Be Safe Hanging Holiday Lights

It’s that time of year when everyone is decorating their homes or businesses with holiday cheer. While most people plan their lighting design and where to place decorations, not very many plan for safety. A slip or fall this time of year can really put a damper on your holiday celebrations, so use our tips for a healthy and happy holiday season!

Koffler Sales Holiday Lights Safety

Electrical cord protectorsExtension Cord Protectors help keep your electrical outlets safe. This nifty little device costs only $5 and prevents damage to electrical cords. If loose cords in a high traffic area will be a problem, we suggest you look into adding Fastlane Cable Protectors to keep your lighting display accident-free.

Always turn off the electricity at the circuit box while working with electrical wires. Just because there isn’t something plugged into the wall yet or the light switch on does not mean that there still isn’t a live current that can shock you. Take the extra 60 seconds to do things the right way – your finger tips will thank us.

Make a ladder safer with non slip tapeWhen putting up a holiday display, most will use a ladder to place decorations higher up. Make the ladder you already own safer by adding Non Slip Tape to the rungs. This simple trick will be especially useful if you are hanging decorations outside where your shoes may become slick from water on the ground.

Corner Guards are wonderful to have all year long, but they are good to have this time of year when ladders and boxes can knick or chip your wall’s corners. We recommend our peel and stick on corner guards because they are very quick, easy and safe to install.

Finally, remember to unplug as many electronic devices as you can when you are not home. Accidental fires do happen and they can be made worse when a dry Christmas tree is present. Your safety always comes first!

If you used a Koffler product in your holiday display, we want to see it! Please email us a picture, and we’ll post it to our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest pages!


Get Your Home or Business Holiday Ready

With the holidays around the corner, we want to remind you to plan for an increase in activity around your home or business. With people coming and going, not to mention wet and slushy fall weather, accidents are more likely. We want to make sure that everyone has a happy and healthy holiday season, so we put together some Koffler tips!

Get your home or business holiday ready with Koffler Sales

all weather floor mats The weather outside may not be so delightful – here in Chicago, the weather by December can be downright frightful! Prevent slips or falls as well as dirty slush from entering your home or office with an All-Weather Mat. An all-weather mat is specifically designed for wet conditions and freezing temperatures, and it will help provide a better surface when it is slick out.

It will also catch leaves before your guests or customers drag them inside with them. The holidays are very busy for everyone, so having to sweep less often by your entrance is a good thing!

Green-Roof-Drainage-Mat-imgSpeaking of mats, did you know that Koffler Sales also offers commercial-grade Restaurant Mats? During the holiday season, most people cook large meals more often or are entertaining. Give your aching joints a break with a padded mat designed for standing for long periods of time. Your knees will thank you.

Steps can be very dangerous this time of year because surfaces are slippery, and with stairs there is less surface area to help someone catch their balance. We highly recommend installing Anti Slip Stair Nosing to any outdoor steps and entrance or foyer steps you may have.

reflector-tape-imgConsider adding Reflective Tape to your holiday crafts. Here’s why: If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, it gets very dark during the winter months and nighttime starts as early as 4PM. Help motorists find your home or business and see the entrance with reflective tape. With several colors available on, the ideas are endless!

Here’s a few decor ideas:

  • Turkey design with reflective feathers on a pumpkin
  • Reflective snowflakes in your landscaping
  • Star of David on a potted plant
  • Champagne bottles with reflective labels for New Year’s

We wish everyone a safe Halloween weekend, and remember to “fall back” on Sunday for Daylight Savings Time!

Stay Safe on Tile with Our Tips

Keep you and your family safe when using a tile surface. Tile is an excellent floor material, because it is durable, attractive and easy to keep clean, but it also comes with its own share of risks. When using a tile surface, be careful of slippery surfaces and broken pieces. Fortunately, it is easy to keep you and others safe on tile using some clever products.

Bath and shower grip tape to prevent tile accidentsWhenever water hits tile, it can become slippery. A non-slip grip tape designed for your bath and shower will help keep people safe while using your bathroom. There are also thicker, industrial versions that are perfect for a pool area!

Koffler Sales offers top-notch commercial bath and shower tape by leading brands 3M and KSC in a variety of dimensions.

Be sure to keep a close eye out for water left on the tile, so you will not slip and fall. Tile is a very hard surface and it is very easy to get a large painful bruise or break a small bone after falling on tile.

