Abseiling Window Cleaning Vs Cradle Cleaning

By Brad Staines

For commercial window cleaning services, some buildings pose challenges regarding the heights and the unique shapes of buildings. Other things to consider is if the buildings are situated at ground level if they have access to attach pulleys.

If you have a high-rise building that has unique angles and shapes, abseiling or cradle cleaning may suit your individual needs.

Read on to discover which is the best service for you…


What Is Abseiling Window Cleaning?

Abseiling Window Cleaning Vs Cradle Cleaning

For large residential and commercial buildings, abseiling is a popular choice for high-level window cleaning. This is due to the associated advantages of service.

Residential block window cleaning on sizeable sites can set aside some time to get all the window cleaned.

Abseiling (also known as rope access window cleaning) allows for window cleaners to be independent in their movements, sparing time and hassle.


What Are The Benefits Of Abseiling Cleaning?

It offers a safe option when cleaning hard to reach areas, it causes minimal interferences and its ideal for buildings that lack equipment infrastructure, such as office blocks.


Reaching Awkward Angles

Window cleaners need to keep up with modern-day architecture, as its constantly evolving with unique shapes, sizes, and designs. This can consist of domed roofs, curved buildings, sharp hard to get to corners and much more.

Abseiling cleaning can reach these angles as there are no height restrictions involved with rope access. Also, no machinery is required at ground level, so cleaners are free within their movements.

Even the most polished buildings can be built and not have the right infrastructure for cradle cleaning or the space at ground level for cherry pickers and MEWPs.


Minimal Disruptions

With no machinery at ground level, you won’t need to worry about closing walkways to allow for abseil cleaning to commence. This means that office workers ad tenants can go about their day without interruptions.


What Is Cradle Cleaning?

Abseiling Window Cleaning Vs Cradle Cleaning

On buildings where its possible to affix pulleys, cradle cleaning can offer you an exceptional clean.

The cradle is essentially a platform that is suspended on a crane. The platform is usually big enough for multiple window cleaners to work from, which is why this method is a popular choice.

A cradle is suspended by high strength cables and the crane moves the platform around the building.


What Are The Benefits Of Cradles?

Cradle window cleaning offers a safe option, it causes minimal interferences, it has no height restrictions, and it can be completed quickly.


A Quick Solution

Cradle cleaning can be a speedier solution to abseiling cleaning, as cleaning professionals can take heavier buckets of water up with them. This means there is less interruption, as the window cleaners don’t have to keep stopping to refill for freshwater. 


Flexible And Safe

The level of the cradle can be adjusted manually and automatically which can make the cleaning process flow with ease and with flexibility.

Anybody running or using cradle access have to be certificated, acquiring the right knowledge, health and safety and suitable experience to use this method.



Whilst both have their unique associated benefits, an abseiling window cleaning solution is good to reach awkward angles whilst cradle cleaning works quickly and efficiently.

Both solutions work to high-rise and offer flexibility, whatever solution you choose for your tower block building you can be sure that you’ll receive clean windows.

Before any window cleaning commences, we arrange a site visit to assess the best option for the building. This includes checking access points and safety equipment in places such as cradles, anchor points or the grounds space for machinery. Get in touch today to book your free site assessment and to discover more of our commercial window cleaning solutions.

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About Aquamark

Aquamark recognises the diversity of issues that come with managing large residential and commercial properties. That’s why they’ve designed a unique approach to commercial window and glass cleaning that creates valuable customer experiences for all.

With their unique In-Touch Live Status Checker, you are kept updated with what has already been cleaned, what is currently being cleaned and what’s still left to clean, in just a few clicks.

This gives you full transparency-allowing you to focus on work priorities, whilst they focus on implementing the most effective window cleaning programme for the building.

They are not only recognised as a highly credible commercial window cleaning company in London but nationwide across the UK. This is down to their extended commercial window cleaning offering which includes: abseiling window cleaning, cradle window cleaning, water-fed pole window cleaning, cherry pickerconstruction cleans, building cleans and commercial gutter cleans.

When you’re looking at renewing your contract for window cleaning for a reliable, high-quality clean with professional window cleaners, or you want to explore which solution is most suited to the building you manage, contact the team at Aquamark.

You can book your slot for a free site assessment here, or if you’d prefer to chat, pick a time that best suits you.


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