Done these things for years. Depending on the social occasion, I even ask friends to take shoes off at the door. In New England it is a common thing for people to take shoes off before entering the home of others. I used to take some ballerina slippers with me when visiting.
I'm surprised he didn't mention the use of a dehumidifier, especially in the winter when windows are closed. Dehumidifiers can keep down dust mites, eliminate mould issues and help control bacteria. Your floors and furnishings are protected and your health improves with the use of a dehumidifier.
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