Installation Tutorial: Non Slip Decking Strips

Whether you are looking for the right decking for a restaurant outdoor space, a playground or your private home, taking the time to research the best type of deck will save you time and money.

An improperly maintained deck can hurt someone from a slip, fall, or even rubbing the wrong way against a poorly installed part of the deck.

Depending on the deck material used (we recommend researching the best surfaces for your area’s weather), you can install non slip decking strips to protect your decking from damage and prevent accidents.

Here is a free video tutorial for installing non slip decking strips from our YouTube channel:

Here is what the finished project can look like:

Anti slip decking for restaurants, playgrounds, and homes

Want to see more free DIY tutorials? Check out the videos we post on our website and Koffler Sales on YouTube.

Maintaining A Hotel

Whether your dream is to open a bed and breakfast, trendy boutique hotel or start a national hotel chain, you have to be prepared for all of the expenses that come with starting a new hotel. Operating and maintaining a hotel can be very expensive when you factor in the costs of keeping the lobby well attended, the rooms clean and advertising costs. Plus, you can’t expect that you will sell out rooms every night.

One way to save on maintenance expenses is to outfit your hotel with commercial-grade wall and floor protection products, so you can save on cleaning, repair and replacement costs.

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For example, corner guards can protect your wall corners from chips, cracks and scuffs caused by guests’ luggage. Made out of a durable rubber, some corner guards options have pigment through the product and will not show scuffs.

If you are opening a bed and breakfast, you can find functional corner guards that will still fit a quaint, historic design like these carved wood corner guards.

Seal and protect the tile floors in your hotel lobby or guest bathrooms, and you’ll have easier to clean floors that show less wear and tear. With Mapei Ultracare stone, tile and grout sealers, you can always have shiny floors that are ready to repel stains caused by spills and other accidents.

Business entry ideas

To also help keep lobby floors free of outside debris during all hours of the day, consider using a entrance mat. Add your business logo to the mat to amplify your branding efforts.

With all purchases for your new hotel business, don’t look at only the price tag. Consider your return on investment over time. Spending a little more on quality products today could save you hundreds of dollars next year on maintenance or pay roll costs.

Best of luck with your new hotel, and Koffler Sales hopes to be your vendor of choice in the future!

Rubber Stair Tread Ideas

Rubber stair treads are an excellent idea for heavy-traffic staircases, whether you’re looking to improve the stairs for your school, church, or even a home full of energetic children. Rubber stair treads can be used as indoor stair treads and outdoor stair treads (always read the product description to be sure), so they are a very versatile product.

If you are concerned that rubber stair treads will look too industrial try this clever design hack: Choose stair treads in a bright color to add fun and a high-design look to any space!

For floor protection, consider using a team color for a high school or college campus. Many startup offices are incorporating pops of color to encourage creativity and innovation — why not in the stairwell? At home, slips and falls can happen on basement stairs. Rubber stair treads are not slippery and can help prevent accidents. The texture of a rubber step is easier to climb for many aging pets as well. For basement stairs, you can choose a classic color that will match your decor or you can add personality with a fun color — like your child’s favorite color.

One cool idea you’ll find on the Koffler Sales site is to combine different shades of the same color to create an ombré staircase.

Rubber stair treads and floor tile in bright blue with circle pattern
Purple steps with rubber stair treads
Patio steps in black rubber with concrete
Ombre steps with industrial rubber stair treads
Cool modern stairs with modern railing

Curious about installing rubber stair treads? Click here to see free tutorial videos on KofflerSales.com!

Dress Up Any Door

Dress up any door with a bold color and hardware. A good kick plate will keep your door looking great a lot longer since it prevents damage. How many times have we kicked open a door when our hands were full or rested a heavy box against it?

Whether you have a classic or contemporary door, a kick plate adds a finishing touch to your door that will make a good first impression to visitors of your home or business.

Here are some great examples of doors featuring a kick plate we found from Pinterest:

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Koffler Sales offers many styles of kick plates, as well as additional forms of door protection.

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You can even branch out past stainless steel kick plates (as shown above) with colored vinyl options. Use a colored kick plate to blend in with any color you choose to paint your door or you can use a contrasting color to create a more dramatic design. A black kick plate on a white door will look very modern and chic, while lavender against a navy door will work with a Victorian style building.

