So I had a new residential today, in An east coast beach town. The property was sort of a condo, and the layout was weird, lots of slopes, so my ladder wasn’t able to reach a few windows properly. The windows I was able to clean were easy enough, but the problem was is the city’s tap water is extremely hard, and the tap water combined with mineral deposits on the panes were tough to clean using only dish soap and water.
I got the job from Thumbtack, hence me again not seeing the property before accepting, as jobs are low right now, so I took it while waiting on approval from another client
The clients were extremely happy, as I provided more then asked for on thumbtack, and tgey payed me extra, but I wasn’t able to complete what I set my mind to. I have a 16 foot ladder, but need at least 20. I had to sit on a sill to clean one of the exteriors, and I hate sitting 30 feet above the ground. I already found an extension ladder suitable to complete what I need to make them as happy as possible, and staying safe, but I don’t know what exactly to use to clean the remaining French panes efficiently.
The remaining Windows consist of multiple panes that can only be squeegeed horizontally with a 12 inch squeegee. The width of each french pane is about 9 to 10 inches, so I considered buying another 12 inch channel+rubber and chopping it short to complete each pane without issue.
The issue is the hard water leaving spots after squeegeeing, requiring excessive detailing.
I’m considering just using distilled water to complete the job, and thinking either vinegar or ammonia in a solution with the water.
What would you guys suggest for salty panes? The water from each squeegee pass was completely white in color, and it made it hard to leave the glass looking how I want.
And before asked, I willingly want to go back and complete what I promised, they were the nicest clients I have ever worked for, owners of an HOA for an entire neighborhood, so it’s completely worth pleasing them to clean the rest of the community, at double what I charged them. Its my first time seeing the water looking as it did while cleaning!