Ever wondered about the difficulties faced when Office Window Cleaning. In cities around the world stand glass covered tall office buildings in all shapes and sizes. They all need their windows cleaned but who is willing to clean these glass towers? Read our interesting and unusual facts on Office Window Cleaning.
• The world’s tallest man-made building is the Burj Khalifa with almost 1,300,000 square feet of glass, the window cleaners in charge of this job use £5 million worth of high-tech equipment to complete the Job.
• Water feeder poles are the latest addition to the Window Cleaners arsenal of tools. The long poles reduces the risk of cleaning high windows even more, by allowing workers to clean high-rise office windows from the safety of the ground! A much safer alternative, they use no chemicals, so there are no harmful toxins affecting the environment.
• UK resident Terry Burrows set a new Guinness World Record for cleaning three standard office windows (114.3cm x 114.3 cm) in just over 9 seconds! This achievement was recorded at the National Window Cleaning Competition in Blackpool, 9 October 2009.
• Most people clean their windows to keep them looking presentable, but actually a dirty window can reduce heat and natural light meaning higher energy bills, but the dirt from the environment can degrade glass over time reducing the life expectancy of the window.
• New York is a city filled with towering glass skyscrapers, so it’s no surprise the big apple is the home of modern window cleaning methods. In 1931, the city was home to more than 3,000 window cleaners developing their trade.
• A window cleaner’s kit is not complete without the squeegee, an effective tool with a rubber blade perfect for removing all water and dirt. The squeegee is not a modern day tool, it’s been around since the early 20th century and was first developed in Chicago.
• Examples of timescales when cleaning giant buildings can be found in the Hearst Tower and The Time Warner Centre. It takes 4 weeks to clean all the windows in the Hearst Tower. The Time Warner Centre takes 6 cleaners and 4 months to clean all of the 80 glass walls!
• Before scaffolding was introduced to access hard-to-reach windows, window cleaners would often balance on window ledges. Leather safety harness were introduced in the the 20th century, around the same time as the squeegee.
• Office window cleaning is still regarded as one of the most dangerous jobs around, with the main risk is the height at which most workers carry out their trade. Four window cleaners lost their lives in 1962 when the scaffold they were using collapsed. Despite this, it wasn’t until 1993 that sensible safety measures were introduced by the New York window cleaners’ union.