HAVE you ever looked at the seats on public transport and wondered why they’re covered in such hideous fabric?
Well, one woman has revealed the reason – and it’s making people wish they hadn’t asked.
Erica Mallett took to TikTok to explain the reasons that bus and train seats are covered in such hideous fabricCredit: TikTok/@erica_mallett
The seats on buses, trains and the Tube are in notoriously colourful and busy fabricCredit: Alamy
She also shared a video of someone hitting a bus seat with a hammer, and a cloud of dirt and grime emerging from itCredit: TikTok/@erica_mallett
Erica Mallett took to her TikTok page to share a video which she began: “Have you ever wondered why bus and train seat patterns are always so fugly?
“Turns out there’s a very specific reason they’ve been designed to look like a Smurf had bad flu and vomited everywhere.
“And you’re not gonna like it.”
She added: “They’ve been designed to look this horrible to hide something even more horrible – the grit and dirt of hundreds of thousands of public butts.
“These colours and this pattern disguises dirt and wear and tear, and public graffiti, and anything that might be really gross.”
For anyone doubting her reasoning, she then showed a clip of someone hitting a bus seat with a hammer – with clouds of dust and dirt billowing off of it.
“Moral of the story: offer your seat to the little old lady,” read some writing above that footage.
Posting her video on TikTok, Erica captioned it: “Today on things i know so now you have to know them too.”
People in the comments section were quick to admit that Erica’s video had made them not want to use public transport again in a hurry.
“never sitting on a seat on the bus or train again,” one wrote.
While another added: “This is why I don’t wear outside clothes in my home.”
“Good job i get too anxious to use the bus lol,” a third commented.
“yeah im standing on the bus from now on,” someone else wrote.
But others insisted they’d known Erica’s “gross fact” for years, with one writing: “it helps hide dirt, thought this was common knowledge.”
“I knew this when I was younger,” another said.
“I’e never understood why they don’t just make everything a hard surface thats easy to disinfect,” someone else asked.
To which Erica replied: “Probably because these are absorbent… that’s a scary thought.”