Britain is a nation of grubby homeowners who will go to any lengths to hide spills, stains and unsavoury cleaning habits, according to new research.

Bissell survey reveals Britain’s house-cleaning habits

Britain is a nation of grubby homeowners who will go to any lengths to hide spills, stains and unsavoury cleaning habits, according to new research.

Bissell survey reveals Britain's house-cleaning habits

A study of 2,000 people conducted by home cleaning specialists Bissell reveals that one in three Brits admit they’d be ashamed if friends and family found out how little cleaning they actually do.

Some 11% only clean when they’re expecting visitors, while two-thirds confess to moving furniture to hide stains on their carpets. In fact, 7 out of 10 people are living with stained carpets but more than 1 in 10 never clean them. The same number say they feel they can live with carpet stains and just hope general wear and tear will help the stain to blend in.

Alexandra Carr from Bissell UK said: “We all lead such busy lives that it’s no wonder our carpets bear the brunt. Homes should be places where we enjoy living; muddy boots, family pets and accidental spillages are just a part of this. Luckily, common stains are easier to tackle than many people think and deep cleaning carpets regularly keeps floor surfaces hygienically clean and looking great.”

The top five most common carpet stains are soft drinks, followed by general dirt, alcoholic drinks, food stains and pet urine.

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