Floor-mats-for-home-office-gym-shops-hotelMats can also help prevent tile accidents. By absorbing liquids and providing a grip surface, a good mat will prevent slipping and falling on tile. Consider using a mat to absorb water in your entrance way for your shop, hotel, office or home. You can also use commercial grade mats outside of showers in a locker room (we recommend this style) or any space that has water on tile.

A mat will also be able to temporary cover a broken tile before it is replaced safely. Broken tiles over have jagged edges that can cut bare skin or damage shoes.

Roppe Vinyl Edge Trim - ADA wheelchair compliant Tile can have very sharp edges, so to prevent accidents as people walk from one flooring material to a tiled area, we recommend adding a piece of edging trim for a smooth (and safe!) transition. Keep in mind that if two flooring surfaces are not flush with each other, people can trip. A piece of edge trim will cover any unevenness and will make the surface easier to use for people in wheelchairs too.

Whether you want vinyl edge trim by Roppe or slim line transition edging by Johnsonite, Koffler Sales offers a wide selection to help you find the perfect product for your home, office, or hotel.

What should you do if you do accidentally slip and fall? If you are 100% sure that you have not broken a bone or suffered a moderate soft tissue injury (in which case, seek emergency medical treatment immediately), consider using a bag of frozen vegetables as an ice pack. Press firmly on the bruise to reduce blood flow to the area (compression reduces bruising). After 24 hours, switch from cold therapy to hot with either an electric blanket or hot water compresses.

Stay safe, friends!

DIY Projects With Dad For Father’s Day

We’d like to wish all of the Dads (and male role models) out there a Happy Father’s Day. If you are looking for a unique gift, consider a DIY project you can complete together. Chances are, there are a few things he would like to tackle around his house and an extra set of hands will be appreciated. Plus, he likely would rather have the bonding time with you than a gift card to a restaurant.

Garage specialty flooring by Congoleum ZoN vinyl flooringIf your dad likes to fix up cars, consider helping him fix up his garage. Projects can include adding flooring that is easier to keep clean like vinyl flooring by Congoleum, adding Wall Guard Car Door Cushion Protection, or installing a Diamond Plate Parking Spot to help keep his garage organized.

Likewise, if Dad loves working with his hands in a shop, help him get everything organized by adding pegboards to the walls and installing storage cabinets in his craft space. This will help him keep his tools safe and in place, so he can enjoy his DIY projects more year round.

Premixed grout ready to use easy installation

Does your father wants an updated kitchen or bathroom for Father’s Day, consider installing new tile together. Mapei has Flexcolor CQ Ready To Use Grout that is premixed and easy to apply. Don’t forget primer and sealer to ensure your handiwork lasts a long time.

For a dad who is athletic, consider installing sports-grade flooring and mats in a mud room or exercise area. KSC Sport Floor Mats protect floors from dropped weights, spiked shoes and ice skate blades. It’s does not need to be permanently installed to work either.

Did you know that was founded by a father and son team? Read our story here.

Clever Ways to Hack Wall and Floor Protection Supplies

Every month, Koffler Sales accepts photo entries of completed projects using the products we sell for as part of a customer appreciation giveaway. We are continuously blown away by the clever ways to hack wall and floor protection supplies. While many of the product photos on our website show uses for hospitals, schools and factories, our customers come up with clever hacks for their own products like hula hoops, Kegerators, kitchen remodels and even raising goats!

Charlie and Mylo

One of our customers manufactures the pupRUNNER, a carrier for your pets so they can join you for family walks or an after work run. They use our Non-Slip Grip Tape to ensure that pets can stay on safely.







Cool game table ideas DIY

In preparation for his daughter going away to college at University of Virginia, one proud dad (and customer) used our orange Reflection Tape behind LED tube lighting to amplify the orange color. Without a doubt, his daughter will love her game table while away for school!






Non slip grip tape for farms and livestock workers

This was definitely a first for us: One Koffler customer used our Non-Slip Tape to create a ramp structure for her goats to play on.





Red and black kitchen renovation with Diamond Plate Sheet DIY

Instead of spending an arm and a leg for marble or custom tile, one smart and thrifty customer used our Stainless Steel Diamond Plate material to create a trendy custom kitchen.





Which project is your favorite? 

Remember, when you purchase from Koffler Sales, please send us a picture of your completed project. You could win a $100 Visa gift card!

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.

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!

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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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, 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. 

Puppy-Proof Your Home With Koffler Sales

The team at Koffler Sales loves dogs, and dogs 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!