Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Homegarden: Leaving Shoes at the Door Keeps Carpets Like New

Homegarden: Leaving Shoes at the Door Keeps Carpets Like New

"If you could do one simple thing and have a much cleaner house, carpets that look like new, and a reduction in the number of chemicals and bacteria in your home, would you do it? You might be surprised to find out that you can just by removing your shoes before coming into the house.

More and more Americans are making habit of removing shoes before entering their home. It used to be a custom more widely observed in Asia, but as Asian decorating and customs grab hold in America, we're beginning to see more and more households ban shoes upon entering the home here in America.

In the late '80's, I lived on a Johnston Atoll, a small island about a thousand miles southwest of Honolulu. Living there and traveling through Hawaii on a fairly regular basis, it became second nature for me to remove my shoes before entering someone's home. It only took one or two very nasty Hawaiian scowls before I learned to leave my shoes at the door. Over time I began to notice how clean the floors were in the home. Walking in bare feet or socks, my soles were never dirty. And, I noticed that the carpets also looked like new."

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Kathleen Barnes: Take Off Your Shoes!

Kathleen Barnes: Take Off Your Shoes!

"Do you take your shoes off at the door? It’s not an Eastern or hippie-dippy thing to do. It makes good, common sense.

Just think about where your feet are during the day:

You’ve walked on city sidewalks that have been salted and sprayed and perhaps slathered with dog poop.

You’ve crossed city streets that are saturated in hydrocarbons from cars and trucks, droplets of oil and other bodily fluids of petro-fueled vehicles and who knows what else.

You’ve probably shuffled across synthetic office carpets saturated with petrochemicals and perhaps even bearing the detritus of toxic chemicals used in the manufacture of pressed board furniture, including formaldehyde.

After a long day you, thankfully, return home. Perhaps you took a little walk around your yard, admiring the newly planted petunias and pulling a stray weed along the way. Did you know that most yards are saturated with toxic chemicals, not the least of which is the endocrine disruptor RoundUp? You don’t use RoundUp,you say? Does your neighbor? You don’t know and you can’t control your neighbor’s activities anyway."

Frei's Days: Only in Asia – taking of your shoes inside the house

Frei's Days: Only in Asia – taking of your shoes inside the house

"It depends a little bit on where you are, I have to say. In Singapore, we only took our shoes off in other peoples homes and temples. But here in Phuket, it’s not uncommon that you are asked to take off your shoes when entering a pharmacy or other small shop at the side of the road.

In the beginning, I thought it was super uncomfortable to take off my shoes. Would I have smelly feet? Did I still have proper nail polish on? And I picked out these shoes carefully before going out, why should I take them off?! Years down the line, and we now have our very own shoe rack at the entrance to our apartment.

We do it out of comfort – as it’s nice to kick off your shoes and walk around barefoot at home. However here in Asia, there are a lot of reasons why people take off their shoes. One of them is to keep the house clean. A study done by the University of Arizona, which investigated germs collected on footwear, found that a large number of bacteria are found on the bottom and inside of shoes. Averaging 421,000 types of bacteria! Well, I am sure to now always take my shoes off in the house from now on!"

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Business Insider: The CEO of a $1 billion company explains why he makes everyone who walks into the office take their shoes off

Business Insider: The CEO of a $1 billion company explains why he makes everyone who walks into the office take their shoes off

If you land a job at Gusto, a $1 billion company that provides payroll, benefits, and workers' comp insurance to small businesses in the US, you may want to get a pedicure before your first day - or at least invest in a few new pairs of nice socks.

Joshua Reeves, the cofounder and CEO of Gusto, recently told Adam Bryant of The New York Times that he's implemented a no-shoe policy at work.

"We started the company in a house in Palo Alto, and because I was raised with shoes off in the home, that house was a shoes-off home, too," Reeves explained. "When we moved to a proper office in San Francisco, people said, 'Let's keep this.'"

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Comment from Candace

"Don't know if this subject has been mentioned before and if so I apologize for repeating it. Earlier today I went to visit a friend who is undergoing chemo for breast cancer. Her prognosis is excellent and the doctors are just being vigilant.
Her husband works so there is a health care worker who stays with her during the day. As you know I generally take off my shoes when entering a home and hers is no exception. When I arrived and removed my shoes the health care worker was surprised and thanked me. She went on to explain how the immune system is compromised by chemo
and how germs carried in on ones shoes can be especial harmful to such a patient.
So if you ever visit the home of someone on chemo be considerate of their health and remove your shoes or just don't visit."

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Two Tiny Hands: Shoes off rule

Two Tiny Hands: Shoes off rule

We visited some friends last weekend, they were surprised we took our shoes off at the door without being prompted. Even had a conversation about it, wife is from Lithuania, it is in their culture to take shoes off at the door. She said she was shocked when some Westerners didn’t do it and were happy to walk mud etc through their houses.

Our house isn’t even spotless, our carpet is really old, but if you ever come to our house, please take your shoes off!

Monday, March 07, 2016

Property Review

Yesterday I went for a second look at the property I'm buying, so I can think about furniture I will need. I took my parents along. They were very impressed with the apartment.

My parents seemed a bit unsure as to whether to remove their shoes. The young estate agent suggested it was best they did, as the owners keep the place very clean.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Airbnb Community Discussion

'No-shoes-upstairs' ruling: What footwear to offer guests?

I'd like to begin asking guests to remove their shoes in the little hallway before coming into the main part of the house and going upstairs to the guest bedroom, which has a very nice cream-coloured carpet.

I thought of offering inexpensive slippers, but I doubt that anyone would want to wear something that had been worn by previous guests. And though it's possible to buy cheap slippers here, I don't want to go to that expense each time I have a guest(s), or end up with a cupboard full of slippers.


With Airbnb, more and more people are entertaining paying guests in their homes. Obviously, a lot of these amateur Bed and Breakfast hosts don't want their floors trashed.

Another Mumsnet Discussion

Mumsnet: Shoes off house rule

So we have a shoes off rule in our house. Mainly because of the grubby London streets and dog poo everywhere locally plus a floor licking toddler.

Every time my parents visit I have to ask them to take their shoes off. EVERY Fing TIME! They act like its such a massive imposition.

AIBU or would you just shut up and put up?


The usually strongly divided opinions.