Manchester cleaner & TikToker on the top 10 ‘dirt-gathering’ furniture to avoid in your home

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Sliding shower doors, chrome light switches - the list goes on.

A Manchester-based cleaner has shared a list of 10 things she would never have in her house - because of how awkward they are to clean.

Victoria Kitson, 31, took to TikTok to reveal which household furniture she wouldn’t have in her own home. She says venetian blinds are ‘a pain’ to clean as they’re so ‘flimsy’, whilst mirrored furniture gets scratched and collects handprints ‘very easily’. Brushed stainless steel taps and sliding shower doors are also off the list for the cleaner.

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Commenting on the cleaning work involved with some of these items, Victoria said: “People buy these things without thinking about how high maintenance they’re going to be. A lot of them look gorgeous but they collect dust and marks very easily.

“For example, venetian blinds are so flimsy which makes them a pain to clean, but shutter blinds look very similar but are a lot sturdier.

“Then you’ve got square sinks. Normal sinks are more rounded at the base but with square ones, food can get stuck in the corners and limescale can get stuck around the edge.

“I live in quite an affluent area, and I see the cube sinks a lot. People are getting them not realising they take longer to clean.”

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Victoria Kitson Credit: Victoria Kitson / SWNSVictoria Kitson Credit: Victoria Kitson / SWNS
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Victoria - who set up her business in August this year - has already seen a high demand for her services, often working from 9:30am to 7:30pm.

She shared her reasoning as to why she wouldn’t have a free-standing bath or metal light switches, saying: “If the bathroom is big enough then a free-standing bath is fine.

“But if the bathroom isn’t big enough then you have to get in the bath with the hoover to clean behind it.

“The second you touch metal light switches there’s fingerprints everywhere.

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“They seem to be really common. “Matte light switches are a great alternative.”

Victoria isn’t a fan of sliding shower doors because the track’s get ‘full of dirt’ or brushed stainless steel taps as they can build up with water droplet marks.

She said: “I recommend having a big glass pane as opposed to sliding doors.

“It can take a long time to clean.

“With stainless steel taps, as soon as you get water on them it leaves droplet marks.

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“They can take forever to clean because you have to clean it and then buff it to get it clean.”

She also avoids high-gloss flooring as smears become ‘really visable’ as well as preferring a raised toilet as opposed to one with screws because of the dust and grime that collects.

Victoria’s advice seemed to go down well with users on TikTok, many agreeing with her household opinions.

One user said: “I needed this! Trying to design a house and trying to pick the lowest maintenance things because I know myself.”

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Another said: “OMG yes to the square sink. I hate ours and cannot wait to replace it.”

A third added: “I have the high gloss floors in my house, not by choice. HATE THEM! Suggestions on cleaning? Mop and dry right after and still residue.”

Whilst a fourth commented: “Very thoughtful list! I totally agree on all of these.”

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