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To clean, or not to clean, that is the question

April 15th, 2014 Category: Office Cleaning

Spring cleaning is now off the cards for many of us, as we’re too busy living our lives, according to new research from online retailer ao.com.

Brits are forgoing the annual big clean in favour of a ‘clean as you go’ approach, to avoid having to carry out big tidying tasks that take up their valuable time.

By throwing unnecessary junk away, keeping on top of tidying up and using fancy cleaning gadgets, people are able to stop the mess piling up on top of them.

However, that’s not the case for everybody. Many people just ‘can’t be bothered’ to do the traditional spring clean as they are far too busy with other aspects of their lives.

More than one in ten admitted that they only ever gave their house the deep clean treatment if their mother-in-law was coming to stay, which she is probably aware of!

Eighty-five per cent of the 2,000 people surveyed said they believed spring cleaning is a dying tradition and is no longer relevant in the modern day. Less than half of the participants still take out the cleaning tackle and gut the house during April, and 37 per cent do it once every few years.

Surprisingly, one in five admitted to never partaking in the tradition and 14 per cent said they genuinely couldn’t be bothered to do it – perhaps it would be best to avoid visiting these homes!

According to the Daily Mail, Yossi Erdman, head of brand at ao.com, said: “There was a time when everyone would do a spring clean of their home to get everything spic and span for the months ahead.

“But it seems this traditional job is getting buried in the past as house-proud Brits are now keeping on top of those chores all year round instead of saving it for a certain time of year. We are leading busier lives than ever and many find it easier to fit in their chores in small snippets rather than trying to devote entire days to the task.”

The rise of high-tech cleaning gadgets could be responsible for the death of spring cleaning, as many participants said the use of technology such as robotic vacuums and steam mops mean they don’t have to do much tidying themselves.

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