In the famous balcony scene in Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, Romeo stands beneath Juliet’s bedroom as she muses to herself – not knowing he is there – about her love for him. This is where the term ‘Juliet balcony’ has come from. Basically, a Juliet balcony (also called a ‘balconette’ or ‘French balcony’) is a sheet of glass, a railing or a more elaborate structure that is placed outside a window to give the appearance of a balcony, without one actually being there. As well as looking attractive, it serves as a security feature so that homeowners can open the windows or French doors safely, even if the room is not on the ground floor. For window cleaners, glass Juliet balconies present a slight challenge, as, ideally, both sides will be cleaned simultaneously, to save time and make the cleaning process more efficient. Read More
As with any job that takes place at height, health and safety is key when it comes to window cleaning. Having the right health and safety policies in place, and providing window cleaners with suitable training, is essential to keeping them safe when they’re 30 storeys up and on a cherry picker or abseil rope. Nowadays, health and safety regulations are very strict (as we want them to be!), but, in the past, amateur window cleaners or even homeowners would demonstrate some questionable practices. Here are just some of the dangerous window cleaning techniques that we have seen used and that we think should stay in the past! Read More
Cradle access systems enable window cleaners to easily and efficiently clean all of a building – even if it is 30 storeys high and has a lot of hard-to-reach areas. The cradle (in which one or two window cleaners stand) is suspended from an anchor point on the top of the building and moves up and down via a pulley system. From here, commercial window cleaners can get to work as easily and safely as if they were at ground level. Here is everything you might want to know about the sort of preparation that goes into a cradle access window cleaning job. Read More
We all love a good ‘rags to riches’ story, so we thought we’d do some digging to find out whether any of our favourite celebrities started out as window cleaners. Now, while we sadly didn’t discover any A-listers with a window-cleaning background, we certainly found learning about ex-window cleaners to be an interesting exercise! Here are some of the well-known names we came across when looking into the stars of the window cleaning trade. Read More
Years of running a busy and successful business can have a big impact on the overall look of your commercial property. Steps or pathways leading up to your premises can quickly get dirty and grimy from people walking in and out of the building, and the day-to-day wear and tear on the façade can lead to stains, discolouration and the build-up of unsightly debris. In order to keep your business premises bright, smart and attractive, you can invest in regular cleaning for the façade, windows and interior. Read More
Lesson one at window cleaning school: avoid washing windows in direct sunlight or on a particularly hot day, or you will end up with unsightly streaks. This is drilled into every fledgling window cleaner’s mind from the very first day on the job. Now, while we recognise the logic in this, we do not think that it always needs to be taken as gospel. With the right techniques, tools and attention to detail, there is no reason why sparkling, streak-free windows cannot be achieved in all weather – be it pouring rain, high wind or beautifully bright sunshine. Read More
Pure water is a popular choice for many window cleaners currently, as it is a reliable and effective alternative to chemical-filled solutions. It is not just water – it is deionised water that has been treated to remove any impurities (e.g. dissolved solids that may contaminate the water), in order to produce a more spotless clean. Simple household tap water is often full of minerals and dissolved solid particles, which can make it difficult to achieve a flawless shine on your windows, so the water is purified to get rid of these unwanted substances. Read More
Privacy is something that window cleaners have to consider on a daily basis. There’s an old joke that window cleaners – particularly of domestic properties – would ‘see it all’ during their careers (we won’t elaborate, but we’re sure you can think of some examples!). This is because, traditionally, all the windows of a property were cleaned using a ladder, sponge and soapy water, giving window cleaners a full view in if the homeowners had forgotten to close the curtains or blinds. Nowadays, commercial window cleaners use the latest technology to ensure that, whether we’re cleaning a hotel, office block or residential development, anyone inside is granted the maximum amount of privacy that we can offer.
