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The Rug Experts Weigh In: Should You Go Barefoot on Your Rugs?


Ruthie here with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care and today I have a simple question for you: Have you ever wondered if it was better to wear shoes (or slippers) or go barefoot on your area rugs?  I wanted to take a few minutes to try and shed some light on that question for you today!

If you’re the type that likes to keep your shoes on in your home, I always think that it’s a good idea to keep a pair of shoes exclusively for indoor use at the entry door.  Take off the shoes you’ve been wearing all over town when you get home – you know, the ones that have been all over the streets, stores, and parking lots filled with germs and who-knows-what!  By keeping up a practice of wearing indoor-only shoes inside your home, you’ll keep your floors (and area rugs) cleaner longer! This means you can go a little longer before having to have your rug professionally cleaned with us here at Arizona Oriental.

Alternatively, if you prefer to keep your toes free to breathe, keep in mind that our bodies naturally produce oils.  Natural body oils, as well as the lotions we apply to keep our skin nice and soft, can cause some serious staining to area rugs.  Wearing socks protects your rug’s fibers and, again, lengthen the time in between needing professional rug cleanings done.

As for an answer to the debate between shoes or bare feet – it sounds like both to me!

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 Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona, Flagstaff, 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 our client’s area rugs receive the highest quality care.

Want more information about professional area rug cleaning in Northern Arizona?  Call us at 928-445-1718, visit our website at, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available). 03-13-201

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