Q: I just had beautiful white carpet installed throughout my house. May I request that visitors remove their shoes?
A: Guests might not feel like you’re rolling out the carpet if they have to take off their shoes. If it’s an informal gathering with close friends or the weather is bad, it’s okay to ask. And if it’s your cultural custom, you should feel free to make the request. For a fancy occasion, you can’t expect your visitors to social comfortably in stocking feet. Still can’t bear the thought of a dirty carpet? Take advantage of the summer weather and entertain outside.