Removing shoes before entering the home can be a pain but there are some valid reasons for doing so. One study conducted at the University of Arizona found an average of 421,000 bacteria on the outside of shoes, with 9 different strains of bacteria, including the well known and dreaded E coli. These potentially harmful bacteria can survive on your shoes for days or even weeks and can be tracked on to your carpets or floors. Wearing shoes indoors can also track in toxins from harmful chemicals used on lawns or asphalt onto your carpet, in addition to dirt. While keeping shoes off the carpet can promote a healthier home, it’s still a good idea to keep up regular carpet cleanings every 6-18 months or so depending on your lifestyle. When you’re ready for a clean home, let us know. We can help!