Before the lockdown was even announced, cleaning products were one of the first things to be stockpiled by panicked Britons. The coronavirus pandem
Before the lockdown was even announced, cleaning products were one of the first things to be stockpiled by panicked Britons. The coronavirus pandemic has meant households around the country have stepped up their cleaning game – but what if it isn’t enough? One doctor is urging the nation to do a deep clean before the autumn as they reveal the dirtiest parts of your home.
New research from Checkatrade found that the coronavirus has already changed the nation’s cleaning habits.
The research found that 30 percent were more conscious of cleanliness in their homes than ever before – but half of those also say they’re too busy to do it.
According to the survey, germ-conscious Britons have been spending around two and a half hours a week cleaning during the lockdown.
But not giving your home a thorough clean could be a health risk – with one doctor calling on Britons to give their houses a deep clean after a long summer of being stuck largely indoors.
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Vacuuming your carpets will only remove surface dirt, which means that there could be germs and bacteria lurking deep within the pile – and the expert said it should be the “number one priority” for your cleaning schedule.
The doctor warned that house dust mites are one of the UK’s most common allergens, and a deep clean of carpets and soft furnishings will significantly reduce the allergenic load.
However, it seems that many cleaning obsessives are already onto it, as Checkatrade reported it had seen searches for cleaning services increase by 93 percent between May and July.
Searches for carpet and upholstery cleaning have also shot up on the website, increasing by a huge 222 percent as Britons seek help to get their homes cleaner than ever.
There’s also been a 124 percent increase in searches for deep cleaning services, suggesting more and more are leaving it to the professionals.
The doctor is recommending that people have a “deep clean day” as soon as possible in order to protect themselves against the coronavirus as well as winter illnesses.
“Although restrictions are currently easing, we need to be mindful that in autumn or winter we might find ourselves back under more restrictions,” Dr Dawn continued.
“With that in mind, we should be using the time and resources we have available now to address the wear and tear our homes have gone through in recent months and make them as clean, healthy and mindful as possible.”
As well as carpets, Dr Dawn recommended getting a professional in to clean the oven after months of cooking more than usual.
This will no doubt go down well with Britons who also voted for their most hated chores, with cleaning the cooker being second on the list only after cleaning the toilet.
The doctor also warned people to have their windows cleaned both inside and out – but not to forget curtains and blinds too, as you may have touched them more than you think during the lockdown.
Noting that viruses can survive outside of the human body for over 24 hours, Dr Harper also recommended wiping down cupboard handles and worktops more frequently, and even getting your mattresses and duvets professionally cleaned too.