London: People with pets have the filthiest kitchen floors, according to a study.
A house with a dog or a cat will typically have bacteria levels almost 20 times higher than one without. That’s dirtier than an average pub toilet seat, reports a news website.
Surprisingly, having children in a house - however messy - makes only a negligible difference.
Microbiologists at Leeds Metropolitan University swabbed sample areas from kitchen floors and measured bacteria levels.
A couple with no children scored 167 in the study and a couple with children scored 232. But a couple with children and pets scored 2,844.
Bacteria levels in homes with pets were even higher than for a student house.
"This was especially marked in the cases of the married couple with children and pets, where there was a 10,000-fold reduction in bacterial contamination after using a clean mop," said Alan Edmondson.