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Still renting your entrance mats?


Especially now more than ever, commercial building operators are looking for ways to reduce their janitorial spending while still maintaining high standards of cleanliness.  And if you're still using a rental mat service, there's huge savings to be had right under your feet! Stop wasting money on rental mats.  Here's three quick reasons why buying is better: 1. Costs less than rentals. $10/week rental sounds cheap - until you do the math: "Only" ten dollars a week works out to...

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Posted November 26, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Are your mats ready for winter dangers?


It's November, and winter is just around the corner - which means nasty, wet, slippery, dangerous weather.  Are your entrance mats up to the challenge? Keeping your floors safe in public areas isn't just good business.  Did you know that under the Occupier's Liability Act in BC, it's actually part of your legal duty of care as a building operator? Slip-and-fall accidents are one of the leading causes of serious personal injuries in Canada.  In 2016-2017, there were nearly 9000...

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Posted November 4, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

New! Koala high-value knob matting


We're really excited to announce the newest addition to our Bearmats range of products: Koala high-value knob matting! Koala joins our existing commercial entrance matting product lineups to deliver outstanding value for money in a polypropylene knob-style scraper mat. In stock and ready to go, every one of our Koala mats is custom-made to your specific size requirements with no custom upcharge.  Just say no to "standard sizes" that don't fit your entrance! Check out our Koala page on our...

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Posted October 26, 2020 in Matting, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Carpeting vs Matting – What’s the Difference?


It's a common terminology mistake that we see all the time.  Clients use the words "carpet" and "mat" interchangeably when talking about their front entrance...but the actual meaning of those terms couldn't be more different!  Equating a commercial carpet with a proper commercial entrance mat is like equating a high heel shoe and a gumboot - although they're both footwear, they obviously serve very different functions in very different ways, and they're definitely not interchangeable! Carpet's top...

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Posted October 8, 2020 in Matting, Flooring, Entrance Mats, Carpets|0 Comments

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