With this in mind, here are some examples of the specialist technology and equipment we use to enhance our customers’ privacy while our expert team makes their windows sparkle. Read More
Do you ever look at your windows and think ‘How on earth do they get so dirty?’? Well, the answer to your question could be right in front of your nose (or, rather, outside your front door). Our surroundings have a huge impact on the cleanliness of our windows – indeed, if we were to look at the location of a particular commercial property, we could probably tell you exactly what debris we’d expect to find on that property’s windows, simply based on its surroundings! Knowing how the environment affects the cleanliness of your windows means that expert cleaners like us can choose the best solution to get them squeaky clean again. Read More
It is easy to see why the idea of self-cleaning glass is so appealing for commercial property owners. There’s certainly something futuristic about windows that wash themselves! The problem is, though, that many people don’t realise self-cleaning glass still needs to be cleaned by a professional cleaner if you want sparkling windows all year round. So, while there are situations where the technology is incredibly useful (e.g. for use in hard-to-reach windows, such as roof dormers), and it helps to keep your windows smart and shiny in between cleans, self-cleaning glass definitely has quirks that are best dealt with by a professional window cleaner. Here are just some of the downsides of self-cleaning glass. Read More
Having your shopfront, office block or hotel windows cleaned is a big task, and there’s nothing better than finding a trusted and reliable commercial window-cleaning team that you can keep coming back to, rather than hiring a new company afresh every time. There are multiple window cleaners operating in London and the South East, and it’s important that you find a company that provides the exact service you require. To do so, you’ll probably need to shop around, and the best approach is to ask plenty of questions. Don’t just find out about costs and timings: a respectable window-cleaning team will be more than happy to talk to you about its services, staff and skills. Here are three good questions to ask. Read More
If your commercial property requires regular cradle or abseil window cleaning (perhaps because it is a particularly tall building, or an unusual shape), it needs to be properly equipped to keep the window cleaners safe. An abseil team’s safety harness is no good if it is not attached to a strong, secure and fully functioning anchor point, as this is what enables them to move up and down the properly easily and safely. It’s important to have these anchor points tested regularly to ensure the safety of the window-cleaning team, and to make sure your property’s windows are cleaned quickly, efficiently and thoroughly. Read More
When it comes to cleaning the windows of your commercial building, it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking, how hard can it be? – especially with YouTube just a click away. While specialist equipment is available to buy, and online videos make window cleaning look simple, watching a 30-minute tutorial doesn’t automatically make someone an expert.
Professional window cleaners have years of experience and training under their belts, meaning they are properly equipped to clean windows safely, effectively and in compliance with industry standards. As such, individuals should never have to put themselves in unnecessary danger just to achieve a sparkling finish on their windows. Saying that, there are plenty of images on the internet of people dangling dangerously from window ledges, or stuck in mid-air due to an equipment accident, that prove that dodgy practices still exist!
With this in mind, here are three things you should never do when cleaning windows for commercial properties. Read More
The fresh-start feeling of the New Year can encourage companies to give the office a thorough clean, as they notice that workspace cleanliness has fallen by the wayside. It happens to the best of us, particularly when business is booming and time is in short supply.
Amid the flurry of emptying the bins, cleaning the desks and dusting down the computers, though, it can be easy to forget the windows – especially as they are harder to reach and often require specialist products and skills to clean. Read More
Adding Christmas decorations to your retail store window is a fantastic way to not only spread festive cheer, but also attract new customers to your business. From large Santa Claus transfers to cascading snowflakes and Merry Christmas lettering, there are festive stickers available for shop windows of all shapes, sizes and styles.
While Christmas window stickers are a brilliant and cost-effective way to maximise your holiday-season sales push, the Aquamark Window Cleaning team also understands the hard work, time and frustration involved in getting them off! Shop owners might worry about whether the decorative stickers will stain their windows, or leave unsightly marks on the glass. Below, we outline the approach to removing vinyl and gel decorations, which you can follow up with a professional window cleaning service to remove any traces of residue. Read More
In our ever-connected world, finding a window cleaner for your commercial property might seem as easy as turning to Google. However, with a wealth of results (and almost every company boasting the ability to deliver premium results), it can sometimes be difficult to weed out the underqualified, the less experienced and the cowboys.
