Inspired by the rise in popularity of cleaning influencers, a study of 2,000 adults found those who clean spend just over four hours a week vacuuming, polishing and wiping down surfaces around the house.

A further hour and 42 minutes a month is taken up with changing bed sheets, cleaning the carpets and cleaning the oven.

Almost a third enjoy cleaning because it makes them feel less stressed and 41 per cent like to clean to take their mind off other things.

More than half even admitted to cleaning things which don’t need sprucing up, just to alleviate stress or anxiety.

Vacuuming emerged as the most relaxing cleaning task, followed by wiping down kitchen surfaces, and doing the laundry.

A spokesman for floorcare experts Vax, which commissioned the survey, said: “It may seem like it’s only a few minutes here and there, but we really do spend a large amount of time cleaning.

“That’s why we spend hours testing our products and continuously developing them, so when the time comes for you to turn to vacuuming or cleaning your carpets, we’ve got you covered.

“The findings from our survey highlight just how many adults enjoy cleaning, seeing it as a great way to relax and destress.

“We’re firm believers in a cleaner home contributing to a clearer mind and are working with experts to demonstrate the benefits a cleaning routine and tidy home have on your mental health.”

Those polled were found to be so house proud they’ve gone to ‘significant’ lengths to hide imperfections in their homes, with a third admitting to covering carpet stains with furniture.

Although 90 per cent clean spillages and unsightly marks as soon as they happen.

More than half of adults keep on top of things by doing regular ‘basic’ cleans – with more than a fifth following up with a deep clean at least

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