Window washers deal with bitter cold temperatures


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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 1/06 9:09 pm Published: 1/06 5:08 pm


Despite the dangerously cold temperatures, some still have to work outside and the particularly unlucky ones also have to deal with water.

Any job that requires you to work with water is going to be particularly hazardous in this extreme cold, but not even window washers got a break on Monday.

Nathan Elston, of Sapphire Window Cleaning and Power Washing, said there are two components to getting through a day like today.

The first is layers.

"I have a pair of thermals on, and then I have my Sapphire polo shirt on and then a hoody on after that," said Elston.

The second is protecting your hands from the water.

"If you get it on your hands, especially when it's this cold, it's gonna freeze and it's gonna be miserable. You know, once your hands get wet you're miserable. So, you just try to keep your gloves as dry as possible," he said.

But waking up to see a temperature of minus 2 degrees, "I didn't want to get out of bed this morning. It was pretty chilly. But once you get started, you just crank the heat up in the truck and you just try not to think about it," he said.

Elston says this weather isn't enough to make him hate his job.

"Actually, no. It sounds weird: I love window washing. But, yeah, you kind of second guess yourself," he said.

But it's the paycheck that helps him to wipe away the doubt.

Fortunately for Elston, none of his jobs today involved going up high-rises so he didn't have too much trouble with the wind.


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Mayor Maynot - 1/7/2014 2:31 AM
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Hey LQQK they picked their profession. Nobody FORCED them to go out there and do that.
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