A nationwide search has uncovered six of the country’s top cleaning enthusiasts, set to battle it out for the title of ‘Australia’s Fastest Cleaner’ in the ultimate cleaning torture test, the VIVA House of Spills Challenge. 

Nikita Gridley from Holmview has swept away the competition to become a national finalist with the next stop, the ultimate cleaning showdown, the VIVA House of Spills, where Nikitawill battle it out against five other finalists for the national title next month.

The Challenge comes as a national survey commissioned by VIVA Paper Towel reveals almost a quarter (24%) of Australians spend up to 20+ hours a week cleaning while 23% admit to being self-proclaimed ‘cleaning fanatics’.

Nikita was previously a long-time hotel cleaner, who regularly won her employer’s ‘back of house’ competitions, Nikita has built up a wealth of experience at the cleaning service, Maid2Match.

Described as diligent and efficient, and with 900 services under her belt, Nikita now expertly trains a team of ten junior cleaners and prides herself on offering her clients simple cleaning advice to keep their homes maintained between visits.

To demonstrate how Australians can hone their skills to clean smarter, not harder, six passionate cleaners have been selected to go head-to-head in a timed cleaning challenge at the VIVA House of Spills hosted by TV personality, Matthew ‘Matty J’ Johnson. 

Ranging from at-home cleaners, who love the thrill of the spill, to those who have turned cleaning into a career, the six finalists include: 

  • Arlene Jayne Bate, Victoria 
  • Ashlee Durand, Victoria 
  • Denise Martinazzo, New South Wales  
  • Jason Shipway, Western Australia 
  • Libby Weston, Queensland 
  • Nikita Gridley, Queensland 

Vying for ultimate cleaning glory and the chance to win a cash prize of $5,000, each of the finalists will be put to the test to see who can wipe up a series of spills the fastest with Australia’s preferred weapon of choice against spills and messes – the humble paper towel, which almost half (41%) of Australians reach for over other options like mops (23%), sponges (22%) and cloths (10%).  

A cleaning fanatics worst nightmare, the VIVA House of Spills is set within an all-white display home, to be tarnished with unforgiving common spills like coffee and red wine, a manically messy environment to pressure test the finalists cleaning capabilities.

The House of Spills will showcase each contestant’s unique spill removal techniques – which may include the top to bottom, left to right or ‘damp dusting’ approaches preferred by 36% and 30% of Australians, respectively.  

Appointed to control the chaos and crown Australia’s Fastest Cleaner, host, Matty J says, “As a dad of two messy young girls, I’m very familiar with the hundreds of spills that can happen around the house every day. So, I can’t wait to learn a thing or two from the cleaning-obsessed contestants and see who comes out on top as ‘Australia’s Fastest Cleaner’ at the VIVA House of Spills.”  

The VIVA House of Spills competition will take place on Thursday 7 March 2024 in Sydney with the winner to be announced on the same day. 

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