Do carpets need to be checked for Shatnez? If not, why not, especially since lets say I walk barefoot on the carpet?


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See R' Avrohom Miller's shatnez halacha series in which he says that according to most poskim, walking barefoot on a shatnez carpet is prohibited, or even not barefoot if the carpet is plush enough to cover part of your feet.

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    I wonder about that, though. The Rema (Yoreh De'ah 301:13) comments that "the skin of the [sole of the] foot is hard and doesn't benefit [from shaatnez] like other skin of the body," and therefore he (citing Tur) allows wearing a heel-less shoe made of shaatnez.
    – Alex
    Feb 28, 2011 at 15:20
  • So people check their mattresses and carpets for Shatnez? Feb 28, 2011 at 23:13
  • ok in the questions on the site it says How do I get my carpet or sofa checked? Most shatnez labs make house calls by appointment. Mar 1, 2011 at 4:34
  • Does anyone know people who do this Mar 1, 2011 at 4:35

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