Should you really insist that your guests remove their shoes before entering your house? In Japan it is customary but in America it varies by household.  So what is the real deal? Does taking off your shoes really help or is it just a quirky request?

There are actually a lot of benefits to taking your shoes off before you enter the house. The first benefit and most obvious is dirt. Whether you have hardwood, laminate, carpet or tile flooring, you struggle to keep your floors clean and the added dirt tracked in by shoes adds to your vacuum time.  The most common dirt, sand can not only stain your carpets but lead to scratch marks on your hardwood floors as well. Grease carried in from someone’s shoes can “ugly” a carpet really fast.  Grout lines and hardwood planks can collect dirt and make your floors look grimy. 

If you have decided to enforce a “No Shoe Policy”, make sure you have a plan of attack.  Provide your guests or fellow residents with a comfy chair or bench to remove their shoes. Have a place, an area, basket or cubby, for them to put their shoes. You don’t need anyone tripping over shoes or Fido having a new play toy or the shoes getting lost. You might even want to consider investing in some inexpensive slippers or socks for your guests.

Taking off your shoes can definitely help extend the wear- life of your carpet or hardwood floors keep your floors cleaner and protect your family from unwanted germs that might hitch a ride on someone’s shoe. 
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this article and hoped you enjoyed it.  If you’d like more information on laminates, hardwoods, bamboo, carpet, tile, natural stone, or any other types of flooring, please contact ProSource of Pinellas County at 727-545-9935 or visit our website at www.prosourcefloors.com/pinellascounty.


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