You cannot avoid scuffing your work shoes a little, and no one is expecting your shoes to remain pristine forever. But there are times when you will need to take steps in order to protect your footwear from added hazards while on different job sites.
Protecting your footwear can sometimes be overlooked or even be lost in the shuffle while working. It can be easy to jump right into a job with your usual equipment and ignore the new or unexpected hazards that could potentially pop up.
It is for this reason why you should wear shoe covers or at least have them on hand in case the need arises. Shoe covers will not only be beneficial for the condition of your footwear but simply having them as an option will improve the image you put out as a professional. You may need other equipment in specific scenarios, but in many situations, both specific and broad, shoe covers have their place.
Protects the Flooring
Whether a space has hardwood flooring, tile, or carpet, you’re going to need to walk across the floor while on the job at some point. Heavy boots have the potential to cause harm to flooring, especially to carpet, and it is part of your job to protect the flooring for the sake of the customer and your business’s reputation. Being known as a business that tramples all over the customers living space can be detrimental to your reputation.
To avoid this, it is far easier and much more time efficient to slip on shoe covers so you can remain on the move rather than taking off your boots every time you enter the space. Shoe covers soften the steps of your boots and protect the flooring with their smoother materials.
Customers will also appreciate you having disposable cloth shoe covers on hand while on the job. This act shows customers that you care about maintaining their space and that you respect them enough to think ahead and solve this potential problem before it even arises.
Shoe covers give the customer peace of mind about the condition of their flooring, rendering the harm that may have come to it during the renovation a non-issue. This also lets the customer know that you are a professional and that you know what you are doing, not only in terms of getting the job done but also completing it in a clean, delicate, and organized manner.
Keeps Spaces Sterile
Similar to protecting the flooring, keeping yourself and your workspace clean and sterile is another reason why you should wear shoe covers. If you find that you are working in an unsanitary environment, shoe covers can keep things sterile and halt further contamination, whether you encounter bodily fluids, feces, or other types of contaminants.
Preventing the contamination of other workspaces should be first and foremost in your mind if a job runs this risk. The spread of dangerous contaminants can easily affect workers and customers alike, but you avoid this risk just as easily through the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). This can go well beyond shoe covers to include gloves, face masks, and sanitary gowns, but the floor is typically the most contaminated surface on a job.
Without the proper covers, your footwear will constantly be exposed to contaminants with every step and will track the material everywhere you go. You will not know which surfaces are infected with bacteria or parasites—it may be the surface of the table you are touching or the ground you are walking on. At worst, a lack of PPE can spread sickness and disease that you may even bring back to your home after you clock out for the day.
Keeps Footwear Clean
Your work boots are arguably the most important piece of equipment you have. A good pair of boots will keep your feet safe from all the hazards of the job and will put up with that abuse so you can keep working without fear of injury. But there are situations where even your boots need to be protected from the harsh working environment.
In times when you have to spend extended periods in water, it may sound reasonable to purchase waterproof footwear specifically for the job. However, you may not want to front this expense, especially if these jobs are out of the ordinary. Depending on how often you encounter such conditions, you may want to invest in the proper footwear.
If those conditions are few and far between, it can be more cost efficient to simply purchase disposable shoe covers instead. Standing in any kind of liquid for too long will have a negative impact on your boots, causing them to deteriorate faster than if you had covered them. Your boots can stand up to a lot, but water is the universal solvent. A good pair of boots can go from reliable to trash over the course of a single day if not properly protected.
This also has the added effect of keeping your feet safe. Working in those environments and wading through water means that you’re exposing your feet to the effects of water as well. Water and other liquids will find their way into your boots, and when that happens, it is only a matter of time before the toll on your feet will start to show.
Damp feet cause irritation to the skin and discomfort while on the move, leading to less optimal work and even infection. This risk is compounded further when working in cold environments in which you find yourself consistently walking across snow without proper snow boots. That snow will melt into your boots, and your feet will eventually begin to freeze, risking frostbite.
The benefits of shoe covers are multiple; they not only protect flooring but can also protect yourself and others from harm. A small, disposable, and inexpensive piece of cloth can mean the difference between a productive day at work and potential harm or damage.
Shoe covers keep the work environment clean, safe, and livable and prevent you from tracking contaminants around the site or infecting yourself and others. Shoe covers are a clean, convenient, and inexpensive way to maintain your personal health, ensure the safety of others, and guarantee customer satisfaction with your work ethic.