It’s a well-known fact that Corona Virus can stay alive on inanimate surfaces for up to 72 hours, but did you know that your shoes can easily turn into carriers to this deadly pathogen? In times of uncertainty like this, it becomes crucial to sanitize your shoes and do so safely. Paragon brings you a guide to effectively sanitize your shoes at home and ensure your safety and that of your loved ones.
Keep your shoes outside
Leave your shoes outside your home. Chances of infection reduce drastically when you do not take your shoes beyond the doorstep. Make it a point not to take your shoes inside unless they are properly sanitized and are safe to carry.
Invest in disposable wet wipes to disinfect your shoes every time you return from an outdoor spree. Ensure you wear a pair of gloves for safety while you clean the surfaces of your shoes. However, steer clear of abrasive wipes as they can damage your shoes in the long run.
Air dry them
Once you use wet wipes to disinfect your shoes, place them on a clean surface, and let them air-dry. Viruses can be made inactive with heat, but use heat sparingly to avoid damaging your shoes.
Machine-wash fabric-based shoes
When dealing with fabric-based shoes like canvas shoes, cleaning with wet wipes may not be the best choice. Instead, toss them in the washing machine with a detergent and disinfectant solution. Once thoroughly rinsed, you can proceed to air-dry them.
Switch to easy-to-wear, easy-to-clean footwear
While sanitizing is mandatory, it can get quite daunting to clean closed shoes and fabric-based shoes on an everyday basis. Switch to easier options like a pair of flipflops that do not require using hands to put on and are easy to clean.
Wash your hands before and after
Thoroughly wash your hands before and after cleaning your shoes and always have a pair of gloves handy for extra protection. Always ensure that you do not touch your face immediately after cleaning unclean surfaces, including shoes.
One can never be too careful in trying times such as these. We advise you to always be alert and on top of your hygiene and reach out to us if you need better footwear options or tips to keep your footwear clean.