Not taking our shoes off when we enter our home is something we are all guilty of doing. It’s fair enough being told that you should take your shoes off before entering a home, but do you really know the reason behind this instruction? Tailored Flooring have created a list of 5 reasons why it’s so important for you to take your shoes off when you’ve come indoors.
Shoes carry harmful toxins
Wherever you've walked; on grass, the pavement or roads your shoes pick up traces of any of the harmful things you may have walked through, i.e. fertiliser and petrol. Studies have shown that extended contact with any of these chemicals can be particularly harmful and bringing them inside can pollute the air people breathe in your home.
Shoes are home to bacteria
A study at Arizona University by company Rockport have found that it’s common for shoes to harbour nasty bacteria such as E.coli because of trips to public bathrooms and coming in contact with faecal matter.
Scrapes and Scratches
Healed or hard shoes run the risk of indenting your flooring and damaging the fibres in your carpets. Shoes can also pick up small particles of grit from outside which can scratch hardwood flooring and cause extra wear and tear to carpets and rugs.
It’s not just toxins and bacteria that shoes can bring into your home,but dirt. Dirty feet means that you will have to clean up more often and you run the risk of creating muddy stains on your carpets. Taking your shoes off means the mop, sweeping brush and vacuum don’t have to work overtime.
Do you have a pet? You will know only too well that if you take your shoes off somewhere around the house your pet will definitely find them and start nibbling. If you get into the routine of taking them off when you enter the house and put them away you are saving yourself money for a new pair of shoes. (For all pet owners check out our BLOG about Pet-friendly flooring options)