"So where does this bacteria come from? Mostly from the feces we walk on left behind by birds, dogs, and humans (from public restrooms…OMG…gross). 96 percent “of coliform and E. coli bacteria on the outside of the shoes indicates frequent contact with fecal material, which most likely originates from floors in public restrooms or contact with animal fecal material outdoors. Our study also indicated that bacteria can be tracked by shoes over a long distance into your home or personal space after the shoes were contaminated with bacteria,” said Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist and professor at the University of Arizona.
But bacteria isn’t the only thing your shoes can bring into your house. Chemicals and toxins like pesticides can also make their way into your home from the chemicals that are found on lawns. Other chemicals include coal tar from asphalt roads and gasoline from rainwater. If you have pets or children at home, they are the ones who are at greater risk of exposure since they are the ones who are crawling and laying on the floor."
Sunday, October 23, 2016
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Sunday, October 16, 2016
I went to a restaurant with some neighbours from my apartment block yesterday evening. I invited them back to mine for drinks afterwards. One lady acknowledged the sign on my door and said she would take her shoes off. She obviously understood it.
A few people have said they can't understand my sign because it is in German. That surprises me. I never studied German at school, but I knew 'bitte' means please. There are pictures of shoes on the sign and one might guess that 'schuhe' means shoes. I don't think it should take any great intelligence to conclude that it means 'please take off your shoes.'
Not that it matters; I am quite happy to ask people politely to remove their shoes.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Some inane reality show from New Zealand. In this episode this group of socialite ladies visit another wealthy lady who has a no-shoes rule to protect her marble floors. Good for her. Marble floors are strong, but they can still get scratched or marked.
The ladies seem surprised and bothered at being asked to remove their shoes. I had the impression that removing shoes in homes was at least slightly more common in New Zealand than here in the UK and a lot of NZ people like going barefoot, but evidently not Kiwi ladies with lots of money.
Saturday, October 08, 2016
Rain water in the street can be contaminated by gasoline and other chemicals. Keep it out with a no-shoes rule in your home.— Matthew Clarke (@celestialhost) October 8, 2016
@celestialhost What's with no-shoes rules? I can't understand. Are your people do not take off their shoes at home? It's strange a bit....— Viktoria (@Ukropo4kA) October 8, 2016
@Ukropo4kA British are not always as sensible as Ukrainians. Some people here stomp around homes with their shoes on.— Matthew Clarke (@celestialhost) October 8, 2016
@celestialhost Oh. It's not abt British or Ukrainians, ect. It's about hygienics. And it's normal to take off the shoes at home 😉— Viktoria (@Ukropo4kA) October 8, 2016
@Ukropo4kA It ought to be normal, but some British require a bit of education. But removing your shoes here is more common than in Spain.— Matthew Clarke (@celestialhost) October 8, 2016
@celestialhost Well... In Ukraine it's normal, but I'm sure there're some people with such a problem too. Continue your mission 👍☺— Viktoria (@Ukropo4kA) October 8, 2016
This Ukrainian lady was baffled by the concept of a no-shoes rule, as from her experience, removing your shoes was what everyone does in an home. A shoes-off policy to her is presumably like having a 'no peeing on the carpet policy,' one just wouldn't do that.
Sunday, October 02, 2016
Generally positive answers. It's a bit of a myth that Americans always keep their shoes on in homes.
Daily Mail: Take your shoes off, leave suitcases at home and don't ever shout: How to make it look like you belong on a superyacht
by Caroline McGuire
Rupert Wakeley from Cosmos Yachting said: 'You should always remove your shoes before boarding the yacht, unless the Captain or owner says you may leave them on.
'There's an unwritten rule that you avoid shoes with marking soles or heels as they damage the teak decks, and boat shoes, such as deck shoes, are the preferred footwear onboard.'
Sunday, September 25, 2016
"There's nothing more annoying that having someone walk onto my newly-scrubbed kitchen floor with their dirty shoes. My "remove your shoes" rule means less dirt to clean up and a cleaner home, and less work is very attractive to me!
Taking off your shoes saves you money, too. Your flooring is less likely to get scuffed, scratched or torn when you walk in slippers or socks instead of hard soled shoes. Plus, you won't need to clean your flooring as often, which prolongs the life of the finish and reduces damage over time.
If you ever visit me, you'll need to take off your shoes as soon as you walk in the door. Don't worry. I have cute slippers for you to wear. I look forward to doing the same if I ever visit your home!"
by Sarah Latta
It's been a long day at work. You're unlocking the front door with one hand and juggling a week's worth of groceries in the other. The last thing you think of doing upon entry is setting your bags down to take off your shoes, right? Here are five solid reasons why you should.
"In my home we take our shoes off before going inside, as one thing I know for sure is shoes worn all over the place can track some nasty stuff through a house, which manifests as toxic dust that can really impact your health.
