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WINDOW CLEANING CONTEST                            

Come cheer on your co-worker or compete yourself!

Bring your "A-game", the competition is fierce!

The speed and medley competitions are exciting ways to prove that you are the fastest squeegee in the west!

2016 Winners - Speed - Ivan Pleinadius, PutsarKungen and Medley - Paul West, Kohala Window Cleaning

2015 Winners - Speed - Curtis Cunningham, Central Window Cleaning and Medley - Albert Bernal, Millennium Building Services, Inc.

2014 Winners - Speed - Justin Russell and Medley - Eric Juskeuicz

2013 Winners - Speed - Justin Russell and Medley - Marcus Bauman

 

 

 

Jim Willingham Memorial

Speed Window Cleaning Contest Rules:

1. Eligibility: IWCA Professional members and their employees are eligible to enter, as are members of national cleaning associations that are corresponding members of the IWCA. Entrants must be fully registered for the convention.

2. Entry Fee: Each entrant must have paid the $25 fee.

3. Equipment and Materials Sponsors: Contestants must use the equipment supplied by the IWCA and the sponsors of the contest. No other equipment and materials will be permitted. No specially designed equipment and materials will be allowed. All equipment submitted becomes the property of the contest committee.

4. Contest Equipment and Materials: Contestants can only use the equipment and material provided for the contest by the IWCA and the sponsors. Equipment and materials used by a contestant need not be from the same manufacturer. Contestants can only use a 300 mm (1 ft) squeegee with a brand new rubber with a fixed handle must be supplied by the organizers. It must have a 14” applicator/T.bar. These tools must not be altered in any way. Swivel tools, or tools specially designed for competition, are not permitted. A maximum of 9 litres (2.5 gallons) of water must be used. Contestants must use the detergent supplied by the organizers – added to the water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The chamois/cotton towel provided by the sponsors will only be used by the contestants for removing residues from the windowsill or ledge.

5. Competition Windows: There must be 3 glass windows -- each exposed pane measuring 1.14 meters x 1.14metres (45inx45in), with not less than 13mm (.5in) of rebate on all 4 sides. Each window must have a sill or bottom ledge protruding not less than 5 cm (2 in). Each contestant will start with windows clean and dry.

6. Practice: Three trial runs are permitted. Contestants may practice on the day of the competition using their own equipment and materials or those provided by the sponsors, but on the understanding that only those provided by the sponsors will be used in the actual competition. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed at practice sessions.

7. The competition will be judged by an expert referee and timed by 2 others. Contestants must start with applicator in one hand and squeegee in the other and remain so throughout the attempt. Applicator must not be touching the window. Judge calls ‘start’ or gives some similar signal. At this moment the timers start their watches. The entire window must be wetted and the sill must be wiped clean. Contestants call ‘stop’ when he has cleaned all 3 windows and wiped the ledge. Both timekeepers report to the referee who determines the correct time. If there are discrepancies, the slower time shall be recorded. Judges and referee check smears and the referee then aggregates the time and smear penalties.

8. Each contestant has to ‘finish’ his windows so that smears, streaks and water residue are not evident. Each smear will incur a half-second penalty. If any ledge is not cleaned, a 1 second penalty (per un-wiped window) is incurred.

9. The following penalties will be added to the contestant’s time:

1/2 second for each streak/smear/water residue
1 second for each sill not wiped

10. Disqualification: Contestants must start with applicator in one hand and squeegee in the other and remain so throughout the attempt. Applicator must not start touching the window. Altering equipment, failing to wash exposed glass surfaces on any of the three windows, Unsportsmanlike conduct, false start, large intentional errors, throwing equipment, questioning the judges decisions, failing to appear for the competition at the allocated time will all result in disqualification of contestant.

Rod Woodward Memorial
Medley Window Cleaning Contest Rules:

1. IWCA Professional members and their employees are eligible to enter, as are members of national cleaning associations that are corresponding members of the IWCA. Entrants must be fully registered for the convention.

2. Entry Fee: Each entrant must have paid the $25 fee.

3. Cleaning solutions are prepared according to manufacturer's instructions. Sponsored tools are the only tools that may be used in the competition. Equipment must not be altered in any way. Equipment submitted becomes the property of the IWCA Competition Committee.

4. The windows range in size from 9" by 12" to 47" by 76 ½”. Windows may be set up in any order at the discretion of the contest foreman. A deep ledge has been added to one of the upper windows.

5. The attempt is judged by expert judges and timed. A contest foreman will oversee the judges, timers, and scorer. In the event of any discrepancy, the contest foreman will make the final determination.

6. The contest foreman will call each number and the contestant must immediately move on stage. They must signal when ready and the contest foreman will call 3, 2, 1, GO. The tools must be left in the bucket until the contestant has started. . All frames that can be reached from a standing position must be wiped with a sponge or rag. Then using a applicator or sponge each window must be completely wet with cleaning solution. There must be enough solution on the glass so that it is visible to the judges. After properly wetting the glass the contestant may squeegee the window. The two upper windows must be done with poles. Poles are optional on the rest of the windows. Touching up of the windows will not be allowed, however the contestant may re-clean any windows they choose. Chamois, rags, or sponges may be used to wipe the squeegee.

7. The attempt is finished when all the windows have been properly cleaned and the contestant raises a hand and announcing loudly that he or she is done. The winning contestant will have the fewest number of mistakes. If two or more contestants have the same number of mistakes, the lowest time will win. Contestants exceeding three minutes will be disqualified. The foreman will give a 10-second countdown to the three-minute deadline.

8. Judges will record a mistake for the following reasons: a frame or portion of frame was not wiped with sponge, an area of glass was not wet with the scrubber, a watermark was left on the glass, etc.

9. Unsportsmanlike conduct is grounds for disqualification. This includes, but is not limited to throwing of tools, excessive intoxication and verbal abuse of others.

10. No contestants will be allowed in the judging area or be allowed to converse with the judges during the contest. This includes questioning judges decisions.

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