Rapid development of high-rise buildings in most Canadian cities has necessitated the need for window cleaning, pressure washing, and gutter cleaning services. Part of the demand is the nature of the job. Very few people can be suspended almost 300 meters above the ground while cleaning windows. The job is physically demanding and you need to go through various safety programs to be ready.
What does a high-rise cleaning job entail?
Safety and risks: Window cleaning jobs are quite dangerous. Picture yourself cleaning a window that is 300 meters high. Any mistake will cost your life. You are also subjected to the scorching sun during summer, high winds, and occasional downpours. If you are inexperienced, you may end up postponing your tasks frequently.
Physical strength: High-rise window cleaning requires someone who is physically and mentally fit. This means you should not be afraid of heights and should have the strength to balance your cleaning equipment while suspended high in the air.
Training: High-rise window cleaning training takes two weeks to a month. Part of the training involves undergoing various safety-training programs and getting certification for the same. Skills extend to pressure washing and gutter cleaning. The two come in handy for residential and commercial cleaning services.
Teamwork: Due to the high-risk nature of the job, most of the professional window cleaners in Ottawa often work as a team. This allows you to support each other where the job is massive and safety is paramount. Your teammates can keep an eye on you as you work and help where need be.
Equipment: Typical window cleaning jobs require investments in equipment. Pressure washers cost money and when you factor in the training involved most companies opt to outsource the service to professionals. Window cleaners also need to be familiar with bosun chair, swing stage, ladders, and a host of hydraulic equipment.
Average pay for a professional cleaning job in Canada
The average pay for professional window cleaning jobs is around $35,100/year. This translates to around $18/hour with a high of $24/hour. The scale varies a lot with most entry-level cleaning jobs offering $27,105/year and experienced window cleaners taking home $59,670. Professional cleaners may also get additional referrals or retention bonuses. High-rise window cleaners with experience can make $200 a day. The pay also depends on the work done. The more windows you clean or area covered the more you take home.
- Exterior and interior window cleaning – may extend to gutter and pressure cleaning
- Ability to comply with various safety procedures
- Maintain personal responsibility for equipment allocated
- Keep supervisors up to date and be willing to work as a team
- Participate in relevant training programs
- Be professional and courteous
- Be Physically fit and be able to handle heavyweights
Seasonality of the job
Window cleaning is a highly seasonal job with peak season being from May to November. This is because with summer you have a multitude of bugs that contaminate windows making them blurry. It is quite difficult to do the job during winter.
To get the job ensure that all your working permits are in order. For Immigrants, you may need a working holiday visa.