Water-fed poles are becoming increasingly popular amongst window cleaners, and chances are you’ll have your windows cleaned with one at some point in the future, if you haven’t already. This article aims to give accurate information about this modern window cleaning method, including the advantages and disadvantages when compared to the traditional method, and to dispel any myths surrounding its use.
What is a Water-Fed Pole System?
A water-fed pole system (AKA ‘Reach-n-Wash’) consists of a tank of purified water mounted in the back of a van, a hose, and an extendable pole with a specialized brush on the end. There are other components but these are the main parts. Purified water is pumped from the tank, through the hose and up the inside of the pole before jetting out of the brush-head. As the brush-head, with water spraying out, is moved across the window it removes the dirt and washes it away. After the whole window has been brushed the pole is lifted away from the surface of the glass, and more water is sprayed onto the window to give it a final rinse. The window is left to dry naturally, and because the water is totally pure there are no mineral deposits or other residues left over.