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Calling all men: Love might be in the air, but it’s not going to be in the pub this Valentine’s Day if you have one too many!

Research undertaken by 1001, the carpet and upholstery cleaning experts, has revealed what really irritates the ladies about the opposite sex, and drunken behaviour and personal hygiene are top of the flops.

So guys if you’ve ever wondered how women’s minds work or what really annoys them look no further. According to 1001 the biggest turn offs for women are:

1. Getting drunk and believing you are more attractive than you are
2. Sweat patches
3. Arrogance
4. Inappropriate attire – i.e. socks and sandals and Hawaiian shirts on holiday
5. Looking scruffy when out and about – tracksuit bottoms are a no
6. Not doing your fair share of housework
7. Trousers that are too tight
8. Not being a gentleman and opening doors
9. Wearing a bum bag (!)
10. Y Fronts

The research reveals that ditching the drink, slapping on deodorant and minding your manners may help men in their love conquests. But for any men opting for a romantic night in on the 14th February, the research revealed, that the way to your woman’s heart could well be through housework!

When asked about their biggest bug bears around the home: dirty washing left on the floor; dirty cups and mugs being left to fester; men leaving the toilet seat up and carpet stains all featured in the top five things women want to banish forever.

David Whittome, Head of Marketing at 1001 comments: “The research has revealed what really riles women and it has thrown up some really interesting results. It seems our romantic gestures such as chocolates and flowers could be misguided unless we correct bad habits.

“So all things considered; to really find our way into the heart of that special someone we men clearly need to watch what we wear and how we behave. And when it comes to wining and dining our loved one indoors; it appears the ideal start to the day could well be tackling cleaning jobs around the house and then we’ll really be in the good books!”

1001 women across the nation were asked about their biggest bug bears across a variety of subjects; and what they want to see disappear forever into a virtual world of ‘Room 1001’.

Room 1001 is just for the ladies - a place for them to go to vent their anger and find a state of calm.

1001 is on a mission to make all irritations disappear and to make life a bit easier for the ladies. Join in the debate at where you can see other women’s pet hates for yourself and add your own.

With over 50 years of carpet care experience, 1001 provides the most effective range of solutions for tackling those everyday stains and odours spills on carpets and upholstery.
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For further information please contact Becky Myers / Claire Hoather on 020 7632 2400 or email

Notes to Editors:

Further detailed research available on request

Women were asked to rank 101 bug bears across the following categories:
Health and Wellbeing, Women’s Clothing and Appearance, The Opposite Sex, Transport, Irritations when out and about, Around the House, People, Celebrities, Work.

Source:, December 2008 (sample base 1001 UK women)

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