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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

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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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 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

Our COVID-19 update: We’re here for you.


We hope you are safe and healthy. We hope you’re keeping safe in these unprecedented times. Although we’re working remotely right now, the Source Floor team is still available to help you with your flooring and entrance matting needs. All of us here at Source Floor want to thank you in advance for sticking with us through these next few difficult weeks (or months) to come. In times like this, it’s especially clear that we really are all...

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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|1 Comment

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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