With this in mind, here are three things to look out for when deciding on the perfect window cleaner for your commercial property. Read More
Window cleaners in the UK have to deal with rain, wind and cold weather all year round, but this is dramatically amplified in winter. Indeed, most domestic window cleaners will stop operating during the winter months – put off by the prospect of working in bitterly cold conditions, navigating dangerous ice and snow, and having to shake off the occasional splash of unpleasantly chilly water from the water-fed pole or sponge. Commercial window cleaners, on the other hand, have tricks in place to ensure they are able to provide high-quality window-cleaning services to offices, shops and other businesses all year round. Read More
London is home to some of the UK’s best-known sporting venues, including Wembley Stadium, Wimbledon, the Oval, Twickenham Stadium and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. These venues are built on prestige, success and fame, so it is important that they look immaculate at all times. As well as the pitch, pool or track, these venues often feature conference suites and restaurants that also need to look clean, tidy and presentable in order to impress visitors and corporate guests. This means that the windows (which there are a lot of!) must be sparkling so that visitors can enjoy unobstructed views of the sporting action. Read More
A pleasant office environment has long been linked with a happy workforce and a happy workforce is a productive one! One of the simplest changes businesses can make to their offices is to increase the flow of natural light throughout the workspace. It has been scientifically proven that dark, dingy and cramped offices that rely on garish artificial or fluorescent lighting can have a negative impact on employee wellbeing, while naturally bright and airy spaces make professionals feel more relaxed, comfortable and focused. Read More
The world is more environmentally conscious than ever before. Consumers are turning towards companies and brands that stand for ethical values and eco-friendly practices, and businesses are realising that it is important to be seen following suit. Corporate social responsibility (lessening environmental impact and improving social wellbeing) is a key part of many companies’ day-to-day business operations, and commercially-aware companies know that it needs to thread throughout every part of the business. From the corporate sponsors they get in and the charities they support to the way they dispose of waste and the chemicals they use to clean the office windows – they need to be seen to be doing good. Read More
If the thought of descending hundreds of metres down a glass precipice fills you with dread, you’re not alone. But for many commercial window cleaners, it’s a reality. Even the most impressive and successful glass buildings suffer from watermarks, dirt and grime, and need regular cleaning to keep them sparkling. At heights where water-fed poles just aren’t viable, and cradle access isn’t possible, windows cleaners need to abseil down the structure, cleaning the glass as they go. It’s certainly not a profession for the faint-hearted. Here are some examples of how Europe’s biggest glass buildings are cleaned! Read More
In London’s most exclusive area, appearance is everything. Properties in Mayfair need to look sharp at all times – a shabby driveway or unkempt front lawn is not going to go down well with your neighbours. Surrounded by meticulously tended gardens, expensive cars and architecturally beautiful houses, property owners in Mayfair have a responsibility to uphold the grandeur of the area.
Keeping your windows professionally clean and shiny is essential if you want your property to stand out for the right reasons. Spotless windows look amazing in sunlight, but dirty ones look horrific: with smears, specks of dirt and fingerprints visible from the road. You wouldn’t drive your car around Mayfair if it were filthy – the same should go for your house. Read More
Window cleaning has come a long way since the days of the squeegee and scrim. We still use those tried-and-tested tools, of course, but we have a range of more advanced methods at our disposal. As buildings become more ambitious, cleaning becomes more challenging, and the technology we use has to keep up. Just look at the Burj Khalifa; it may be the tallest building in the world, but it takes abseil window cleaners three months to clean it – by hand.
Can we look forward to a day when window cleaning was less labour-intensive? And do today’s gadgets offer us any clues as to where the next wave of window cleaning will go? Read More
If you’re interested in tall buildings and skyscrapers, you’ll probably have checked out some stomach-churning videos of window cleaners on YouTube. Some of the world’s largest buildings have to be cleaned by hand, with some buildings taking several months to be cleaned from top to bottom. Cleaning a skyscraper externally is not something that can be automated. And once the job is done, we usually only have a few weeks off before we start the whole process again.
