School holidays tend to be an even busier time for us, as schools and colleges make the most of their students not being around and undertake tasks that ordinarily may have been problematic. One of our scheduled jobs this half term was to clean all the external windows and the high level internal windows at Burnley College. Prior to undertaking this work, a full risk assessment and working at height assessment had to be completed to ensure that we were fully compliant with not only our vigorous health and safety standards but also the college’s.

In some undesirable weather, the team cleaned approximately 5000 windows, demonstrating our outstanding commitment and reliability to our clients. Using a van-mounted cherry picker and a ‘Reach & Wash’ system from the ground, our colleagues were able to clean the entire exterior of the college with ease. The beauty of the Reach & Wash system is that it allows windows to be cleaned from the safety of the ground using long-reaching, telescopic poles. A soft bristled brush is used to scrub the dirt off the glass, while jets of pure water rinse the window. The pure water, as it has no impurities, dries to a spot-free finish leaving no marks behind. It is of course, by far, the most efficient and effective way of cleaning windows.

“The weather was pretty awful, but we’re a great team and everyone works hard.”
Lee Walker – Intrinsic FM Industrial Team Manager

The college has a stunning floor to roof glass frontage which we also cleaned last week. This demanded a spider lift which could be driven in through the main entrance. It has to be said that use of any powered access equipment can only be conducted by an IPAF-trained member of staff, ensuring that the machines are used safely and effectively.

This specialist clean will be completed again in the summer when I’m sure (hope?) that the waterproofs will be swapped for T-shirts!

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