about Terry Burrows, the world's fastest window cleaner and
Guinness World Record Holder.
Burrows first appeared on television back in 1993. The
programme, on London Weekend Television, was called "You Bet".
With presenter Mathew Kelly and friend John McLean it just started
as a bit of a laugh. But, as Terry's feet first walked on the TV
set, he knew that this was the start of something much bigger. This
was the opportunity for Terry to realise his dream: to become the
fastest and most famous window cleaner in the world!
late 1993 Terry and John were appearing on TV every day, popping
up between programmes and commercial breaks washing the inside of
everybody's TV screens! This was shown, on Carlton TV, for 18 months
and made them easily recognised characters in their distinctive
white T-shirts and blue dungarees.
then made contact with the BBC "Record Breakers" programme.
This was to be a turning point in Terry's media career. After this
television appearance, Terry went on to take no less than 7 world
records to become the fastest window cleaner in the world. Terry
has twice competed in America as well as traveling to France and
many other destinations carrying the flag as the Great British window
cleaner in world window cleaning events.
other talents include presenting and hosting and he has been on
a TV presenting course. Terry has appeared on countless programmes
both at home and world-wide. Terry always presents the window cleaning
competition at the annual conference of his trade association, The
National Federation of Master Window and General Cleaners as
well as a major cleaning industry exhibition at the N.E.C. in Birmingham.
a short movie of Terry in action at Excel 2004 (requires Flash plug-in).
world record, held by Terry Burrows of course, is currently 9.24,
this was set at the NEC in March 05 . 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 sill! 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. Unlike some other world record attempts,
we say "do try this at home". Then you will realise
how difficult a challenge this is.
Burrows recently appeared on Blue Peter (Click on the image for
a bigger picture).
is also a black belt in karate (Koodokan) and his teacher is a
black belt 6th dan. He claims that the karate has made him faster
and more determined with his window cleaning competitions and
record attempts. Other hobbies include scuba diving (since 15
years of age), fishing, snooker (highest break 85 so far) and
playing guitar. And, yes, he even performs "When I'm Cleaning
ambitions are to become a TV presenter and to break his own world
record again, taking it down to a time that is so low it will
stay with him for the rest of his life.
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about how window cleaning has changed my life".
Known as the Linford Christie of window cleaning (without the
lunch box)! Also known as the fastest man with a twelve inch rubber.
rewrote the words of an old song to draw attention to the London
congestion charges. Click here