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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Puppy-Proof Your Home With Koffler Sales

The team at Koffler Sales loves dog, and dog love Koffler Sales too!

You may know our company as a leading supplier of wall and floor protection products, but Koffler Sales also offers products that can be used for puppy-proofing your home from damage.

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Bringing home a new puppy is exciting, but it also can be challenging for pet owners. As babies, they don’t know the rules of the house yet and once they start teething — look out!

Corner-Protectors-For-Glass-imgOne Koffler customer recently left a product review for our Corner Guards. Check out his ingenious hack to stop his dogs from damaging the window sills:

Having just had all the trim in our house professionally painted, I wanted to protect our window sills where our two dogs put their feet to bark at the birds and squirrels. In our town I could not find the 2 inch and 2/1 inch corner guard I purchased from Koffler Sales Company. The product was shipped on time, the clear plastic guards were well protected with a plastic film. We love our dogs, but after spending $4200 to repaint, I wanted to protect the bottom window sills. The product exceeded my expectations in what we wanted to accomplish. Great product!!

House training a puppy can be a tiresome chore, and clean up is usually messy. Avoid staining and damaging your floors with floor protection products available from Koffler Sales.

Tips for Selling Your Home Your puppy cannot be crated 24/7, so one clever way to protect your carpets from “accidents” is to use Carpet Film Plastic Protection, starting from only $15.67/roll!

Roll the plastic carpet film over any carpets you may have in your home until your puppy is fully trained.

You can also use our Floor Protection Soft Matting by KofflerProtect, which is a padded mat with a backing designed to prevent oil, paint, and other construction site damage.

Clear-Grip-Tape-Hacks-DIY For dogs young and old who have problems climbing up the stairs, here is a clever hack: Use 3M® and KSC Bath and Shower Non Slip Tape on wooden stair treads to make them easier to grip for little furry paws. With low prices starting from only $15.26/roll, making it easier for your pooch to join you anywhere in your home has never been more affordable.

Finally, stains are prone to happen when you have a curious puppy in your home. If you need to get a stain out of ceramic, porcelain, concrete or marble tile, Mapei Ultracare Grout, Tile, Stain and Haze Remover products can be the right solution for you. These commercial-grade products are formulated to remove tough stains and refurbish existing tile and stone surfaces.

With these tips, you will be able to enjoy every second of puppyhood without worrying about protecting your home from damage. Remember, show Koffler Sales a picture of your completed project and you will be entered into our monthly drawing for a $100 Visa gift card!

7 Tips for Selling Your Home

Tips for Selling Your Home For many homeowners, the spring is the beginning of the real estate season. If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market this year, be sure to follow our 7 tips for selling your home to save money and time.

Get your home ready to sell:

1. If you have carpet, get it professionally cleaned and then lay our Carpet Film Plastic Protection over all carpeted areas, so it stays clean despite all of the foot traffic that comes with showing your home. For less than $100, you can ensure your floors are ready to show at a moment’s notice!

2. Add an Exterior Mat to your entrance. It not only looks more welcoming, but it will help prevent potential buyers dragging leaves and other debris into your home.

3. If your dining room lacks interest or drama, consider installing Chair Rail Trim to your walls. It will make your home’s interior appear more custom, in addition to preventing wall damage caused by dining room chairs. The Millwork Collection by Johnsonite is more affordable and durable than wood alternatives.

Diamond Plate Checker Tile

4. Buyers don’t like to see a stained, dirty garage but they often do. Have your property stand out in a good way by installing Diamond Plate Floor Tiles in your garage — it will become a “gear-head’s” dream. It will also showcase the space as super functional, since it can be both a garage and the ultimate man cave! Interlocking Diamond Plate Floor Tiles are easy to install and cost less than $5/square foot.

5. If your home has a patio that appears worn, consider resurfacing it yourself with Chemsol Anti Slip Coating. Hide wear and tear, while adding design flair like a hue like Tile Red to your backyard. Buyers will love your patio’s rejuvenated look, in addition to it being an added safety feature.

Peg Board Craft Room Ideas

6. Buyers are turned off by clutter, so make sure your home is clean and organized. By adding Peg Boards to craft, office and garage areas, you’ll impress buyers with how much additional storage space your home offers.

7. Add curb appeal with fresh landscaping and a new American Flag displayed off a porch. An American flag will add visual interest and bring some color to the front of your home, without offending would-be buyers.

 

 

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Different Ways to Use Non Slip Tape

With different ways to use non slip tape, anti slip grip tape is one of the most versatile products sold on KofflerSales.com. Each month, we receive new customer reviews highlighting new ingenious ways our customers are using our products — in addition, we receive photos our customers have taken showcasing their finished product.

Preventing accidents in all weather using non slip tape from Koffler Sales

One clever way pet lovers are using our non slip tape, is by applying it on their stair treads so aging pets can get up and down stairs easily. It can be heartbreaking when your pet wants to spend time with you upstairs or downstairs, but due to old age or injury, they can slip or fall trying to be close to you.

Exactly what the dog was looking for. She’s 13.4 years old and needed something to grip coming up the front porch stairs. Excellent adhesion. Might try filing my fingernails on this stuff.

One female customer came up with the ultimate trick for her closet:

I have a handmade 50 pair shoe rack constructed of dowels. The shoes kept slipping on the dowels. I covered them with this product and no more slipping. Thanks.

Many of our customers with handicap accessible ramps use anti slip grip tape to ensure their ramps stay safe in all weather:

Thank you. I purchased KSC tape for less than half the cost of 3M tape available at my local hardware store. Free shipping, arrived quickly. Have a new TREX ramp leading to deck…was concerned about rain blowing in then freezing on ramp, making it a hazard. Washed surface, then used 70% rubbing alcohol to clean where strips would be laid. Used hand-held rollers to seal them to ramp. It’s only been down for 2 days, but am delighted with it. Will be interested to see how it holds up through the winter.

And our non slip tape will look beautiful in a variety of high-traffic spaces, including a historic chapel:

We purchased KSC super grip non-slip tape for the the steps at St. Peter’s Chapel on Mare Island, the oldest naval chapel in the United States. Not only has it made the chapel more safe for the many who come to visit, it also has g helped to improve the appearance of the front of the chapel. We were extremely pleased with how quickly the tape arrived and how easy it was to install. So pleased , in fact, we placed a second order so we could do additional steps on the sides of the chapel.

How will you use your non slip adhesive tape? Leave a review or send us a picture of your completed project, and you’ll be entered in a monthly drawing for a Visa gift card.

Protecting Property in Winter

As most of the United States is covered in ice and snow, the last thing you may want to do is spend more time outside to protect your property from damage. But with some quick and easy fixes for protecting property in winter, you will be able to save time, money and frustration over time.

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  • Consider adding metal stair treads to wooden steps. Wood contracts and expands with temperature changes, and a metal stair tread can keep everything secure and in place. Bonus: A non-slip surface will also prevent slips and falls.
  • Add an all-weather mat in front of all entrances. An all-weather mat made of commercial-grade quality will keep nasty slush outside, so you don’t damage your interior floors.
  • Add parking stops to your business’ on-site parking. When snow is present, it is hard for your customers and your employees to stay within one space. Parking stops will prevent accidents and property damage.

The best part? You may not have to wait to make these easy, affordable improvements. KofflerSales.com may be able to ship out in-stock items same day!