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Preventing Germs from Entering My Home By Leaving Shoes Outside – Sedona AZ

If there’s anything I will say over and over again, it is that having your area rugs properly cleaned regularly benefits not only the aesthetic beauty of the rug, but also the health of you and your family.  On Saturday, April 16th, there was an article in the Prescott’s Daily Courier that addressed whether or not you should remove your shoes before entering a home to keep from bringing in outside soil and GERMS.  This was written by Kathy Mitchell & Marcy Sugar, who write Annie’s Mailbox and have been longtime editors of the Ann Landers column.

According to these gals,the University of Houston conducted a study that showed that 39% of shoes contained the bacteria C.diff (which you can learn more about from various medical websites like Web M.D.).  The University of Arizona did a study as well, where they found that shoes carry nine different types of bacteria that can cause stomach, eye, and lung infections.  Shoes were found to be a major carrier of these germs and, believe it or not, germs live longer on shoes than they do on any other surface.  These germs are easily transferred from our shoes and onto our tile and rugs!

Being a “germ freak” won’t help anything and we cannot avoid germs altogether because they’re a part of life.  The healthy human body is designed to fight off thousands of germs and keep us healthy.  Just knowing that these germs are all around our environment makes me a firm believer that good cleaning habits – yes, including getting your area rugs professionally cleaned – promotes a healthier home environment as a whole, whether you choose to wear shoes in your home or not.

For a more balanced approach to this subject, consider that rugs act as a really great filter for homes and they help to catch soil and germs, trapping them in the rug fibers before they go all over the house.  It makes good sense to have your area rugs professionally cleaned by Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care in Prescott AZ is the next logical step.

Here at Arizona Oriental, we care about the way that area rugs are cared for and thus provide a deep cleaning service of rugs.  This includes a thorough inspection, dusting, full immersion cleaning, fresh water rinsing, and a speedy dry to make sure your rug gets exactly the care that it needs and deserves. WE NEVER WASH RUGS IN BATCHES like some larger rug washing facilities commonly do in the big cities.  Therefore, there is no fear of cross-contamination from another client’s rugs to your own rugs. Each rug is cleaned with its own fresh cleaning solution and fresh water.

Remember that it isn’t a perfect world and we cannot escape from all of the germs.  However, rather than making mountains out of molehills, keep in mind that your rugs live their entire lives on your floors and thus need to be properly cleaned every one to two years.  The frequency is dependent on how active your lifestyle is, or if you have a sick family member or pet. Special circumstances may require more frequent cleanings.

Till next time, enjoy your beautiful art for your floor and remember a clean rug is a rug that can last you a lifetime!

Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Sedona, Prescott, Prescott Valley, and much of the Northern Arizona areas. We meet the highest standards in professional cleaning of area rugs with rug wash specialists having earned the highest training, including certification as WOOLSAFE FIBRE CARE SPECIALISTS through the WOOLSAFE ORGANISATION. Such extraordinary certification ensures the area rugs of our client’s receive the utmost in care.

Call us if you have any further questions about cleaning your rugs to keep your home healthy and quotes at 928-445-1718, visit our website at, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available). 

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