For most Brits, there are areas in the house that we don’t always get round to cleaning as regularly as we might like, whether it’s the likes of underneath the sofa or behind the toilet.
So, to help the British public, we wanted to identify which areas of the home people are missing out on during their normal cleaning routine, and therefore which areas are the dirtiest. We’ve also offered helpful tips for when you next get your mop and bucket out.
The dirtiest areas in British homes
Using Hygiena’s UltraSnap Surface ATP Test and EnSURE Touch monitoring system, our results are based on the RLU (Relative Light Units) we found.
The RLU reading is based on the amount of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) collected from the sample, which is an organic compound found where bacteria thrive. The more ATP found on a swab, the more light is produced during the reaction in the EnSURE Touch monitoring system, giving us a higher RLU reading. Put simply, the higher the number, the dirtier the area!
The top RLU rates for different areas of the home
Here is the breakdown of the dirtiest areas in the home, in order of dirtiest to cleanest:
How often do we clean these areas in our home?
We found that the dirtiest areas are behind the sofa, under the doormat, behind the toilet, behind the TV unit, and behind the bed! Despite a quarter of people claiming they clean behind their sofa weekly (more often than behind the TV unit or behind the bed), it is the dirtiest area out of all those that were swabbed.
35% of Brits claim they clean behind their toilet at least once a week, as well as their living room floor; yet when tested, behind the toilet was 1,181% dirtier despite being cleaned the same amount of times!
And although we Brits clean it least often out of all floors in the home, the kitchen floor remains the cleanest! We also found that 14% of our survey respondents never clean their bookcases, while the living room has flooring that is most likely to be cleaned every single day.
Our top tips for cleaning the dirtiest areas in your home
Now that we’ve identified those tough spots, let’s take a look at some of the ways we can tackle them!
For more cleaning advice and care guides for different types of flooring, check out our Ideas Hub. Or if you’re looking for a new floor why not check out your local Tapi store to browse our gorgeous collections.