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Window cleaning at The University of Sheffield

Providing window cleaning services to The University of Sheffield since 2011.

Cinderella have supplied window cleaning services to The University of Sheffield since 2011.   The University is ranked within the top 100 in the World and has over 120 buildings.  Footfall in these buildings is high with 28,000 students and over 8,000 employees using them.    Cinderella works closely with the facilities team at the University to make sure that we safely plan and schedule each window cleaning job throughout the year.

Originally founded in 1879 the University has varied building designs which all must be taken into consideration as part of our safe access strategy.    These designs vary from Gothic style buildings with lead window panes, to the 78-meter-tall Arts tower and more modern buildings that have high level glass in roof lights and internal atriums which can be a challenge for some cleaning companies to safely access and clean.

Cinderella’s health and safety team visit each building and plan a safe window cleaning strategy taking both design and the use of the building into account.  Our full range of access equipment is used for cleaning windows on this contract, including our IRATA trained abseil team and our fleet of specialist access platforms.

Because the University is based in the city centre the windows and glass become very dirty.  Our cleaning strategy is devised to clean windows efficiently and to a high standard whilst maintaining safety always.

As well as providing window cleaning services we have provided the following additional services when required:

  • Carpet cleaning for student accommodation
  • Turn around cleans for student accommodation
  • Provide window cleaners on site prior to important events and visits Degree ceremony cleans
  • Advice to architects on access strategy when designing new buildings

We are very proud to have provided The University of Sheffield with window cleaning services for so many years.   To find out more about our work in the education sector please click here.

I have overtaken the running the of window cleaning contract last year and I have built up a really good working relationship with Cinderella. It did take me a while to get to grips with the contact and the estate, but they were understanding and bared with me during this time. They are really professional and are experts in their field. Nothing is a challenge to them and regular communication is held to ensure that the job gets done. They have excellent H&S RAMS and plans of works that are detailed and it helps to get the job done.


Facilities Manager, University of Sheffield

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