Removing Shoes Before Entering

February 18th 2011

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Many people when they get invited over to someone’s home may be asked to remove their shoes when they enter the home. This might seem like a curious practice for some people. The reason why this is asked to be performed, is for several reasons. One reason is because the host might not want to have to clean their carpet any more than they have to. Shoes leave marks and dirt in the carpet. When people take off their shoes when they enter a home, the carpet stays cleaner, and the fibers last a lot longer. Second, the host may have just installed new carpet, or they have installed carpet that shows dirt very easily, such as white, cream, or tan colors. Again, the host is able to maintain the look of their carpet when they don’t have to worry about smudges, dirt, or mud stains. Finally, it could be the custom of the host to ask the guest to remove their shoes before entering. In Japan, and in many Asian cultures, it’s a sign of respect to remove the shoes when the guest into the home of the host. If you are a host that wants your guest to remove their shoes when entering your home, a nice touch to make up for any discomfort might be to have some slippers ready for your guest to wear indoors. Or you can offer them some nice booties or socks to wear to keep their feet warm and cozy.

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