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Is it better to wear shoes or go barefoot on carpet?

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UPDATE:  This article has been updated from it’s original version.  Originally, it stated that your feet have oil glands and the oil left behind on your carpet would attract soil.  This is not true!  It was brought to our attention by a reader that the soles of your feet do not have oil glands.  BUT they do have sweat glands.  The end result being similar.

is it better to wear shoes or have barefeet on carpet

Many people think that going barefoot on carpet is best.  Not true – you’re better off in socks or clean, rubber soled shoes, here’s why:

Your skin naturally releases moisture in the form of sweat or oils.  That moisture or sweat will transfer from your foot to the carpet, leaving trace amounts across the surface of your carpet fibers.

Body moisture on your carpet, even in tiny amounts, is not good.  It will attract dust, dirt and dander.  So when you go barefoot in your home, you’re leaving sweat on the surface of the carpet then soil is attracted to it.  You certainly won’t notice a difference immediately, however, over time the soils will build up.

Wear Shoes or Socks

Wear your shoes or socks – your shoes will track in dust, dander and even mud.  But shoes will typically leave behind dry soil that can be vacuumed up.  Ideally, a pair of clean slippers at the front door will keep your carpet looking it’s best.  Just slip off the out-door shoes, and put on the indoor slippers when you make the transition from outside to in.

So to answer the timeless question; is it better to wear shoes or go barefoot on carpet?  The answer is socks or clean, rubber-soled shoes.

Carpet Clean Up Tips that may Save your Thanksgiving

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With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, it’s a good idea to have a few carpet clean up tips in your back pocket. Everyone loves a festive holiday gathering, but the clean up . . . not so much. And let’s face it, a Thanksgiving feast can do a number on your carpet. Here are a few carpet clean up tips to keep in mind as this messy holiday draws near.

Be prepared to tackle a variety of Thanksgiving spills by keeping some basic carpet cleaning supplies on hand. Here’s a simple list that should cover most spills. Remember, avoid over-the-counter carpet cleaning products, like Resolve. This type of cleaning product leaves a soapy residue in your carpet that will certainly attract dust and dander. Eventually, you’ll end up with a dark spot and a bunch of soap in your carpet.

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Have a basket of cleaning supplies on hand prior to big events. This way you’ll be prepared for any type of carpet clean up that may be required.

Carpet Clean Up Tips Supply List

Clean, White Cotton Towels
Cornstarch
Dawn Dish Soap
White Vinegar
White Wine
Spray Bottle

How to Remove Cranberry Sauce from Carpet

Any type of cranberry spill (cranberry juice or cranberry sauce) is one that you’ll want to address immediately. First, mix one tablespoon of Dawn liquid dish soap with two cups of cool water. Then, using a clean white cotton cloth, sponge the stain with the solution. Blot until the liquid is absorbed. Continue sponging and blotting until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.

How to Remove Gravy from Carpet

Remove as much of the gravy as possible from your carpet, using a spoon or other tool. Next, sprinkle cornstarch onto the spilled gravy, and let it soak up the gravy for approximately 15 minutes. Next, vacuum or sweep up the cornstarch, which should have absorbed some of the gravy and grease. Depending on the size of the spill, you may need to repeat the cornstarch application and removal process a time or two. Next, use a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water to cleaning the remaining spot. Fill your spray bottle with 1/2 a cup of white vinegar and 1/2 a cup of cool water. Evenly mist the spot, and use a clean cotton towel to absorb the mixture and the spot. HINT: Stand on the towel to absorb more of the spill and cleaning solution. Repeat 2-3 times.

How to Remove Red Wine from Carpet

Believe it or not, the best way to clean RED WINE out of carpet is with a splash of white wine! First, absorb as much of the red wine from your carpet by placing a clean, white cotton towel over the spill and standing on it. The full weight of your body will apply more pressure to the stain and absorb more of the wine. Next, put some white wine in the spray bottle and lightly mist the white wine over the red wine stain. Again, use the white cotton towel and stand on the spill. Repeat several times. Eventually, the red wine spill should lift from your carpet.

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Hopefully, you don’t need to know any of these carpet clean up tips shared here but if you do, keep one thing in mind – it’s best to clean up any spills on your carpeting as quickly as possible. The longer the spill remains on your carpet fiber, the higher the risk that it won’t be completely removed. Here’s to a spill-free and stain-free holiday season!