Property news: Two thirds of people clean up for cleaners

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Research from Handybook suggests two out of three people admit to tidying their home before the cleaner arrives, with this figure rising to 75 per cent for Londoners, according to research by leading on-demand home cleaning and repair service Handybook.

The research, which polled a thousand Brits in July 2014, also found that two out of five of the capital’s residents have employed a professional to clean their home, however, the stats also reveal, Londoners are twice as likely to sleep on the same sheets for two months as people in the North. Specifically, those living in the North East change their bed-sheets the most regularly, with two-thirds of people in the North East changing their sheets every week.

Age-wise, 25-34 year-olds are the worst offenders when it comes to changing their sheets, they are a staggering eight times more likely to change their sheets every six months than those aged 55 and above.

Oisin Hanrahan, CEO and co-founder of Handybook, said: “We undertook this research to better understand the UK’s attitudes to cleaning and maintaining their homes. It is interesting that the majority of respondents feel the need to clean before their cleaner arrives.”

Handybook, which allows users to book on-demand cleaning and repair professionals, launched in London earlier this month. The service allows users to book trusted, fully vetted professionals for common household services online or via the Handybook app. The service is currently available in more than 27 cities worldwide and is experiencing impressive growth with bookings increasing by 60 per cent month over month during 2014.

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