Keeping Your Carpet Clean: Shoes or No Shoes

May 9, 2024

It's not uncommon to underestimate how dirty your carpet is. Many families don't wear their shoes in their house, hoping to keep their carpets clean. Unfortunately, going barefoot caused issues as well.

Should You Wear Shoes on The Carpet?

Many individuals try to keep their carpet clean by not wearing shoes in the house. Although this helps prevent dirt from being tracked in from outside and there will be less damage to the carpet fibers due to abrasion, being barefoot has its downsides as well. The problem with going barefoot is the oils from your feet. The natural oils from skin can discolor the carpet or area rugs and attract more soil to those areas that get more contact with the feet. Additionally, the use of moisturizer on the feet adds synthetics oils to the carpet. All of these oils, natural or synthetic, attract more dry soil to those areas.

To treat these oils we actually have to use a carpet safe de-greasing product to strip the oils off the carpet fibers.

It’s More Than Dirt On The Carpet

In homes with pets, we do not recommend going barefoot. Dogs come in from the yard with soil on their paws and the associated bacteria. The same situation is true for cats that use a litter box and step right where your bare feet are going to be. The bacteria from the litter box are now in contact with your feet. In these homes we recommend adding an antimicrobial treatment when we clean.

What To Do Instead Of Going Barefoot

At Hydro Clean Carpet Cleaning we understand the desire to go barefoot in your home, so you can better protect your carpet. However, we do recommend you consider options other than being completely barefoot. To protect your carpet from natural and synthetic oils, we suggest wearing socks or slippers in the house.

Is Your Carpet Due For A Cleaning?

Are you ready to have your carpets feeling fresh and fluffy again? Take a look at all the services we offer to see what works best for your household needs. We hope to hear from you soon!