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Whether we happen to look up while walking in downtown Milwaukee, or peer out of our own office window, we’ve all seen them. Real-life Spidermen.

As long as the temperatures are above 20 degrees and the wind is blowing less than 25 miles an hour, they are out there, making sure the windows are spotless.

Erick Rodriguez, 35, has been working out of the Wauwatosa office of Al’s Window Cleaning & Building Services for a little over a year. He likes cleaning the city’s tall buildings the best.

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Usually he uses a rope to reach the top of a building, but once it is higher than 300 feet, Rodriguez has to get on scaffolding.

High-rise buildings take about a month to clean. Smaller buildings can be cleaned in four to five days.

Rodriguez and partner Tom Nowak, who has worked for the company for 12 years, recently cleaned the windows at the 28-story Milwaukee Center downtown, swinging from rope-to-rope like spiders, Nowak said.

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“There were 40 to 45 guys on that job,” he said. “We loved the peaks of that building.”

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