Only 28% of Brits change their bed sheets every week
With three quarters of people in the UK admitting that they find changing the bed sheets a tedious job, the search to find the nation’s speediest sheet changer is on!
Although there’s nothing better than the smell and feel of fresh, crisp sheets when you climb into bed, it seems that changing them is not always at the top of the ‘to do’ list for Brits. Research by bed and sleep specialist, Time 4 Sleep, considered peoples’ attitudes towards changing their bedsheets and their guests’ bed sheets and found that only 28% of Brits change their bed sheets every week.
The research also revealed that four in ten (40%) Brits change their bed sheets once every two weeks and, that almost a quarter (24%) change them only once every three or four weeks.
Surprisingly, 22% of people in the UK believe that it only becomes unhygienic after 4-5 weeks of not changing the bed sheets, while 51% believe it becomes unhygienic after 2-3 weeks of not being changed.
Paul Morris, CEO of Addmaster, inventor of Biomaster technology has 20 years of experience specialising in household protection against the spread of microbes. He says: “It is extremely important to wash bed sheets on a regular basis as the build up of dead skin cells can lead to dust mites, unwanted bacteria and unpleasant odours. I would recommend washing sheets at least once a week. The key to keeping bacteria away is the quality of the wash."
“By law, hospitals have to wash laundry above 70c to effectively kill bacteria. Yet, in the home, we are urged to save energy and many households now wash at 30c/40c. We should wash frequently but the key is using high temperatures, or more economically, using an antibacterial fluid such as one by Biomaster or Dettol,” Paul concluded.
When it comes to staying at a friend’s house over the festive period, you might want to think twice before you accept that invitation. The study found that, although 54% of people will be having at least one guest to stay over Christmas, 11% of people admitted that they only change the sheets of their guest bed after a second guest has stayed over.
You may be even more shocked to find out that lawyers are the worst culprits when it comes to guest bed hygiene, with a huge 38% admitting that they only change the sheets after their third guest has slept in them.
What’s more is that, during December, an estimated 108,400,0002 sheets will be changed across the nation, that’s an awful lot of washing, ironing and straggling the bed.
To try and make this domestic task a little easier, and a little less tedious, Time 4 Sleep has launched a competition to find the UK’s speediest sheet changer. The bed specialist is encouraging people across the nation to share video footage of them changing their bed sheets as quickly or unusually as possible.
Do you have some top tips you could share with the nation? Have you found a way of making bed-change day more fun? If so, then submit a short video of your technique here to be in with a chance of winning a Time 4 Sleep luxury Onelife double mattress worth £379.
Jonathan Warren, director at Time 4 Sleep, said: “It was really interesting to find out about the UK’s sheet changing habits and how we feel about this particular task."
“Changing the bed is definitely one of the more annoying domestic duties but we’re hoping that our competition will inspire people to share unusual and interesting tips and techniques, to make the task a bit more fun for everyone.”
For full T&Cs, and to enter the competition, visit: https://www.time4sleep.co.uk/blog/are-you-the-uks-speediest-sheet-changer/