So last night I was reading and I heard my phone ring. I answered it and it happened to be Satan. He said that he had had it with all this window cleaning.
“What in the Sam hill are you talking about Satan?!” I replied.
“I work hard all night long to keep those windows dirty. Do you know what it cost me per hour to send my minions out to dirty up windows?! It costs me $3,645! Then you people just come in behind us and clean it up! Who do you think you people are?!” Satan screamed at me through the phone. If I had recognized the number I would not have picked up the phone. Here I was trying to enjoy this quiet night by myself and instead I was being yelled at by Ol’ Beezelbub. I did not have the time or patience for this little man. However, I was kind of confused so I decided to give him 5 minutes and hear what he had to say.
“I didn’t know that dirtying windows was your kind of thing. I figured you would be busy torturing sinners down there.” I said.
“That’s a different department. I didn’t even know that this was going on until Cathy from Human Resources called me to inform me that we were over budget in the dust bunny department. You people are seriously killing my account here. I can’t afford to keep making all those windows up there dirty! I would really appreciate it if you could spread the word and let people know to please stop cleaning their windows! You’re killing me here!”
“Okay Satan. I believe that people hgh growth hormone here on Earth enjoy clean windows. It lets the sun shine in, makes rooms look bigger, ups the value of their homes and offices, and just generally makes people feel better. I am not going to hinder that! That’s like taking the joy out of Christmas!” I replied defiantly.
“Listen Merry, I understand where you are coming from but couldn’t you just do me this one solid? I mean come on. The people up there don’t really know what they want! Who needs all that light shinning in their houses blinding them? Who could possibly want all that joy?! I will sell you a new soul if you just make people stop cleaning their windows!” Now he was begging. I was in need of a new soul as I had previously sold mine for a box of chocolates and a campfire mocha from Caribou, but then I realized it wasn’t worth it. The people of earth deserved clean windows! They deserved happiness derived from clean windows and higher property values!
“NO. I cannot do it Satan. I won’t. So you keep dirtying windows and A to Z Window cleaning will continue to clean them and bring joy to the world!” I then hung up my phone. He repeatedly called me but I refused to answer. So, the reason I shared this story with you all is because we can’t let him win. We must keep our windows clean. I find some joy in driving up his expense account and so should you. Don’t let Satan win, have your windows cleaned. I know a great company that does an excellent job too. (Hint: it’s A to Z window cleaning)
The International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA) and The Glass Association of North America (GANA) released a joint Glass Informational Bulletin (GIB) which could have been titled a little better. Construction Site Protection and Maintenance of Architectural Glass is not just that catchy. Anyway, it outlines the need for proper protection of architectural glass throughout the construction process to all general contractors and builders. Okay so this is pretty simple to understand here is that bulletin that was sent to builders CLICK HERE FOR THE CSPMAG.
So the Glass Association is really fighting us on this. They say we should use plastic scrapers or not to use scrapers at all. They say use chemicals to get stickers off the glass ( a chemical that will mess up the seal of the window). IWCA sent an open letter has been sent to the Glass Association of North America in addition to a number of construction, glazing and glass trade magazines. This letter reaffirms the IWCA’s position that razor scrapers are the tool of the trade for cleaning glass. Its just the standard practice I could not imagine it any other way. It’s an easy fix to clean the equipment where tempered glass is made. The open letter Click here.
To help builders and property owners understand that they may be buying a defective product, and help educate builders about tempered web hgh human growth hormone glass quality problems before they become scratches, window cleaners can now download documents from the IWCA site to be included in a Builder Education Packet. Send this packet of information to builders in your area along with your proposal or marketing materials.
Another great resound is to study the IWCA’s “Talking Points” posted here, to help understand the IWCA’s position before attempting to explain the tempered glass quality issue to builders and other customers.
Some tempered glass surfaces are highly susceptible to scratching due to contamination with microscopic surface defects called fabricating debris. Tempered glass scratches caused by fabricating debris have distinct characteristics, and should not be confused with other types of scratches. Click here to learn about field identification of fabricating debris scratches.
The IWCA recommends a tempered glass scratch liability waiver for all construction window cleaning contracts, before any work is done. Click here for an example of a Cleaner to Builder liability waiver.
The IWCA also suggests that builders require suppliers to provide quality tempered glass without fabricating debris, so that all glass can be cleaned – without scratching – using the same tools and methods. Click here for an example of a Builder to Supplier waiver.
The IWCA Tempered Glass Informational Bulletin 2004 – Scrapers & Fabricating Debris is the IWCA’s official position.
We stopped in our local window cleaning supply business in Pittsburgh and at first we were just by ourselves,on a rainy day. I was with my partner,my wife, my love Mercedes.
We’re picking up window cleaning supplies; blades, some blue hucks and soap. As we were being waited on about four other window cleaning companies came in. I recognized a few of them, good guys salt of the earth types.
It seems that window cleaners are the hardest working people on the planet. And what it seemed is that no one was talking to each other and my wife was thinking that no one could hear her. When in reality you could hear a pin drop in the place.
She says out loud to me “Are those the window cleaners? Is that the enemy?
“You can tell thatÂ everyone in the room was curious what I was going to say. As if their ears got bigger it seemed to have gotten quieter too. I turned back to my wife, my partner in the business and said to her “no glass is the enemy, these are my brothers in arms no swords, just squeegees ”
I know it sounds cheesy but it’s true there is this unspoken bond this fraternity of window cleaners.
Now I don’t know if there’s a patron saint for window cleaners but there should be! High-rise window cleaning can be quite dangerous. I would like to say that every window cleaner that I’ve ever met I would consider them to be a brother and I try to operate my business that way. I love to talk about business I am passionate about cleaning windows. Save the chest bumping for somethingÂ elseÂ there is enough glass out there any how. Â IÂ operateÂ aÂ straightÂ forward business. I bid on jobs and I win some and lose some.
Do you think fellow window cleaners are brothers or the enemy?