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!

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.

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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.

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.


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!

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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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!

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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Green Roof Drainage Mat

Green Roof Drainage MatSome buildings usually have plants at their roof tops. Such roof tops also need to be drained to ensure the plants on the roof top are not waterlogged, thus reducing their survival chances. This necessitates the use of green roof drainage mats to ensure proper drainage of the top soil. There Green roof drainage mats come in various designs all of which still ensure effectiveness.

Green roof drainage mats are of different types. First, there is a 2-ply drainage mat which allows water to drain from the vegetated roof. They usually have a filter fabric that keeps soil particles from blocking the drainage channels. There is another design, which is made up of numerous layers having an upper hydrophilic absorbent material .It also keeps the soil in place while retaining moisture.

There is a root reinforcement mat that is effective for securing plant roots during erosion and also in wind prone areas. It has a tough nylon mesh with an open structure that makes it easy for plants to embed and entangle, securing the plant roots in place. There is also a roof ventilation mat used in cedar or metal roof construction. Its widely open mesh creates an airspace that promotes airflow in all directions between sheathing and the metal panel.
Green roof drainage mats therefore play a number of roles. One core advantage is that they promote sustainable development. Environmentally, the term green in all of its senses is used to mean clean. Green roof drainage mats also help to waterproof a place, by playing this role, the implication is that they make that particular place user friendly.

Green roof drainage mats also play an aesthetic role. Areas where these roofs are used are usually visually attractive. This is the effect of the grasses; flowers as well as wild herbs therefore act as a substitute to the traditional roof and therefore appear more attractive. They are also efficient when it comes to matters of energy conservation. During hot seasons they in a way act as coolants as heat energy from the sun is usually absorbed by the soil which supports the drainage mat lives.

Green roof drainage mats also play the role of reducing run off after storms. This may as well impact on matters to do with disaster management as through a reduction in runoff, the implication is that urban as well as other types of floods are alleviated. Finally is that, when maintained well, green roofs are durable.
Conventionally, no single item is known to comprise solely of advantages. It follows that Green roof drainage mats have a number of disadvantages as well. One core disadvantage is that, it may yield unexpected results if not properly maintained. It is also costly to maintain as well as install. However, it is important to note that pro environmentalists do support the use of Green roof drainage mats with the end objective and hope that the concept of sustainable development will be achieved globally.

Anti-Fatigue Mat

Anti-Fatigue MatAn anti-fatigue mats is very essential especially where one has to stand for longer period of time while undertaking a particular task. These may include queuing in banks of while cooking. Standing for a relatively longer periods of time will always cause pressure points within the feet which will hinder proper blood circulation. When blood fails to circulate as required, then most likely the victim will experience some fatigue while standing for a longer period of time. They also help the victims with sores on their feet as they provide some cushion to the feet. Moreover, they also help to absorb any form of impact which is normally experienced while one is walking. This impact also creates some fatigue.

Most people who stand for longer working hour hours without this mats may at times have complications such as either back or joint pains, some strange swelling in feet or in some cases develop varicose veins.

But how can one choose the best anti fatigue mat? This has always been one of the most common question amongst very many individuals. There are a number of actors which must be considered while shopping for any type of ant-fatigue mats.
The materials which has been used to make the mat. There are a wide range of materials use to make different kinds of ant fatigue mats. They can be made from rubber, foam, vinyl etc. This will always depend on where the mat is to be used; be it an office or in a factory depending on the conditions around these environments. For instance, in an industry where the floor is at a higher risk of coming into contact with oil and grease, the type of anti-fatigue mat must satisfy the following two conditions; the machinist must be able to stand for longer hours without getting exhausted and it must also be tolerant to both oil and other factors such as heat.

Design is also very important while choosing these types of mats. Other than going for a particular material, choosing a design which best suits a particular environment is also another priority. Other than adding some kind of cushion, the mat should be very attractive and appealing to the eye. This will only depend on hat ones considers to suit all his or her needs.
Since different types of anti-fatigue mats come in different designs which are made from different materials, it implies that all these mats vary in prices. Some are relatively expensive while others are considered to be high end products and therefore it is advisable to go for one which you can afford with ease.

This also goes hand in hand with the maintenance cost which these mats are associated with. Remember different materials require different techniques to maintain. For instance, how you take care of plastic/ rubber materials will very much different from how you take care of those made from wool.

It is a necessity to have an anti-fatigue mat if you wish to work for longer hours while standing or be free from and form of diseases which are brought about by exposing your leg muscles to too much stress and strain.