Are you ready for Winter?
4 CommentsFriday, 20 October 2017 | Scott
I hate to sound like a Game of Thrones character but,
Winter is coming...
...and along with it comes frozen pumps, tanks & hoses.
For Window Cleaners, the winter can be a miserable time to be out on the glass, and despite your best efforts to drain excess water from your hoses and insulate your R.O Systems, it can be difficult to winter-proof your equipment.
That's where we step in! We've had a brainstorm here at WCW-HQ to come up with the top ways you can winter-proof your business.
Simply put, using Isopropanol is an inexpensive way to reduce freezing in your storage tank. It doesn't effect the waters TDS reading and some people even use it to help cut through grease and grime on the windows, the alcohol reduces the water tension and so some window cleaners use a capful in their buckets to cut through salt and excess grime/ dirt. You'll get 3000 Litres of pure water per 5 Litre bottle of Isopropanol and its effective to -3 degrees (celsius)
2. Gloves & Workwear
It's important to look after your businesses best asset - YOU!
Cracked hands and a bout of pneumonia are not exactly conducive to a successful business, keeping yourself in good shape is vital!
Aside from multi-vitamins and a solid pair of Longjohns, there's a few other things that might help.
The SealSkinz® range of water resistant gloves & socks is certainly one range that's worth a look. They have long been an industry favourite and continue to produce lasting water resistant workwear. Unger® is another brand name that is synonymous with high quality equipment and that extends to their workwear. Check out how the gloves match up in the glove guide below.
3. Diesel Cab Heater
If there's one thing that haunts the dreams of Window Cleaners during the winter, its the thought of waking to frosty pipes and frozen pumps. The Diesel Cab Heater protects your van during the night so you can sleep soundly. From caravan owners to long haulage drivers, diesel cab heaters are growing in popularity and are a great option for keeping your equipment from falling victim to the cold.
The Diesel Cab Heater draws fuel from the vehicle tank (don't worry, only a small amount) and kicks in intermittently throughout the night as the temperature drops too low, blowing hot air around the back of your van to stop any freezing without excessively burning through fuel.
4. Hot Water Cleaning Systems
If you were to rank pure water cleaning systems according to most effective, hot water systems would sit comfortably at the top. Whilst carrying a higher price tag, the benefits of using warm water are undeniable (have you ever washed the dishes with cold water?).The warm water reduces the amount of time you spend on each window by helping to cut through the dirt, cobwebs, snail trails and anything else.
What's more, the Phoenix range of Hot Water systems come with an integrated frost stat, meaning before your tank has chance to freeze, warm water is circulated so you never have to wake to a 350 Litre Ice cube chilling the back of your van.
When combined with a Diesel Cab Heater, you get the ultimate protection against the cold combined with next level scrubbing power - a sure fire way to hit the ground running this winter!