Staying Thankful

If you are unfamiliar with Koffler Sales, let us introduce ourselves. Koffler Sales is the leading e-commerce site for wall and floor protection supplies in the United States. We are a family owned and operated company in Lake Zurich, IL, just outside of Chicago.

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It’s easy to see our product pages and forget that there is a team of people working behind the scenes. We cooperate with the shared goal to help people eliminate one more chore off their to-do list. Damaging your walls and floors doesn’t just affect your property. Repairing walls and floors cost time and money.

While we usually talk about DIY projects on our blog, this week, we want to share what we are thankful for.

What We’re Thankful For

First and foremost, we are grateful for our customers! Our company would not be able to grow without our awesome customers sharing our posts on Facebook, sending us pictures of their completed projects, writing reviews on our website and referring us to their family and friends. We greatly appreciate the positive feedback, and we always look forward to serving you.

koffler sales customer project photos

We greatly appreciate our team. Every single one of our employees is a great person and a great team player. We are happy to employ great people, and we hope to add to our team as we continue to grow.

We’re thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. We genuinely enjoy reading emails and reviews from our customers who share how our simple products have impacted their lives for the better. We’ve been able to help wheelchair users get around their homes easier. We’ve helped our customers’ aging pets climb the stairs (using Non-Slip Clear Shower Tape) and the elderly stay in their homes longer.

Finally, we’re thankful for our ability to be philanthropic. Last month, we had the opportunity to donate $1 from every sale through the month of October to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital as part of our bone and joint health and fall prevention campaign. You can read more about it in Builder Magazine Online.

We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving with your friends and family.

Beautiful Tile with Mapei

You won’t want to miss our special sale on Mapei products (9/21-9/25/2016) using promo code BOGO13. It’s easier than you think to create beautiful tile with Mapei products. Designed for the tile professional but easy to use for a thrifty do-it-yourselfer, Mapei offers a variety of products whether you are looking to lay fresh tile or refresh old tile.

To lay new tile, consider using Mapei Ultracare Plus FA grout. It’s pre-mixed fine aggregate grout and offers an advanced formula with superior grout technology.

By using pre-mixed grout that is available is several colors, you can create a designer look easily. Consider using classic white tiles with contrasting grout for a bold statement that fits within any budget.

But what if you have existing tile you want to update or repair?

  • If the tile is in good condition, consider using Mapei Grout Refresh to make tile look good as new.
  • For stained natural stone tile, you can lift the stain out while protecting the stone using Mapei Ultracare Grout, Tile, Stain, and Haze Remover.
  • If your tile is damaged or needs to be updated, you can tile over existing tile using a strong enough product like Mapei Eco Prim Grip Primer.

 

Reflective Tape DIY Projects

As the days get longer and the weather gets nicer, most people are spending more hours outside. But what happens when it suddenly gets dark and you can’t quite find what you’re looking for? There a one-step, long-lasting, simply implemented solution: reflective tape.

reflective tape on school bus vehicle

Added safety to vehicle with reflective tape on side of car

Uses for reflective tape are nearly endless, but some Koffler Sales customers have used it in the following ways for improved visibility:

  • Line a driveway
  • On a garage hanging
  • On a car, for backwoods and country trips
  • Aisle striping in industrial locations
  • On building signage

 

With nearly a dozen colors for general purpose engineering grade reflective tape, vehicle grade flexible tape, and Superbrite solid tape, you can personalize any project without a hassle. Current users have noted (read reviews HERE) that our tape holds up to severe weather, lasts for over 5 years, and is easy to place.

Reflective tape rolls in various sizes

Most importantly, Koffler Sales will prevent you from purchasing a huge roll when you have a smaller project. Our variety of reflective tape comes in widths between 1” and 6” and lengths of 2’ to 150’!

With a customer rating of 5.0/5.0, you can’t go wrong with our reflective tape for your next illuminating project. Visit kofflersales.com to purchase your roll.

Spring Organizing with Peg Boards

Though the weather hasn’t been typical, spring has officially sprung and it’s time to consider organizing those over-crowded closets you’ve been avoiding! One of the most versatile ways to organize virtually any space is using pegboards.

Nuts and bolts storage at work bench

One of the greatest benefits of using a pegboard to organize a space is the ability to completely redesign its use by adding organizational accessories. Whether you’re looking to organize tools in a shed, create a retail display on a budget, thread in a sewing room, or craft supplies in a kids closet, there are a wide variety of bars, hooks, boxes, and cubbies that can be attached in any orientation on any size board. 

Organizing with peg boards in garage or craft room

Koffler Sales has a wide variety of pegboards available, depending on your intended use, in several different materials, such as diamond plate metal pegboards, plastic pegboards (UVA safe) and hardboard pegboards. Additionally, Koffler Sales has multiple hook and basket types you can attach to your board for the greatest organizational benefit. With pegboards, you can change how everything is organized easily and without damaging walls. 

Retail tool display on diamond plate pegboards

If you’re looking for inspiration, check out our Spring Cleaning and Organization board on Pinterest! And, as always, if you use a Koffler product for spring organization around your home, email us a picture and we’ll post it on our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Koffler Sales Gives Back

Koffler Sales is giving back this holiday season. This week, through 12/7/15, we are donating $1 per order, per charity and our employees chose four charities to benefit this year! We are excited to donate a portion of sales to NAMI, Make-A-Wish America, Special Olympics and To Write Love On Her Arms.

Holiday Shopping for Charity

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grass root organization dedicated to mental illness awareness, advocacy and support. They also provide free educational materials to everyone on their website. To learn more about this organization, click here.

