KÄRCHER study in the world: cleaning helps combat daily stress

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Anyone who grabs cloths and a vacuum cleaner does so with anticipation of the result: a clean home where you can relax and feel happy. But the journey is often the reward: for many people the cleaning process has a stress-reducing effect. For example, 75 percent of Brits state they always mop when they are stressed. With the result that 84 percent feel calmer and more relaxed in a clean home. Also in France there is a connection between cleaning the house and stress relief: 59 percent of the French even describe themselves as meditative and calm during the cleaning process. The international cleaning study, which was conducted by Dynata on behalf of Kärcher in eleven countries, reveals this and many other findings .

Cleaning, but thoroughly

Two thirds of Germans clean at least once a week - 13 percent even do so on a daily basis. The study shows: Saturday is not the alleged "cleaning day", actually only 9 percent of Germans have a set day for cleaning. This doesn't change the result: 88 percent of the local respondents attach huge importance to a clean home. Cleaning is also celebrated in China. Here deep cleaning, for example with a steam cleaner, is very important – 94 percent of the respondents consider this intensive approach important or very important. In the 25-34 year old category almost all respondents share this sentiment (99 percent). Which living area should be cleaned thoroughly? The kitchen with 41 percent, the bathroom and bedroom, each with 25 percent.

How long the world spends cleaning

All over the world house cleaning takes as long as an average cinema visit, an extensive walk or a coffee date with friends. Worldwide people spend on average two hours and fifty two minutes cleaning per week. At 4 hours 49 minutes the Russians spend the most time cleaning their own four walls. This hardly comes as a surprise. Cleanliness is important for 97 percent of Russians. People also spend a lot of time cleaning in Belgium: at 3 hours 39 minutes the respondents are among the leaders - and yet 45 percent of them wish they had more time for the household. On an international comparison, the Japanese attach the least amount of importance to a clean home - which is also reflected in the cleaning duration: it is 1 hour 29 minutes in the land of smiles.

Classic helpers versus state-of-the-art technology

The appropriate helpers ensure cleaning is simple and effective. Worldwide people cannot do without manual tools such as brooms, brushes, mops, etc. (79 percent), chemical detergents (75 percent) or electrical cleaning equipment with cable (66 percent) – these are used most by all respondents. However, the trend is clearly heading towards cordless devices. In Japan, electrical helpers with battery are very popular - every second Japanese person (54 percent) considers their use important, one third (34 percent) already rely on them. The opinions on autonomous cleaning solutions such as robotic vacuum cleaners vary greatly from country to country – their services are used most frequently in China by far at 38 percent. In Germany, the use remains static compared to the previous year at only 15 percent. In contrast, other countries rely on the support of fellow human beings, above all in Poland: every second person (52 percent) here relies on help from a partner, family members or housemates.

About cleaning behaviour

For several years, the international Kärcher cleaning survey has been providing information on the topics of people's cleanliness, orderliness and cleaning behaviour. In this year's survey, which was commissioned by Kärcher and carried out by Dynata in eleven countries, the following result in particular stands out: Cleaning leads to relaxation, and even meditative states. This is said by at least 75 per cent of the English and 59 per cent of the French. Cleaning as a compensatory feel-good activity? Kärcher wants to know more, and asked Dr. Brigitte Bösenkopf, psychologist, journalist and head of the Stress Centre in Vienna.

KÄRCHER steam cleaners for hygiene

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Pressure + Speed + Temperature = Ultimate Clean The secret of steam cleaning lies in the powerful combination of pressure, speed and temperature. Microscopic steam particles force their way into even the tiniest areas to thoroughly loosen dirt particles. Our steam cleaners do not use any chemicals – they use only tap water. This provides a safe environment for small children in particular, who like to put things in their mouths. Allergy sufferers can also breathe a sigh of relief. If used properly, Kärcher steam cleaners like the SC 3 can remove up to 99.999% of enveloped viruses1, such as the coronavirus or influenza, and up to 99.9% of common household bacteria2 from hard surfaces.

Germs don't stand a chance

Germs don't stand a chance Sometimes the best way of getting rid of germs is also the simplest: hot steam. The forceful ejection of steam, combined with nozzles and cleaning cloths, ensures that Kärcher steam cleaners remove up to 99.999% of enveloped viruses*, such as the coronavirus or influenza, and up to 99.9% of common household bacteria** on hard surfaces, fittings, tiles, mirrors and more. This has been confirmed by scientific studies – with Kärcher steam cleaners, germs don't stand a chance. Chemical-free cleaning made easy!

Kärcher steam cleaners remove up to 99.999% of enveloped viruses*, such as the coronavirus or influenza, and up to 99.9% of common household bacteria

Kärcher steam cleaners are not just for kitchen and bathroom surfaces – they also ensure maximum cleanliness and hygiene on hard surfaces like stone, tiles, vinyl, laminate and varnished wood flooring. The Kärcher floor nozzle is fitted with slats so that the steam remains concentrated on the floor and is used to maximum effect. Thanks to their unsurpassed cleaning performance, Kärcher steam cleaners are considerably more hygienic than a regular mop or spray mop.

The need for speed

Other popular steam cleaners can take up to eight minutes or more to fully heat up and produce steam. If you've just finished cooking and want to do a quick kitchen cleanup, who wants to wait eight minutes? And if you've finally committed to cleaning the bathroom, waiting that long might just make you put it off for another day. Kärcher steam cleaners heat up and produce steam in as few as 40 seconds! In fact, you might even be done steam cleaning before a competing machine fully heats up. Truly timesaving.

A competitive edge

Cheap steamers cut a lot of corners, especially with nozzles. When you attempt to clean the floor, you can see the nozzles making lines of steam instead of covering the entire area.

Kärcher steam cleaners use Lamella Technology to ensure the steam is equally distributed throughout the cleaning cloth.

In addition to getting to an even clean, you also get effective edge cleaning. So go ahead and clean those baseboard edges while you're cleaning the floor. No extra tools required!