The IWCA Convention: A trade show that’s a major event

> Annual window cleaning trade show in the USA

> Product innovations, industry trends and much more

> Competition: The quickest wins!

The IWCA Convention in Orlando, Florida will open its doors from the 7th to the 10th of February. Many visitors from all over the world are expected to attend. Find out about all the exciting events at the show in clean magazine.

The main focus of the International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA) is on the window cleaning industry and the trends in that sector. The event is the ideal place to share experiences and make new contacts. Alongside a huge range of information and industry trends, there will be interesting training sessions and a competition. 

Safety first!

One highlight is the safety training for working at great heights with a platform or cable. Pro’s will offer tips to help avoid accidents and will explain self-preservation measures for the event that something does actually happen. 

Competition with that fun factor

The competition will certainly hot up when window cleaners pit themselves against their colleagues when it comes to speed. So that it’s not too easy, the IWCA has laid down some rules: In the Window Cleaning Contest, competitors have to clean 3 windows of around 1 x 1 metre as quickly as possible. In addition, a maximum of 9 litres of water should be used, and only equipment supplied by the IWCA Convention should be used, not your own. But watch out: Water left behind and edges that aren’t clean will incur time penalties! That will spur competitors on even more, and it will definitely be great fun for those taking part.
The question is: will anyone be able to beat the record time of the two-time winner Ivan Pleinadius this year? In the last two years, the Swede has managed to clean the three windows spotlessly in just 12.45 seconds.

You can find more information about this event and the association itself on Facebook or on the IWCA website.

The IWCA Convention is the USA’s most popular meeting place for window cleaners - for everyone from major corporations to the end-user. What do you think - wouldn’t it be great to have such a first-rate event in Germany too?

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