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How Clean is Your Home? (Infographic)


We all think we know how important it is to keep our homes clean and tidy. But there is more to cleanliness that flicking a duster around every now and then.

Some of the everyday items we use can be breeding grounds for germs and pathogens, some of which can make us ill.

We assume that the dirtiest place in the home is the toilet seat but, the real harbingers of germs may surprise you…

When was the last time you…

  • Replaced your chopping boards? Used several times a day in the kitchen, it can soon pick up all kinds of nasties and yet, the vast majority of us have not replaced the chopping board for some years.
  • Cleaned the carpets? The toilet seat as just over 1,200 germs per square inch – nothing surprising about that – but your carpets could be harbouring 2,000 germs or more per square inch. Time to have your carpets shampooed?
  • Scrubbed the kitchen sink? We may not give it the same attention to detail as the bathroom basin but you should.

We overlook many things because we are so accustomed to them being in our home. It may be your favourite toothbrush, but is it time to change it?!

Cleaning with detail

Cleaning with detail is about understanding some of the most common places that germs and pathogens hide and multiply. When germs and bacteria reach a certain level, they impact on human health.

It may be slight and unnoticeable but things like runny noses, coughs and ‘cold’ could be our immune system protecting us from germs in the home.

And if their levels keep building, they can really make us ill.

How to keep your home really clean

Take a look at the cleaning tasks you should be doing daily, weekly and regularly, as well as how some of the everyday items we use need replacing or a deep clean. From changing the dishcloth on a more frequent basis to washing items at 60° or more.

And the good news is, with a cleaning schedule and better understanding of how and where germs lurk, you can keep on top of the nasties that could be making your skin itch and your nose run.

Infographic created by Sloane and Sons Stylish Chairs

Why Cleaning Your House Is Important Infographic

Anna Sharples

Office and marketing manager for Sloane & Sons Stylish Chairs, who sell a range of high-quality tub chairs, accent chairs and more.