Brits do not vacuum or wipe down kitchen surfaces often enough – but will clean their oven more than they need to.
A study of 2,000 adults revealed a sixth are ‘confused’ about how often they should be doing different cleaning jobs.
While the average adult vacuums their home five times a month – around once a week – experts say ‘high traffic areas’ should be cleaned daily.
They also believe kitchen worktops should be cleaned once a day, but in reality, these are given a wipe with some cleaning spray just seven times a month – less than twice a week.
But the average adult cleans their oven twice a month, although expert advice is that this can be done as little as once every eight weeks.
The study, by floor cleaning expert BISSELL, also found the average British home is given a ‘thorough’ clean five times a year.
A third of respondents admitted to not doing the household chores often enough, with a lack of time (49 per cent) and ineffective appliances (12 per cent) among the reasons.
Housework blogger, Gemma Bray – aka The Organised Mum – who is working with BISSELL, said: “It seems like most people save up their jobs and do them in one big hit, rather than spreading their efforts over the week.
“I would much rather clean little and often throughout the week and have a housework-free weekend.
“The study showed people spend 17 minutes cleaning their bathroom, but it’s much more effective to give it a quick clean daily to stop the grime building up, you’ll actually save yourself time in the long run.
“Similarly, I’d recommend people vacuum their high traffic areas every day, it doesn’t have to be a deep clean but a five-minute whizz around will help keep floors in tip-top shape. And then every few weeks move the furniture for a deeper clean.
“As the kitchen is the engine room of the house kitchen surfaces should be kept on top of daily, whereas dusting surfaces and furnishings weekly is sufficient.”
The research also found three in five adults set aside time to clean their home each week – with Saturdays proving most popular.
But 48 per cent admitted they sometimes take shortcuts.
And the rooms which take priority were revealed to be the kitchen, bathroom and living room.
The main objective when cleaning for 56 per cent is to feel hygienic, while 48 per cent hope to make their home look presentable and 36 per cent want to get rid of germs.
A further 71 per cent of those polled were pet owners, with a sixth of those saying their main task when cleaning is to get rid of animal hairs.
It also emerged that the longest the average adult has gone without doing any cleaning is two weeks, although 30 per cent admitted to only really cleaning when they can visibly see dust or dirt.
Almost half of respondents, polled by OnePoll, also admitted they do not have different cleaning appliances for different floor types, while a tenth do not confidently know how to use their vacuum.
And three in 10 don’t know how to use a carpet steamer, while 27 per cent wouldn’t be confident using a carpet washer.
Overall, only 30 per cent felt ‘very confident’ in effectively using all their cleaning devices.
As a result, a sixth admitted they worry about damaging furniture, flooring and surfaces by using the wrong appliances and products.
More than a tenth have even bought a cleaning device purely because it was a ‘trend’, without knowing if it was suitable for their home and 81 per cent do not always research into a product before buying it.
Claire Zakss, senior brand manager for Beam Group, UK Distributor for BISSELL said: “Every household is different so routines will of course differ depending on size and surface.
“And if you have children and pets you’d be shocked by the amount of embedded hair and debris, even in clean-looking carpets and floors.
“It’s clear people lack time when it comes to cleaning effectively and many take shortcuts.
“This is why we develop innovative products to help busy households, such as the BISSELL CrossWave Multi-Surface Cleaner which vacuums, washes and dries at that same time, as well as moving seamlessly from different types of flooring, so you can have one appliance for the whole house.
“BISSELL have been keeping floors clean since 1876, so we are certainly the experts when it comes to advising which products suit different households.
“Home trends today often feature natural wood flooring with large rugs, as well as traditional carpets, with bathrooms and kitchens likely to be tiled, so it’s important to invest in quality appliances to protect your flooring and get the best cleaning results .”