Shaw Canadian Winter Market in Niagara Falls Feb. 8, 9

December 22nd, 2016

The 2017 Niagara Falls Shaw Floors Canadian Winter Market is the only Canadian show that Flexi-Felt will be attending early in 2017. It is being held at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada. Pierre has attended this show a few times and always looks forward to seeing friends from the northern US and southern Canada that he doesn’t see at other shows. Many of the Shaw Canadian counterparts carry our product but we call on our American friends who currently carry other floor protection products to come and compare them to the Flexi-Felt floor protectors. I’m positive that they will be pleasantly surprised by the look and quality of these products. Once they see the superior Flexi-Felt floor protectors they too, will carry this product.

While at our booth, take a look at our new floor protectors for ½” wide furniture legs model 6050 and our cups that go under bed wheels to stop your bed from rolling away from the wall while protecting your floor from the bed’s wheels, model 6510.

The 6050 is made of a clear product that you put on the floor under the chair leg and push the chair leg down into it. The felt pad under the clear piece will protect your floors like nothing else on the market today. The narrow legs are now found not only on kitchen chairs, but all types of furniture including outdoor lounge chairs. A must see if you want to help protect floors from these types of legs.

Hate to have your bed roll away from the wall while you’re reading in bed, watching TV, working on your lap top or tablet or doing other things in bed and end up with pillows falling between the bed and the wall or headboard. Well Flexi-Felt found a solution, the Slide-Stop Bed Frame Grippers. They’re little cups specially made to go under the wheels of bed frames. There are grippers under the cups so that the cups don’t move. The cups are designed so that the wheels won’t roll out of them, even with vigorous movement. The added feature of these cups is that they also protect your floors from damage caused by the wheels. It’s great for all types of wood floors as well as ceramic and some of the newer types of floors such as cork and VCT floors. It’s especially important to protect floors if they are made of bamboo or other soft woods as they mark more easily.

Remember that the last impression a client has is critical for future business and word of mouth recommendations. If you recommend that they buy cheap floor protectors, that is what they will remember – not the beautiful Shaw floors.

VDTA-SDTA Convention in Las Vegas February 12 – 14 Booth 236

December 21st, 2016

The VDTA-SDTA Convention & Trade Show is the only trade show dedicated to independent floorcare, sewing and quilting retailers. This show is being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Hall S3, from February 12th to 14th. This is Flexi-Felt’s first time attending this show. Pierre will be at booth 236 so if you’re at this unique show, drop by and welcome him to the show. While you’re there, look at the new and existing quality Flexi-Felt floor protectors.

At this trade show, we’ll be presenting Flexi-Felt floor protectors as well as two products that’ll be of interest to many people.

The first item is the Cord Cover. You may be wondering what a Cord Cover is but it’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s a cover that goes over your electrical cords. Health and safety is an issue no matter where you work. The vibrant colors of the cord covers make them very visible so that people can see the cords and not trip over them. The cord cover makes a temporary tripping hazard very visible thereby reducing or eliminating possible injuries. You’ll find that the cord cover has the added benefit of protecting walls and furniture from being marked by the black of the electrical cord.

You may have seen the second item before but it’s a great product that we’re bringing to this show. It’s the Silver Mop Pro. The Silver Mop Pro has many great features like the adjustable handle that lets you put it at the height that’s best for you and can be shortened for easy storage. It’s made of strong material but is lightweight enough that you can dust walls and ceilings with it. It can take a lot of use (not like many of the others that I’ve bought and broke the handles). It has two types of pads, one for light clean and dusting and the other for really dirty floors (I tried it on dried coffee stains on our lunch room floor and it cleaned up with just water on the pad). After you’re done with the pads just throw them in the washer and let air dry. These are all great features but my very favourite one is the large head. Compared to the regular mops out there, I’m able to do my floors in half the time and when compared with using a ringer mop it takes about a quarter of the time with the Silver Mop Pro. Time is always short and I love that with the Silver Mop Pro I now spend less time cleaning floors.

See all these as well as our regular products and show specials at booth #236.

United Hardware Show In Minneapolis Jan 6 – 9 Booth#1752

December 20th, 2016

Soon after the holidays, the trade shows begin. 2017 is starting off great with our return to the United Hardware show at the Minneapolis Convention Center. It runs from January 6th to 9th. This is only our second time attending so we’re look forward to seeing the new friends we made last year and hopefully to make many more.

This year we’ll be presenting a great new product that’ll be of interest to many people.
It’s the Clear Clean Pro Concentrate Wood and Laminate Floor Cleaner.