Every business goes through the process of outsourcing certain tasks. You might need a freelancer to help with an office task, or you might need a regular delivery partner. For businesses and facilities managers, outsourcing is a daily task, and you’ll probably need a dependable window cleaning team that can help you to maintain your London properties.
When hiring anyone from outside the company, some form of quality assurance is essential. That’s why Aquamark has invested in ISO9001 accreditation. This standard offers a seal of approval when it comes to service quality; you know that you’ll always get a great service, and a proactive response from our team. Read More
According to industry estimates, there are 123,000 hotels in London. Competition for guests is fierce. London attracts more than 17 million international tourists each year, and those tourists are spending record amounts of money. If you want to tap into this lucrative audience, your hotel needs to compete with some of the most prominent addresses in the world. That means offering superb service, cleanliness and hospitality.
Businesses in London know that they need to look professional at all times, and that’s especially true when dealing with customers from overseas. If you own a hotel, you owe it to your guests to ensure your windows are clean. Read More
Have you ever walked into a shop and instantly turned on your heel? Sometimes, retail spaces are just not that inviting. It’s difficult to pin down exactly why this happens, but retailers spend millions of pounds trying to ensure their stores are appealing. Inside and out, a retail store needs to make a good impression. In busy shopping areas in London, competition can be intense.
Often, attending to the small details can make a lot of difference to how a store feels. That means little things like well-organised shelves, clean floors, and a bright, airy space. If you manage a retail store but your shop looks grubby, you could be losing hundreds of pounds in passing trade. Read More
On the face of it, it’s very easy to become a window cleaning. You just rock up to someone’s house with a ladder, a sponge and a bucket of water. And for many British homes, this approach is perfectly suitable. But cleaning a commercial premises is an entirely different scenario, and it presents unique challenges that window cleaners have to overcome.
Here are some of the techniques our cleaners use, as well as advice on the equipment you should expect to see on site. Read More
In offices, windows are the one part of the building that’s constantly on display. Visitors, clients and passers-by are always aware of the state of the windows from the outside, even if you barely give them a second thought. And for your employees, the windows need to provide security, natural light and noise reduction as they get on with their working day. Cleaning is a big part of that.
When office windows fall into a state of neglect, it’s painfully obvious to everyone who visits, and it can spoil their first impression of your business. But with the right care, it doesn’t have to be this way. You can maintain your building’s appearance with the right window cleaning company, while ensuring your windows last as long as possible. Read More
Plenty of companies offer commercial window cleaning in the UK, and a great deal of them are based in the south of England. If you’re looking for a window cleaner who can take care of your property’s appearance, you’ll be spoilt for choice. But do all of these companies provide the same standard of service?
At Aquamark, we understand that you have a lot of choice, and making a decision on the right partner can be difficult. However, we truly strive to be better than the rest, and there are many ways we back this up. Read More
Facilities managers have a tough job at all times of the year. Commercial properties are constantly in use, and as more businesses aim for agile working practices, we see an increasing amount of workers occupying the building late into the night. The building has to be safe and habitable round the clock, and that leaves precious little time for cleaning and repairs.
The windows in a building need constant attention too. In winter, grime and dirt builds up on the panes, and rain deposits dirt that then dries. This can prevent rare bursts of natural sunlight from entering the office. In the summer, any streak or dust on the windows is obvious for all to see. Read More
Self-cleaning glass sounds like something from a science fiction movie, but it’s a very real product that’s been in use for many years. It’s designed for use in hard-to-reach places, but it can be installed pretty much anywhere, if your budget allows.
There are two different technologies that allow the glass to ‘clean itself’. It has a special coating that breaks down organic waste, and it also helps water to run down a window rather than simply collecting on its surface. Combined, these two features ensure that dirt doesn’t cling, which is handy if you want to reduce window cleaning visits. Read More
If your office has a particularly unique design, or it’s not set up for cradle cleaning, you’ll need to use a window cleaning company that offers abseil window cleaning. Using rope access means that the work can be carried out safely and at a greater speed than other methods; there’s also minimal disruption to those working or living inside.
