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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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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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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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5 Reasons Why LVT is Better Than Hardwood


Thinking about new flooring in your restaurant, coffee shop, grocery store, or farmer's market?  Do you love the warmth and look of wood, but are worried about how it will withstand such a demanding environment?  Don't worry - luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is the answer you've been looking for!  Check out these top five reasons why LVT is better than hardwood for commercial flooring applications: Variety LVT comes in thousands and thousands of different colours, styles, and...

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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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What is Luxury Vinyl Flooring?


Luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) are one of the fastest growing flooring options for commercial use. While vinyl flooring certainly isn’t new, LVT offers an unmatched combination of style and function. Here are just a few reasons you should consider luxury vinyl flooring the next time you upgrade or redesign your commercial space. Luxury Vinyl Flooring Vinyl sheets tear easily and certainly aren’t the most durable flooring, but don’t confuse sheets with LVT. Designed as a durable flooring alternative...

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Posted January 31, 2018 in Luxury Vinyl Flooring|0 Comments