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Do Window Cleaners Still Work in Bad Weather?

Do Window Cleaners Still Work in Bad Weather?

by PPC Pete

Unless the weather is exceptionally poor, or if conditions are simply too unsafe to carry out a clean, then you can absolutely still expect to see your window cleaner.

We have been running our company for 16 years now, and in that time we have seen just about every different type of weather imaginable in the UK. Many people automatically presume that if it’s already raining there is no point in cleaning the window – but this is not the case! Unless the wind is too strong or the rain is torrential we will still be along to clean your windows, as it’s mainly a mixture of wind and rain that really makes your windows dirty.

We offer our service all year round and work 6 days a week to ensure that all our customers receive a regular and reliable service. So, unless the customer really does not want their windows cleaned, we will still be along to provide our service.


It rains a lot in the UK (As we are all aware) but this shouldn’t affect the window cleaning. Rain usually falls from above, unless it’s windy, so a lot of the time it won’t actually soak all of the windows on your building and, depending on the direction of the wind, will typically only affect half of the property.

If your windows and frames have been cleaned properly in the past by one of our team then the water will just run down the window and should leave very little or no dirt or spotting on the glass. The evaporated water that falls as rain does not contain the same amount of calcium and dissolved minerals as the water that comes out of your tap, so its won’t leave anywhere near the spotting and marks that you would find if you washed the glass off with your garden hose.

The main culprit for spotting is limescale and dirt washed down from the frames. If you receive a regular clean from us then you are not likely to even notice the very small amount of residue left by rainfall.


The biggest factor in window cleaning is wind – it’s usually the main reason that we cannot work. It can be dangerous to put the poles up in high winds as, although they are made of carbon fibre and very light, they could still cause a significant amount of damage to property and be very dangerous to any members of the public if the operator was to lose control of the pole.

The other reason we don’t clean in high winds is mainly due to the lack of control the operator has to actually clean the window to a top quality standard. If the wind is high then the brush head will blow from from side to side and the pure water jets will be blown everywhere except for the actual glass itself.

All of our teams carry anemometers in their vans to measure the window speed, but using this typically cones down to the discretion of the operator as to whether or not he feels is it safe enough to clean the windows.

Snow and Ice

Ice also poses potential hazards when cleaning windows. If the temperature falls below freezing there is actually a risk that the glass in the window will crack. This is very rare but can happen if the temperature is low enough, although the water in the hoses will usually freeze first and stop the window cleaner from working beforehand. This is especially relevant if your window cleaner is using a hot water set up as this is a lot more likely to cause a crack if applied to very cold glass.

Using ladders in icy conditions can be very dangerous too, as a slip is far more likely if the ground is frozen. On the the very rare occasions it actually snows in the UK you are not likely to see any of our team, as most of our operators are family men and will probably be enjoying the snow in their own back gardens!

The main weather conditions that will stop our team attending your property are excessive rain, high winds, snow and ice – in any other conditions you should absolutely expect to see your window cleaner report for duty. Through in the winter and in times of excessive weather conditions our operators may fall a few days behind but we always do our best to catch back up in spells of good weather and can even be found working on Sundays if need be.

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