We’re experts in this area, and we offer specific consultancy services for companies that are looking at bringing abseil window cleaners in. This helps us to ensure that the building owners or managers understand what’s involved in the clean.
Let’s look at some of the things you can do to make the process go smoothly. Read More
If you ask an employee whether they feel well at work, they’ll probably think about their posture or diet. In fact, there are many factors that can influence health, with sunlight playing a critical role.
The windows in your office are an aspect of building maintenance that could be directly affecting the health of your staff. This is particularly true in winter, when the hours of daylight are much shorter.
The cleanliness of windows isn’t just about external appearances, but can also reflect the way the staff feel. Let’s look at this in the wider context of building cleanliness at work. Read More
London’s many shopping centres aren’t just functional buildings. Some of them are tourist destinations in their own right. Londoners spend around £400 each on Christmas gifts each year, so the shopping centres in the capital need to be ready to accommodate the extra footfall.
Part of running a successful shopping centre is keeping it clean and tidy, as this makes it more appealing for shoppers and ensures their health and safety. Our window cleaners use creativity and skill to clean the windows in these buildings, and often, there’s a degree of bravery involved too.
London’s skyline is changing every single year, and there are always new high-rise buildings cropping up to change our view. The Walkie Talkie, the Gherkin and the Shard are perhaps the most famous, perhaps because they’re so dominant, but there are dozens of smaller properties steadily springing up around them. All of these buildings need to be maintained, and they all present their own challenges.
Aquamark’s window cleaning team has tackled some of the toughest buildings in the capital, including bridges, glass structures and even theatre sets. When it comes to cleaning the windows in a soaring skyscraper, we know more than most about the amount of time the job is likely to take.
In 2001, Brad Staines popped to Homebase and picked up a set of ladders in his small family car. He started to clean windows in his local neighbourhood, starting in Rosehill and moving on to Sutton and Banstead.
Over the months that followed, Brad expanded his micro business to clean windows in areas nearby. He began to work for domestic customers in Kingswood, Epsom, Cobham, Oxshott and Molesey. Demand grew, and Brad took on a second employee to help him cover his rounds. They worked together for the next 5 years.
Window cleaners have been using ladders for as long as we’ve had windows. Getting to high places has always been a challenge, and the ladder was seen as the most practical solution. But these days, health and safety (rightly) forbids window cleaners from taking risks, and there are some situations where a ladder can cause an accident.
For modern window cleaning companies, Reach and Wash is the better solution. It’s a system that has revolutionised the way we clean uPVC windows, office blocks and apartments.
When you need a partner to clean windows in a large complex, who do you turn to? Our team is proud to have worked on some of the tallest and most striking buildings in London, with a commitment to excellence that is second to none.
Our attention to detail has secured us a number of prominent commercial contracts in the London area, and one job in Brentford was for one of our most prestigious clients. Barratt Homes is a major employer in the UK, and has been a major developer in the capital for the last 30 years. In 2014, it created the Barratt London brand specifically to market its London properties. The company is passionate about making a positive change to the city’s property market.
Barratt contacted Aquamark to clean the soaring windows in its Great West Quarter development. The three buildings house a mixture of two-bedroom and three-bedroom luxury apartments, with an average asking price of £1.5 million. The architecture blends 1930s influences with a contemporary finish, and the complex incorporates cafés, bars, restaurants and a gym.
For a window cleaner in London, there’s never a dull day’s work. From the classic terraced home to the skyscrapers sheathed in glass, the challenges are never ending in the nation’s capital. For our team, there’s never a dull moment, but always a job well done.
There’s one particular part of London that offers a diverse range of different challenges, including some of the most complex abseiling assignments we’ve seen. Battersea is a picturesque, cosmopolitan place that has a constantly changing skyline.
Window Cleaning for Buildings in Battersea
According to the Energy Institute, solar panels are installed on thousands of British homes. The south of England is the best place in the UK for solar technology deployment.
