The only time a pair of shoes are truly clean is when they’re packed full of tissue paper before they’ve had the chance to take their first steps outside of their box into the outside world. They’ll never be as squeaky clean as they are in that moment ever again.
When do dirty shoes become more than just a sole concern? Several studies have shown that your shoes harbour some seriously harmful strains of bacteria. Rockport even produced a video chronicling the journey of a pair of shoes and all the dirt they carry with them every day. In fact, one study in 2014 conducted by Alam et al, published in Science Direct showed that the bottoms of your shoes are the highest carrier of Clostridium difficile (‘C-diff’): 37.9% of shoes tested were positive. Why does this matter? C-diff can cause life-threatening intestinal infections. Shoes don’t discriminate, they also like to carry Escherichia coli (‘E. coli’), Klebsiella pneumonia, and Serratia ficaria according to a University of Arizona study carried out by Dr Charles Gerba that appeared in CIRI Science.
Why does it matter whether your shoes are dirty or not? Well, think of your hospital. You have elderly patients, children, patients who are already fighting serious illness, those who might have suppressed immune systems, and then you have armies of shoes laced with bacteria marching through wards on a daily basis.
Vernacare can’t stop your shoes from carrying bacteria. We’re good, but even we can’t do the impossible. However, with our completely contactless disposal units including the Vortex+ and our new, ground-breaking Compact unit, we can prevent these harmful bacteria from being spread to our machines. There’s no need for a healthcare professional’s shoe to even touch one of our machines to open it. Our built-in sensors detect motion and automatically open, allowing our disposal units to do their job: break down both the waste and pulp to a fine slurry with our SmartFlow™ technology before releasing to the drain.
Nobody likes dirty shoes. The most effective way of banishing infectious bacteria from your shoes? Wash them! The University of Arizona study proved that by machine-washing your shoes with detergent, you can eliminate 99% of bacteria from your shoes. Plus, they might just make it near their ‘brand new’ level of clean when they were fresh out of the box…