Window Cleaning Tools of the Trade – The Bosun’s Chair

The Bosun’s Chair – Every Window Cleaner’s Best Friend

Vital to Commercial Window Cleaning in London is the Bosun’s Chair. There’s no way you’d be able to clean all the windows on all the tall glass fronted buildings in Central London without one. Here at Millards Cleaning Services our Window Cleaners probably spend more time sat in a Bosun’s Chair than anywhere else. Even the pub!

Window Cleaning in London using a Bosun's Chair

All London Window Cleaners will be skilled in using a Bosun's Chair

The Bosun’s Chair originated in the Navy. A Boatswain is a warrant officer in the British or US Navy, or a subordinate officer in the merchant navy, responsible for most things that happened on the deck of a boat. A Bosun’s Chair was originally designed to haul a sailor up the mast on a halyard to do repair work or inspect the rigging. The first chairs were simply wooden planks with stout lines passing underneath it and up into a bridle at chest level. Early versions suffered from having no back support meaning that sailors would have only one hand to work with, the other holding on for dear life so you didn’t fall backwards out of the chair.

A sailor in a Bopsun's Chair later adopted by Window Cleaners all over London

A sailor in a Bopsun's Chair later adopted by Window Cleaners all over London

Window Cleaner’s Tools

Nowadays, fabric chairs are most common, with comfortable backs and padded seats for today’s pampered derriers. It’s virtually impossible to fall out of one now, leaving both hands free for work. Some models even have tool straps and built in pockets tailored specifically for the needs of the user. Our Window Cleaners have room for their squeegees, buckets, and chamois leathers. Everything they need to clean the windows of any building in London.

Office Cleaners in London

If you need Office Cleaners or Window Cleaners in London, look no further than Millards Cleaning Services. Established in London in 1919, and based in Covent Garden, Millards Cleaning Services offer you professional, highly trained Office Cleaners and Window Cleaners at a competitive rate.

Call us now for a FREE QUOTE on 020 7845 7147 or visit our website at


5 responses to “Window Cleaning Tools of the Trade – The Bosun’s Chair

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  2. So can your company do office blocks in that area? Or is that too big a job?

  3. Give us a call on 020 7845 7147, and we’ll see if we can help you.

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