The UK is behind the US, France, China and a host of international competitors in the home cleaning sector, research has revealed.
A polling survey of more than 12,000 people across 11 countries found that just 28 per cent of UK households clean their house five to seven times a week – lower than the international average of 32 per cent. .
People living in Turkey (41%), Italy (38%), China (34%), France (32%), USA (30%) and Korea (30%) all have ship shaped houses. more often than the British.
This is despite the fact that British adults tended to do housework in the previous year, rising from 24% the previous year to 28% in 2021.
Only Japan (27%), Spain (25%), Australia (23%) and Germany (21%) clean their homes less often than UK households.
Dyson’s Global Dust Study found that 95% of 12,309 people polled are cleaning as much, if not more, than last year as many continue to worry about cleanliness. of their home during the coronavirus pandemic.
However, 44% of people worldwide will only tend to go home when it is dusty compared to 33% in 2020.
Speaking about the discovery, Monika Stuczen, research scientist in microbiology at Dyson, said: “It would be cause for concern if people only cleaned when they discovered visible dust. found on the floor because many dust particles are microscopic in size.
“In fact, by the time people detect dust in their home, it’s highly likely that there are dust mites in your home.”
The increase in cleanings in the UK can be partly attributed to an increase in pet ownership, as 3.2 million households adopted a new pet in 2020.
More than half of homes in the UK now have a pet, but in the UK it is still far below 65% in the US having a pet.
Furthermore, 54% of pet owners in the UK have no restrictions on where their animals can roam – including into bedrooms, sofas and all areas of their home.
This is despite two-fifths knowing their pets can harbor dust mites and a third knowing the presence of house dust mite droppings.
Although the UK doesn’t clean homes as often, it still comes out on top when it comes to the percentage of homes that use a vacuum cleaner in their home (90%) – much more than China (51%).
The average time spent vacuuming in the UK is 29.6 minutes, higher than the 24.2-minute average across all 11 countries polled.
Germany (89%) and Australia (89%) also rank high for how many people own a vacuum cleaner.
This compares with just 75% of Spaniards and 76% of Americans who own a vacuum.
When it comes to dust removal, Ms. Stuczen says: “While wet wipes remain the most popular cleaning tool for dust removal, our research shows vacuums with effective filtration and sealing technology is the most effective method to ensure dust is not released back into your home.
“It is fine to use a wet cloth to wipe the surface, but the order in which the tools are cleaned is important.
“Dust on the floor – even fine dust not visible to the naked eye – can mean you are creating a more favorable environment for dust mites and mold to breed.”
The Dyson Global Dust Study 2022 is a 15-minute online survey conducted by 12,309 respondents across 11 countries – USA, Australia, Japan, China, Korea, France, UK , Germany, Spain, Italy and Turkey.
The fieldwork was conducted between 15 and 24 November 2021 and the data were weighted at a ‘global’ level to represent different population sizes.
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