What Is Waterfed (or Water Fed) Pole Window Cleaning Anyway?

You may have received fliers in your mailbox from window cleaning companies offering Waterfed Pole (also known as Water Fed Pole or Pure Water Window Cleaning) window cleaning.  This article will answer 5 questions about Waterfed pole technology.

  1. What is traditional window cleaning?
  2. What is a Waterfed pole window cleaning?
  3. How does Waterfed pole window cleaning work?
  4. Does a Waterfed pole do as good of a job as traditional window cleaning?
  5. What are the benefits to the client over traditional methods?


What Is Traditional Window Cleaning?

Workers On A Scissor Lift Cleaning Windows On A Financial Building Downtown


Workers On A Scissor Lift Cleaning Windows On A Financial Building Downtown

Traditional window cleaning involves a technician using a squeegee on each window no matter the height, no matter the difficulty.  Technicians work from ladders, boatswain chairs, man lifts and swing stages using hand mops, poles, razors and squeegees to bring glass to a glistening shine.  Cleaning agents used to clean windows and building exteriors have included everything from dish soap (mild) to hydrofluoric acid (I’d rather not.)


What Is Waterfed Pole Window Cleaning?

A Focus Window Cleaning technician cleans windows on a nice home with a vibrant garden.


A Focus Window Cleaning technician cleans windows using a Waterfed Pole

Waterfed pole window cleaning involves a technician typically working from the ground.  The pole is telescopic (often carbon fibre,) and has a brush on the end. There is a tube that runs up the pole to deliver a drizzle of water spraying from the brush head.
The water is so pure, it’s attracted to impurities.  The water molecules head right to dirt and pull it off the surface and it falls to the ground.


How Does Waterfed Pole Window Cleaning Work?

An image of PureFocus 1. Our first water filtration system made for pure water window cleaning.


Our filtration equipment uses 3 stages to turn regular tap water into de-ionized water.

A waterfed pole system takes regular tap water and filters it to the extreme.  It’s so pure, even the trace ions in the water are removed. These ions (referred to as Total Dissolved Solids or TDS) and measured in parts per million (or PPM.)

In Calgary:

TDS of unfiltered tap water:                                        ~140 PPM
TDS of PureFocus filtered (de-ionized) tap water:          0 PPM *

Purified water is pumped through tubing up the pole and drizzled onto the windows.  Dirt and debris on the windows releases once it comes in contact with the de-ionized water.  This re-mineralized the water and it falls to the ground.

* Our equipment measures down to 0 ppm.  Anything under 10 PPM will clean windows.  Beyond that, it’s measured in parts per billion (PPB).  When we refer to water as pure, it containing a TDS content under 10 PPM


Does A Waterfed Pole Do As Good Of A Job As Traditional Window Cleaning?

The short answer is, yes.  Water fed poles can bring windows to a spot free clarity.  Water fed poles also have a few advantages to traditional window cleaning.

  1. Less risk of damage to a property or windows caused by ladders
  2. Less risk of injury to the technicians working on ladders
  3. Sills and frames can get a much deeper clean than with traditional methods
  4. It needs no cleaning chemicals beyond filtration

Traditional window cleaning can also bring excellent results and Focus Window Cleaning uses a mixture of both methods depending on what is appropriate for the situation.


What Are The Benefits To The Client Over Traditional Methods?

Waterfed pole window cleaning benefits the client in a few ways.

  • Safe for your property

De-ionized water will not damage your metal siding, sills or glass any more than rain water.

  • Safe for the technician.

Waterfed Pole window cleaning is much safer than climbing ladders or setting up elevated platforms.

  • More thorough

Waterfed poles can spray gentle streams of water into cracks and crevasses that traditional window cleaning can‘t always access.

  • Lower environmental impact

Since the only cleaning agent is pure water, there will be no harmful cleaning chemicals used on your property.  De-ionized water is re-ionized the moment it hits dirt and falls to the ground and will cause no damage to groundwater.


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