Window cleaning – a potted history

The demand for window cleaners dates back to the start of the industrial revolution, when pollution and smog left a dirty film on windows. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of window cleaners servicing homes, and each will use a system that they trust to deliver the best finish. 

Traditional method 

Until the 1990’s, the squeegee (or blade) was the traditional window cleaning method – a soapy solution would be applied to the window and the squeegee would clear it off. This is a good method, but it comes with its limitations. The main issue is the time it takes – not only is it difficult to clear stubborn debris from a window with this method, but it is also very time-consuming and involves a lot of ladder work, which puts window cleaners at a higher risk of accidents, and also takes a lot longer, costing the customer more.

That said, the traditional method remains perfect for many situations still today at Mr. Reach. All inside windows are given the traditional treatment, and windows that can’t be reached with the water-fed pole. Upper floor properties of maisonettes or flats also require the traditional method too, to avoid wetting the windows of the properties below if they’re not being cleaned at the same time.

Reach and wash method

The majority of the time we opt for the market-leading purified water ‘Reach and Wash’ system – hence the name ‘Mr. Reach’.

What is a Reach and Wash system? 

The reach and wash system uses a long carbon fibre pole (up to 70ft) with a brush on the end through which purified, or de-ionised water is fed through a tube up the pole and out of the brush head onto the window.

As the brush agitates and removes even the most stubborn dirt off the window, the water flushes it away leaving a spotless finish. There are no streaks or watermarks, because the water doesn’t contain any minerals – it’s been de-ionised. At Mr. Reach we use a special water meter to check the mineral content after being purified, and we will only use water with a 0% mineral content.  

The other benefits of the reach and wash system is that the frames and sills get cleaned too, instead of just the glass, and it all takes a lot less time, making it more cost-effective for the customer. The longer a job takes, the more it costs.

Mr. Reach van

Delivering the best finish every time

Why Mr. Reach trusts the ‘Reach and Wash System’ to deliver the best results for our valued customers: 

  1. Highest quality finish – no watermarks or streaks due to de-ionised water being used
  2. Entire window, frame and sills get cleaned – the brush can be used on every part of the window, not just the glass 
  3. Faster, and therefore more cost-effective – the quicker we can deliver a great finish, the more ground we can cover and the less the customer is required to pay
  4. Safer – our operatives can clean safely, from the ground. By reducing the amount of time operatives are using ladders, the likelihood of accidents is also reduced
  5. Deeper clean – The brush can remove stubborn dirt that may take a few cleans to remove when using the traditional method
  6. More reliable – with less time spent using ladders, we are able to clean windows in adverse weather conditions – wet and icy weather causes ladders to slip and reduces visibility – two issues that don’t exist when using the reach and wash system 

Ask your Mr. Reach operative to talk you through the ‘Reach and Wash’ process – it’s interesting stuff. 

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Want to see how the Reach and Wash system can deliver a great finish on your windows? Arrange a quote with Mr. Reach today

We stand by our core values, to bring you the best window cleaning experience.

  • Customer-centric

    Whatever our customer needs, we will do our very best to help.

  • Respect

    We earn and show respect - earning our customers’ respect is important to us. We will always be respectful of our customer’s requests and their properties.

  • Best in class

    We strive to be the best window cleaning service in the UK today, and will continue to innovate to ensure we are.

See what other people say about us

I always know our windows will get a premium clean every time. Wonderful customer service and really nice people. It’s refreshing to see window cleaning being taken really seriously. 

Jack Stubbs

A real breath of fresh air. Always reliable, great price, and very high standards. It’s nice to meet people who are passionate about making customers happy.

Jess Sheeran

Our previous window cleaner let us down and so we tried Sam from Mr Reach and we have to say that the finish he produced was certainly superior to that of our previous cleaner. The frames sparkle as much as the windows now and we would certainly recommend them.

Leonard Gooblar

As soon as I learnt that Mr Reach have over a decade of experience, I signed up. Ever since, I’ve been extremely happy. They always give me 24-hours notice, are respectful when on our property, and so polite.

Vicky Ball

Always a pleasure to see the team, and I’m delighted with the level of cleanliness each and every time. A whole new level of service.

Julie Cross

The reach and wash system that Mr Reach use was all new to me, but it’s clear to see it’s by far the superior solution for cleaning windows, leaving a perfect finish every time. I wasn’t aware that there was another option than the traditional way.

Sheila Dalton

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Reach Out™

Mr Reach in the community

Mr Reach works with local charities, councils and community groups to deliver a special Reach Out™ service for the elderly and people with disabilities. Our partners are trained to make people feel safe, communicate effectively, identify issues and potential safety hazards, as well as spotting signs that may mean the resident is in distress or trouble. This community-centric approach is at the heart of the Mr Reach ethos. Read more about out Reach Out™ service. 

Mr. Reach delivers a home cleaning service and our cleaners are all caring and respectful to deliver the best service in every situation. We have experience of cleaning the homes of people with dementia, and have references from family members, upon request.

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