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.

 

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!

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!

Summer Crafts With Painter Drop Cloths

Are you looking for new ways to enjoy the summer weather on a budget? We want to share with you DIY craft ideas with painter drop cloths. What makes drop cloths a good material choice for these projects is that it is very inexpensive and durable.

picnic blanket using a drop clothNeed an inexpensive entertaining idea? Try hosting a picnic instead of a traditional dinner party. Casual foods like sandwiches, salad, and yogurt parfaits can be made at home cheaply and with a scenic view, most of the decorating is done for you. Add pizazz to your event with a beautiful picnic blanket – decorated by you, of course!

Image and step-by-step tutorial can be found on Brit + Co.

If you aren’t good at painting, an easy way to make a beautiful picnic blanket is to use a stencil. We also recommend getting a thicker drop cloth with backing, so you won’t feel damp grass.

Drop cloth hammock ideasIf you need some R & R time this summer, consider creating a DIY hammock. You’ll be enjoying a book or nap in no time!

Image and step-by-step tutorial can be found via My Magic Mom.

We dare you to get creative: tents, a foldable lawn game, or even a patterned awning for your patio. 

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 KofflerSales.com 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.

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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!

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.