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One of the best things about Christmas is welcoming lots of friends and family in your home, offering visitors a mince pie and glass of mulled wine and being able to catch up with loved ones.

However, while most of us love how sociable the festive season is, more than a third (37 per cent) of Brits are so conscious about having the perfect home to welcome guests that they spend between ten and 18 days cleaning their house before December 25th, according to kitchen roll brand Regina.

Ideal Home magazine published the survey,which found that 63 per cent of homeowners sacrifice spending time with their friends and family so they can get their house looking its best, with 69 percent admitting they do twice as much cleaning as usual in preparation for surprise guests.

Parenting coach and spokesperson for Regina Judy Reith was quoted as saying: “While it’s understandable that people want to make a sparkling impression on guests during the festive season – with a clear plan in place, a positive attitude, the time and energy spent scrubbing and cleaning can be greatly reduced.”

Instead, she went on to say, people can “focus on enjoying family time”.

One of the best ways Brits can cut down on the amount of time they spend cleaning is to hire professors to do the job for them, such as carpet cleaning experts in Maidenhead who can give your floors a new lease of life.

And if one of your guests does happen to spill something on your newly cleaned carpets, don’t panic. Experts from Molly Maid told Arkansas Today that sprinkling salt on a red wine stain will stop it from settling into the fibres.

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