Sunday, January 10, 2010

Going Barefoot on Carpet

There is a claim made by many that oils from bare feet can damage carpets. According to a page on Wikipedia, this may not be true:

Wikipedia: Carpet Cleaning

It states:

The concept that walking barefoot on a carpet may lead to damage from body oils has not been supported or dis proven by standardized reports or testing or by industry evidence.


This is of course Wikipedia, which like the tales of sailors, may be believed or disbelieved as you like.

Personally, I am sceptical about the idea of bare feet ruining carpets; people go bare foot inside in the Middle East where they have the finest carpets in the world. It is probably shoes-on propoganda.

What will damage carpets is keeping your shoes on at home, or letting visitors keep their shoes on.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The fiber content of the carpet is an important factor in this debate.

Yes, in the Middle East they go barefoot indoors. The finest carpets in the world are WOOL. Wool repels oil/dirt and really doesn't need to be cleaned very often and certainly doesn't need strong detergent to do it.

If you don't believe me, wear wool socks for a week without washing and then "other" socks for a week without washing. You'll see what I mean. :-)

Thomas said...

It's really hard to trace the causes of carpet damaging. Maybe there are some cases that oil from our feet can damage the fiber of a carpet. These cases happen because the quality of carpets are very different. If you want to maintain the beauty and durability of your carpets, you need proper maintenance for it, like cleaning. Like what you said before, not all carpets need to be cleaned often or the process of cleaning are the same. Today, there are many professional cleaners who know the right maintenance for a carpet. That's why some of us hire carpet cleaners. In Los Angeles, carpet cleaners (Los Angeles-based) are very helpful among housewives who always have hectic schedules.

Daniel said...

I am a carpet cleaner.
I have a maniac high-tech. equipment.
And I can tell from my experience, that people from India have huge families and lot of friends. They all walk barefoot at home.
I have used all chemical that I was able to get on the market on their carpets...
I never was able to remove the traffic stains in their homes.
On the other hand, I had some clients that had old carpets on which the walk boots-on.
After my visit, their carpets are like new!
p.s.: Wkiki - Sucks :P