Winter months are around the corner and we all know what that means, cold hands, icy water and water freezing on windows.

Although the ideal time for cleaning windows is during warmer weather, sometimes you can’t avoid washing your dirty windows, especially when Christmas is around the corner and you’re expecting guests on Christmas day.

It’s not everyday that temperatures fall below zero, therefore it would be a good idea to check the weather forecast each evening so you know what weather to expect whilst cleaning your windows.

Read our tips on how to avoid any incidents whilst cleaning your windows in winter:


  • Use appropriate ladders for the task at hand. When cleaning external windows an extension ladder is recommended.
  • If you are using an extension ladder, ensure all locks are engaged.
  • Single extension ladders must be set up at a 75-degree angle.
  • Metal ladders must have slip-resistant feet.
  • Keep your body in the centre of the rails of the ladder at all times and never lean on either side whilst working.
  • Check the ground under the ladder as ice and snow on the ground can cause uneven surfaces. Either clear the area or choose an alternative space to place your ladders.

Reduce Water Spillage

Water spillages on the ground can pose problems whilst cleaning windows. In below zero temperatures, it is likely that water falling on the ground will freeze therefore, causing a potential hazard for passers by.

Avoid endangering the lives of others by generously spreading rock salt on the areas of the spillage.

Avoid Water Freezing On The Glass

When temperatures drop below zero water can freeze whilst you’re cleaning your windows.

Ensure your home is well heated on the inside, as in most cases it is unlikely to freeze the window. However, avoid cleaning windows in places that are not well heated.

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