The first UNGER cleaning tools

> Over 50 years of UNGER

> Henry Unger

> The first cleaning tools

> Do you have any old Unger tools?

Nifty Nabber, Strip T'z or Swivel Loc - Do you know what is behind these names? They are all cleaning tools that UNGER has developed over the last 50 years. A look back.

When Henry M. Unger moved from America to Germany in 1964, he had only one dream: To establish the innovative window cleaning tools from the United States also in Europe. Together with his wife Barbara he founded the company UNGER in a top floor apartment in Hamburg. A little later, the move to Solingen and the opening of their own production facility took place. 

The breakthrough

With success: The breakthrough came in 1966 with the UNGER S-squeegee. Made of stainless steel instead of brass, it was impressive with its clever spring mechanism for the effortless replacement of channels and rubbers. The high quality squeegee handle with a rubber coating ensured that the window cleaning process was much easier even in icy temperatures.

Clever product solutions

The fact that Henry always kept an eye out for the concerns of the professionals meant that the young entrepreneur did not miss anything and could use this practical knowledge intelligently in product development.
Additionally, he also recognised that ergonomics was playing an increasingly important role in daily work and that he had to come up with new, more user friendly solutions: That was the birth of the ErgoTec squeegee.
With this ergonomic handle, the rubber was embedded in a plastic handle, making it more practical and much lighter.

Milestones

Other innovations that you probably all know were the PRO squeegee, the OptiLoc telescopic pole system or the MicroStrip washers and MicroWipe microfibre cloths.
Even today, it is close to UNGER’s heart to make your job easier, safer and more effective. The latest milestones in UNGER history were created through close cooperation with the users, such as the ErgoTec Ninja window squeegee, the HydroPower DI pure water systems or the nLite waterfed poles. Add to all of those the erGO! floor cleaning system with a telescopic handle for ergonomic floor cleaning, as well as the Stingray for indoor window cleaning. Only by means of your feedback will we be able to continue the original idea of ​​Henry Unger in the future.

Now you are being asked!

Do you still own an old UNGER window cleaning tool? Which was your first UNGER tool?
Write to us or send us your photos - as a comment, on Facebook or by email to clean@clean-magazine.com.
We look forward to your feedback and hope to receive news about some exciting relics from the history of UNGER.

This could be also interesting:

Add a comment

No comments so far.
New comment

Currently popular:

How to reduce downtime and costs

> 40 percent of cleaners complain about pain*

> Ergonomic floor cleaning

> Reduce illness related downtime and costs

> AGR seal approved: Recommended by doctors and therapists

0

A glass palace fit for real Vikings

> A cleaning object in a class of its own: The U.S. Bank Stadium

> 18,581 square metres of glass surface

> The five largest glass doors in the world

> Innovative glass cleaning tool

0

The decisive factor for guests

> The Consumer research association GfK (Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung) study on the importance of cleanliness in the catering business

> Hygiene is a high priority for restaurant visitors

> Include staff in cleaning

> In-between cleaning with floor cleaning system

0

How to become an industrial climber

Industrial climbers clean glass surfaces on skyscrapers, high-rise tower blocks and churches at dizzying heights. Thanks to their additional training, they do not require any elevating platforms or gondolas; instead, they abseil little by little down vertical walls.

0

Wow, there was a lot going on!

A packed-out trade fair stand, enthusiastic professionals, an exclusive live interview, an exciting panel discussion and a convincing world premiere on top – for UNGER the CMS Berlin was an absolute success.

0

“We window cleaners are a special species!”

Rounding up a couple of window and building cleaning colleagues and recreating an iconic image from the 1950s – that was the idea of Andreas Nissen.

0

Pros placing their bets on the “Dog Earring”

A trend has firmly established itself amongst professional window cleaners: they are single-handedly bending the ends of their squeegee channels downwards with a pair of tongs to improve their performance.

0

“Paraiso” short film: cleaning at dizzying heights

Three Mexican immigrants, Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers and a whole lot of courage – they are the secret ingredients of the award-winning short film “Paraiso” which you can now watch on YouTube.

0

Safety glass: first recognize, then clean properly

Wherever impact resistance and safety are of utmost importance, it is a good idea to use tempered safety glass (TSG) and laminated safety glass (LSG).

0