Drone Window Cleaning

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In the bustling city of Los Angeles, where towering skyscrapers reflect the California sun, maintaining pristine windows is not just about aesthetics—it’s a matter of safety, efficiency, and quality. 

Since 2011, RayAccess has been at the forefront of revolutionizing window cleaning by employing the full spectrum of window cleaning methods. With a mission centered on safety, efficiency, and quality, RayAccess has set a new standard for window cleaning services, leveraging innovative drone technology to reach new heights. This blog post explores the method of drone window cleaning, and how RayAccess is leading the industry. 


How Drone Window Cleaning Works:

A cleaning drone comes equipped with anti-collision technology, a high-pressure spray nozzle, and is connected to a water hose supplied by a ground-based water source. 

The drone hovers 3 to 6 feet from the building facade and pressure washes the exterior glass with a cleaning detergent to remove dirt and debris. After the glass is pressure washed, the drone will remove streaks and mineral deposits by rinsing the glass at 80-100 PSI with deionized water. 

Benefits of Drone Window Cleaning:

Drone window cleaning offers a multitude of benefits, transforming a traditionally labor-intensive task into a streamlined, safe, and efficient process. One of the primary advantages is its ability to access and clean windows in high-rise buildings and hard-to-reach areas with ease. Drones can reach heights that would otherwise require costly equipment, making them ideal for skyscrapers and buildings with complex architecture.

Moreover, drone window cleaning is highly cost-effective, reducing the need for facade equipment inspections and minimizing labor costs. The efficiency of drones allows for quicker cleaning processes, enabling buildings to maintain clean windows without blocking views. Overall, drone window cleaning offers an automated, cost-effective, and efficient alternative to traditional methods.


Government regulations play a crucial role in the implementation of drone window cleaning services. In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration regulates the use of drones for commercial purposes, including window cleaning. Operators must adhere to FAA regulations, such as obtaining a Remote Pilot Certificate (Part 107), registering their drone, and following specific operating rules. 

Additionally, operators must comply with local regulations and obtain city permits for drone window cleaning operations. This includes ensuring that drones do not disrupt traffic, or infringe on privacy laws and obtaining consent from property owners before flight deployment.

Furthermore, operators must prioritize safety and adhere to strict guidelines to prevent accidents and injuries. This includes conducting thorough risk assessments, implementing safety protocols, and ensuring that drones are operated by trained and certified personnel. By complying with regulatory requirements and prioritizing safety, operators can ensure the legal and safe operation of drone window cleaning services.


Despite its many benefits, drone window cleaning also presents several challenges that need to be addressed. One of the primary challenges is weather dependency. Adverse weather conditions such as high winds, and rain, can impact the ability of drones to operate safely and effectively. 

Another challenge is the potential for technical issues or malfunctions during operations. Drones are complex machines that require regular maintenance and troubleshooting to ensure optimal performance. To address this challenge, operators must conduct thorough pre-flight checks and regular maintenance to prevent technical issues. Additionally, having spare batteries or back up drones on hand can minimize downtime in case of a malfunction. 

Last but not least, cleaning drones lack the elbow grease capability of a human. Some dirt or stains that require scrubbing might remain on the glass. Depending on the level of dirtiness, or if the glass has hard water stains, traditional window cleaning may be the only solution.

Alternative Services:

High rise window cleaning is performed on a suspended platform such as BMU or Swingstage.

Why Hire RayAccess:

RayAccess employs the full spectrum of access methods by using suspended scaffolding, boom lifts, waterfed poles, extension ladders, industrial rope access, and UAVs (drones). Quite often, we combine two or more methods to service a building. This allows us to not jeopardize safety, efficiency, and quality in our work. 

When RayAccess is hired, property management is not liable for any damages or issues. RayAccess is fully insured with $5 million in liability. As a professional contractor, we employ FAA certified pilots that follow regulations and company protocols during drone deployment.


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