Friday, October 16, 2009
Fastest window cleaner-world record set by
Terrry "Turbo" Burrows
BLACKPOOL, Lancashire, UK --Martial Arts
Burrows, aka "Turbo
Terry", 54, cleaned cleaned three 4ft (1.2m) high
windows in just 9.14 seconds at the 2009 window cleaning competition-setting
the new world record for the Fastest
Terry actually finished the windows
in a super-speedy 8.14 seconds, but got a one-second time
penalty as he left two water marks on the glass.
'Turbo' Burrows, from Essex, has a black belt in karate
and he has been cleaning windows for 30 years said his success
was due "to moving the body in sequence". "I clean the windows
in just 16 moves, and it's pretty intense," he said.
Terry was in the resort for the Federation of
Window Cleaners annual conference and decided to try to better
his existing 9.24 second time.
You might think that is pretty fast for
cleaning a window that measures 45 inches square including
wiping the window sill.
But, what makes Terry's record incredible
is that the strict competition rules state that he must clean
three windows, each measuring 45 inches square, and wipe the
There are time penalties deducted for any
water marks left on the glass and the competitor is limited
to a maximum squeegee size of 12 inches.
Burrows said: "I'm elated to have shaved so much time
off my record. "It's extremely hard, it takes a while to warm
up and I drove 270 miles this morning so I wasn't feeling
too fresh. By my fourth time, however, I was back in the zone
and actually managed to clean the planes in 8.14 seconds with
two half-second time penalties."
He smashed his first record in 1995 as part of
TV show Record Breakers with a speed of 9.99 seconds.
In 2005 he broke his own Guinness world record
for the Fastest
window cleaner during The Cleaning Show at NEC Birmingham
with a 9.24 second time.
'Turbo' Burrows said: "I'd never say never as far
as beating my own record again goes, but at the end of the
day, a man can only go so fast.
"I would love to die with my world record and
know I went as the world's
fastest window cleaner."
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October 16, 2009