The inaugural Window Cleaning World Cup took place at the Cleaning Show on Wednesday 20th March 2019.
Competitors were given nine litres of water and a 300mm squeegee and tasked with cleaning three office-style windows, with time penalties awarded to those who left smears.
Mr Hickey beat competitors from across the globe, including Terry “Turbo” Burrows from Essex, who holds the current world record of 9.14 seconds, and Swedish champion Jimmy Strom, who came second.
Mr Hickey said he was “totally floored” by the victory. “To hear my name as the winner at the end, I was totally floored,” the 42-year-old said. “It’s different widows to what I’m used to, a different technique, so I’m really surprised.”
The competition was adjudicated by the Federation of Window Cleaners (FWC) and the Guinness World Records were also in attendance, but no new records were achieved. The World Cup was also sponsored by Unger.