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Old 06-11-2013, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I remember when I was shopping for houses in 2008, I went into one house that the owners were there.
As we entered the house they asked us to put on "BOOTIES" over our shoes so we wouldn't dirty the carpets. They said the hot weather melts the roadway and the tar gets on your shoes and you track black marks throughout the house.
Is this a normal occurrence?
Or do you have everyone remove their shoes?
Or was it just in their neighborhood - Rhodes Ranch area?
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:00 AM
 
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Kind of gross to wear outside shoes inside your house. You track dirt and whatever else is on your shoes throughout the house.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:06 AM
 
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It is not just a Las Vegas thing. We generally do that (remove our shoes) when we enter anyone's home.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:41 AM
 
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This is also a custom in many cultures. My Chinese friends always expect guests to take their
shoes off in their home.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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guess you could have a shoe sole washing station for everyone to use instead
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:28 AM
 
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guess you could have a shoe sole washing station for everyone to use instead
I once went to a party where the host offered to cleanse my sole... I told him I was an Atheist.
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:42 AM
 
Location: In the Silver State of Nevada in Las Vegas NV
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I remember when I was shopping for houses in 2008, I went into one house that the owners were there.
As we entered the house they asked us to put on "BOOTIES" over our shoes so we wouldn't dirty the carpets. They said the hot weather melts the roadway and the tar gets on your shoes and you track black marks throughout the house.
Is this a normal occurrence?
Or do you have everyone remove their shoes?
Or was it just in their neighborhood - Rhodes Ranch area?
So far I have not heard of the the roadways melting and getting tar on your shoes. I think it is one of those fables like your tires melting because of the heat or everything melting in your car? I am sure if you leave your car in direct sun all day and for many days this will happen. The shoe thing is personal Preference and is done all over the US. Tile floors here in LV is much easier to have and cooler.
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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There IS something about Las Vegas that makes the bottoms of your shoes exceptionally dirty. I noticed it when we were out there for 2 months in the winter. I think it's both the heat softening the asphalt and the lack of rain which would wash everything clean(er).
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:38 PM
 
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There IS something about Las Vegas that makes the bottoms of your shoes exceptionally dirty. I noticed it when we were out there for 2 months in the winter. I think it's both the heat softening the asphalt and the lack of rain which would wash everything clean(er).
It is dust. One component of the dust is certainly asphalt but there are lots of other.

We regularly use booties on listings with light carpets.

Any day the wind blows strong you can build up a 1/32 or 1/16 layer of dust on the walkways.

Good door mat will also take care of most of it.
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:19 PM
 
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This is also a custom in many cultures. My Chinese friends always expect guests to take their
shoes off in their home.
They obviously haven't smelled my feet lately.

I pulled the carpet out of the main rooms in the house a long time ago. I've got hardwood and tile in the main areas. The bedrooms still have carpet, but in this climate, honestly, you are better off with tile or wood. It keeps it cooler. The only thing is the noise. Carpet tends to damper the sound in the house a little, so if you have kids and pets, you hear less of it with carpet.

I do find that my area rugs get dirty very quickly in the bathroom. I never considered the heat angle, but it makes sense. Hot asphalt + no rain = yucky shoe bottoms.
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