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Window Cleaning Abbreviations

Window Cleaning Abbreviations

The window cleaning industry has many abbreviations and initialisms that can cause confusion even for experienced window cleaners

Popular Water Fed Terms

  • PPM - Parts Per Million - A measured quantity of Total Dissolved Solids.
  • TDS - Total Dissolved Solids - Another measurement to indicate the purity of your water.
  • TDS Meter - An electronic meter for accurately measuring Total Dissolved Solids. Provides a continuous digital readout to assess water quality.
  • DI - Deionisation - A chemical process that uses manufactured resins to filter dissolved minerals and impurities through a DI Vessel.
  • RO - Reverse Osmosis - A  technology using semipermeable membranes to remove larger particulates from water, often used alongside Deionised filtration.
  • Payload - The total weight of equipment, tank and water that a fitted vehicle can safely transport.
  • WFP - Water Fed Pole - A lightweight, specially designed extending pole.
  • Pole Pipe - A flexible, small bore water hose threaded through a Water Fed Pole. 
  • HiMod - High Modulus Carbon Fibre - A strong but light material used in the construction of high quality Water Fed Poles.
  • GAC - Granular Activated Carbon. A type of Carbon Pre-Filter.
  • Micron - A term used to describe the average size of the openings between pieces of the filter media.


  • IOSH - The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health - The only chartered body for Health and Safety practitioners - Plain English means they know what they are talking about when it comes to Health and safety!
  • NEBOSH - National Exam Board in Occupational Safety & Health - Again they know the in's and out's on Health and Safety.
  • HSE - Health and Safety Executive - The knowledge on Health and Safety at work.
  • CRB - Criminal Record Bureau (now called DBS, see below)
  • DBS - Disclosure and Barring Service - A check on a person's criminal background and history to see if they are barred from working in specific areas.
  • CHAS - The Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme - A scheme to prove you meet the required standards of health & safety of specific public and private sector businesses.
  • CSCS - Construction Skills Certification Scheme - A certification to prove you have the required training to work on a construction site.
  • FWC - Federation of Window Cleaners.
  • FSB - Federation of Small Businesses.
  • IRATA - Industrial Rope Access Trade Association - Global Association for working at height . Provides working guidelines and training for rope access work.
  • IPAF - International Powered Access Federation - Promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment.
  • PAL - Powered Access Licence - If you complete an IPAF course you are awarded a PAL Card.
  • SAM - Safety Accredited Member - Safety accreditation for window cleaning.
  • MEWP - Mobile Elevated Working Platform - Otherwise known as cherry pickers, access platforms or Scissor lifts.
  • PASMA - Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association - Trade association for mobile access tower industry.

Other Abbreviations

  • WCW - Window Cleaning Warehouse Ltd The UK's Largest and Best Supplier of Window Cleaning Equipment.
  • WC - Window Cleaning, plain and simple.
  • Shiner - Common term for a Window Cleaner.
  • Windie - Alternative name for a Window Cleaner.
  • Trad - Abbreviation for the term Traditional Window Cleaning.
  • T-Bar - Traditional Handle used to apply soap to a window surface. Combined with a absorbent sleeve. Also called an Applicator.


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