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Rigid vinyl flooring features realistic wood looks

The Pergo Extreme rigid vinyl flooring line from Mohawk has expanded with the debut of the Wood Fundamentals collection. The collection features 10 realistic wood looks in 5 mil thick and 7.5 x 48 in. planks. A dent-free technology provides extreme protection against scratching, denting and gouging, the company says. The collection is constructed with a solid stone-polymer composite and layered with an enhanced lacquer finish that is also said to be waterproof. The product has a no … [Read More...]

Antibacterial treatment for natural stone

Natural stone producer Antolini has announced a treatment process that creates an antibacterial surface on materials and prevents the formation and spread of bacteria. The patented Azerobact Plus process can increase the performance of all natural stones, the company says, making them more hygienic. The process is suitable for all applications, whether residential, hospitality or corporate, in kitchens and bathrooms. … [Read More...]

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Do customers crave respect?

Mega-vendors treat you — and your customers — as expendable commodities MANY YEARS AGO, I worked with a publisher that always confused anecdote with antidote. “Let me give you an amusing antidote,” he would say. I never said it out loud, but I always agreed. Any anecdote that ends up being an antidote is amusing in its bones. If you are interested, the rule in publishing these days is that … Read More...

The new age of training and development

I THINK WE HAVE ALL HEARD the statement “it’s a new world” enough that it’s tiring. By Lee Senter The subject of “the new world” certainly stimulates conversation and there are always lots of responses, but exactly what is new out there? What are we going to experience? How will things be different? The reality is that all levels of a company’s management team have likely been involved in … Read More...

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Rigid vinyl flooring features realistic wood looks

The Pergo Extreme rigid vinyl flooring line from Mohawk has expanded with the debut of the Wood … Read More

Antibacterial treatment for natural stone

Natural stone producer Antolini has announced a treatment process that creates an antibacterial … Read More

Flooring with safe distance zoning indicators

Tarkett has announced a variety of surfaces designed to guide individuals safely around interiors … Read More

Jobsite paper protection products

NAC Products has added five paper protection products and three tape options to help provide … Read More


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Trouble shooting

Sometimes it’s more than the flooring As I have done before, I’d like to share photos of some recent flooring installations I visited, and hopefully the problems I saw can help our readers to avoid these types of situations and help their customers avoid them as well. In some cases, troubleshooting goes beyond just the floor covering material and installation. There can be other … Read More...

Acclimation

Important in the summer also! For floor coverers, the way we work in very cold or very warm weather is a detail that is often forgotten and, if not handled correctly, can lead to problems. We hear talk about “acclimation” and most often think of the cold weather months. However, I’ve seen as many, if not more, problems with flooring that is not properly acclimated in the summer. Delivering … Read More...

Necessity: Mother of invention

Temp, fast-track installations in the pandemic era First, to my readers, I hope that you, your colleagues and all of your families are keeping well in these uncertain times. As I am writing this, I have started my second month staying and working at home. I could fill these pages with what it has been like to live and work in these circumstances, but I am well and so is my family. I wish the same … Read More...

Clarifying vinyl options

WPC? SPC? LVT? SVT? VET? VCT? I spoke at a presentation for a large flooring contractor recently about a variety of flooring in the resilient category, especially vinyl and rubber. After the meeting, one of the industry veterans in the group pulled me aside. “Christopher, we have a lot of new people here, and they may be shy about asking a lot of questions. I think a lot of the lingo … Read More...