Window Washer Job Description


Window washers clean and dry windows on the exterior and interiors of buildings. They are typically employed by window cleaning firms or by building maintenance firms that undertake cleaning and decorating work, too. Many window washers run their own business. Window washers work on private homes and commercial buildings.


  • Window washing jobs have no set educational qualifications, but candidates need to be at least 18 years old.


  • Window washer training is usually conducted on the job under the guidance of an experienced window cleaner and typically lasts for several weeks. Many window washing companies have their own cleaning techniques and desired standards, so they provide demonstration lessons on the company premises.

    Apprenticeships may also be available from trade unions and usually last around six months. Apprenticeship programs teach candidates about when and how to use different cleaning solutions, how to safely erect scaffolding and attach safety belts. Potential window washers are also taught how to climb and descend ladders safely and the correct use of cleaning equipment.

Job Duties

  • Window washers clean glass panes in private houses, commercial offices, shops, bars and public buildings. A window washer also cleans glass partitions, mirrors and any glass surfaces that need attention, as stated on the Occupational Info website. A window washer typically applies a sponge or cloth doused in either soapy water or window cleaning fluid to glass surfaces. After cleaning, window washers dry surfaces with a cloth, squeegee or a soft leather chamois.


  • Window washers work inside and outside so they should be prepared to work in bad weather conditions. They also spend a lot of time kneeling, reaching, climbing and lifting equipment so they need to be physically fit. Window washers should also have excellent balance and have no fear of heights.


  • A window washer uses a ladder to reach the upper floors of private homes and mobile scaffolding and specially constructed swinging seats to clean upper-floor windows on large office buildings. A window washer must be vigilant in using this equipment safely to avoid injury. In some cases, a window washer climbs out to a window from inside a building, using safety belts attached to metal brackets, as stated on the State University website.


  • The average salary of a window washer as of July 2010 was $25,000, according to the salary and job information website Simply Hired.

Job Outlook

  • Window washer candidates should contact local window cleaning firms, building maintenance firms or industrial organizations that require window cleaners. An experienced window washer can go on to become a supervisor in large window washing firms.

    Many window washers are self-employed. This option requires a relatively small investment in basic cleaning tools and equipment such as ladders and safety hooks. Window washers typically work 35 to 40 hours a week and many are union members.

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