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Window Cleaners Wipe Away Cowboy Image

Celebrating it's 60th Anniversary in 2007, the Federation of Window Cleaners has been at the forefront in changing the cowboy image of the window cleaning industry. Window Cleaners who were thought of as being unintelligent can now earn £60,000 per year.

London, United Kingdom, June 02, 2007 --( When George Formby sang one of his most famous lyrics, “When I’m cleaning windows” in 1936 he sang about the benefits of what the average window cleaner may see on his round. In those days you would see a window cleaner hitch his ladder over his back, jump on his bike and be off to clean windows with his bucket and sponge.

The industry has changed somewhat in the last few decades, with birth of the professional window cleaner using sophisticated systems with water tanks in the back of vans pumping water through extendable poles being used to clean windows 60 feet up. No longer do they peep at “The honeymooning couples too, you should see them bill and coo.”

The success and growth of the industry, which now provides employment for 56,000 people in the UK has been down to the image it presents to its customers. The “Federation of Window Cleaners” ( has been the greatest advocate of this professional approach and this year celebrates it 60th Anniversary. The Federation promotes the guidelines set out by the HSE, ensuring that its members’ safety is always paramount. Members are able to use the Federations logo to promote themselves as professionals in the industry.

Bryan Dolby, the Chairman of the Federation of Window Cleaners commented “many people still see window cleaning as a low paid profession, only done by those who cant get better jobs. This is not that case at all, with window cleaners earning anything up to £60,000 per year. We hope that the work the Federation has done to promote the professional image of the industry in the last 60 years has helped to eradicate those cowboys that give the industry a bad name and in turn provide our members with a greater chance to attract more customers.”

The Federation hopes to increase it’s membership this year and offers such services as health and safety advice, identity cards, updates to current legislation, discounted insurance offering cover for damage to glass, subsidised advertising rates as well as the kudos of being a member of the largest and original trade association for the industry, which helps members to win more customers.

For more information contact the Federation on 0161 432 8754 or email them at their headquarters at

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Federation of Window Cleaners
Mark Farrimond
01942 234 093

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