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How do sanitizing mats fit into a COVID-19 safety plan?


As part of a controlled, safe restart of normal operations, the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC have issued guidelines for how workplaces can manage the risk of spreading COVID-19 as people return to workplaces and retail businesses reopen. Although these guidelines are intended to cover most circumstances, they're not a definitive list. Harry Bains, the BC Minister of Labour, urged businesses to develop their own processes and safety plans based off of provincial guidelines. “The guidelines were...

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Posted May 29, 2020 in Matting, Flooring, Entrance Mats|1 Comment

Know the difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing


Cleaning and disinfecting are part of a broad approach to preventing infectious diseases in public settings. To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases individuals should stay home when sick, cover coughs and sneezes, and wash hands often. Below are tips on how to reduce the spread of COVID-19 specifically through cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to...

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Posted May 28, 2020 in Flooring|0 Comments

Why do I need sanitizing mats? I don’t touch the floor.


At first, it doesn't seem obvious why you need sanitizing mats at your building entrances. "I don't bend down and touch the floor, so it's fine." "Why should I care about whether or not my floor is contaminated with COVID-19?  I don't walk around doing handstands." What most people don't realize is that the contamination danger isn't in direct, primary contact with your floor; the danger is in "secondary" contact with the floor.  How often have you put your purse or...

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Posted May 22, 2020 in Matting, Flooring|0 Comments

How to Clean and Disinfect Hard and Soft Surfaces – Downloadable Guides


Cleaning has never been as important or thought of as often as it is right now. At the beginning of quarantine, we noticed a sharp uptick in the search volume of how to clean and disinfect flooring- especially soft surfaces, so we updated our blog content to remind consumers of the proper cleaning steps and materials for all flooring surfaces, as well as what Health Canada is currently recommending for disinfectants. As your stores begin to open...

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Posted May 20, 2020 in Flooring, Carpets|1 Comment

What you should know about condo gyms and COVID-19


As BC moves into Phase 2 of it's post-COVID-19 reopening plan, the closures and restrictions put in place by the regional health authorities are beginning to relax. Many condominium and strata boards are unsure what their responsibilities are when it comes to minimizing the chance of contagion in their common areas and shared facilities, like on-premises gyms, pools, and other shared social spaces. Veronica Franco, a lawyer with the Clark-Wilson law firm, says that the "duty of...

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8 reasons why Grizzly Sanitize is better than other sanitizing mats


Sanitizing mats have traditionally been only for use in specialty environments with unique needs.  Laboratories, scientific cleanrooms, specialty medical services, foodservice preparation and meat processing plants are usually where you would find sanitizing mats in the past, and the people using these mats have been wearing special equipment or footwear suited to these environments.  But with the COVID-19 pandemic turning the world upside-down, the need for sanitizing mats has spread into virtually every public space...and traditional...

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Posted May 13, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Why every retailer needs a sanitizing mat to fight COVID-19.


At first blush, having a sanitizing mat at your retail store, office tower, or other public building might not seem essential.  "I don't walk around doing handstands - why should I care about whether or not my floor is contaminated with COVID-19?"  While that's likely true for non-acrobats, the danger isn't in direct, primary contact with your floor; the danger is in "secondary" or "incidental" contact with a contaminated surface. Mark Warner, the education manager at the International...

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Posted May 12, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

7 Simple Ways Bar Owners Can Make their Buildings Bacteria-Proof


Although bars and nightclubs are still going to be closed for the next little while, it’s never too early for bar owners and operators to start thinking about what their post-pandemic reopening plans will look like.  Most public spaces are going to be required to have public health and safety plans in place before they’re allowed to reopen to the public, and many health authorities have identified that the floor is a huge vector for transmission...

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Posted May 7, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Which Disinfectant to Use for Shoe Sanitizing Door Mats?


Mark Warner, the education manager at the International Sanitary Supply Association, says that the janitorial focus of public spaces needs to pivot from “cleaning for appearance” to “cleaning for health” to help stop the spread of infectious diseases. “When it comes to the value of cleaning, it’s often a question of whether it will be a return on investment or just an expense,” he says. “The reality is there is an excellent return on investment. Proper cleaning...

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Posted May 7, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|2 Comments

Can the Disinfectant from Sanitizing Door Mats Harm the Floor?


Having a sanitizing mat system at your commercial building’s entrance is one thing – but that’s only half the battle!  You need to have both the mat itself, plus sanitizing solution to put in the mat – but can the wrong solution harm your floor? Unfortunately, the answer is yes.  There are many, many possible disinfectant chemicals out there that can kill viruses and bacterial (including the COVID-19 coronavirus), but a great deal of these can also...

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Posted May 7, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Do Sanitizing Entrance Mats Splash the Disinfectant Around?


Most commercial building operators have never used a sanitizing mat, so they’re not very familiar with what they are like to actually have in practice.  One of the common questions about them is if they splash the disinfectant around while in use. The short answer is:  yes and no! The “yes, they splash” side is the most-common type of sanitizing mat that you’ll see on the market today: open tray style sanitizing mats.  These are the typical one-piece,...

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Posted May 7, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

5 Ways to Make Sure People Use Sanitizing Door Mats Before Entering Your Commercial Building


The world isn’t going to go back to exactly how it was before the coronavirus pandemic even after we find our "new normal"…things have substantially changed for now, if not forever!  Many of these changes reflect the new reality that we’re all living in, and those changes include new anti-viral measures that we’ve never considered before. One of the more unusual changes that we’re going to have to get used to compared to the pre-pandemic world is...

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Posted May 7, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments