Profession window cleaner

Window cleaners use cleaning tools such as sponges and detergents to clean windows, mirrors and other glass surfaces of buildings, both on the interior and exterior. They use specific ladders to clean taller buildings, using safety belts for support.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Cleaning industry health and safety measures

    Preventive and interventional methods used in the cleaning industry to maintain health and safety for all workers and tertiary persons.

  • Risk assessment for window cleaning

    Risk assessment process that takes into consideration all the risk factors, monitoring of control measures and recording assessments related to working in the window cleaning field.

  • Personal protective equipment

    Types of protective materials and equipment foreseen for various types of tasks such as general or specialised cleaning activities.

Skills

  • Handle chemical cleaning agents

    Ensure proper handling, storage and disposal of cleaning chemicals in accordance with regulations.

  • Dispose of non-hazardous waste

    Dispose of waste materials which pose no risk to health and safety in a manner which complies with recycling and waste management procedures.

  • Follow control of substances hazardous to health procedures

    Adhere to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) procedures for activities that involve hazardous substances, such as bacteria, allergens, waste oil, paint or brake fluids that result in illness or injury.

  • Clean glass surfaces

    Use cleaning products to clean any surface covered by glass, especially windows.

  • Follow reporting procedures

    Apply and follow the procedures for reporting any damage, breakages and/or complaints or disagreements to the appropriate supervisory authority.

  • Use a water-fed pole system

    Make use of poles fitted with brushes and water dispersing mechanisms to reach windows and facades at heights.

  • Complete report sheets of activity

    Keep written records of the service provided on a regular or punctual basis, with explicit hours of work performed and signature.

  • Report on window damage

    Inform the client or responsible authorities about damage occurred during or prior to the window cleaning activities.

  • Maintain inventory of cleaning supplies

    Follow the stock of cleaning materials, order new material when the stock is empty and closely follow their usage to maintain a constant supply.

  • Prepare cleaning materials for window cleaning

    Ensure the appropriate preparation of the cleaning products and equipment such as ladders, cradles and rope access equipment required to clean windows at heights.

  • Protect window frames

    Apply a protection sheet on the frames or borders of the windows in order to protect them against scratches or dirt.

  • Follow organisational guidelines in the cleaning industry

    Apply and follow all protocols or guidelines described by the company within your specific cleaning area. It can also involve wearing the foreseen uniform or piece of clothing at all times or using specific equipment or materials.

  • Maintain cleaning equipment

    Clean and preserve the equipment and material used for cleaning purposes in a proper state.

  • Maintain personal hygiene standards when cleaning

    Make sure to keep yourself clean and tidy and wear protective equipment when performing cleaning activities, as required by the health and safety procedures of the task or the organisation.

Optional knowledge and skills

clean street furniture carry out pressure washing activities perform cleaning activities in an outdoor environment apply proofing membranes read technical datasheet clean particular areas manually maintain professional administration operate aerial work platforms perform glazing reconditioning manage routine waste select hazard control issue sales invoices clean building facade perform cleaning activities in an environmentally friendly way follow safety procedures when working at heights supervise the work of cleaning staff customer service manage a small-to-medium business