Keep dangerous contaminates from tracking into your space, slip-on a pair of disposable shoe covers and make sure you’re putting your safest and cleanest foot forward.
If you’re a germ freak, then you’re mostly likely a “shoes off at the door’ kind of person. If so, then home deliveries and appliance service calls demand that no one gets past the threshold without some type of protective shoe / boot cover.
What Are Shoe Covers?
Designed to keep floors sanitary and footwear clean, shoe covers are lightweight disposable PPE garments that easily slip-on and fit snugly over a variety of shoe styles and sizes. They are worn to prevent the cross-contamination of unwanted debris such as dirt, grass, road salt, grease, water, paint, dust and more that contact the bottom of a person’s shoes from entering sensitive work areas while protecting floors against tracking, staining and scratches. Common germs and bacteria can also live on footwear, and shoe covers help keep microbes from coming into contact with furniture and floors.
Also known as “disposable booties,” the best shoe covers let you keep your shoes on without contaminating floors and carpets with unwanted contaminates that are tracked from the outside. They should be made with a tear-resistant, fluid-repelling fabric that won’t snag and feature a textured embossed sole to keep wearers firmly planted and slip-free. Unlike actual shoes, which have laces or straps, the best shoe covers slide on easily with a flexible elastic band that wraps around your sneakers or shoes. Think shower cap, but for your feet!
When Shoe Covers are Ideal
- Seasonal challenges. In the thick of winter or spring when salt, slow, sludge, mud and water are commonly tracked around by footwear, shoe covers can be exceptionally helpful at cutting down on mess.
- Private contracting jobs. Electricians, home delivery service, plumbers, cable installers, HVAC, renovators, bug exterminators, and many other contractors use these inside customers’ homes to ensure their clients’ homes remain as clean as possible as they do their work Shoe covers are often used on photo-shoot sets or new construction jobs or by construction workers and painters who don’t want to scuff up a home or transfer debris.
- Medical and clean-controlled environments. Shoe covers are worn often in emergency rooms, operating theaters, laboratories, food processing plants, medical manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and cleanrooms. Typically these business segments often require additional PPE such as disposable gloves, isolation gowns and protective face masks.
- Public use. It may be surprising to know that many people find ways to use shoe covers in their day-to-day-lives. For instance, some people prefer to cover their feet in a tanning bed or protect their shoes during inclement weather. During the pandemic, shoe covers are being sought to help prevent the spread. Real estate agents are bringing shoe covers to open house showings and many bowling allies are eliminating shoe rentals and handing out disposable shoe covers instead.
While they may look strange, shoe covers are valuable pieces of PPE that are better for customers, employees, and the home or work environment. Keep them on your shoes until you’re ready to head outside again, then simply toss the disposable booties in the trash. Safe for use on all surfaces, from hardwood to tile to expensive carpets and rugs.