British home owners disclose their dirty habits

It’s that time of year again – spring has sprung. Gone are the gloomy days (well at least for now) and we can now enjoy the return of the sunshine glowing through the window. The trouble is, with the suns return comes the need to address a few issues around the home that we’ve been putting off. The sunshine has this terrible habit of highlighting the need to get the duster out a bit more often; it seems to shine a spotlight on each shiny surface showing you the error of your ways.

Unsurprisingly, the dust around the home isn’t always visible, and often it’s the dirt and grime we can’t see that’s doing us the most damage.

The National Carpet Cleaners Association [] has recently conducted a Spring Clean Survey, asking the British public some rather interesting questions.

Here are some of the results:

70% of people surveyed admitted to treading mud (amongst other things) into the home. I wonder how many of those 70% got the vacuum out straight away to remove those soil’s? Maybe they thought I’ll let it dry, it’ll vacuum better when it’s dry. Or perhaps they thought, it’s time to get my carpets professionally cleaned to remove all that bacteria and soil, after all I let my children crawl around on that carpet.

Ahh, the 5 second rule. Apparently 51% of people surveyed, admitted to eating something they’d dropped on the floor in their home. Well, that’s not a problem if you vacuum daily and have your carpets/hard floors professionally cleaned once a year is it? Although I hope these 51% are not part of the 70% included in the question above, yuk!

This is a tricky one for me. Do you or don’t you take your shoes off when you visit someone’s home? On the one hand I don’t want to make a mess in someone’s home, but on the other hand, I don’t want anyone to see that my socks don’t match hehe! Interestingly, 40% of people surveyed considered it rude if visitors didn’t remove their shoes when visiting their home.

It seems those surveyed were a fit bunch. 2 in 5 said they’d worked up a sweat and exercised on the carpet, whilst a quarter owned up to having sex on the floor of their home. I wonder how many of this saucy bunch took their shoes off first? Well it would be rude not to, wouldn’t it?!

As clean and tidy as we’d all like to think our homes are, we now know that there are lots of things lurking deep within the fibres of our carpets. As already mentioned there could well be soil, bodily fluids and even dog poo, trodden in to your carpet. So it’s quite surprising that over a quarter of people surveyed said that they’d changed their baby’s nappy on the carpet.

And finally, it’s not just our carpets and floor that are subject to daily abuse, but also our furniture. A whopping 70% of people revealed that they rest on the sofa when they are unwell (sweating buckets into the fabric no doubt) and 37% even had accidents with blood, urine and vomit being spilt on their often costly upholstery. You’d like to think these people would have called in a professional to sanitise their furnishings wouldn’t you? Strangely this is not always the case.

I started this blog talking about spring and how it makes us feel around the home. Maybe with the results of this survey highlighting what takes place in many of our homes, it really is time for a good spring clean.! If you’re like me, this annual ritual strikes fear and dread in your heart. Don’t worry, spring cleaning doesn’t have to be scary, but it is something we should all do. It’s not just about cleaning blinds and dusting the skirting boards, though doing these things is great. It’s about sanitising your homes and making them not only beautiful, but healthy for your families. You can use spring cleaning as a prompt to schedule household maintenance and call in professionals to do the difficult, yet necessary tasks. Having your carpets, hard floors and upholstery professionally cleaned every 12- 18 months is not only recommended by carpet and upholstery manufacturers, but is simply a must in order to keep a healthy home. Carpet cleaning may not have been something you were thinking of having done in your home, but it could well be at the top of your to do list now. Look no further. Carpet Wizzard are insured and fully trained and accredited by the NCCA. For information on our unbeatable carpet and upholstery cleaning service