Your home’s carpeting is bound to get dirty over time. With your family and pets walking across it on a regular basis coupled with periodic spills, pet accidents and more, you understand that vacuuming alone is not enough to keep your home’s carpet clean and sanitary. While professional carpet cleaning is a necessity from time to time, you can take steps to keep your home’s floors cleaner by adopting a shoes-off policy in your home. Consider just a few of these common contaminants found on the bottom of the typical family’s shoes.
Lead is a naturally occurring element, but exposure to it can result in a number of serious health issues. Lead has been known to cause issues with reproductive health, neurological processes, the gastrointestinal system and more. Government agencies have adopted steps to keep lead out of our homes through laws regarding lead-based paints, lead in children’s toys and more. However, lead is found as a ground element in soil, and lead dust could be tracked in on the bottom of your family’s shoes on a regular basis and end up on your carpet!
Petrol is certainly not a chemical that you want on the floor of your home. Prolonged exposure to gasoline, even in small amounts, can have negative health effects on you and your family. These effects include cancer, reproductive issues, damage to certain organs and more. Unless you own an electric car, you no doubt stop regularly at the gas station to fill up your car with gas. Your kids may hop out to use the restroom, to buy a snack and more. Petrol that is spilled on the ground at the gas station can remain on your shoes, and you can track this Petrol into your home and onto your carpets and flooring.
Nobody really thinks about faecal matter being on the bottom of their shoes unless they have stepped into a stinky pile of animal excrement by mistake. However, particles of faeces as well as urine are commonly found in public restroom floors in small amounts. Keep in mind that even when a bathroom has recently been cleaned, particles can become airborne during the flushing process, and these microscopic particles can land on the floor that you walk across in public bathrooms. In addition, you may also step in animal urine and excrement in small amounts unintentionally while outdoors without being any wiser to it. Human and animal faeces and urine may have bacteria like salmonella, E coli, various types of bacteria and more. These microscopic particles aren’t visible, but you may nonetheless be spreading them across the floor of your home with your shoes.
As you might imagine, carpet steam cleaning is a great way to remove these harmful particles from your floor (using profesional carpet cleaners and equipment from a company like Carpet Cleaning Done Right). However, you don’t call a professional to clean your carpet every day, so it is best to adopt a no-shoes policy in your home. This should be a standard rule for everyone, even if you have elevator shoes! The best way to keep your home’s floors clean is to not track dirt into the home and onto your clean carpets in the first place.
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