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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.

Craving Clean Carpeting: Asking guest to remove their shoes

June 19, 2019 2 Comments

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.

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.

June 20, 2019

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    Emma

    July 17, 2019

    I definitely think that you can ask visitors to remove their shoes! I’d much rather do that than pay for a carpet cleaner to clean up after the mud they drag in. I think this is must be particularly common in my area since I see many hosts request it and no one bats an eye. But even if it’s not common where you are, don’t feel bad for protecting your carpet!

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    Peggy Griffin

    June 19, 2019

    In finally having a grandbaby in our house and to make cleaning simpler in my daughter’s house 1-1/2 hr. away, we found some signs on Amazon and Etsy. They allow for lightheartedly asking for shoes to be removed because of “little fingers on the floors.” All of us now have indoor shoes or go barefoot. Little ones do not need the germs that come from shoes, not even little shoes. Much more healthy!

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