How to become a Window Cleaner

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: December 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Window cleaners are contracted to wash window panes, frames (including PVC frames), sills and fa├žades of both residential and commercial buildings, usually on a regular basis. Some also clean guttering, flat roofs, solar panels, conservatories and internal glass surfaces.

Traditional window cleaners operating with only a ladder and a bucket are disappearing, as many now use specialist equipment including water-fed poles (known as reach and wash) that can reach considerable heights and clean windows more quickly and efficiently. Window cleaners typically work alone or employ a small team.

Most local authorities in Scotland require window cleaners to hold a licence to trade, but this is not the case in the rest of the UK.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a window cleaning service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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