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Supplies Needed to Start Your Own Window Cleaning Business: 9 Must-Haves
Posted on Tuesday, September 15th 2020

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The pandemic is causing a lot of people to question the benefits of corporate life while dreaming of the independence of entrepreneurship. A window cleaning business can be a great way to break out of the monotony of Zoom calls and e-mails and get you outside in the fresh air. It also has a low overhead, which is always attractive to those who are just starting out in the world of business ownership.

If you are thinking of starting your own window washer business, there are 9 supplies you can buy now.


The squeegee is the single most important item in a window cleaner’s tool kit. It is commonly a T-shaped tool with a rubber blade, and it provides a streak-free way to clear cleaning solution and dirt from windows.

You will want to make sure you have a quality squeegee on day one!
  Water-Fed Pole

A water-fed pole is a long, extendable pole with a brush head and internal pump, which allows water to be dispensed on demand.

There are a few factors you should consider when buying your first water-fed pole, including budget, what kinds of buildings you plan to clean, and how often you will be using it.

Water-fed poles are usually made of aluminum, fiberglass, or carbon fiber. Aluminum is the cheapest, while carbon fiber can be the most expensive. Carbon fiber is also the most rigid, allowing you to wash windows more efficiently.

If you are planning to mainly clean residential windows, you can get by with a 30–40 foot pole, while commercial buildings may require poles in the 50-foot range.

  T-Bars and Sleeves

You can think of sleeves as mops for cleaning windows. They allow you to scrub away at dirt and tough problem spots. The sleeves go on T-bars that come in different sizes so you can wash windows of all dimensions. 

The sleeves are often made of microfiber and come in different levels of abrasiveness. When choosing your sleeves, you will want to consider how absorbent they are. Sleeves that hold more water let you clean windows for a longer time between dips in the bucket.


Scrapers are an important part of a window cleaning supply list because some windows cannot be cleaned using soap and scrubbing alone. Most scrapers include a razor blade, which comes in handy when you are trying to remove tape or paint from windows. 


 Belts and Holsters 

If you are going to start a successful window cleaning business, you should invest in a sturdy belt and holsters that can carry a lot of your supplies. The holsters should be able to hold dry towels, spray bottles, steel wool, your mop, and a few small squeegees. 

Wearing a belt with a holster will give you easy access to anything you may need, and it will keep your supplies clean and dry while you move around the building. 

Cleaning Solution 

The cleaning solution you choose will go a long way in determining the ease in which you can clean windows. Professionals swear by the effectiveness of dishwashing liquid! You may also want to have other solutions at your disposal. There are many new green and environmentally friendly solutions on the market. 



It could be easy to forget about the basics as you are building your window washing business, but you can’t forget buckets! Buckets are essential to any window cleaning mission. You will want to have more than one so you can keep clean water nearby. Empty buckets can always be helpful if you are trying to keep supplies dry and away from dirt. 


Towels are another basic that cannot be ignored. Every veteran window washer will tell you how valuable a simple towel can be. Be sure to invest in several microfiber towels that can be used for everything from drying supplies to cleaning small window corners.  
     A Sturdy Ladder 

Any professional window cleaner to needs to have one or two sturdy ladders in his or her truck. Ideally, you would be able to reach and clean all windows with your water-fed pole, but you will need a ladder from time to time. 

A ladder is not a place to cut costs. You should invest in a ladder that is sturdy and safe. Research ladders that work well in grassy areas since you will often be setting up on a lawn. 

Deciding which squeegee, water-fed pole, and other necessary equipment to buy can often be tough for a beginner. 

Franchise owners at Fish Window Cleaning receive guidance from a company that has been cleaning windows for more than four decades. Fish Window Cleaning franchisees purchase supplies from a trusted vendor that assures quality and value, so you will know you are using top-of-the-line gear. 

For more information, visit www.fishwindowcleaning.com/franchise, or call 1-877-707-FISH (3474)