In my house we are not consistent about taking our shoes off at the door and, consequently, the finish on my hardwood floors is barely there and all my area rugs show traffic patterns. My bad. I should take my shoes off at the door and I should make my family and guests take theirs off, too. But, I can't be bothered and I don't want to appear rude. Do you think it's rude to ask guests to remove their shoes? If you said yes, after reading on you might think differently.
The practice of kicking shoes off at the door is widely popular in Asia and many other countries. In places like Korea and Japan people still sit on the floor at low tables to eat meals and some also use bed rolls to sleep on the floor. More than just a polite thing to do, removing your shoes makes good, healthy sense for everyone. Think about where your feet have been: stomping around country roads or city streets where people and animals drop unsanitary things, buses, restrooms, shopping malls, Doctor's offices, parking lots and other countless public places each day. The bottom of your shoes collect all sorts of yucky stuff that you track into your home leaving behind dirt, germs, chemicals and even pesticides all over your floors. When you're eating and drop something on the floor, this makes you think twice about that 5 second rule, doesn't it?
Anyway, banning shoes inside the house is a bit of a hassle but it really will reduce the yuck factor on the floors and it will make cleaning and preserving them so much easier.
To keep carpets and floors looking new, be sure to vacuum and/or sweep often. Use doormats at the entrances to help trap dirt and provide a place for the parade of shoes. Please remember that Action Carpet & Floor Covering has a professional cleaning service. You should have your carpets cleaned two times per year, many warranties require this. Call us to schedule yours today at 860-298-0070 and ask for Karen!