The holidays are a wonderful time for entertaining. However, having guests come in and out of your house, especially during wintertime means they’ll be tracking in a lot of dirt and debris. This foot traffic can take a toll on your carpeting, but it can also lead to a variety of health risks. This year when entertaining, it’s a good idea to have your guests remove their shoes before entering your home. Here are the four biggest reasons why:
1. Bacteria Sticks To Shoes
When you walk around the city, you are walking on a lot of nasty things. The ground is dirty, there’s litter and both human and animal excrement that carry disease. Our shoes pick up these bacteria when we walk on them. In fact, studies have shown that the average shoe has over 400,000 different types of bacteria. Many of the strains of bacteria our shoes pick up provide a risk to our health including E coil, meningitis, and salmonella. You do not want this bacteria in your home. Shoes can also pick up mold spores.
2. Shoes Pick Up Toxins
Beyond bacteria, your shoes pick up other toxins. We are exposed to a lot of toxins, especially in urban areas. The EPA has even warned that individuals who work with a lot of chemicals should take their shoes off because they can track them into their homes. Some of the chemicals our shoes can pick up include pesticides and herbicides, petroleum products, and solvents. Exposure to these toxins can lead to a variety of health problems.
3. Shoes Track In Dirt
Beyond just the health risks, shoes bring in all kinds of dirt and debris from the outdoors. This is especially problematic in the winter months because the ground is wet and mud sticks to our shoes easier than dry dirt. When you have a lot of people coming and going in your home, it can leave quite a mess behind in your carpet. Furthermore, the dirt and debris can cause permanent staining to your carpeting.
4. Shoes Cause Wear And Tear
Have you ever noticed on carpets that high trafficked areas are often matted and worn thin? That is because the soles of shoes are very hard on carpeting. Rubber soles lead to fraying of the fibers. Heels can cause tears and holes. While leather-soled shoes can cause matting. This kind of damage is difficult and expensive to fix. It can also make your carpeting look very run down and worn out.
The simple fact is, if you want to protect your carpet and keep it looking new for years, having guests remove their shoes is a must. Unfortunately, it can be tough to corral your guests when you are a busy hosting and it may not work to have them remove their shoes. In that case, you will definitely want to schedule an appointment with Cleanerus once the party’s over. We’ll assess the damage done and make sure that we thoroughly clean your carpet to remove any bacteria, toxins, or dirt. We can even repair any damage done. Call us today to learn more!