To Take Your Shoes Off or Not
Do ask people to remove their shoes when they come into your home? Have you ever been asked to remove your shoes when entering a home. How do you feel about this . Do you take your shoes off or not.
I have to be honest with you. I never asked anyone to take their shoes off when coming into my home. I do have mats for them to wipe their feet. With 2 dogs, I probably have more mats than most. They line my outdoor stairs. I do like a clean home and perhaps if we had rugs throughout our home I may feel differently. I am a wooden floor fan, they are easy to clean and I am sure there is no dirt left behind.
My word, have you ever seen the mess that is left behind after a carpet is taken up? I have! When we moved into our home there was definitely a scent, they had a dogs and two teenagers. Even though I used carpet deodorizer and vacuumed the living room still smelled awful. Damp days were the worst. We were fortunate that out home had wooden floors beneath the carpet, this saved us a fair amount of money. I could not believe the amount of dirt that was pouring out of the carpet as it was being lifted and rolled. I swore then that I would never have wall to wall carpeting again and we haven’t. Don’t get me wrong I love area rugs but they are so easier to clean and you can see the dirt under them.
Back to the removing of the shoes. Should we or shouldn’t we? I know that bacteria as well as animal feces, food garbage, pesticides and bodily fluid can be brought in on our shoes.
According to a recent University of Houston study, more than 26% of shoes worn inside the home are contaminated with Clostridium difficile which is a bacterium that can cause abdominal pain and diarrhea. Those most susceptible are the elderly and patients who take antibiotics.
“More than 26 percent of shoe soles from home environments tested positive for C. diff, almost three times higher than the amount found in kitchens and bathrooms. “Your front door mat is the worst offender,” added Garey. “You might be cleaning germs off but also adding new ones.”
In another study from the University of Arizona, researchers found that 96% of shoe soles also contain fecal bacteria.
“Some of the bacteria found on the shoes included: Escherichia coli, known to cause intestinal and urinary tract infections, meningitis and diarrheal disease; Klebsiella pneumonia, a common source for wound and bloodstream infections as well as pneumonia; and Serratia ficaria, a rare cause of infections in the respiratory tract and wounds.”
Are you thinking it is best to remove the shoes now? I can’t tell you to take your shows off but I know that cleaning our homes on a regular basis can help with overall health. I did a post on why we should dust more often. To minimize the risk of getting sick, go out of your way to keep a clean home. We know that dist is an allergen.
Tips on keeping a clean home
Take the shoes of when entering your home. Yes, I think shoes should be removed but I will not be asking my guests to remove their shows. anytime soon. I will be running around after they leave cleaning my floors.
Wash your shoes to help prevent contamination of your home.
If you have rugs vacuum every couple of days with a HVAC or consider replacing the rugs with tile or wooden floors
Open windows. Yes even in colder weather. I lower the temperature and open the doors. It helps to air out my home with cross ventilation. Did you know the air quality inside your home is actually worse than outside your home?
Read the cleaning labels. I have done a few posts on the importance of reading the labels. Many of the cleaning products that we use are thought to have harmful chemicals in them. As you know there s little regulation over cleaning products.