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ANSI Safety Standards Reduce Slip and Fall Accidents


According to studies conducted by CNA Insurance, slip and fall accidents account for 61% of all claims and 53% of total claim costs for businesses with retail or public-facing areas.  How can business owners or custodial operations managers know the condition of their floors and prevent slip and fall accidents? It's easy!  You can use the formal safety standards governing floor safety published by the American National Standards Institute. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in conjunction with the...

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Top 10 Slip and Fall Risk Factors You Should Know


The first step to reducing slip and fall accidents is identifying their causes!  Here's a list of the top ten most common causes of slip and fall accidents in commercial buildings that you should know: Flooring surface type.  Some types of flooring surfaces have coefficients of friction that vary immensely under different conditions!  Various types of tile flooring can be nice and grippy when dry, but as soon as it's wet it can become slicker than...

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Test Your Healthcare Floors to Check Safety Standard Compliance


Instituting proper cleaning procedures, mat programs and chemical use training will help to reduce or eliminate slips and falls in a healthcare facility. However, how can healthcare facility executives know for sure their floors are compliant with all national traction standards for patron and patient safety? The answer is to have the floors independently tested by a qualified auditor that utilizes ANSI national testing slip-and-fall safety standards. These testing standards quantify the traction requirements for pedestrian safety...

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4 Quick Tips to Improve Floor Safety


Here's four quick and easy ways to increase the floor safety in your commercial or retail main entrance! Conduct a safety audit.  Slips, trips, and fall accidents tend to happen in the same spots in any given building, but it's sometimes hard to pinpoint the reason why due to "house blindness"!  Walk the trouble spots with a person unfamiliar with the day-to-day operations of your building to see if they can help you spot the areas...

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Posted August 22, 2018 in Flooring, Entrance Mats, Carpets, Concrete|0 Comments

Virtually stain-proof commercial carpet


Did you know that Mohawk's Duracolor premium nylon carpet fibre is permanently guaranteed to resist 99% of all common stains?  That’s right, the stain protection is permanently built in, so you don’t have to worry about it washing off or wearing away like the temporary, topical treatments used by many other carpet fibres. In fact, the permanent stain protection is so good, Mohawk guarantees it. Traditional nylon carpet fibres have a positive charge that attracts the 99% of common stains that are negatively charged, causing many...

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Posted June 13, 2018 in Flooring, Carpets, Carpet Tiles|0 Comments

6 Quick Commercial Carpet Stain Removal Tips


Found a new stain on your commercial carpet or entry mats?  Here's six quick tips for effective stain removal: Act fast!  The fresher the stain, the easier it is to remove.  Start working on removing stains as quickly as you can. Blot, don't rub!  Use absorbent, dry white cloths or clean sponges to blot the stain.  Don't rub the stain - rubbing only grinds the contaminant further into the carpet fibres.  Use a white cloth so...

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Why Should You Maintain Entryway Floors?


When it comes to floor  care, building operators and maintenance crews shouldn't underestimate the importance of entryway flooring and entrance matting. “There are certain areas of the building you need to pay close attention to; number 1 is the entryway,” says Teresa Farmer, sustainability consultant at Kelsan Inc., in Knoxville TN. “Your entryway sets the standard for how clean visitors think the building is.” Deploying 12 to 15 feet of scraper entrance matting outside a building entrance, and a...

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3 Questions You Need to Answer Before Your Pick Commercial Grade Carpet Tiles for Your Business


Commercial grade carpet tiles are an exciting flooring solution, because they can be installed directly on top of almost any preexisting flooring—instantly transforming the look and feel of your workspace. Tiles are faster to install than standard carpet, and easier to clean and maintain than tile or wood. As a commercial product, they are also stain resistant, fade resistant, and made from durable fibers designed to keep up with your high footstep areas. Since installed as...

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Is It Worth Getting Personalized Door Mats for Your Business?


You know you need to add floor mats with strategic placing throughout your building or business. Quality rugs and mats are an investment that you are happy to make to improve safety and comfort, protect flooring, and even to increase your employee productivity. But is it worth getting personalized door mats for your business? Think Beyond The Obvious Placement Entryways, lobbies, and employee work stations are some of the most common places to add floor mats. However, when...

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Posted August 23, 2017 in Entrance Mats, Carpets, Custom Door Mats|0 Comments

4 Pros of Getting Custom Made Rugs with Your Company Logo You Didn’t Think Of


If you are going to add custom made rugs to your business, why not add your logo too? Whether placed at your entryways, work stations, POS, or as runners in high footstep areas—the benefits to adding your logo to your rugs and floor mats are many. Free Marketing And Advertising Anytime you can get your logo out there, the better! However, you must get creative when thinking of where you can place your floor mats. Your business is...

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Posted August 9, 2017 in Carpets, Custom Door Mats|1 Comment

What is “flat and smooth”?


Two of the most common words we use when describing an upcoming flooring job are "flat and smooth".  But what exactly does "flat and smooth" mean? The foremost rule of thumb when it comes to installed flooring is that whatever you start with is what you finish with - and that goes double for your subfloor prep work!  Whenever it's time to install a new floor into a space, the subfloor (that is, the unfinished flooring substrate...

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What makes a floor “commercial”?


Commercial floors come in a bewildering variety of floorcovering types and styles - carpets, resilients, and specialty hard surfaces all offer selections that are suitable for commercial applications.  Many of the visitors we receive on our website have come here searching for "commercial floors" - but what exactly makes a floor "commercial"?  The answer to that question varies with each available type of commercial floor. Commercial-grade carpet differs from residential carpet in several factors.  The first is...

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Posted October 15, 2014 in Flooring, Carpets, Concrete|1 Comment