PVC-free flooring tile without plasticizers created for public spaces

Zero Tile brand resilient flooring tile from Upofloor is made of the PVC-free material Enomer. Due to the tile’s wear-resistant properties and resistance to chemicals, it is suitable for schools, day care centres, hospitals, entrance halls and corridors. It is also suitable for corporate applications since it withstands wear and tear from office chairs with […]

Looking ahead

Thoughts on the future of our industry I was at the annual instructor meetings of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration Certification (IICRC) at the end of September and could not help but think about the future of maintaining flooring products. After all, the new products being made, the manner in which they are made […]

Star struck

Designers overly impressed with their work? Many years ago, back in the first century BC, the architect and author Vitruvius laid out the objectives for good architecture. His rules can reasonably be applied to design and they have weathered well: Firmitas (stability), Utilitas (usefulness) and Venustas (attractiveness). The things we make, whether buildings, chairs or […]

Installation management

Important details for commercial projects About 40 years ago, I started working full-time in this industry and since then I have worked in retail sales, technical support and commercial sales, having worked with most types of floor covering along the way. One thing that has not changed since 1978 is the common opinion that our industry has a […]

Floors@Work expands into B.C.

Mississauga, Ont.-based Floors@Work has expanded into British Columbia with warehousing and pick up available with logistics specialist The Rosedale Group in Delta, B.C. The agreement permits products to be supplied from coast to coast. Floors@Work is a Canadian-owned and -operated company serving Canadian customers since 2008. In a few years, it has grown into a […]

St. John’s hospitality

Newfoundland ambience inspires hotel reno TRANSFORMING THE DESIGN OF HOTEL public spaces is necessary to the lifeblood of any innkeeper. The Delta Hotels by Marriott St. John’s Conference Centre in Newfoundland was certainly in need of a transfusion in the spring of 2016. According to Kara MacGregor, principal at Mac Interior Design of Halifax, N.S., […]

CFCRA recognizes Larry Withall with lifetime achievement award

The Canadian Flooring, Cleaning and Restoration Association of Vaughn, Ont., has announced Larry Withall the winner of the 2018 Jim Darling Lifetime Achievement Award. Starting as an auto mechanic, he made a career change in 1978 as a partner in CSI. In 1995 Withall branched out on his own to start his current company Cleansales […]

True North strong and REGIONAL

CANADA’S DESIGN PALETTE During the 1800s the captains of fishing vessels sailing out of Lunenburg, N.S., painted their homes the same bright colours as their boats. It was both a practical means of using surplus paint, and the unique colour scheme allowed boats to be rapidly identified as they sailed into harbour. — Rourgh Guides LIKE THE HOMES DOTTING […]

Commercial carpet collection explores range of polka dot patterns

The Täpid carpet collection from Durkan offers an abstract assemblage of polka dots said to generate a sense of nostalgia with avant-garde and bright pop-art colour references. Using the capabilities of the company’s Definity technology, white dots are stenciled onto textured patterns to evoke the appearance of stars in the night sky. Enhanced surface detailing […]

Luxury vinyl sheet mimics decorative tile pattern

Revive Tapestry luxury vinyl sheet from Mannington is said to show how attention-getting a bold, graphic pattern can be when repeated across a large surface such as the floor. The LVS offers a decorative pattern that combines colour with symmetry. The continuous, all-over design features structural ornamental elements and floral accents that are also said […]