Most Rug and Carpet Dirt Is Tracked in From Outside
Welcome to the inaugural installment of The Low Down on Dirt. We’re all about clean, at New York’s Little Elves and we like to share the secrets of clean with you toward making the world a cleaner, more pleasant place.
In our first post, we’ll be talking about rug and carpet dirt. Anybody with carpets and rugs understands the challenges of rug and carpet dirt, but sometimes, they don’t know quite how to deal with it. But that’s why we’re here – to impart our knowledge!
Did you know, for example, that most rug and carpet dirt is tracked in from outside? Perhaps you did know, but you’re at a loss as to how to prevent it. We have some thoughts on that.
Have you ever been to Vancouver, Canada? If not, you may find it interesting to know that the local habit in this city on the Pacific is to remove one’s shoes before entering the home.
And if you’re visiting someone else’s home, it’s considered impolite to keep your shoes on, or to assume that it’s alright to do so. This wasn’t always the practice in Vancouver, but because of its location on the Pacific Rim, the city is home to a thriving Asian presence which has heavily influenced local culture.
In the Asian world, removing the shoes before entering the home is an ancient practice which has endured to the present. While the practice was originally to honor the home’s entrance (which was raised 2 feet above the earth for ventilation and to keep it away from the damp ground).
Add to these practical concerns the psychological effect of stepping into someone’s private space. Removing the shoes is a sign of respect, also signifying a transition from public to private space.
Removing footwear before entering a home or apartment is also good for the feet, as constricting shoes are kicked off and feet are permitted to be themselves.
That just makes sense!
Our Western Ways
Because most rug and carpet dirt is tracked in from outside, asking guests to remove their shoes before entering is a no-brainer for those who like to keep things clean. But our Western ways can make some people a little stubborn about it.
But where there’s a will there’s a way. Getting your guests accustomed to removing their footwear before entering your residence may be as simple as a gentle request in the entrance way, or even a humorous sign, inviting guests to let their feet come out to play.
The Problem With Carpet and Rug Dirt
It may sound “fussy” to be so concerned about rug and carpet dirt that you ask your guests to remove their shoes, but dirt goes deeper than the surface of the rug. Dirt gets down into the underlay and can rapidly degrade its integrity.
So, that’s the low down on carpet and rug dirt. New York’s Little Elves is NYC’s premier cleaning company, bringing you the platinum tandard of clean, achieved with the magic of our diligent Elves. Contact us!