Want to see more of our favorite looks? Follow Koffler Sales on Pinterest!

 

Are You Ready for Patio Weather?

Koffler Sales’ headquarters is located an hour outside of Chicago in Lake Zurich, IL. Unlike the rest of the United States, we are some of the last to experience spring weather — but when it is here, we fully embrace it! We look forward to celebrating spring and summer by spending our time outside. Are you ready for patio weather?

Most of our blog posts are about ways you can improve the inside of your home or business, but we want to share tips to get your patio and backyard ready for summer activities.

Chemsol non slip coating for pools, side walks, work sitesPatios can get slick from a morning rain, so ensure your friends and family can enjoy outdoor time together without slips or falls by applying a non slip coating to your patio. Available in a variety of designer colors, Chemsol Non Slip Coating is easy to apply and will help beautiful your patio area. Choose a neutral color like beige or wow neighbors and guests with a bold designer look using red or blue stain.

Your family is likely going in and out more often during the warmer months. To keep grass clippings and other outdoor debris outdoors, consider an Entrance Mat to catch outside dirt and more. Our industrial mats won’t slip and slide.

Prevent night time accidents in the darkStairs can be hazardous any time of year, but they can especially be dangerous when children are running up and down them during the early evening. Make sure stairs are visible for your family and guests using Glow In The Dark Tape. You can also use the glow in the dark tape around the edge of your patio, to make sure no one trips and falls.

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Spring Cleaning Tips from Koffler Sales

Spring is in the air, and it is the perfect time to try new spring cleaning tips from Koffler Sales. By freshening up and clearing the clutter in your home or business, you’ll feel like you will have more workable space and are better prepared to be productive.

Storage cabinets for garage or warehouse Cabinet Storage

Consider cabinet storage in your garage, warehouse or employee area. Whether you want to store household essentials, office supplies, packing materials or break room essentials, neat cabinets keep clutter out of sight and out of mind. Choose from a variety of sizes and finishes on KofflerSales.com to fit any budget.

Clean Grout

While the tile in your bathroom or business lobby may be in good condition, dirty grout can make the entire area look unmaintained. Use Mapei Ultracare Stone, Tile and Grout Cleaner to remove the toughest  dirt and grime from your grout — and make your floor or wall fixture look like new again.

Peg Board Craft Room Ideas

Organized Wall Space

Take advantage of any available wall space by using peg boards or magnetic stainless steel panels to keep tools, cleaning supplies, craft materials or even cooking spices organized.

Cleaning Up Frayed Carpeting

If your carpeting is starting to show signs of wear and tear, consider using a piece of edging like Roppe Vinyl Carpet Edging at the seams to keep everything neat, tidy and extend the life of the carpeting.

Remove tough stains from marble tile stone grout

Remove Tough Stains

Stained surfaces look dirty, even if they were recently cleaned with antibacterial soap. No matter how much you scrub and scrub, you will need a commercial-grade product to get the stain out. Restore light colored stone tile in your home or business with Mapei Ultracare Grout, Tile, Stain and Haze Remover.

Diamond Plate Design Ideas

Whether you are looking to add hot-rod style to a kid’s room, bar, garage, Man Cave, or business, diamond plate material will give you that industrial cool vibe you’re looking for — and it fits within any budget. Check out these diamond plate design ideas and add unique flair to your next project:

Diamond plate wall sheet in stainless steel

Use diamond plate sheets for cool texture on your walls.

Red and black kitchen renovation with Diamond Plate Sheet DIY

Diamond plate tile makes a stylish, affordable and easy to keep clean kitchen back splash.

Diamond Plate flooring for garage or man cave

Create a race track inspired floor in a garage with colored diamond plate tile.

To see more design ideas and to purchase diamond plate products, click here. Koffler Sales is the leading supplier in wall and floor production products, so you can shop confidently knowing that your purchases will create a beautiful result.

Don’t forget to use promo code MM20 to save 20% during Koffler’s Basketball Madness Sale.

