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What Is a Window Cleaner and How to Become One

Window Cleaner

What Is a Window Cleaner?

A window cleaner—or window washer—specializes in cleaning glass windows for buildings and high-rises. As a window cleaner, your responsibilities include maintaining safety equipment, climbing scaffolding and platforms, using ladders or swing chairs on tall buildings, and cleaning thoroughly in a short period.

How Do I Become a Window Cleaner?

Though some window cleaning jobs require certification from the International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA), other employers hire cleaners with no experience and provide training. In training, you learn how to use high-rise window washing equipment (safety harnesses and pulley systems), various cleaning solutions and tools, and personal safety procedures.

Window Cleaner Job Description Sample

With this Window Cleaner job description sample, you can get a good idea of what employers are looking for when hiring for this position. Remember, every employer is different and each will have unique qualifications when they hire for a Window Cleaner role.

Job Summary

We are looking for a self-motivated, hardworking Window Cleaner to join our company. You must be comfortable working at high heights and able to stand, bend, and lift for extended periods. Our ideal candidate arrives to work on time, is familiar with effective window cleaning tools and techniques, and ensures clients are satisfied with the cleanliness of their windows. One year of window cleaning experience preferred, but we are willing to train the right candidate.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Clean windows on both high-rise and low-rise buildings
  • Clean interior and exterior glass
  • Work on ladders up to 32 feet
  • Assemble and disassemble scaffolding as needed
  • Operate a power washer

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Cleaning experience a plus
  • Comfortable with heights
  • Physical stamina
  • Self-motivated
  • Valid driver's license and reliable transportation