Having a “No Shoes” policy sounds good in theory but asking guests to remove their shoes at the door can be awkward. Then again, what’s the big deal about taking them off, especially when guests diligently wipe their shoes on your doormat?
Only you can decide what’s a big deal and what isn’t. But there are other angles to be considered here, i.e., the benefits of going shoeless.
Let’s have a look.
Wiping shoes on a mat only does so much to remove dirt from the soles. During inclement weather, you’re also tracking in mud and slush. So, it just makes sense that the less dirt and debris that gets brought into a house, the less often you’ll have to vacuum and wash the floors.
Improve Feet and Leg Strength
Orthopedic medicine professionals recommend going shoeless to improve balance, posture, and strengthen leg muscles. If you are experiencing foot or leg pain, consult your medical professional.
Create a Special Space
In many countries, going shoeless or barefoot at home is the norm. In fact, refusing to take your shoes off can be taken as a sign of disrespect. Honor your home and create a sacred space by leaving shoes at the door and asking guests to do the same.
It’s not just dirt that gets tracked in on the soles of our feet; herbicides, chemicals, pollutants, and other potential toxins love to hitch a ride, too. Once they’re in, they’re free to roam through the air, damaging indoor air quality. This can be especially troublesome for allergy and asthma sufferers, small children, and the elderly.
According to a study conducted by the University of Arizona, some of the bacteria found on shoes included strains that cause diarrhea, meningitis, and pneumonia. That’s reason enough to leave shoes at the door!
Indoor air quality is influenced by many other factors, including chemical-cleaner byproducts, dust, pet dander, mold and mildew, construction material byproducts, and more. Each of these, in turn, can bring on symptoms of allergies and asthma, or worsen those you already have.
If you’re not feeling your best at home, contact Air Professionals today. We offer several indoor air quality solutions, with one just right for your symptoms and your home.