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1. Dogtanian: Not only do you have to worry about treading in dog mess as a WFPer, but you also have to watch out as you’re dragging all that hose around that you don’t drag the hose through it. As I guess you can imagine, it won’t be a very nice job cleaning hoses that are covered in faeces.

2. No End Game: When WFPing you won’t get to see the end result of all your hard work in the same way as you do with traditional cleaning.

3. Stubborn Stuff: There are certain types of dirt WFP’s aren’t very good at cleaning off, namely dried-on bird excrement, snail trails, insect spots and spider webs.

4. Builders Cleans: WFPs will be fairly useless on most builders' cleans. After a building has been built its windows will most likely be covered in lumps of dried-on plaster, cement, silicone, paint, etc. A glass scraper will need to be employed to get this kind of dirt off.

5. 1st Cleans: When you get a new customer you will often find the house's windows, frames and sills will be absolutely caked in dirt, that green algae stuff, bird excrement, etc. Once on a first clean I saw windows so dirty you couldn’t actually see anything through them.  It is my opinion that WFPs are great once you get the windows to a decent standard, but on houses that are particularly bad on the first time I’m not so sure.

6. Insides: Obviously you won’t be able to do the insides of windows with a WFP unless the customer doesn’t mind their carpets and upholstery being drenched.

7. Flaky Paint: A lot of houses haven’t yet upgraded to PVCu window frames and have rotting old wooden ones that are covered in flaky paint instead. WFPs will struggle cleaning these windows as they’ll leave paint flakes on the glass and milky whiteness from poor-quality, old paint.

8. Financial Outlay: Getting kitted out with a good WFP system will be more expensive than starting up as a traditional window cleaner. It will also be more expensive to maintain your equipment.

9. Equipment Failure/Maintenance: With a WFP system there are more things to go wrong with the equipment. Also, like any mechanical device it will need maintenance. With a ladder, a bucket and a squeegee there isn’t a whole lot of maintenance involved other than changing your rubber every so often.

10. Upstairs Sills: Because you’ll be on the ground with a WFP you won’t be able to see the upstairs sill you are cleaning and you will just have to hope that you got all the dirt off of it.

11. First Clean Spotting: Say if you are cleaning windows with a WFP that have been previously cleaned using traditional methods, it may take a couple of cleans for the pure water to remove the detergents from the window. You may find there will be a few spots left on the glass for the first couple of cleans.

12. Not Entirely Ladderless: For some houses you may still need to get on a ladder. For example, you have to clean some windows above a flat roof. Or another example could be that the only way to access the back of a particular customer’s house is to go over the flat roof garage. Obviously though because you won’t be on a ladder half as much, a WFP will still be lot safer because there will be less opportunities for you to fall.

13. Electrocution: Using a WFP in close proximity to an electric pylon could be the last thing you ever do, but at least you'll have gone out with a bang.

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