Make-A-Wish is a unique organization that grants wishes to terminally and critically ill children. Whether it’s giving a little boy the opportunity to throw out the first pitch for his favorite baseball team or giving a little princess a chance to go to Disney World, Make-A-Wish works to make every sick child in their program feel special. To learn more, click here.

 

Brandon Prieto's story for Special Olympics

The Special Olympics gives people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in sports. The organization provides all Olympic-style training, equipment, and competitions and creates a safe environment where all participants can explore their possibilities. To read some of the inspiring stories on their website, please click here.

The fourth charity we selected this year, To Write Love On Her Arms, aims to bring awareness to depression issues and prevent suicide. Their organization also addresses symptoms of depression, such as addiction and self-harm, and provides contact information for help in your local area. To learn more about this nonprofit organization, please click here.

And remember, we are donating $1 per order, per charity through 12/7/2015 on all orders made on KofflerSales.com. If you need wall base, grip tape or non slip stair nosing, this week is a great time to place your order and do something good too!

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 KofflerSales.com, 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!

Tell Us Your Favorite Koffler Products!

We love hearing from you, our customers. We publish every review and we love seeing all of the different ways our products make your life better.

Here are some recent reviews:

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Excellent protection!
This is my third corner guard purchase, and I am as pleased as ever. I use a power wheelchair, and I am not as skilled going backwards as I’d like. The corner guards do a great job keeping my walls intact.

You can see the review on our site here.

 

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Absolutely worth it!
I bought the non-skid tape for my outside deck stairs- which become slippery in the rain. It prevents both my large dogs from injury on the stairs! Thanks!

You can see the review on our site here.

 

Paintable corner guards customer review

I recently had my living room and kitchen painted. The corners got banged up and didn’t cover very well with the paint. All the corner protectors I found stuck out and took away from the new paint. Then I found Koffler online and saw they sold paintable corner guards. A solution to my problem – I had the corner guards painted to match the walls – they blend in with the walls and are functional. Thanks for offering such a great product and option!

You can see the review on our site here. The picture posted is the one they emailed to us!

Unlike some of our competitors, we encourage our customers to write reviews on KofflerSales.com. Why? We believe they help new customers find the right product for their project. We respect our customers, and we welcome their feedback so we can be the best floor and wall protection supplies distributor online today. And finally, we love seeing the creative ways people have used our products.

Recently purchased a product from us? Please send us a photo to use on our Facebook page or write us a review!

Adding Your Brand To Your Office Design

You’ve registered your business name and you have a logo, but what is next in branding your business? Having your business’s decor reflect your branding will serve two purposes that affect your bottom line: you will differentiate your business from competitors to your customers and cultivate corporate branding among employees.

Imagine you are a customer. You walk into a business, but you don’t know what they do or who they are. Will you be excited about that company? Likely not.

Now imagine walking into a business with adequate signage, coordinating colors that inspire your mood, and employees who speak uplifting phrases to you. You’ll likely have a better idea of who the company is and how doing business with them makes you feel.

Ways to Brand

Business entry ideasIn addition to signage, consider using logo floor mats help brand your business from ceiling to floor. You will likely need a mat to keep your floors clean of debris and to prevent accidents during wet weather, so why not use one that incorporates your brand name, mascot or trademarked slogan?

Incorporate colors from your company’s logo in the details of your office or shop design. If your logo is blue, think about using blue wall base as an accent color in your office. You can also use colored rubber flooring for a sharp design that is easy to clean and inexpensive to maintain.

Cove-Molding-Profiles-imgConsider how the details tie into your brand. If you want to associate traditional, secure and established characteristics with your business, traditional mill work wall base or wood grain wall base will be a better fit for your office design. This is particularly good for businesses like law firms, accounting firms, doctor offices, and banks.

Remember that branding your business goes beyond how it looks or the colors in your logo (though those factors contribute to your brand). Branding is how others describe your business, and that includes how your employees engage with customers or how quickly they get their products/services or how easy it is to complete a transaction.

For more tips to help grow your business, you can follow us on LinkedIn.

Wood Corner Guards to Add Architectural Character

Corner guards in country kitchen home decorWhether you leased a blank office space or purchased a fixer upper, it’s easy to add architectural character with wood corner guards.

Available with millwork detailing, these corner guards create a custom, upscale look while preventing your walls from damage. This style of corner guard is best suited to traditional, Victorian, colonial or country chic decor. Available in red oak, hard maple, cherry and paint-grade wood, it is easy to find the right product for your space.

Consider using corner guards in your kitchen or any heavily trafficked space at home. If you own a bed and breakfast inn or hotel, you may want to install wood corner guards in the hallways to prevent property damage caused by luggage.

Adding wood corner guards to your property is also more affordable than you think, with prices ranging from $19.19 – $44.65 each.

Here is Brook’s review on our website:

I looked on other websites just saying don’t wast your time.They look great I am so happy I found them ,I ordered 3 and I am ordering 3 more for me and 3 for my daughter .VERY HAPPY.

Millwork wood corner guards for kitchen

To read more customer reviews, you can click here.

Both pictures were sent to us by real KofflerSales.com customers who are excited to show off their newly protected rooms. We love seeing reviews left by our customers as well as having them send us pictures of their completed projects. To see more Koffler customer photos, check out our board on Pinterest.

If you decide to try this project for yourself, remember to send us a picture of your completed project to be featured on Koffler’s social media pages and for a chance to win a Visa gift card!