Imagine you walk along or across a road even once a day. If you live in a town or city it will likely be a busy road. All of the nasty chemicals from passing cars, exhaust fumes, etc. are being picked up on your shoes. Then you go home and walk those same shoes through your house… Not a good scene for your health – especially if you have young children who spend a lot of time crawling around on the floor! It’s a fact that most household dust is tracked in from shoes with a significantly smaller proportion coming in from outdoor air."
The internet is roughly divided into people who always remove their shoes indoors, and who think anyone who doesn’t do this is a disgusting slob, and those who don’t remove their shoes, and think those who insist on it are a bit uptight, really. Whichever side of this argument you fall on, you can guarantee a furious backlash from those on the other side – it’s like the Windows/MAC debate, basically, only much more heated.
Dip your toe (either shod or unshod) into these troubled waters at your peril – it will generate a LOT of discussion, but it probably won’t end well. (Oh, and be prepared to be told at least a dozen times that Canadians and Japanese people ALWAYS remove their shoes. Then prepare to be told the same thing a few dozen MORE times. Did you know that in Canada and Japan, it’s really frowned upon not to remove your shoes before entering someone’s home? Because in Canada and Japan, it’s really frowned upon not to remove your shoes when entering someone’s house. It’s also like that in Canada. Oh, and Japan! And Canada!)
That is why I get hundreds of visitors to this blog. Rarely less than 120 a day.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
From 23rd Sept a new 'no footwear' policy will be in place in the pool change area. Customers must remove shoes or wear overshoes. (1/2)— GL1 Leisure Centre (@GL1Leisure) September 22, 2016
This is to improve hygiene standards through the centre. (2/2)— GL1 Leisure Centre (@GL1Leisure) September 22, 2016
In Europe, it is pretty common for shoes off to be required in pool changing rooms. Here in the UK, that is a little less common. I remember being shocked when I was 16, when a shower block at a French campsite required shoes to be left outside.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
"At the front entrance of the daycare that my daughter goes to there is a big bold sign that says PLEASE REMOVE YOUR SHOES! I have, for the five years we have been part of the daycare, removed my shoes every single time I walked though that door. It doesn’t matter if my shoes are “clean” – that is I’m not tracking in mud or snow, the shoes come off no matter what. And every single day (well week day) I have watched somewhere in the neighbourhood of half the other parents completely ignore that sign. They trudge in with their flip flops, running shoes, even their winter boots. They open that door, with the big bold sign, completing ignoring the plea to take off their foot wear.
I know you’re asking, is this really a big deal? And the answer is yes, it is a big deal. It’s not such a big deal for maybe the healthy five year olds. Or the adults that run the joint, but down the hall and on the left is a room full of babies. Some just a few weeks old. All of them spending quality time on the floor exploring their big colorful room. Their little immune systems are a work in progress. They deserve, and we should expect, that they should be able to spend their days in an environment that isn’t contaminated with things like E Coli and C diff. Now I know this is a daycare and daycares are full of all kinds of bugs simply because they are full of kids. So what do we do? We enforce things like hand washing. We teach kids to cough into a tissue or their elbow. We tell parents to keep obviously sick kids home. The daycare keeps the centre as clean as possible with daily, weekly and monthly cleaning regiments. And we take our damn shoes off."
Saturday, September 17, 2016
A lady attending the course made another interesting point about my shoes-off policy and boundaries. She asked me about workmen removing their shoes and health and safety issues. I pointed out that a shoes-off policy is an informal boundary, unlike laws and regulations, so exceptions can be made. Then she said:
"But if you make lots of exceptions to your rule, then friends who normally take their shoes off might start keeping them on. That's how boundaries can slip."
I thought this was a really insightful point about boundaries.
It is absolutely true that making lots of exceptions can cause inconsistency. So if you have a shoes-off rule, but then you make an exception for a party, then you might start letting your friends keep their shoes on for less formal visits. Then you might start neglecting to take your own shoes off. Then you might start being less bothered if your children fail to remove their shoes. Consistency is really important.
Sunday, September 04, 2016
Now let’s do a simple exercise:
Raise your hand if you like to clean your floors…
Raise your hand if you like to dust…
Raise your hand if you want your floors getting marked up…
Raise your hand if you want poop tracked all over your house…
Do you see where I am going with this?
"Most houseguests wouldn’t bat an eyelash should their host request that they kindly remove their shoes upon entering. That is, a houseguest in, say, Stockholm or Tokyo. But stateside dinner-party etiquette typically does not entail leaving one’s kitten heels at the door. So you can imagine my surprise when, upon entering a friend of a friend’s apartment, I was asked to leave my sandals on the welcome mat. As someone who grew up in a naked house, where shoes were definitely never expected anywhere past the foyer—my father is Hawaiian and so going barefoot is a cultural norm—my surprise didn’t stem from a place of complete bewildered horror, as much as it was an unexpected encounter among the New York set."
Saturday, August 27, 2016
24. You'll have to take your shoes off
When you're entering someone's home, it's considered impolite to leave your shoes on. Leave them at the door. The house rule applies in most formerly Soviet countries, for hygiene reasons. Guests are almost always provided with slippers.
It is the Moldovan Independence Day today.