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4 quick reasons why your commercial entrance mats matter.


Property managers are busy professionals with a lot of responsibilities to look after, which is why some important things get inadvertently overlooked.  Here's four quick reasons why you should take a minute to make sure your building's entrance matting is up to snuff: 1. Reduce Janitorial Costs Studies have shown that over 80% of the dirt and debris contaminating a building are tracked in via shoe bottoms – and that it costs (on average) over $500 to remove...

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Posted September 3, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

How much does it cost to install commercial carpet?


When it's time to replace the carpeting in your office or commercial space, many people looking to stretch their budget focus on the cost of the carpet material itself.  While it's true that the cost of the carpet itself does greatly contribute to the overall cost of the project, the installation and assorted other labour components can add up to be just as much as the carpet itself!  Here's the six main components that make up...

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What does a teacup, a trashcan, and an entrance mat have in common?


They'll all hold water, but the bigger it is...the more it holds before it overflows! All of our mats are made to order, so we get requests for custom-sized mats all the time - and that's exactly what we love to do!  But the most common problem we see is that people often want to undersize their matting compared to what their building needs based on foot traffic. Imagine you've got a leaky roof, and it's pouring rain outside.  You've...

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Posted August 14, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

How can you earn customer trust as a reopening retailer?


Governments worldwide are working on detailed plans for the “new normal” of life during - and after - COVID-19.  Although different regions may be in different phases, it's good business to plan ahead and be ready for what's ahead.  Here in BC, the provincial government has released a multi-phase plan for restarting the economy and these plans put the onus on individual businesses to plot their path forward safely, responsibly, and carefully. As businesses begin planning for...

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Posted August 6, 2020 in Uncategorized, Flooring|0 Comments

The end of “commodity cleaning” in the post-coronavirus world?


A new white paper published by Secure Clean Building Services explains why the the COVID-19 pandemic may spell the end of of price-based "commodity cleaning" for commercial buildings.  As a result of the coronavirus, the quality, thoroughness, and overall value of cleaning and disinfecting services will take centre stage.  After witnessing the havoc a virus invisible to the naked eye can cause on the economy, cleaning that's simply "good enough" or that "looks clean" just won't...

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How big should your commercial entrance mats be?


Keeping your commercial building's floors clean and safe starts right at your front doors, and your entrance matting is your first line of defense.  The amount and quality of your entrance matting has more impact on the overall condition of your building than most people think.  The performance of your matting impacts not only the cleanliness of your floors, but also affects your indoor air quality (through trapped dirt and dust), and even your responsibilities as...

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Posted July 24, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

How do we build custom area rugs?


Most people know us for our entrance mats, but we build custom area rugs for commercial spaces too!  And just like our logo mats, every element in one of our custom area rugs is made from individual pieces of broadloom carpet material. You can see our process in action here, in this video on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/szYaE65JuJE (No video above?  Click here!) It's easy to get started with a custom area rug for your office boardroom, building lobby, or...

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Posted July 24, 2020 in Area Rugs|0 Comments

How to choose the right warehouse floor


The warehouse is one of the most unglamourous - but most necessary! - parts of business operations. The top priority for most warehouse floors is durability: a warehouse floor needs to stand up to extra heavy duty traffic from people, pallet jacks, forklifts, and pallets and stacks of inventory. Most warehouse floors require a flooring choice that isn't vulnerable to chipping, cracking, or pick-up from hot tires on forklifts or vehicles. Forklifts are incredibly hard on...

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Posted July 17, 2020 in Flooring, Concrete|0 Comments

WorkSafeBC levies COVID-19 health, safety orders against 334 businesses


As of last week (July 3, 2020), WorkSafeBC has levied COVID-19 related Health & Safety orders against 334 businesses here in BC - with nearly a third of them being against service industry businesses.  Hair salons, schools, hospitals, gyms, hotels, restaurants, and other similar service industry businesses have accounted for 104 of WorkSafeBC's recent H&S orders due to inadequate responses to COVID-19 protocols. The next most-common offending industry is manufacturing with 82 orders issued, which includes meat processing, breweries,...

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Posted July 15, 2020 in Flooring, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Survey shows that dirty floors could drive away over half of your customers!


More often than not, the part of your building that customers notice first upon entering is your floor.  Clean, tidy floors with well-kept entrance matting gives clients an impression of care; they suggest that your facility prioritizes appearance and make the customer experience a priority.  On the other hand, dirty floors and sloppy mats can have the opposite effect - if the areas your customers can see look shoddy and badly-kept, how bad must things be in...

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How much dirt does YOUR entrance mat trap?


How much destructive dirt and grit does YOUR entrance mat trap? (No video above?   Click here.) This much dirt fell out of a 2-year-old Grizzly FX mat after we turned it face-down on the floor...and that's after it had already been professionally cleaned once!  These 7'0 " x 7'0" mats are in service at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver, a moderate-to-high traffic public market retail space. This amount of dirt is typical for a main entrance to a large...

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Posted July 8, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Entrance mats don’t have to be ugly.


When most people think about commercial entrance mats, they typically picture something like this: A bog-standard mat.  It sort of fits, sort of doesn't, but that's the closest 'standard size' the distributor had to offer.  It's kinda ugly, but not offensively so.  It usually flops over when people have walked in and needs to be fixed at least a couple of times a day.  It doesn't really do much cleaning, but it's at least a little better...

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