Fed up of muddy feet, wet dogs and general dirt skipping into the house ?
We've had our fair share of rain over the last few weeks so I thought it's about time I got round to a blog on this !
If we want to stop the wet & dirt creeping into our homes, creating both a mess and extra work then thinking about a few issues upfront and making some tweaks can make a real difference.
First things first. It’s going to be different for everyone ! There’s definitely no one size fits all solution here. We can't do too much about the weather but can change how we respond to it. 👍
There are 2 sides to have a good ponder on :-
* The design of the main entrance to your home and the systems within it.🏠
* The people and pets who tread in and around it 😆
So, we need to tackle both fronts by considering the following issues:-
ENTRANCE – Think about limiting the number of places where the "outdoors" can be tramped inside. Perhaps designate just 1 entrance to be mainly used. Even before entry ask yourself are there some actions you can take to minimise the amount of muck coming in? E.g. Giving the pooch a towel down, popping wellies on a stand to drip.
MATS – Don’t underestimate the power of a good doormat. 🤣 A robust, hard wearing, bristly or rubber outdoor mat will tackle the initial load. Then the interior mat takes over. In my opinion, the larger the better, as this ensures that all who pass over will get a brush down! If possible, have a washable one and / or hoover regularly.
SHOES OFF - I've read a few times that the soles of your shoes are dirtier than your toilet seat (But I also read that your smart phone is too! 🤣) Whilst nobody wants to be the shoe police, getting into the habit of taking off your footwear at the door is sensible.
DRYING – Damp shoes are no fun, especially if you have to put them back on again relatively quickly. They can even develop mould and bacteria growth, so it’s worth working out the best option for you.