Fitted carpets seem to be a rare thing on the continent.

It appears that, apart from us Brits, everyone else has decided that having wall to wall rugs is not terribly hygienic.

And having made the switch from a carpeted to an uncarpeted environment – I’m inclined to agree. It only takes a couple of days for our pristine tiled flat to become gritty underfoot without regular sweepings.

Think you caught all those nail clippings? Thought you’d wiped that canine excrement off your shoes? Thought you didn’t talk with your mouth full at meal times? Think again.

A tiled floor shows you for what you really are – a great hairy animal.