Our worst cleaning habits revealed in new survey


TidyChoice surveyed over 3,000 cleaners on its database to find out what cleaners really think about their customers. Cleaners revealed their clients’ worst cleaning habits and the cleaning tasks that we are not doing.

The good news is that 85% of cleaners think that their clients are clean and tidy. The bad news is that they believe 56% of clients do very little or no cleaning between scheduled sessions. Respondents thought that bathrooms (43%) and kitchens (40%) became the dirtiest rooms between visits.

The most common complaints from cleaners about their clients are listed below

1. Leaving dirty clothes lying around on the floor or on beds/chairs (31%)
2. Leaving dirty dishes in the sink (28%)
3. Clients that do no cleaning at all between sessions (15%)
4. Clients not providing proper cleaning equipment and supplies (13%)
5. Pet hair on carpets and furniture (13%)

Ana Andres, co-founder of TidyChoice who commissioned the survey commented on the results:

“In general cleaners and clients get on very well and clients appreciate the hard work that their cleaners do. However, based on the survey results, we can do some simple things to make cleaners’ lives easier and get the best from them. Just clearing away dishes or tidying up clothing could allow cleaners to spend more time cleaning important areas like kitchens and bathrooms that make a big difference to our homes.”

Client cleaning habits

Cleaners think that their clients are clean and tidy: 28% of cleaners strongly agree that their clients are clean and tidy whilst another 57% agree.

However, once we hire a cleaner, we rely on them to do the bulk of cleaning work in the house. According to cleaners, 56% of us do little or no cleaning between visits.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the rooms that get the dirtiest between visits are the bathrooms (43%) and kitchens (41%).

What are our worst cleaning habits?
In terms of cleaning habits, the worst habits are leaving dirty clothing lying around (31%) and leaving dirty dishes in the sink (28%) Other prominent themes include not having proper cleaning equipment and supplies, pet hair on carpets and furniture and clients not doing any cleaning at all.

About TidyChoice
Founded in 2014, by Colin Weston and Ana Andres del Valle, TidyChoice is an online platform, offering home cleaning and childcare services for London residents. TidyChoice professionals undergo a careful vetting process, to ensure customers can choose from a trusted and reliable community of housekeepers. Customers can choose their preferred professional and professionals can choose their own rate, hours and areas of work.

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