When you walk in the door after a long day of work or running errands, do you take your shoes off? Some people do as a matter of preference, while for others, it’s a cultural norm. At the same time, many people keep their shoes on when they come home or change into a more comfortable pair to wear around the house.

So should you take your shoes off when you’re inside the house? This question can spur a pretty heated debate. It’s a topic that’s disputed almost as much as other hot-button housekeeping issues, such as which direction the toilet paper roll should face and the best way to clean a cast-iron skillet.

Should Shoes Be Off or On?

Researchers from the University of Arizona have found that your shoes contain all sorts of nasty microorganisms that you don’t want to track through your home. Also, keeping your shoes on means, you could be distributing pollen throughout your home, which can make your housekeeping that much more difficult if you regularly clean for allergy sufferers.

How to Ask Guests to Take Their Shoes Off in Your House
Just ask. Most people who visit your home aren’t going to bat an eye if you politely say, “Would you mind leaving your shoes by the door?” It’s that simple. And if you want to be an excellent host, you could keep a pack of one-size-fits-all socks handy to offer guests who are uncomfortable barefooting it around your house.

Keep in mind, if you’re asking people to take off their shoes when they enter your home, you want to keep your floors in pristine condition. After all, what kind of host lets their guests walk around in socked or bare feet on a filthy floor?

When You Should Not Ask Visitors to Remove Their Shoes
Unless it’s a part of your culture, there are certain times when it would be a bit awkward to ask people to set their shoes aside. For example, if you’re hosting a formal family dinner complete with place settings or a holiday cocktail party.

In these situations, your best bet is to bend your no-shoe rule for special occasions and have ASCC come in the next day to give the floors an excellent post-party cleaning.

Don’t have time for carpet cleaning or tidying tiles? We do! Contact ASCC to make sure the feet of your family and visitors are on clean floors.