Window washer records stomach-churning down Chicago building

Do not watch this video if you are afraid of heights.

Extreme window washing is deemed as a terrifying job, well Michael Kelly can second that claiming that "it looks really hard, but it’s (actually) a lot harder than it looks."

US man, Michael Kelly shows us how terriyfing high rise window cleaning can really be. Photo: Michael Kelly
US man, Michael Kelly shows us how terriyfing high rise window cleaning can really be. Photo: Michael Kelly

The US man attached a GoPro to his helmet and filmed a 20 minute stomach-churning video, posting it to YouTube on Monday showing people what it is like wash high-rise windows on a building located in the Financial District of Chicago.

You can hear the distress in Mr Kelly's voice before even beginning his decline, "this is my last drop of the day, probably of my life, because I don’t want to do this anymore."

This is the 100-metre drop seen from the top of 175 West Jackson street located in the Financial District of Chicago. Photo: Michael Kelly
This is the 100-metre drop seen from the top of 175 West Jackson street located in the Financial District of Chicago. Photo: Michael Kelly

"First we gotta do this 21st floor window, then swing in again to get the 20th floor and it gets a little easier on the way down," Mr Kelly said while he was contemplating a change of career.

Mr Kelly can be seen sitting in a small, wooden seat as he guides himself down the stone wall the building by a sturdy rope staring down at the 100-metre drop.

If you were ever wondering what it would be like to wash high-rise windows, this video is for you. Photo: Michael Kelly
If you were ever wondering what it would be like to wash high-rise windows, this video is for you. Photo: Michael Kelly

He then uses a suction tool to grasp hold him close to the window as he sloshes soapy water onto the window.

The window cleaner wipes the suds off with a wiper blade a few times and swings on to the next window, as the streets of Chicago stare him directly in the eyes.

This is the suction cup used as grip while Mr Kelly climbs his way down stone pillars. Photo: Michael Kelly
This is the suction cup used as grip while Mr Kelly climbs his way down stone pillars. Photo: Michael Kelly

Mr Kelly has ropes that are tied down the bottom so he doesn’t swing out and hit a car, he also mentions in the video that it gets a little easier the further down he is.

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