Take off your shoes Please! Have you ever had a friend or family member that every time you went to their house they asked you to take off your shoes? Sometimes the first thought is “my feet might stink” or “why did I have to wear the sock with a hole today?” Most people think that their shoes are clean. Think again after reading this you will be surprised what can come in on the soles of your shoes.

The Disgusting Disease That’s On The Bottom Of Your Shoes

By Julie Stewart for Men’s Health June 24, 2015

Even if your scrub you house from top to bottom every day, there might be a jungle of germs waiting just outside. In a recent study, researchers from the University of Houston found that 40% of doorsteps samples were contaminated with C. difficile bacteria, and so were 39% of shoe soles. Why’s that a problem? As its name suggests, C. difficile, often known as C. diff, isn’t easy to treat—several strains are resistant to antibiotics. An infection with this bug can leave you with watery diarrhea, and in some cases it even progresses to dangerous colon inflammation.

Recent research published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that nearly half a million people are infected with C. diff per year, and while it’s most notorious for infecting hospital patients, about 35% of cases start elsewhere.

So how does C. diff end up on your porch? “Shoes are contaminated from diverse sources, and we are regularly contaminating our doorsteps by shoes,” says study author M. Jahangir Alam, PhD.Poop from various animals, including birds, is one example of the grossness your shoes lug around. That scat can carry C. diff spores, Alam says.Once those spores land on a surface, they can live for months. When people accidentally ingest C. diff spores, they run the risk of getting sick.Want to avoid tracking germs into your house—and spending way more time on the toilet than you could possibly want? The solution is simple: Take off your shoes at the door, Alam suggests.We like to help our clients by educating them on the proper ways to clean and maintain their flooring investment. If you would like more info on our 12 step carpet cleaning go to www.perfectoneclean.com.

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