Solar is not the investment it once was; feed-in tariffs have been reduced substantially to just 6 per cent, and that means less payback for homeowners. It’s critical that solar panels work efficiently to maximise the amount of energy that can be harvested.
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Solar panels efficiently convert daylight to electricity. The photovoltaic cells inside the panel shear electrons away from atoms. The cell itself creates electric field that channels those electrons down wires, forming an electrical current we can use to power our homes. Read More
Back to school time means new uniforms, bags and pencil cases. It’s a time when kids get to drag their parents round the shops picking out all the things they’ll need for the new term. In theory, everyone should come back refreshed and rejuvenated, ready for a new year and a set of new, exciting challenges.
While the pupils and teachers have been enjoying the summer break, maintenance teams have been hard at work fixing and repairing things round school. Before the pupils return, there’s just one job that needs to be done: that all-important clean. Read More
Window cleaning is an essential service for any property manager. When it comes to cleaning windows in London, you’ll notice that there’s always a company getting on with the work. Y&Y management is one of the capital’s leading property managers, letting a mix of commercial property for businesses, as well as residential property for private tenants.
If you’re wondering who cleans the windows for Y&Y’s vast portfolio, look no further. Aquamark provides window cleaning services for this well known Canary Wharf company with more than 2,600 buildings on its books. Read More
Maintenance managers are the hard-working heroes behind every successful business. They might not know how to keep the email server running, or book out meeting room 3, but they certainly know how to keep a busy office building functioning at its best, 24/7.
Naturally, the manager can’t do everything, but their job is to delegate effectively and ensure that all the people nominated to do jobs are doing them. That means tracking activity and outsourcing work where necessary.
When it comes to window cleaning, we know that the maintenance manager needs a team that he or she can rely on, so that the job’s done right first time. At Aquamark, we have decades of experience in supplying cleaning expertise, and we know we’re the right people for the job. Read More
So far, the summer of 2015 has been cooler than we’d like, with weather trends forcing temperatures down beyond the usual averages. The cause for this is apparently El Nino, the climactic situation caused by the temperature of our oceans. Despite a June heatwave, some of us were left shivering in July, faced with unusual levels of rainfall.
Even if the summer conditions are warm, that doesn’t mean windows will stay clean. Winter definitely takes its toll on our glazing, but the warmer months still bring their own problems. And because we spend more time with the curtains open, we tend to notice dirt more than usual. Read More
When faced with a building with dirty windows, cleaners need to assess all kinds of variables to come up with a plan of action. For domestic window cleaners, tried and tested methods work well, and they can get away with carrying a few hand held tools and a bucket. For commercial cleaners, some buildings are particularly challenging with regards to height, shape, the situation at ground level and the overall design and engineering of the structure.
If your building presents a challenge, read on. Read More
Abseil window cleaners seem to commit death-defying stunts on a daily basis. Sailing high in the air like a trapeze artist, they manage to climb and descend safely, carrying out a job we all prefer to do with our feet on the ground. Not only are they hanging precariously – many floors above our heads – they also have to ensure each window is cleaned to perfection.
For abseilers, nerves of steel certainly come in handy. Read More
As adults, we understand the full ramifications of the choices we make, and environmental problems are a consequence we all learn to consider. It’s important to pass on this knowledge to kids and ingrain good habits at an early age.
If we can give visual examples of how precious resources can be saved, our children are more likely to focus, understand and then lead by example. For thousands of people in the world, water shortages are a life-threatening problem, and this is one reason why we save water and use as little detergent as possible. Read More
Aquamark’s daring window cleaning team are famed for working at height. When they’re not up a ladder, in a cherry picker or working in a cradle, you’ll probably see them abseiling down the side of a great big skyscraper. We pride ourselves in having the very best training and equipment, so what look like daredevil stunts are actually carefully controlled affairs.
While we’re in the air, we get a chance to take in some amazing sights, including the London skyline. Not only have we cleaned some of London’s most striking buildings, we’re fortunate enough to get a bird’s eye view of them every day, from some of the most remarkable vantage points in the city.