You’ve just gotten a new, plush wall-to-wall carpet for your house. It feels so soft to the touch that all you want to do is sink your toes into it as you watch your favorite Netflix series. But wait, might you be damaging your carpet by walking around with bare feet?

The debate is on about whether bare feet are bad for carpets. It seems like an unlikely debate, considering parties are yet to agree on whether wearing shoes indoors is bad or not.

Most people will have an easy time wrapping their minds around the fact that shoes when worn indoors can cause problems not just to the carpet but to the entire household’s occupants as well. When it comes to bare feet however, it gets a whole lot more complicated.

Here’s why-most people consider their feet pretty clean and harmless. To be fair, when well cleaned, it is impossible to see the danger that might lurk in bare feet.

The truth however is that feet are one of the sweatiest part of the human body. The breakdown of this sweat brought on by the confinement in shoes is why some people’s feet tend to be smelly.

Walking on your carpet with your bare feet means that this sweat is being deposited in the fibers of the carpet. It might not seem like a whole lot of sweat at the beginning, but the accumulation will be noticed later on when your carpet is smelly and you cannot explain why.

Your skin produces oil to keep itself hydrated. Staying barefoot while indoors will transfer these skin oils to the carpet. Oil attracts dirt. With time, you will notice that your carpet is dirtier, on top of being smelly from the sweat. Turns out you might be blaming your pets for smells, carpet odors and dirt on your carpet when it’s been you all along.

Clearly, barefeet are not the best for your carpet. Street shoes should also not be worn indoors. Where does that leave you in terms of options?

Socks are your best bet when it comes to ensuring that your carpet stays in good condition. The socks get to trap the oil and sweat thus keeping it away from the carpet. And if there are breathable socks, your feet stay aerated. It’s a win-win situation.

If you are not a huge fan of socks, you could always opt for house shoes. There are various types of house shoes, and most are quite comfortable too. House shoes are clean enough for the carpet to ensure no dirt is transferred. They’re also lightweight enough that you do not have to worry about damaging your carpet.

While years of use will definitely show on your carpet in the form of wear and tear, you can take steps to ensure that the carpet stays in good condition for as long as possible.

If you have been walking around barefoot in the house, you might want to put some socks or shoes on going forward. You’ll be glad you did when years down the line the carpet still looks as good as new.

Try your best to wear socks and slippers in your home and to schedule carpet cleaning each year to remove residues, dirt and germs from carpet fibers. Chem-Dry of Bexar County offers deep cleaning for homes and businesses in San Antonio, TX. Learn more here.