{Printable} Please remove your shoes sign

Yesterday I mentioned a pet hate of mine, guests visiting my home wearing shoes inside.  It really does get under my skin, so much so that I have made this little sign, which I have laminated and placed at the front door.

Download this sign below here.

Or this colour sign, with a baby is sleeping sign here

Do you ask your visitors to remove their shoes?


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nikke April 2, 2011 - 8:57 PM

I am exactly the same..I have a door mat at my front door that says “take your shoes off, or scrub the floor”

I often have door knockers standing there with no shoes on when I answer the door just for me to tell them, Im no interested!! LMFAO

Katrina April 3, 2011 - 2:52 PM

LOL love it, I have never seen a mat like that..perfect!

Lisa April 2, 2011 - 9:06 PM

Thanks so much for this. We have wooden floors and never wear shoes in the house. I will be printing this out and putting it up.

Adesa April 3, 2011 - 11:49 AM

Visitors who don’t remove their shoes at your house aren’t being rude — they’re being normal. Rude is expecting guests to be as anal about your habits as you are, especially in a culture such as ours in which shoe removal is not typical. I apologize for sounding harsh; I mean only to convey another way to view such a situation.

Sharon June 27, 2011 - 3:31 AM

I have to say, I ask my guests NOT to remove their shoes! Personally, I have a thing about dirty feet! I cannot tolerate the feel of dirty feet, so I prefer wearing shoes, even in my own home! They are open thong type shoes, but I actually HATE removing my shoes. Have you ever thought of your poor guest who may have feet issues, where they have smelly feet?? How do you think they would feel, when they are requested to take off their shoes, knowing they have smelly feet syndrome???? Just a thought, as I used to have an issue when I was working and always had closed shoes!

Kirrily November 21, 2011 - 11:51 AM

I’m with you Adesa; to be honest, if my house was so clean that people felt the need to take their shoes off, I know for a fact I wouldn’t have as many people drop in on impulse to have a cuppa 🙂
Life’s too short to have a sparkling house! Neat and tidy is enough, if you want to have a life!

Jen August 31, 2012 - 7:15 AM

No thats fucking the dumbest comment i’ve ever heard. I take pride in my place and don’t want to waste the time and money replacing my carpets or having people with wet muddy shoes soak my carpet and cause mold. You obviously live in a shitty place and are probably a messy pig but i am not.

Jen August 31, 2012 - 7:17 AM

By the way it’s not very hard to take a shoe off quit being so lazy and bend down and take your shoes off maybe you’ll lose a few pounds.

Jen August 31, 2012 - 7:20 AM

I sure hope you don’t live in a rented house or an apartment cause i’ll let you know in advance you ain’t getting that deposit back.

Amanda August 6, 2011 - 1:23 PM

I ask everyone to take off their shoes, I post a sign by the door bell…now they know what to expect.

People spit on the ground, dogs pee…etc, on the ground. People step in chemicals, water, dirt, all kind of crap…why would I want that tracked into my house? This would mean that my family that like to sit on the hardwood floors and watch TV/play games would carry germs to their beds. Yikes, is a real word!

Lmclar1 November 19, 2011 - 8:08 PM

If they leave their shoes on, they won’t share their tinea…

Thenickos November 19, 2011 - 8:13 PM

Great idea. Your house, your rules its pretty simple. Nothing to do with it not being an aussie culture or rude. I always seem to have visitors after i have mopped the floor and we have the worst chocolate brown tiles throughout the house that show every mark as soon as you step on them with shoes. I would like to put that sign next to my please do not knock if you are selling anything sign lol

Katrina November 22, 2011 - 7:53 PM

I have through about making a sign like that, we had Austar knocking this afternoon, we have Austar already, shouldnt’ they know that??

alp January 20, 2013 - 4:05 AM

People need to remove their shoes if you have clean floors… if people also have dirty feet, then you need some new friends

Diane June 21, 2020 - 8:06 PM

There are more germs on the bottom of shoes than on the toilet seat. Scientific fact! It’s just a common sense thing to do to remove shoes in any house, your own or someone else’s. No need to wear shoes in a house. Slippers, socks or bare feet depending on the climate, so much more comfortable anyway. It’s total disrespect NOT to observe this simple request.

busybee March 12, 2013 - 11:24 AM

No, I don’t like people taking their shoes off when they come to my house….I have kids and a dog in the house….the floors are never that clean to start with! The neighbourhood kids are in and out all week. We have a pool…and no matter how hard I try….little footprints always end up all over the boards all through summer – so no shoes doesn’t help me there. I do ask the kids to try and remember to take off their shoes when they go upstairs to the bedrooms as we have light carpets (worst mistake EVER). But that’s a two edged swored….you may stop a stain, but I was told by a carpet cleaner that the oils from the feet damage the carpet, so no win there). And it is shoes off in our formal loung as the carpet is cream and wool. But that’s ‘our’ space…we don’t entertain in that room. I get offended when I go to other people’s homes and am asked to take off my shoes….we don’t live in a culture where that is the norm so it feels uncomfortable-especially if it’s a very cold day or worse….a hot one and my feet aren’t smelling the best!!! Look, I understand if you have expensive floorboards that could easily dent or cream carpets all through your home but really, my house is a home and I want my visitors to feel comfortable when they come to see me. After all, I’m hoping it’s me they want to see, not how clean my floors are!

Hooryia Bajwa July 2, 2014 - 2:29 AM

Hello. Love it. It looks just right and says just what I want it to say. I am unable to download it. Could you guide me how to get it please?

Hooryia July 2, 2014 - 12:30 PM

Hiya. This is perfect. I am unable to download it. Could you please guide me how to get the printable download?

Lauren October 31, 2014 - 9:36 AM

Is this printable still available? I just came across and it and I am having trouble clicking on the link to print it.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 31, 2014 - 10:58 AM

Hi Lauren, Hmm yes i see what you mean. I have attached a link for you that will take you straight through o the shop and you can download it from there.

Ann April 2, 2017 - 1:08 AM

I was reading comments…..wow…..everyone seems to have an issue. I’m from Canada and let me tell you, if you don’t take off your shoes/boots at the door especially during our winters, then you’d be bringing snow which melts, slush (mix of dirt, mud and snow – try and get that off wood floors) and salt….which hurts the tiles. As I am selling my home and it is spring, the mud and all the after winter detritus hasn’t yet been cleared, I would definitely want visitors viewing my home to remove their boots/shoes. I have gone to a great deal of trouble to keep my wood floors and carpets clean and tiles scrubbed. This printable is perfect. It welcomes visitors and sets the ground rules…..perfect!!

TK December 10, 2017 - 10:18 PM

I dont care if its an aussie rule or not! I have a seven months old baby who is crawling everywhere and placing things in her mouth and I dont want her touch places that people shoes have been to such as public toilets, streets with dog poo and all the nasty things put there. So yes I am gettibg a sign for people to take their shoes off. I know you cannot avoid all the germs but we love to roll around with her and I cannot stand the feeling that am rolling in places shoes have been such as filty toilet floors etc


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