Turkish people don‘t enter their house with shoes on. They also expect their guests to take their shoes off when entering the home. They’re very conservative in this regard. When they take off their shoes, they put on house slippers. This is a custom. Turkish people also offer slippers to their guests. This is why Turkish homes have quite a few pairs of slippers.
An article in soturkish.com has highlighted the problems of wearing shoes indoors and how they bacteria can be spread.
Wearing shoes indoors is fairly common, but it turns out you’re trekking more than just dirt onto the carpet. Researchers say that shoes are full of harmful bacteria that could make you sick and that bacteria can multiply and spread throughout the house, leaving you susceptible to stomach problems like diarrhea.
When you consider how far people walk everyday, is it any wonder that our footwear becomes contaminated.
Studies have shown that 2,500 samples, about one-quarter of shoe soles tested positive for a bug that can cause painful stomach cramps. Last year, the University of Arizona studied bacteria on shoes and discovered that 440,000 units of bacteria attached themselves to the soles within two weeks. In fact, according to the researchers, bacteria thrive better on shoes than toilets.
One study showed that a volunteer walked over clean floors to see whether bacteria would transfer into the home. It was found that bacteria did contaminate the floors more than 90 percent of the time, meaning your freshly-mopped tile isn’t so clean if you wear shoes in the home.