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Do they come in treating your place like a hotel and expecting you to clean up after them ? I spend enough time cleaning this place up without have you to contend with. You can do your own cleaning from now on. I'm sick of it. And another thing....

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What's wrong with wanting to keep your floor clean? I spend enough time hoovering up after my toddler and my husband.
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Old 20.06.2008, 15:07
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I dont understand the need in this day and age for visitors to take their shoes off when inside the house. The only time this would be normal imo is when walking with said shoes would make a noise (upset anyone living below) or the shoes are obviously dirty, wet or likely to damage the flooring.
My neighbour used to do this really early in the morning, and late at night, and all we could hear when she was home was clomp clomp clomp until i went upstairs to tell her politely please could she not walk in her shoes in the flat because it was very loud. She was shocked because she had not realised the shoes where making so much noise, but she was lovely and said she would wear slippers, and now we are noise free, browney points to my neighbour for being so understanding, and nice
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What's wrong with wanting to keep your floor clean? I spend enough time hoovering up after my toddler and my husband.

As for pets - they get baths. When was the last time your shoes went though the wash?
Nothing wrong at all with keeping things clean.
Its the perception that my shoes are going to make your floor worse than before I walked on it in my shoes.

So you bath your fido after every walk outside, you really are into the cleaning thing I guess?
I forgot to mention I'm from Afrika and dont wear shoes
But I did wash my feet last night...
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Do they come in treating your place like a hotel and expecting you to clean up after them ? I spend enough time cleaning this place up without have you to contend with. You can do your own cleaning from now on. I'm sick of it. And another thing....

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Yeah - sometimes I wish they would check out. Even just for the weekend.
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Re: Shoes on or off?

I lent my flat out in London to my misses sister...she wore stilleto's in the house and fecked up the floor...I now have a little trail of indentations from the door to the bed and to the toilet...my lovely varnished wooden floor is now flawed.


(Dave, what does warm floors and old peoples varicose veins have to do with dirty shoes?)
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Nothing wrong at all with keeping things clean.
Its the perception that my shoes are going to make your floor worse than before I walked on it in my shoes.

So you bath your fido after every walk outside, you really are into the cleaning thing I guess?
I forgot to mention I'm from Afrika and dont wear shoes
But I did wash my feet last night...
Actually I'm not into cleaning, but I generally do it before people come over hence why I don't want it dirty again right away
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No hard and fast rules chez nous, though on balance we tend to take shoes off. I would never dream of asking a guest to remove shoes (unless something smelly is evident) but I'm not peeved if someone asks me. We have a door mat so I always appreciate people wiping their feet, though I think that's an empty gesture germs wise. I can understand why some folks don't want something that might have come into contact with dog sh*t, p*ss and other germs touching the floor of their homes, especially those from asian cultures where people tend to sit, eat and sleep on or very close to it. But hands can be just as bad in transmitting germs and viruses so what do you do? Make people wash their hands when they enter your home or have clean hands inspection when they they've visited the loo?
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No hard and fast rules chez nous, though on balance we tend to take shoes off. I would never dream of asking a guest to remove shoes (unless something smelly is evident) but I'm not peeved if someone asks me. We have a door mat so I always appreciate people wiping their feet, though I think that's an empty gesture germs wise. I can understand why some folks don't want something that might have come into contact with dog sh*t, p*ss and other germs touching the floor of their homes, especially those from asian cultures where people tend to sit, eat and sleep on or very close to it. But hands can be just as bad in transmitting germs and viruses so what do you do? Make people wash their hands when they enter your home or have clean hands inspection when they they've visited the loo?
Good point, when last did they pick their nose or scratch... uhm u know where....That raises the question about when last they washed their clothes, Ive seen some folks wear the same clothes for day after day, heaven forbid they should sit on my Sofa...
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Old 20.06.2008, 15:37
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Re: Shoes on or off?

Depends if it's chilly outside and the floor heating is on or off. If it's off, I ask my guests to keep their shoes on. Otherwise, off they go!
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Good point, when last did they pick their nose or scratch... uhm u know where....That raises the question about when last they washed their clothes, Ive seen some folks wear the same clothes for day after day, heaven forbid they should sit on my Sofa...
What is they say? There's more germs on your average chopping board than on your average toilet seat? That doesn't mean it's socially acceptable to chop the veggies on the john. I think of lot taboos have their roots in ritual. So when in Rome.....
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Time for a little pragmatism here.

It's 3am. You ask her to walk all over you with her stilettos° (let's say it seems like a good idea at the time). The stilettos are outside the front door because of some ill-conceived house rule. The moment passes due to lack of the right footwear, and a shouting match ensues. She wears her shoes, she doesn't wear her shoes. One way or another the neighbours are awake.

Hobsons choice. I say wear the damn things and avoid the 3am confrontation. Let's face it parquet-friendly slippers just don't have the same kick*.

° I suggest Mikey might not be the best candidate to ask (no offence Mikey).
* Apologies.
You might avoid one confrontation and start another. I'll give you another scenario. It's 3 am and you're sleeping in the apartment below when some w*nker in the apartment above starts walking around the parquet floors in stilettos.
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Would you sit or rub your face on the pavement where kids spat, dog peed and poo'ed?

I have tons of house slippers and a nice shoe rack for my guest to display their SB dunks and Manola Blahniks.

and comparing hands with shoes is just absurd!!!
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How embarrassing if you where to be asked to take your shoes off, you had a hole in your sock, and your big toe was sticking out

that happened to...was it sarkozy? in a jewish synagoge!
he got a bunch of socks send over from this guy running
a socks-subscription company. hahahaha!

well, it gives me the goosebumps if someone comes to my plce and
i can hear the small stones n dirtcrumbs crackle underneath his boots on my floors. aaaaaaaargh! its simply not hygienic.

i saw it once that one guy was sitting at my friends place and had is boots on. he changed seating position and touched the small chairs back, made of white fabric and made them dirty with the tip of his boot. its not comfy, simple as that.
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I think of lot taboos have their roots in ritual.
The relationship between feet and respect is a recurrent theme across many cultures.
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Re: Shoes on or off?

I never realized people in general were such germophobes. I hate to break it to people but germs, they're everywhere, regardless of how much you clean or how careful you are.

In your own home, I think people have the right to ask their guests to remove their shoes, especially when there are small children around who spend most of their time on the floor. However, expecting a worker who comes to your home to take their shoes off, unless they are visibly getting your floor dirty, isn't acceptable.

I never wear shoes at home, H*ll, I'm not wearing shoes right now and I'm at my desk at work. Shoes make my feet feel like they're in jail.
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The other day, I did ask to the plumbers to take theirs shoes off.... they were very surprised...


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Every single tradesman that has come to our flat has automatically taken their shoes off at the front door -without me asking. I was really surprised that they did this.

Only one hasn't - he also dropped some tools on the parquet floor and damaged it, and he also left a dirty oily rag on a fabric chair.

All the Swiss and Italian people that I know here automatically remove their shoes when they come into our flat -and we reciprocate.

Whether we should or not is not really the point. If the locals do.....
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Feet smell ! Keep the shoes on !
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then wash them!
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