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Whatever you do, don’t look down!

14 Feb 2012

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Dane Butler describes his team’s job as “a unique challenge”. Talk about an understatement!

Mr Butler and his team are in charge of cleaning the facade of one of the world’s tallest residential buildings – Eureka Tower.

Briteway Window Services has been cleaning windows for 30 years and has been entrusted with the job of cleaning the tower since it was built.

According to Mr Butler, it is experience that counts to ensure the job is done properly.

“Our guys have site-specific knowledge. You need to know the ins and outs of the building to clean it to the best possible standard,” Mr Butler explained.

The obvious need to be fearless also comes into the equation.

“There’s no doubt you have to have the right personality. You have to be comfortable in that situation on a daily basis,” he said.

The distinctive design and height have made Eureka an icon of the Melbourne skyline, but it certainly makes the job of cleaning the entirety of its exterior an all-year-round job.

“We’re cleaning every day we possibly can. It is pretty much a continuous all-year-round job,” Mr Butler said.

Being onsite for most of the year is the only scheduling prediction Briteway can make.

Weather is the key variable affecting the schedule.

“Wind is the big one. It is a much different climate up there than it is on ground floor or even level 65,” Mr Butler said.

“A calm day isn’t necessarily a Eureka calm day,” he said.

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