Should You Let Your Guests Wear Their Shoes Inside Your House?

Female removing heels while sitting on couch

We all know how important it is to have comfortable footwear so that we can function well in our everyday lives. Most footwear is meant to be worn outdoors to make our feet more comfortable. However, the issue begins when we go back and enter our houses. Is it really a deadly sin to wear your shoes inside the house?

Apparently, this has been a subject of debate for some time. Some households are fine with entering the house with their shoes on as long as they wipe them on the doormat. You can also buy a shoe rack in many home improvement stores in Singapore and place them near the door.

However, some people are very strict when it comes to wearing outdoor footwear inside the house. Maybe they take cleanliness very seriously. Perhaps they are just naturally fastidious when it comes to ensuring their homes are immaculately clean at all times. Regardless, there are some things you need to think about before letting your outdoor shoes enter the house.

The potential risks

Even if you wipe your shoes before entering the house, all sorts of germs can enter your home and cause health hazards. In 2016, one study conducted revealed that our shoes contain more than 400,000 germs and bacteria.

Worse, about 90 percent of that figure can quickly transfer once you literally step foot inside your home. Just imagine how icky it can be with those bacteria and germs about to invade your immaculately clean house. Will that be okay? We don’t think so.

What if you have guests?

Businesswoman taking off high heels shoes after work at home

If you care about your home, it can be easy to implement the no-shoes-inside-the-house rule in your own house. However, it is a different case if you are expecting a visitor. How are you going to let your visitors know of your golden house rule without sounding rude or even reprimanding?

If you are in another person’s house, do they share the same rules when it comes to wearing shoes inside the house? For one thing, you can tell if you see pairs of shoes piled up by the doorstep. Perhaps if you notice a shoe rack near the door entrance. Or if you’re in Japan. If you encounter one of these instances, chances are, you are about to enter a no-shoes-policy home.

On the other hand, you can repay the kindness if you are allowed to go inside the house with your shoes on. One way is not to step on the carpet or prop your feet on the couch. If you have a visitor at home, it is up to you if you allow them to wear outdoor footwear inside your house or not.

In the end, remember that it’s your house and your guests should respectfully comply with your rules. But if you are not that vocal about it, you can put signs for your guests to know about your no-shoes-inside-the-house policy. If you need more suggestions, you can seek the advice of an interior designer.

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