Squeegees are arguably the most popular tools in window cleaning. With just a couple of quick strokes, one is able to clear the cleaning solutions and the dislodged grime from the glass surface. When done right, you wind up with streak-free results, while using minimal effort. They are used right after the washer, and are actually fun. As is with any other job, the success of the task is determined by the tools used, and the skill of the cleaner. Fortunately, squeegeeing is not rocket science, and with some practice one will get the hang of it, and begin producing quality results. When it comes to the tool itself, you want to work with a unit you can trust to deliver on its mandate.
Firstly, it's important to cover the bases: The squeegee is assembled from different component parts. These include the rubber blade (the part that actually comes into contact with the glass surface); the squeegee channel, like the Ettore Master Brass Clipped Channel under review here, which holds the rubber blade; and the squeegee handle, which holds the channel and allows you to control the whole tool as you clean the window. Extension poles come in when you want to reach highly placed windows, and there are mechanisms such as the quick-release on the handle that holds and releases the channel, to clips on the channels that hold the rubber blade in place. Let’s look at how the Ettore Master Brass Clipped Channel aids the window cleaning process.
Benefits Of The Ettore Master Brass Clipped Channel
Here, you get quality you can trust. Ettore has been in the window cleaning industry for decades, since the conception of the T-shaped window squeegee that was invented by Ettore Steccone and patented in 1936. Over the years that followed, the brand developed into a market leader in the window cleaning industry, producing a wide range of products to meet the diverse consumer needs. Thriving in such a competitive industry for so long is testament to the company’s commitment to quality, and that’s what you get with you turn to the Ettore Master Brass Clipped Channel. This original brass unit comes in different sizes, ranging from the shorter 15cm and 20cm options, to the long 55cm that are used with the large squeegees.
The Ettore Master Brass Clipped Channel can be used with any of the squeegee handles from the same brand. This includes the Master Squeegee handles that are available in brass, stainless steel and aluminium options- and even include optional rubber grips; the Pro+ squeegee handles that have been constructed with high-strength polymer; the ProGrip handles that are known for their large rubberized grips, to the Super System Squeegee units where the 180° rotation of the handle makes it a nifty tool for working in troublesome areas. The solid tempered brass construction means that you’ll be working with durable channels, getting more usage out of every individual Ettore Master Brass Clipped Channel. This is key in reducing the costs that are incurred when sourcing for window cleaning supplies for your establishment or cleaning company.
The different sizes of the Ettore Master Brass Clipped Channel enable you to get a unit that is compatible with your squeegee handle. They are also packaged differently, such as the 12 units per case for the 15, 20 and 25cm units, to the 36 units per case that feature in the 25cm, 35cm, 45cm and also 55cm sizes. Some sizes have both 12-per-case and 36-per-case packages, such as the 30cm and 40cm units. These ranges allow you to make the purchase that suits your particular window cleaning needs.
When assembling the unit, you should assess the component parts to ensure that they are in proper condition for the task ahead. For instance, as you run your finger down the rubber edge- from one end to the other, it should feel straight. It shouldn’t be wavy, stretched, or feel too tight. If there are nicks on the rubber, or it’s worn out, it should be replaced. Simply fix a new, compatible rubber blade onto the Ettore Master Brass Clipped Channel and you'll be good to go.
The rubber blade should hang out from both ends of the Ettore Master Brass Clipped Channel by about 5mm. This is to protect the surrounding frames, edges and painted surfaces from any damage as you go about with the cleaning.
How you hold the squeegee itself also comes into play. Not much force is needed. actually, simply relaxing your hand and letting the squeegee sit in your hold, then resting the rubber place on the glass surface will be enough. As such, you should relax your arm, from the wrist to the shoulder. Getting tight and all tensed up will simply fatigue you much sooner, and you will also apply too much pressure on the glass. In addition, the more the force that is used, the sooner that you will need to replace the squeegee.
One of the most recommended techniques for the squeegeeing processes is "cutting the edge", which is basically creating a dry zone along the side of the window, and at the top. This is because the squeegee will work best when the dry rubber blade is placed onto a dry portion of the glass, then glided across onto the wet surface of the window. Without this, the issue of "window crying" occurs. Here, the water travels from the frames of the window and onto the glass panes after you’ve already begun to squeegee, making the task take longer. The dry zone can be 1-2 cm thick, separating the window from the rest of the wet glass surface.
When cleaning the window, it is also recommended that you move across, from one side to another, as opposed to working vertically. This has a couple of advantages. For instance, it gives you more control over the squeegee, and also allows the water to fall down the glass surface evenly. When cleaning across the glass panes, it will also be easier to maintain a consistent base distance.