GROTTY Brits can’t be bothered vacuuming or wiping down kitchen surfaces regularly – but are fussy about clean ovens, a survey shows.
Cleaning chores are too boring for many, with the average British home given a “thorough” clean just five times a year, the study found.
Research based on the habits of 2,000 adults showed a sixth were “confused” about how often they should be doing different cleaning jobs.
While the average adult vacuums their home five times a month – about once a week – experts say high traffic areas should be cleaned daily.
Experts also recommend that kitchen worktops are cleaned once a day.
But in reality, these are given a wipe with some cleaning spray just seven times a month – less than twice a week, the research found.
However, the average adult cleans their oven twice a month, although expert advice suggests this could be done as little as once every eight weeks.
The study, by floor cleaning expert Bissell, also found the average British home is given a “thorough” clean five times a year.
A third of respondents admitted to not doing the household chores often enough, with a lack of time (49 per cent) and ineffective appliances (12 per cent) among the excuses.
Housework blogger Gemma Bray – aka The Organised Mum – who is working with Bissell, said: “It seems like most people save up their jobs and do them in one big hit, rather than spreading their efforts over the week.
“I would much rather clean little and often throughout the week and have a housework-free weekend.”
Her top hints are:
- Give bathrooms a quick clean daily to stop grime building up
- Vacuum high traffic areas “for five minutes” every day
- Move furniture for a deeper clean “every few weeks”
- Dust surfaces and furnishings weekly
- Clean kitchen surfaces daily
Saturdays are the most popular day for blitzing homes, the study found.
The main reason to clean for 56 per cent is to feel hygienic, while 48 per cent want their home to look presentable and 36 per cent are keen to kill germs.
A further 71 per cent of those polled were pet owners, with a sixth of those saying their main task when cleaning was to get rid of animal hairs.
The longest time the average adult has gone without doing any home cleaning is a fortnight.
And an honest 30 per cent of respondents admitted to only cleaning when they could visibly see dust or dirt.
Almost half of those surveyed by OnePoll said they do not have different cleaning appliances for different floor types.
That probably explains why 27 per cent wouldn’t be confident using a carpet washer.
More than a tenth have bought a cleaning device purely because it was a ‘trend’, without knowing if it was suitable for their home.
Claire Zakss, senior brand manager for Beam Group, UK Distributor for Bissell, said: “If you have children and pets you’d be shocked by the amount of embedded hair and debris, even in clean-looking carpets and floors.
“It’s clear people lack time when it comes to cleaning effectively and many take shortcuts.”