In many parts of the world, it’s customary to take your shoes off before entering a home, leaving them in a designated spot outdoors or just inside the door on a mat or rack. Although this custom is not yet widely accepted in the United States – many consider it rude, uncomfortable or at best, an inconvenience – there are actually several good reasons for implementing a no shoes policy in your home.
Consider the following:
We’ll just get straight to it: Your shoes pick up bacteria that is spread throughout your home when you wear them inside. In a study conducted by the University of Arizona, researchers found more than 440,000 units of bacteria had attached themselves to the bottom of a pair of shoes, which had only been purchased two weeks prior. Moreover, researchers found that over 90 percent of the time, this bacterium was effectively transferred to clean tiles after trekking over the surface area.
Dirt & Grime
Bacteria aside, shoes also bring in a lot of dirt, pollen, sand, and grime. This requires you to clean more frequently, which in turn requires you to use a) more electricity (running the vacuum), and b) more cleaning products. The best way to keep dirt and grime out of your home is by nipping it at the source! When you enforce a no shoes policy, you’ll keep your home clean without spending more time on household chores, while ensuring your family’s health.
Wear and Tear
More dirt and grime on your floors, whether tile, hardwood or carpet, means more wear and tear. Wear and tear that can cause you to need to replace your flooring prematurely. An expense we’re sure you’d rather do without. Extend the longevity of your flooring material by simply kicking off your shoes when you come home from the park, store, work or school. You will also be helping the environment by keeping your old flooring out of the landfills. It’s a win, win.
Now for some shoe storage ideas:
- Boot tray
- Shoe racks or shelves
- Cookie tray filled with stones
- Pinterest has countless DIY shoe storage ideas
Don’t forget to place a sign on the front door announcing your no shoes policy to avoid catching anyone unaware. Are you overdue for professional carpet cleaning or tile and grout cleaning? Contact Carpet Cleaning Service AZ at (602) 633-2015.