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Window washers back in demand

July 17, 2012
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NEW YORK — Mikhail Karalatov encounters a myriad of reactions to his presence outside the windows of apartment buildings several stories off the sidewalk, according to the New York Times.

In the average apartment building, clad in brick or limestone, windows can be washed from the inside, and the façade is generally cleaned somewhere between every "40 years and never," the article stated.

According to the article, the trend towards glassier buildings means these façades need to be cleaned at least twice a year, or they''ll begin to look like one giant smudge, a trend that has made one profession very happy.

"It''s perfect, I would say. Everybody wants a big picture window with a huge piece of glass," said Mark Imankulov, a manager of Prime Window Cleaning.

"It''s not just about going in, putting on booties and tilting the windows anymore," said Robin Domanski, the manager of Chelsea Window Cleaning.

"The jobs are a lot more complicated now. Equipment needs to be bought and maintained, and people have to be trained on it," Domanski added.

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