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slacker
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Jul 16th, 2019 06:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

We've always been a shoes off household, mostly because Mrs. Slacker thinks the carpet stays cleaner that way. I used to think that, but I'm having doubts.

First, I've noticed that, despite pretty strict adherence to the rule, that our carpet still doesn't stay nice for very long.

Second, it seems to me that the sweat/oils from socks worn all day or from bare feet will dirty the carpet too, plus they'll make dirt stick to it more.

Certainly if your shoes have noticeable dirt/mud on them, take them off, but I'm wondering if shoes that are clean aren't better than bare or socked feet.

What's your policy?

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Jul 16th, 2019 06:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Casa Verral is a shoes-off house. When the previous owners reno'd the place, they took the floor in the living room/dinning room down to the original sub-floor and polished it up. It's gorgeous... and it's pine.

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Jul 16th, 2019 06:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

We wear shoes and we wear them in the house, because we live here.

Our house is also 100% hard surface floor, except for the black carpet on the elevated platform of my music room.

Edited to add: From the guy who spent 22 years of his life cleaning carpet in people's homes for a living.

(This message was last edited by BlondeStrat at 09:25 AM, Jul 16th, 2019)

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Jul 16th, 2019 06:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

Shoes off. Socks as well, usually, except in the wintertime.

We only have carpet in the bedrooms and the den. A couple of big rugs otherwise.

Why? Just more comfortable, and it's how I grew up.

slacker
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Jul 16th, 2019 06:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

I definitely prefer shoes off for comfort. I'm just trying to figure out what's best for the carpet. We're moving in a couple days to a house that has carpeted living room. Our old place has carpet in the bedrooms and basement family room. Everything else is hardwood or tile.

The carpet in the new house is really in great shape, but it's very, very light colored.

I googled this and saw one carpet manufactured say bare feet are bad. All the carpet cleaning places say shoes off are best, but they have a vested interest in having your carpets get dirty.

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Jul 16th, 2019 07:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Shoes on for me, shoes off for wifey.

It's just what we prefer. Most of our flooring is vinyl.

We also have two dogs and they don't have the option. :-)

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Jul 16th, 2019 07:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

I take my shoes off because I like it; most of the house is carpeted.

Other people in my house can do what they want; I don't enforce my whims upon others.

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Jul 16th, 2019 07:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

I prefer to be barefooted.




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Jul 16th, 2019 07:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

“I take my shoes off because I like it; most of the house is carpeted.

Other people in my house can do what they want; I don't enforce my whims upon others.”

Same. Sitting around the house wearing shoes seems weird to me, why would anyone want to do that. I do t even like wearing pants!!

On the flip side, if you are so worried about the cleanliness of your floor that you ask guests to remove shoes, you probably just shouldn’t have company.

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Jul 16th, 2019 07:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

I figure it's just a matter of time before I go full-on

Howard Hughes with the Kleenex boxes.

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Jul 16th, 2019 07:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm in and out of the house all day. I usually wear work boots -- no way I'm taking them off every time I come in the house.

We gave up on carpet when we had kids and big, hairy, sloppy dogs. Every once in a while Wifey starts talking about getting carpet again -- I tell her I'd rather just spread a layer of mulch.

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Jul 16th, 2019 07:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

Shoes off, but no carpets. We do have a few rugs, though.

"I usually wear work boots -- no way I'm taking them off every time I come in the house."

One of the reasons I stick to loafers and docksiders other than when working. :-P

That said, flooring is meant to be used - I wouldn't base my choice on how to walk in my own house according to what made the flooring last slightly longer or not. As I understand it, it's there to be used by me.

slacker
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Jul 16th, 2019 08:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

"That said, flooring is meant to be used - I wouldn't base my choice on how to walk in my own house according to what made the flooring last slightly longer or not. As I understand it, it's there to be used by me."

I can certainly see that...Mrs Slacker? Not so much. We've had this argument many times because she wants everything in the house to look brand new. When we built our house, we put in really nice carpet. After about 2-3 years, she was wanting to put in all new carpet. Dropping $10K every 3 years just isn't an option IMO but she's willing to do that.

She's the same way with furniture. If it shows any wear, any sag, any creases, she wants to replace it. If she had her way, we'd drop $10-15K on furniture, flooring, bedding, window coverings every year.

When we finally moved on replacing carpet, I insisted on wood floors because I figured that would last longer without her feeling like it needed to be replaced. That strategy has worked very well so far. I'm still battling the furniture, bedding and window treatments war.

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Jul 16th, 2019 08:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

"After about 2-3 years, she was wanting to put in all new carpet. Dropping $10K every 3 years just isn't an option IMO but she's willing to do that."

Hardwood flooring is the way to go in a situation like this - or in any situation other than wet areas, IMO.

I'm with her on furniture. To be honest, I take very good care of things so that they look new, but that doesn't mean not using them, and to me choosing your shoes based on the flooring is a bit much.

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Jul 16th, 2019 09:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

Shoes on, shoes off, whatever! I generally wear house slippers indoors because I really dislike stubbing my toes!


Chris Greene
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Jul 16th, 2019 09:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

I like things that have been lived in, including our furniture. We're shoes off in our house but I always wear elk skin mocs as slippers (with socks). We have ivory carpets upstairs at FDP HQ. Not my smartest decision....

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Jul 16th, 2019 09:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

We're shoes off but don't expect it of our company. Our community has lots of tree filth (oaks) as demonstrated by the bottoms of our shoes. If we stay here I will eventually want to get rid of carpet all together.

Chris Greene
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Jul 16th, 2019 09:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

FDP HQ is an old house with lumpy floors. Kitchen and dining room are hard surface as well as bathrooms but we have carpet in the living room and bedrooms as doing hardwood was impossible to do without major subfloor work.

slacker
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Jul 16th, 2019 09:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

"We have ivory carpets upstairs at FDP HQ. Not my smartest decision...."

The new house has almost white carpet. It looks great now.....

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Jul 16th, 2019 01:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Flip flops.

I spend time at the dog park most days. Doesn't happen often, but ever now and then "stuff" gets stuck in the lugs soles of my boots. So I take 'em off and check 'em/clean 'em when I enter the house. That's way easier than cleaning off indoor surfaces (especially carpets) if it gets tracked around the house.

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