Window cleaning with telescopic poles: which one is the right one for you?

Glass and façade cleaning at heights of up to 20 m with water-bearing telescopic poles from Unger

Modern telescopic poles make your job easier and are the safer alternative to using ladders. Due to the numerous risks associated with the use of ladders to clean windows, telescopic pole should be the first choice for professional glass and building cleaners.

Traditional window cleaning with aluminium telescopic poles

With UNGER telescopic poles for traditional glass cleaning, your work is safer because you have solid footing on the ground. You can choose from one- to five-part aluminium telescopic poles that let you work as high as 10 m (33 ft) up. The two-piece OptiLoc telescopic poles are available in six variants from 125 cm to 6 m in length. The three-piece OptiLoc series offers telescopic poles from 185 cm to 9 m in length. Add-ons allow the telescopic poles in UNGER's TelePlus 125 and TelePlus 200 series to be extended by another 6.2 or 10 m, respectively. The two-piece UniTec telescopic poles are also available in 2, 3, and 4 m lengths. The weight varies depending on the length, and ranges between 300 to just over 2,200 grams. Thanks to the UNGER safety cone, the telescopic poles are even safer because the tools snap into place and can't fall off.

Using telescopic poles in traditional window cleaning requires certain workflows that are easy to follow. First, the washer is attached to the telescopic handle. If you skip a little bit at the top edge of the window, you'll reduce drips and won't have to squeegee down the top edge afterwards.

When cleaning the window, you choose either a vertical or right angle. The vertical technique is recommended for smaller windows: wipe the window from top to bottom. The vertical tracks overlap and the drops hanging from the rubber lip are tapped off at the top. 

For larger windows, we recommend cleaning at right angles. Here you set the squeegee to the left under the edge of the upper window frame. First pull horizontally to the right; when you reach the end of the track, go vertically downwards. The individual tracks will overlap here as well. This method leaves a bit of water on the left window edge, which you will remove with a vertical stroke at the very end. To mop up, remove the tool from the pole and simply put your chamois over the cone. Window squeegees with swivelling, freely adjustable and fixable squeegee heads are particularly suitable for right-angled wiping. The UNGER VisaVersa, which combines the squeegee and washers in a single tool, is also particularly convenient.

Telescopic poles for pure water cleaning

Cleaning windows with pure water is easier, faster, and safer, many times over. UNGER water-fed poles also enable you to work at heights of up to 20 m (66 ft.) safely from the ground.

  • If you want to know what pure water is and what advantages UNGER's pure water systems have, you'll find extensive information here.
  • Did you know that the glass façade of the new symphony hall in Hamburg is cleaned with pure water? Learn more here.

To clean glass with pure water, UNGER's nLite One and Connect are two high-quality water-fed pole systems available for working from the ground. The flexible nLite One telescopic poles are available in fibreglass and carbon fibre in lengths up to 8.70 meters and 12.20 meters respectively. The UNGER nLite Connect range also includes telescopic extension poles of different lengths, which allow you to work at heights of up to 20 m (66 ft.) with your feet firmly planted on the ground.

Thanks to the telescopic structure, each telescopic pole can be simply pulled apart and adjusted to the right length within seconds. A red mark warns users not to pull the pole too far. The handle made of thermoplastic rubber is designed so that it fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. This allows for better and more ergonomic guidance of the pole and ensures that you're in an optimal position and protects against damage. The practical nLite clips are used to secure an externally routed hose over the entire length of the pole. This prevents twisting of the hose and optimizes safety while cleaning. The longest carbon pole is 12.20 m long but weighs only 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs.). The lightest fibreglass model (1.5 m) comes in at a mere 500 g (18 oz.).

  • You can find information on the rigidity and resilience of UNGER’s water-fed telescopic poles here.
  • If you want to know how our telescopic poles are made, you can find more information here. 

When working at great heights, a good grip on the pole is important. If the pole slips out of your hand, this can do more harm than just ruining your cleaning job. You could damage the pole or, much worse, the building. Many pros therefore use pole gloves. These guarantee a firm grip thanks to the non-slip materials. They also protect your hands on hot days when the telescopic pole heats up due to the warm rays of the sun.

Tip: In order for your pole gloves to fit, well, like a glove, it is recommended to order them one size larger than usual since they tend to run small.

Brushes and accessories 

Each water-fed telescopic pole includes a high-quality water-fed brush. All brushes are therefore compatible with our water-fed telescopic poles. This way you can assemble your own combination of tools and decide depending on the cleaning time, size of the glass surface, and degree of soiling among various brush options. 

The nLite range of water-fed brushes are available in two shapes (rectangular, angled), with different bristles (nylon or natural), in three widths (27 cm, 40 cm, 60 cm), and for various applications (solar panel cleaning, façade cleaning, etc.). All brushes are high quality and extremely easy to use.

For example, the light construction of our nLite brushes in combination with the smooth, solid outer material ensures maximum stability with significantly reduced weight. Especially with frequent and long cleaning, this is added value that you come to appreciate.

Another way they make your work is easier is the flexible rotation of the brush. Depending on the model, you can rotate the nLite brushes up to 180°. Also practical is the UNGER angle adapter, which lets you adjust the working angle optimally. This is especially helpful when cleaning hard-to-reach places. For example, for the cleaning the roofs of conservatories or solar energy systems. Use the angle adapter as an add-on for the water-carrying telescopic poles and reach every working angle.

In order to clean larger areas faster and better, it is also possible to add more nozzles. The recommended number depends on the working height and the water pressure. 

Tip: The higher the incoming water pressure, the more nozzles you can use, up to a maximum of twelve. 

  • Learn more about water-bearing brushes in our video.

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