Have you ever been asked to remove your shoes upon entering someone’s home? Did that request make you roll your eyes, or at least cringe internally? Or, flipping the coin, maybe you’re the one asking guests to remove their shoes and you don’t much care how they feel about that. Either way, it’s a simple and common enough request that fulfills a very important purpose.

Here are 5 reasons to leave your shoes at the door – and ask your guests to do the same.

Less Vacuuming

No matter how well you wipe your shoes on a doormat, particles of all sorts will cling to the bottom of shoes, especially those with rubber soles. But the less dirt that gets tracked inside, the less often you’ll need to vacuum.

Banish Toxins

The soles of our shoes bring in more than dirt. Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and chemicals all get a free ride inside where they pollute surfaces and the air we breathe. Taking shoes off at the door reduces the amount of toxins that make themselves at home while you suffer the consequences.

Stay Healthy

Did you know that the bacteria strains found on shoes can cause diarrhea, meningitis, pneumonia, and even colitis? Some of those strains have shown to be resistant to household cleaning measures like vacuuming, sweeping floors, mopping, etc.

Stronger Feet and Legs

Orthopedic professionals believe that walking around barefoot or in socks on a regular basis promotes better balance, improved posture, and stronger leg muscles.

Leave Troubles at the Door

In addition to leaving dirt, grime, bacteria, and toxins at the door, use the “no shoes” rule as a metaphor for leaving negativity behind. While this habit won’t erase the worries of the day, it might make it easier to relax and unwind upon returning home.

Here’s more – many indoor pollutants brought in on the soles of shoes can just as easily become airborne, and then you have much bigger problems on your hands. To help put your mind at ease while purifying your indoor space, contact Anthony’s Plumbing, Heating & Air today and ask about our several indoor air quality solutions. We have the right system to help keep your indoor air clean and healthy, all year round.