Serving All of Phoenix and its Surrounding Cities

Plumbing & AC Medic is now Rite Way Heating, Cooling & Plumbing of Phoenix. New name, same great team and service.

Serving All Phoenix And Surround Cities

Do I Really Have to Wear Flip Flops in a Public Shower?

Wear shoes in the shower? It sounds like a sentence dripping oxymoron, right? After all, the big idea of a shower is to remove everything to get everything squeaky clean. So, why would you wear flip flops, sandals, or water shoes in the shower? Ironically enough, the answer is cleanliness.

It’s a Dirty World

When most people think about the public things they use on a daily basis, the dirtiest thing they think of is a public toilet seat. Yet, research has shown a plethora of things having more germs than the potty, many of which people don’t pay any mind to use, including:

  • Gym equipment
  • Elevator buttons and stair rails
  • Desks
  • Pens
  • Restaurant menus
  • Light switches
  • Money

Public and communal showers, with their dark and moist environment, often to the list of dirty. They are prime breeding grounds for invisible germs that can make your feet very sick.

What are Communal Showers?

Communal showers are most often seen in places like:

  • Gyms
  • Spas
  • Community pools
  • Private athletic, golf, and swim clubs
  • School locker rooms
  • Dorms
  • Nursing homes
  • Campgrounds
  • Travel rest stops and welcome centers

And the above is not to even mention the showers, such as at hotels, that multiple people use and rely upon the business to clean between each and every customer.

With so much bacteria being left behind from others in these showers, you may be literally bathing your feet in infection-causing germs if you don’t don appropriate shower footwear.

Protect Yourself from the Dangers of Communal Showers

Expert advice, including that from the CDC, recommends wearing shower shoes in any public or communal shower to avoid negative health effects of highly contagious bacterial and fungal infections, including:

  • Athletes foot
  • Ringworm
  • Staph and MRSA infections
  • Nail fungus
  • Plantar warts

While flip flops and sliders are better than no defense at all, they don’t offer a lot of traction in a slippery environment. Plus, if the drain gets clogged or drains slowly, then your feet may still get emerged by dirty shower water. A slip-resistant, enclosed, waterproof shower shoe is always your most thorough protection.

Don’t forget that shower mats and the floor surrounding the shower are also likely holding tons of germs. So don’t stomp on all your good efforts by walking barefoot across public flooring. It’s also a good idea to bring an antibacterial wipe to give your shower shoes a quick cleaning before storing them away.

Are you looking for some heating, cooling, or plumbing assistance? If so, please contact Plumbing & A/C Medic, Inc. today to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed technicians!

Picture of RiteWay of Phoenix

RiteWay of Phoenix

When it comes to keeping your home and family comfortable, no one does it better than RiteWay of Phoenix. Our highly trained and fully qualified home comfort experts are committed to delivering exactly the service you deserve at a price you can afford.

Follow Us

Recent Posts

Need Service? Contact us today!