Cradle access systems enable window cleaners to easily and efficiently clean all of a building – even if it is 30 storeys high and has a lot of hard-to-reach areas. The cradle (in which one or two window cleaners stand) is suspended from an anchor point on the top of the building and moves up and down via a pulley system. From here, commercial window cleaners can get to work as easily and safely as if they were at ground level. Here is everything you might want to know about the sort of preparation that goes into a cradle access window cleaning job.
Safety is key
Even though commercial window cleaners stand inside the cradle when it is being operated and while they are working, they still need to be equipped with suitable fall-arrest gear and personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep them safe and protect them in emergencies. Every commercial window cleaner should wear a hi-vis vest, a hard hat, a safety harness and safety boots. Before any job (cradle access or other), this PPE should be thoroughly checked, whether that’s through in-house PPE inspection, if the company has gained a PPE Inspection Competent Person Certification (like Aquamark Cleaning has), or via an external service. The building’s anchor points should also be tested beforehand, as well as being thoroughly inspected every six months.
A tool for every task
The beauty of cradle access is that it enables window cleaners to take a number of different cleaning tools with them. They are generally equipped with water-fed poles, squeegees and buckets of pure water, but certain projects may call for other specialist tools – a double-sided brush, for example, that is ideal for hard-to-reach areas like Juliet balconies where it is more efficient to clean both sides of the glass at once. Before every cradle access job, window cleaners will assess the building thoroughly to determine what tools and equipment will get the job done most efficiently for their client, and will ensure these are to-hand in the cradle.
Ensuring your peace of mind
Whether you need expert window cleaning for a large-scale residential development, hotel, office block, restaurant or shop, communication is key to ensuring your peace of mind. The cradle access team you hire should keep you updated every step of the way as to the safety precautions they have put in place and what progress they are making on your building.
Here at Aquamark Cleaning, safety is a number one priority for our window cleaners – not least when it comes to cradle access work. If you think your commercial property in London, Surrey or Berkshire could benefit from professional window cleaning, then contact us today.