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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|0 Comments

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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How to Make Sure Your Restaurant Is Germ-Free Even When Filled with Guests


The Province of BC ordered restaurants to close dining rooms in late March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s been a very long seven weeks!  Although restaurants were allowed to continue takeout and delivery service, most restaurateurs are looking ahead and planning to resume services as the government begins to ease some of the COVID-19 restrictions.  There’s still a number of details to be worked out, like boosting staffing, implementing new health protocols, and creating...

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Posted May 6, 2020 in Matting, Flooring, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

5 Reasons Why Every Apartment Building Should Install Sanitizing Door Mats


Although apartment buildings don’t face the same COVID-19 challenges as retail stores, they still have to deal with hundreds of residents coming and going every day.  Public health and safety is everybody’s concern, and keeping commonly-touched surfaces as sanitary as possible is in everybody’s best interest.  Here’s five reasons why sanitizing door mats should be part of your apartment building’s health safety strategy: 1.  The floor often gets forgotten. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently...

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Posted May 6, 2020 in Matting, Flooring, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

Two simple ways to stop COVID-19 at your entrances


COVID-19 and its resultant lock-downs have shut the world down for the last month (at least!)  But the coronavirus hasn't put a permanent end to life in public spaces - more and more provincial governments are slowly rolling out their plans and timelines for relaunch in the next few weeks.  As customers, clients, tenants, and residents return to public spaces, they are going to be looking for reassurances that these areas are safe to be in...

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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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The Occupier’s Liability Act in BC – Who’s Responsible for Slip & Fall Injuries?


Slip-and-fall accidents are one of the leading causes of serious personal injuries in Canada.  In 2016-2017, there were nearly 9000 hospitalizations in Canada due to falls on slippery surfaces! Falls are a significant cause of injuries, accounting for 34% of injury-related total hospitalizations in Canada, with the most common fall-related injuries being wrist and ankle fractures and head trauma.  But some people are more vulnerable to being hurt by a fall on a slippery surface, particularly those...

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Posted February 27, 2020 in Matting, Flooring, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

8 Easy Tips for a Cleaner Facility


Summertime is a great time for cleaning professionals and building managers to review their current cleaning regime.  The summer months usually bring gentler weather and less foot traffic with people on summer vacation, giving building managers a chance to test out new cleaning techniques before the fall and winter wetness arrives.  To help keep your commercial building - and its occupants - healthy, here's eight quick tips to make the job easier. Keep your floors in...

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Trap That Tracked-In Soil with Matting


Tracked-in soil is the biggest threat to indoor air quality and building cleanliness.  The best way to mitigate the destructive power of tracked-in soil is to trap it before it gets a chance to damage your floor by using high quality, well-maintained walk-off matting. That is why a good set of commercial-grade floor mats is absolutely crucial to a complete floor care program. Heavy duty entrance matting captures and stops soil and debris before they get...

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Posted December 19, 2018 in Matting, Flooring, Entrance Mats|0 Comments

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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Dirt is more destructive than you think!


Did you know that nearly 80% of all the soil that accumulates on carpets consists of sand, dirt, and other dry particulates?  This type of soiling is gritty and abrasive, and directly contributes to the premature wearing-out of your carpet's fibres and producing a dull, lifeless appearance.  If this soil isn't removed through regular cleaning and maintenance, the particulates work their way down to the bottom of the carpet pile and rest against the primary backing. ...

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