoTec® NINJA MicroWipe™ HERE
B. FaceLift® Fishscale Microfibre
You Can Purchase the FaceLift® Fishscale Microfibre HERE
4. Tapered End Channels
Squeegee channels haven’t changed a great deal over the years, one significant change is the rise of tapered end pieces. Unger released the S-Channel PLUS and MOERMAN® have taken it a step further with the LIQUIDATOR 2.0 that has angled channel tips.
You Can Purchase the Unger S-Channel PLUS Channel HERE
The tapered end pieces allow you to cut in closer to the edge of the window effectively reducing the amount of time needed to clean up the surrounds or 'detail'. Much like pivoting tools, there is a learning curve to using these products; therefore not everyone sees the benefit right from the first use. In the right hands though, they are powerful tools! If you’ve ever seen Bob Hatt, inventor of the LIQUIDATOR angled channel in action, you can see he is a true testament to this.
You Can Purchase the MOERMAN® LIQUIDATOR 2.0 HERE
5. Combination Tools
Combination, 2-in-1 or One-Pass tools can be a great time saver, especially if you regularly use an Extension Pole. No need to bring the pole down to swap tools. As all windies know, time is money, so any tools that can improve the speed at which you can work are worth checking out.
Here are a few of the most popular:
A. MOERMAN® COMBINATOR
You Can Purchase the MOERMAN® COMBINATOR HERE
B. Unger VisaVersa®
You Can Purchase the Unger VisaVersa® HERE
C. Wagtail PIVOT CONTROL FLIPPER
You Can Purchase the Wagtail PIVOT CONTROL FLIPPER HERE
So that's it, five traditional tools you should absolutely check out!
Before we go though, there is one additional wildcard that's definitely worth mentioning:
6. The Unger STINGRAY Indoor Cleaning Kit
Not strictly a traditional tool but not a water fed product either. Perhaps the STINGRAY Indoor Cleaning Kit deserves a category of its own.
The STINGRAY Cleaning Kit really comes into its own for internal cleaning of offices or conservatories With the click of a button you can apply a carefully measured amount of the specially formulated 3M SCOTCHGARD® Glass Cleaning Fluid onto the glass which not only cleans but also leaves an invisible protective layer on the glass that improves future cleaning. The triangular pivoting head is designed to fit into corners and other awkward places. With its easy click and play extension poles, you can work up to heights of 13ft with ease.
Whilst interior cleaning always comes with a host of difficulties, the Unger STINGRAY is the best answer and also looks impressive with great build quality.
You Can Purchase the Unger STINGRAY Indoor Cleaning Kit HERE