Blog Series: “Tools for a Window Cleaning Business” 2. Create A Tool Belt

In the previous article, I provided a list of basic tools you will want to buy before starting a window cleaning business.

Build Your Own Custom Work Belt

The next step in upping your arsenal would be to make your own work belt.  There are many you can buy online.  I wouldn’t go that route, since they will only last for so much use before they start falling apart.

What I would recommend you do is go to a hardware store and get a good solid leather work belt that will last for years of use.  You can also get a leather hammer holster that can be used as a holster for your cotton cloths.

Here is a list of a few items you can get for creating your window cleaners work belt:

  • Leather work belt
  • Leather hammer holster (for holding cloths)
  • Squeegee holster
  • Bucket on a belt holster
  • Drip Guard (put behind bucket on a belt holster to keep your leg dry)

You may wish to also either buy a plastic backing to keep your leg dry from drips from the bucket on a belt holster or go to a shoe repair shop and ask if you they can make one out of leather for you.

A shoe repair guy gave me a large piece of leather to use as a drip guard for free years ago.  It may be a little worn and dirty, yet it keeps my leg a lot dryer than if I didn’t have a drip shield.

Whatever things you decide to go with, I would highly recommend buying solid leather where possible as leather will last the longest. Any fabric type belt will disintegrate with time, no matter how strong it may appear in the beginning.

Whether you are a new or experienced window cleaner, you will see the value in buying quality leather products as it relates to building your own tool belt. You will get many more years of use out of leather as opposed to any other type of belt sold on cleaning suppliers websites.


How to Assemble Your Tool Belt

Start with your belt.  Add each holster to the belt until they are in comfortable locations on your waist.  You may choose to tweak where you locate the holsters on the belt depending on your personal preferences.


Assembled Window Cleaners Tool Belt –

Whether you have a little or a lot of experience with this, I’d love to hear your thoughts in a comment below.  If you found value in this post, please hit one of the share buttons below.  Thanks for reading.

William King

William currently lives in the Greater Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada with his wife Natasha and cat Noah. He has been cleaning windows professionally since 2004. William has worked for multiple window cleaning companies as both an employee and a subcontractor until he committed to building his own business in 2012. His business has grown since to provide a very nice income for the family. Natasha manages the office and accounting of the business as it continues to grow. With 28+ years of experience in the cleaning industry, William's intention with this website is to share his experience and knowledge with people who would like to learn how to create their own window / gutter cleaning service business.

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3 Responses

  1. Suzy says:

    I don’t know how they hang so high on buildings – that would be too scary. I’m sure your tips are really good.
    Dropping by from UBC

    • Welcome Suzy! It takes nerves of steel as well as know how and safety training to do rope access window cleaning. I mainly do window cleaning from the ground, which can require ladder and pole use. Thanks for dropping by. Hope you have a great year in 2015!

  2. Amber NElson says:

    That is a very physical job too. So how about some muscles?

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