Future technologies that will change the way you clean windows

Window cleaning has been thriving for more than a hundred years. The first tool

local window cleaners used was the leather chamois till the modern trade window

cleaning squeegee. It was invented by Ettore Steccone[1], an Italian immigrant in New

York in the early 20th century. The squeegee changed the trade and the life of the

local window cleaners. Many window washers still using the squeegee albeit

nowadays the reach and wash technique is more popular. 

Reach and wash system

https://www.reedswindowcleaning.co.uk

Purified water is rinsed onto the glass while a microfiber brush cleans the window.

The difference between purified and tap water is that purified water contains only

the basic elements of water, hydrogen and oxygen. The advantage of this system is

the carbon water-fed pole allows the local window cleaners to safely clean your

windows from the ground up to 80ft. The window cleaner leaves the water air dry

and not leave any spots behind.[2]

Robotic window cleaners

One of the most common questions is: Will robots replace people in the cleaning

industry? The cleaning industry is evolving, and manufacturers tend towards making

window cleaning easier, they are producing automatic window cleaners. These

robots usually clean the whole window in & outside using motor-powered suction.

While these products already in the market we still believe that it needs further

development. 

Window cleaning drones

Window Cleaning Drone ideaconnection.com

Window cleaning drones can revolutionize high rise window washing. 

The technology in use is robotized and controlled remotely. In addition, it is compact

and easily transportable.[3]Cleaning high storey buildings with drones will become

safer. The method is quite similar to the water-fed pole, using special hoses to rinse

purified water into the window. Window cleaning drones will be multi-use drones will

be useful for firefighting, wind turbine and building cleaning. 

Skyline robotics

Window Cleaning Robotics by skylinerobotics.com

Skyline robotics aims to automate all types of works at heights.[4] Cleaning a

skyscraper takes about 2-3 months using traditional window cleaning methods and

ropes while this technology is able to clean within a week. While the robots are

always in supervision it has a touch sensor to feel open windows. Ozmo able to

detect and learn all types of architecture while adapting to the changing

environment. 

Automation

Digital automation is one of the biggest trends the evolving world is facing. As in all

industry, the cleaning industry also has to face the advantages and disadvantages.

Automating business processes with software can provide employee saving, improve

the quality of service, automate marketing, and reduce management time.[5] In the

global cleaning industry, automated cleaning processes are not new. The industry

invests a lot of energy to remotely monitor robots and machines. While robots

themselves limited in impact connecting to a network or smart applications are. A

good example is the soap dispenser. Supervisors regularly need to check operation

and refill as required. A smart dispenser could send activity to the management to

analyse and information when to refill. 

The biggest challenge is balanced automation with human workers. The common

question is how to integrate automation into different roles and how to digital upskill

existing staff. 


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squeegee

[2] https://www.reedswindowcleaning.co.uk/window-cleaning-services/

[3] https://www.linkedin.com/company/aerones/about/

[4] https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/5cc7f30c669af21e984dae76/5d19c2956ad3cba35d26ca29_Skyline%20Robotics%20Brochure%202019.pdf

[5] Academy Getjobber: 7 Business Trends for residential Cleaners in 201