Try The Barefoot Test to See How Clean Your Floors Are
How often do you really need to clean your floors to claim a clean house? The barefoot test can help you determine the right answer for your home. Everyone’s house has unique needs, some floors need to be cleaned once a week, while other floors can go two weeks in between cleanings. Floors are a hot spot for bacteria in your home, and can even make your family sick.
Without a lab to test for bacteria, how do you know when your floors are dirty enough for a cleaning? That’s where the barefoot test comes in handy—or rather, footy!
How to Use the Barefoot Test
The barefoot test is the easiest way to determine how clean or dirty your floors truly are. For the best results, wipe down your feet so that they are clean prior to starting the test. With clean feet, walk across your floors and then inspect the soles of your feet. Do you have cheerios, dog hair or something mysterious stuck to the bottom of your feet? That means your floors need to be cleaned. Step it up a notch by putting moist socks on your feet and walking around—now what do you see on the bottom of your socked feet?
Tests like these are super simple and give you an idea as to how dirty your floors really are. You’ve probably unknowingly conducted the barefoot test before. Have you ever been walking around barefoot and decided to put on socks because the floors felt dirty beneath your feet? That’s a clear sign right that your floors need to be cleaned.
How Often Do My Floors Need to be Cleaned?
The bare minimum is every 2 weeks, but each household is different. For instance, if you have kids, pets, or a big family, chances are your floors need to be cleaned more often than if you live alone or have no pets.
Another factor that can impact floor cleanliness is if people wear shoes inside. A study from the University of Arizona found that the bacteria on the bottom of your shoes transfers to floor surfaces as much as 90% of the time. Just think about all the nasty places your shoes go—like public bathrooms, yikes!
Additionally, your dusting schedule can impact how often your floors require cleaning, as can the placement of furnace vents and filters. You can use the barefoot test to help determine how often your floors need to be cleaned. Try the barefoot test a couple of days after you clean. If floors still look okay, try again 1-week post-cleaning. By doing this you can start to determine the exact time frame your floors start to get dirty.
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