The Cleaning Show in London with the Window Cleaning World Cup

Window cleaning with an ergonomic UNGER squeegee

Every two years, The Cleaning Show in London invites the professional cleaning community in the UK. In addition to innovative products and expert discussions with colleagues about the latest developments and trends, this year will see the first Window Cleaners World Cup.

Glass cleaners from all over Europe are invited to beat the world record of Terry "Turbo" Burrows at the show. Sponsor of the Window Cleaners World Cup is UNGER. There will be men's and women's competitions. The winners will receive £1,000 in prize money.

To win, you must clean three standard windows (114.3 x 114.3 cm each) as fast as possible. You will have a washer and a window squeegee available. It is important that you clean the windows completely; otherwise, there might be time penalties. The Federation of Window Cleaners (FCW) will provide the jury.

Record holder Terry Burrows completed the task in 2009 in 9.14 seconds (after setting previous records in 1995 and 2005). Since then, Burrows has not been able to beat his record. For the ladies, Englishwoman Deborah Morris has held the record since 2011 with 16.28 seconds.

Terry Burrows, current world record holder: "As a former martial arts instructor and boxer, I had a sequence of 16 fast moves that are very difficult to replicate unless you have core strength, flexibility, quickness in the hands, and reflexes. You can study my technique on YouTube, an opportunity I didn't have in the past. Every year new participants come to try to break my record. Maybe this year it will happen, when many international participants come to London for the fair this year. Don't forget that I've been the world record holder since 1995. It will take a first-class competitor to beat my record."

Here you can watch Terry Burrows in action.

Matt Hodgkins, UNGER: "For more than 50 years, UNGER has focused on providing quality and innovative cleaning solutions to raise the efficiency of the industry as a whole. It goes without saying that we support such an international event, which is about precision and speed. We look forward to welcoming window cleaners from many countries coming to the World Cup and trying to beat the World Record in London this March."

Andrew Lee, Chair of FWC: "Terry and Deborah's records have been unsurpassed for many years, so we invite participants from other countries to visit the fair. We hope that the World Cup title and £1,000 prize money will attract a large number of participants to London."

Sign up for the World Cup competition here.

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