BLACKPOOL, LANCASHIRE, UK — A 30-year veteran window cleaner with a black belt in karate recently broke his own world record at the window cleaning competition during the recent 2009 Federation of Window Cleaners Trade Show
, according to the BBC
Terry "Turbo" Burrows
was able to clean three 4-foot windows in 9.14 seconds, breaking his previous record of 9.24 seconds set in 2005, the story stated.
Andrew Lee of the Federation of Window Cleaners
said: "He left just two water marks on them, so we had to add a second to his original time of 8.14 seconds, to make 9.14 seconds — a brilliant achievement."
Contestants are only allowed a soap applicator and a squeegee to clean the windows and are judged on time and the quality of their work, the story noted.
Burrows claims his secret to success is "moving the body in sequence," something he learned through his martial arts training and his many days spent cleaning windows, the story added.
Burrows said: "I clean the windows in just 16 moves, and it''s pretty intense. Many people try to break my record, but they''re just not fast enough. Some of them are still trying to clean the windows after 10 seconds, well I''m finished by then. I was just too fast for them and I kept on winning and taking home the cash, they call me Terry ''Turbo'' Burrows."