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Taking Off Your Shoes in Your Home is Good for Your Carpets and Your Health
15 May 2017 | (No Comments)

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Do you take off your shoes before walking through your house after being outside? If you don’t, maybe you should.

Think about where you walk in a day. Your footwear could be picking up all sorts of microscopic bugs. And that means that if you don’t take off your shoes, you could be tracking in dangerous bacteria that could be bad for your health.

According to Dr. Kevin W. Garey, chairman of the department of pharmacy practice and translational research at the University of Houston, “It’s amazing how far humans travel during the day, and all that walking drags in germs and bugs.”

Dr. Garey has been researching a bacterium called Clostridium difficile, (C.diff) which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “is responsible for nearly a half-million infections in the U.S.”

He did a study testing for C. diff on shoe soles around the Houston area and found that of the 2,500 samples he collected, 26.4% tested positive, “about three times the number found on the surfaces of bathrooms and kitchens.”

Dr. Garey also did a study to see if shoe soles could bring into the home other forms of infectious bacteria and the answer was, yes.

Imagine what that could mean for your carpets.

“Essentially, when you wear your shoes in a house, you are bringing in everything you stepped in during the day,” says Jonathan Sexton, a laboratory manager at the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona.

Why not make it a rule to take off your shoes after being outside? A periodic, chemical-free carpet cleaning to minimize bacteria would be good, too.

Both are easy “steps” to take to minimize health risks.

 

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