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How Dirty Are Your Shoes? Springfield, MO.

How Dirty Are Your Shoes?

Do you wear your shoes in the house or take them off at the door?  This is an especially important choice for people with small children who play on the floor. In some countries and cultures, it's scandalous to walk into a home with shoes on. But in the U.S., most people do.

One study conducted at the University of Arizona found nine different species of bacteria on people's shoes. These types of bacteria can cause infections in our stomachs, eyes and lungs.The study also found bacteria live longer on our shoes than in other places. As we walk, we constantly pick up new debris that feeds the growth of more bacteria.The researchers tested to see if bacteria on shoes would transfer to the tile floors in a house. More than 90 percent of the time it did. Carpet harbors bacteria even more.

Good Morning America tested 8 different people’s shoes and the test results found that they were "dirtier than a toilet seat," said Jonathan Sexton, a research assistant at the University of Arizona's College of Public Health. "Toilet seats generally have 1,000 bacteria or less, and these are in the millions so there's a lot more bacteria here."

Children under age 2 are the most vulnerable to the germs we track into the house, because they play on the floor and put their hands in their mouths an average of 80 times an hour.This means that your child can possibly be exposed to every single bacteria that you picked up on your shoe. All the bacteria from the park, school, the store, anywhere you went that day. Out of "GMA's" 10 tests, nine contained coliform, a type of bacteria that comes mostly from human and animal waste. Scientists blame the floors of public restrooms, bird and dog droppings.The easiest way to ensure that you don't track the germs on your shoe soles into your home is to leave your shoes at the door or carry them to the closet. Then you should wash your hands.Researchers found washing shoes in the washing machine on the cold cycle, with detergent, killed the bacteria. So for some shoes that might be an option. You can also wipe them with a disinfectant.  For Your Carpets, Upholstery, Tile and Grout, There’s Ultra Carpet Care Of Springfield, MO. Have Your carpets cleaned once a year. Call Today to schedule your appointment. (417) 459-1971

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