This is Ben, Owner of Two Guys Window Cleaning, I thought since I'm going to be doing this blog that a fun topic would be to explore and explain the different tools of the trade. You may think that there are not that many tools involved in window cleaning but you may be surprised, I have a pickup truck FULL of tools and I use almost all of them at least once a week. So to inaugurate our series we'll start with the most iconic window cleaning tool: The Squeegee.
The modern squeegee was invented by ettore steccone nearly a century ago and in principle has changed very little.
here is a picture of the classic brass squeegee
The squeegee has three parts, the handle, the channel, and the rubber, all three can be disassembled and replaced if necessary, though it's primarily just the rubber that is changed frequently.
Squeegees come in all sorts of different sizes and sizes and styles for all sorts of different window situations. I use a 6 inch squeegee for small windows or finishing small details.
here are several squeegees with different lengths and handles
There are primarily two ways to hold the rubber in the channel so it doesn't move whan you're working. First, there are clips that pinch the rubber and are then squeezed into the channel. These are simple and effective at holding the rubber still but are difficult and time consuming when changing the rubber. The second method involves slots cut out of the channel and teeth on the handle as shown in this next picture.
These squeegees make changing channels and rubber very easy though the rubber is looser at the edges.
lastly there is a new squeegee that came out just last april I believe. It was invented by a window cleaner in England who would modify his standard channels by cutting the ends at a 45 degree angle, this allowed the rubber to press all the way up against the frame of the window while fanning (a method of squeegeeing that cleans the window in one motion without having to lift the squeegee off the glass. See video below) so that there is zero water left on the edges to be detailed with a towel. Here is a picture of one of the ones he helped create.
I could go on, but there are half a dozen major brands who all make dozens of configurations and I'm content to leave it here. Look forward to next weeks blog: The Mop