Becoming Handicap Accessible

Making your business or home handicap accessible, even if you are not in a wheelchair, can be the right choice for your property. If you are a business owner, you likely want to create an inviting atmosphere for all customers. As a homeowner, small changes can make your home more inviting to elder relatives and guests who need better accessibility.

non slip tape handicap accessible ramp A handicap accessible ramp is a must-have for wheelchair users who cannot use stairs. But ramps can get slick or icy in bad weather, making them dangerous for use. To prevent slips, falls and accidents on ramps, try applying non slip grip tape to the ramp. This is a very affordable fix and under $10 per roll at Koffler Sales!

Wheelchairs and baby strollers can nick walls and cause property damage. Save time and money on wall repairs by using door frame guards. Door frame guards prevent door frame damage by creating a cushion for added strength and protection.

carpet to tile floor edging transition

Johnsonite wheel traffic vinyl transition adapters ensure a smooth surface for wheelchair, stroller and bicycle users. Edging, transitions and thresholds ensure that flooring feels even when you have hardwoods, tile and carpet next to each other.

Similarly, ensure no one is getting tangled up in cords with a cord and cable protector. This easy to install solution is available starting from under $30! To see the selection on KofflerSales.com, click here.

If you ever have any questions about our handicap accessible products, please contact the Koffler Sales team (contact info here). We are happy to help, and we offer free samples so you can 100% confident in your purchase. 

Affordable and Long Lasting Tile

Spring is in the air, and you may be writing out a list of repair projects to tackle. Installing, repairing and restoring tile is a great project because of its long lasting rewards. Tile and stone are durable surfaces that are perfect for any space — commercial or residential. Tile and stone are also easy to clean and maintain with the right products, but don’t worry, Koffler Sales has you covered.

Tile Floors Maintenance and Repair

Tile and Stone Primer

Before laying tile, you need to prime your surface for application. A good primer, like Mapei Eco Prim Grip Primer, will make your surface even for tile installation as well as improve adhesion (so it lasts). A unique feature of Mapei Eco Prim Grip Primer is that you can lay tile over tile, which will save you money and time when you’re ready for an update.

Tile Grout

Mixing grout can be a pain, but there are pre-mixed grouts on the market that can save you time and frustration. Koffler Sales offers Mapei Flexcolor CQ Grout that is ready-to-use and available in several designer colors. This pre-mixed grout remains ready-to-use for up to a year after opening (with proper storage), so it is perfect for property maintenance companies who may have several tile projects throughout the year. Who doesn’t hate waste?

Koffler Tip: For big design on a small budget, consider pairing colorful pre-mixed grout with standard white tile. 

Tile, Stone and Grout Sealer

After taking your time to make sure each tile or stone was laid perfectly, you’ll want to seal your handiwork for a long lasting result. Koffler Sales carries a wide variety of sealers so you can choose the right one, made specifically for your type of tile installation. To view their tile, stone and grout sealers, click here.

After-Care Products

Whether it’s grout cleaner, stain remover or haze remover, there’s a cleaning product that can tackle any maintenance issue. In many cases, worn or damaged tile and stone can be restored for less than $50 in materials. When properly maintained, you can expect your tile fixtures to last a very long time. To view a selection of Mapei UltraCare products designed to remove stains and damage, click here.

Build the Ultimate Man Cave

Do you want to wow your friends the next time you invite them over to watch the game? Consider stepping up your hang out space to the Ultimate Man Cave. Whether you want to add some personalization to your basement or garage, Koffler Sales has you covered with inexpensive, DIY decor ideas that can turn any space into one you’re proud of.

Diamond Plate Checker Tile Make any space feel like a luxury car show room with Interlocking Diamond Plate Tiles. Easy to install, these interlocking tiles simply snap together and are removable/reusable if you want to use them again in another space.

Interlocking Diamond Plate Tiles are easy to clean, and they can be assembled in a variety of patterns as well.

If you and your friends always seem to have a craft beer in hand when you get together, think about putting in a bar with refrigerator and a place for your Kegerator. UltiMATE® Garage Office Storage Cabinets can be customized to create a back bar to store glassware, bar tools, and more. Consider a Magnetic Panel for an inexpensive, industrial-cool backsplash that can be easily customized. Add photos and magnets from your favorite sports teams or store hot sauce in a magnetic organizer.

Are you a service member? Proudly display a flag for the U.S. Marines, Army, NOfficial Marines Flagavy, Air Force, or Coast Guard.

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