"Walk in the house, take your shoes off. It sounds simple, but after a hard day’s work, stopping on your way to the couch sounds like a pain. Instead, think of it as a way to save yourself from extra dusting duty. Even a few scuffs on the doormat won’t keep dirt, dust and grime from being tracked into your home on your shoes.
Stepping out of your kicks helps you chill out, too. When you take off your shoes, you’ll physically signal that the day is over and you can relax. Sold? Make things easier by placing a basket by the front door to catch shoes or lay out a mat to set dirty or wet shoes on as soon as you step inside."
Sunday, October 30, 2016
House-proud Brits also flagged wearing shoes on the carpet as a house-guest no-no, with 64 per cent revealing they think guests should take off their shoes when entering someone else’s home.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016
"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."
Saturday, October 22, 2016
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.'