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Colchester man hopes to smash window cleaning world record

PUBLISHED: 11:46 03 March 2017 | UPDATED: 00:05 04 March 2017

Michael Moore practising for the competition

Michael Moore practising for the competition


The world’s fastest window cleaner will face a challenge from a Colchester businessman at a competition in London later this month.

Michael Moore, the owner of MKM Cleaning Solutions on Defore Crescent, Colchester, has signed up to challenge Guinness World record holder of 20 years, Terry ‘Turbo’ Burrows.

Michael said: ““Terry is a legend in the world of window cleaning and his record has stood for over 20 years.

“However, I’ve got technique and skill and I’m looking forward to challenging for Terry’s record and seeing how quick I really am. It would be amazing to be the world record holder. I’d be proud to bring the title back to Colchester.”

Terry, of Romford, Essex, has set the record for cleaning three 1.143m high windows at an incredible 9.14 seconds, using martial arts and boxing skills to create a rapid 16-move sequence that has seen him hold on to the title for two decades.

He said: “However, unlike the early days when I first started competing, now you can study my technique via clips on YouTube, and each year a new generation of cleaners come along to try and beat me.

“Maybe this year I’ll finally meet my match, and I’ll have to hand over my title. But even if that happens I’ll never forget how great it was to hold the record for so many years.”

Michael will be stepping up to face down Terry at London’s The Cleaning Show which runs at ExCeL London from Tuesday, March 14 - Thursday, March 16.

The competition is organised on behalf of The Guinness Book of Records by the Federation of Window Cleaners (FWC), the national trade association for the window cleaning industry.

Paul Thrupp, Executive Council Member of the Federation of Window Cleaners and a Cleaning Show world record judge, said: “Terry has done amazingly well to hang on to his record for this long but there’s always a chance of an upset. Lots of our members have already told us they are planning to take a crack at his record, and some are in training right now.”

Anyone who wants to take Terry on, or see Michael in action at the show, can register for free at

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