Despite the fact that since the financial crisis of 2008, almost 600,000 people have become self-employed window cleaners, many pensioners still experience great difficulty in finding a reliable, competent person to maintain the glazed areas of their home.
To avoid employing someone whose knowledge or ability is in doubt, Age Concern has published a helpful WindoWise guide in which they advise never using a window cleaner who
arrives after dark or before dawn
has one or both of their arms in a sling
uses a pogo stick, trampoline or bouncy castle to reach first-floor windows
does George Formby impressions without being asked
uses a Victoria sponge to wipe down the windows
keeps fish or crustaceans in their water bucket.
is called Colin, Sandra or Super Mario.