Exterior cleaning

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Cleaning a skyscraper on a suspended stage.
Workers scrub the outside of a skyscraper in Hong Kong.

Exterior cleaning is the process of cleaning a building's exterior, including the restoration of good hygiene or removal of litter or dirt. Not to be confused with interior cleaning (e.g., office cleaning), exterior cleaning draws on aspects of environmental care, architecture preservation, and psychological well-being, in addition to traditional cleaning. In some jurisdictions, exterior cleaners must be licensed to practice, e.g. window cleaners require a license to operate in Scotland.[1][2]


Exterior cleaners can specialize in:

  • Bronze cleaning and restoration
  • Cladding
  • Conservatory roof cleaning
  • Decking cleaning, staining and waxing
  • Fascia
  • Graffiti removal and protection
  • Glazing
  • Gutters
  • Patio furniture
  • Paving
  • Siding
  • Stone conservation
  • Stone restoration
  • Swimming pools
  • Solar panel cleaning
  • Sign cleaning

Companies can focus on residential or commercial cleaning, high access. Exterior cleaners may specialize in a particular field; for example, the cleaning of bronze monuments or graffiti removal.

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  1. ^ "Council warning over unlicensed window cleaners in Fife". bbc.com. November 25, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "Window cleaner's licence (Scotland)". gov.uk. Retrieved February 27, 2018.

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