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  1. Tips for working in wintry weather

    Tips for working in wintry weather

    As the winter months close in, Darren wanted to share some of his experiences when it comes to working in cold weather.  Although it is nowhere near as cold as it used to be when he first started window cleaning over 25 years ago, there are still a few days when the cold weather can cause issues. Clothing The first...
  2. Removing Lichen on Solar Panels and Conservatory Roofs

    Removing Lichen on Solar Panels and Conservatory Roofs

    Welcome to our October blog!  In our latest entry, Darren discusses a topic that he is often asked about – cleaning solar panels and conservatory roofs.  One question I am asked most often is: “what can I use to clean solar panels or conservatory roofs?” What you may not know is that the answer very much depends on when they...
  3. Cleaning Expo 2022

    Cleaning Expo 2022

    September rolls around and that means it is time for another Cleaning Expo. Last year, the big news surrounding the event was the petrol crisis which threatened to prevent some customers and suppliers from attending. This year was surrounded by an altogether much larger and historical event, the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We love a road...
  4. Hose Management

    Hose Management

    The subject of hose management is one that has come up a few times in recent months so I thought I would put together my thoughts on it and some ways of working which have helped me over the years. Using the hose reel from the van I always like to start with the house furthest away. I try to...
  5. New van means a new system to install

    New van means a new system to install

    I recently installed a window cleaning system in a new van for a customer. The system needed to be reliable and easy to use so for my controller, I opted for the ABC 2 controller - a robust piece of kit, housed in a sturdy enclosure. It is compatible with the Aquatec pumps, is fully digital and has some nice...
  6. Which pump controller is the best?

    Which pump controller is the best?

    Pump controllers have come a long way since the original analogue controllers, and with so much choice now available, it can be difficult to decide which one is going to be the best fit for your window cleaning system. There are several factors which need to be taken into consideration when making your decision. You need to think about your...
  7. Seven troubleshooting tips for problems with window cleaning pumps and controllers

    Seven troubleshooting tips for problems with window cleaning pumps and controllers

    From the most advanced van installations to basic DIY set-ups, we will all experience issues with a pump or controller at some point. They can work perfectly fine for months, then suddenly start playing up for what seems like no reason at all. Thankfully, our director, Darren, is here to help! He has pulled together his top troubleshooting tips. Now...
  8. Time for a Spring clean

    Time for a Spring clean

    As the evenings get lighter and a little bit warmer, now is the perfect time to have a look at your van system and equipment and carry out some maintenance. Now we know it is not as exciting but spending some time on your van will be worth it - we promise. Our director, Darren, is on hand to help...
  9. Three ways to conserve water when using a water-fed pole

    Three ways to conserve water when using a water-fed pole

    At DA Components we’re always looking for ways to conserve water.  Not only for environmental reasons but because it is a pain to run out of pure water during the day and take many trips to the van to fill up backpacks/trolleys. In this blog we explore three different methods for stopping the flow of water without returning to the...
  10. Is this the end of Bronze Wool for window cleaning?

    Is this the end of Bronze Wool for window cleaning?

    As you may have heard since the pandemic the super fine 0000 grade Bronze Wool Pads have been discontinued and will no longer be available. The super fine 0000 grade is what we recommended for window cleaning as it was safe for use on glass as well as UPVC. However, it’s now time to find a new favourite, but don’t...

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