We have the 32oz. bottle of Clear Clean Pro Concentrate at an amazing show special price. The concentrate makes 8 refills of our 32 oz. Clear Clean Pro Spray Wood and Laminate Floor Cleaner. You’ll be buying this concentrate at the same price as a spray bottle of Clear Clean Pro. What’s even better is that you won’t be paying for water. Our competitor’s sell their product ready to pour in the bottle so you’re actually paying for the water in the product. Also, their refill only makes 4.4 bottles whereas ours makes 8 refills. Interested in this great environmentally friendly product at an amazing price. Drop by our booth #1752 and speak with Pierre.

While at the booth, you can take a look at our new floor protectors for ½” wide furniture legs model 6050 and our cups that go under bed wheels to stop your bed from rolling away from the wall while protecting your floor from the bed’s wheels, model 6510.

People have been calling and asking for a floor protector for narrow wide furniture legs that have become so popular. Felt pads can’t hold onto these types of legs because of the stress being put on them as they’re moved back and forth, no matter how good a glue is used. The 6050 is made of a clear product that you put on the floor under the chair leg and push the chair leg down into it. The felt pad under the clear piece will protect your floors like nothing else on the market today. The narrow legs are now found not only on kitchen chairs, but all types of furniture including outdoor lounge chairs. A must see if you want to help protect floors from these types of legs.

Hate to have your bed roll away from the wall while you’re reading in bed, watching TV, working on your lap top or tablet or doing other things in bed (you know what I mean) and end up with pillows falling between the bed and the wall or headboard. Well Flexi-Felt found a solution, the Slide-Stop Bed Frame Grippers. They’re little cups specially made to go under the wheels of bed frames. There are grippers under the cups so that the cups don’t move. The cups are designed so that the wheels won’t roll out of them, even with vigorous movement. The added feature of these cups is that they also protect your floors from damage caused by the wheels. It’s great for all types of wood floors as well as ceramic and some of the newer types of floors such as cork and VCT floors. It’s especially important to protect your floors if they are made of bamboo or other soft woods as they mark more easily.

Flexi-Felt continues to listen to their clients and create innovative floor protection products for furniture. See all of these as well as our regular products at booth # 1752.

Surfaces Show in Las Vegas Jan. 18 – 20 Booth 237

December 20th, 2016

Everyone I know loves attending the Surfaces show in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Marketed as “the largest North American event serving the floorcovering, stone & tile industries” it’s the place to be to see all the new flooring products and trends for 2017. This show is made up of the SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and TileExpo shows, all in one place. Flexi-Felt will be attending again this year to present some new floor protection products. (Good thing I’m not going, I’d want to change all my floors and buy other products.)

This year we’ll be presenting three great new products that’ll be of interest to many people.

First, there’s the Clear Clean Pro Concentrate Wood and Laminate Floor Cleaner. We have the 32oz. bottle of Clear Clean Pro Concentrate at an amazing show special price. The concentrate makes 8 refills of our 32 oz. Clear Clean Pro Spray Wood and Laminate Floor Cleaner. You’ll be buying this concentrate at the same price as a spray bottle of Clear Clean Pro. What’s even better is that you won’t be paying for water. Our competitor’s sell their product ready to pour in the bottle so you’re actually paying for the water in the product. Also, their refill only makes 4.4 bottles whereas ours makes 8 refills. Interested in this great environmentally friendly product at an amazing price. Drop by our booth #237 and speak with Pierre.

You may have seen the second item before but it’s a great product that we are bringing back to the Surfaces show. It’s the Silver Mop Pro. The Silver Mop Pro has many great features like the adjustable handle that lets you put it at the height that’s best for you and can be shortened for easy storage. It’s made of strong material but is lightweight enough that you can dust walls and ceilings with it. It can take a lot of use (not like many of the others that I have bought and broke the handles). It has two types of pads, one for light clean and dusting and the other for really dirty floors (I tried it on dried coffee stains on the floor of our lunch room and it cleaned up with just water on the pad). After you’re done with the pads just throw them in with your regular wash and let air dry. These are all great features but my very favourite one is the large head. Compared to the regular mops out there, I’m able to do my floors in half the time and when compared with using a ringer mop it takes about a quarter of the time with the Silver Mop Pro. Time is always short and I love that with the Silver Mop Pro I now spend less time cleaning floors.

The third item is a Cord Cover. You may be wondering what a Cord Cover is but it’s exactly what it sounds like. Who hasn’t dragged an electrical cord and have it mark a wall (especially a freshly painted one) or chair leg when pulling too hard? The Cord Cover was created to slip over your electrical cords in order to protect walls and furniture from being marked by the black of the electrical cord. The vibrant colors also make the cords very visible so that people can see the cords and not trip over them. As I’m writing this I realize that I could run all my cables inside the cord cover to eliminate the tangled messes that I have. I’ll have to try that out.

While at our booth, take a look at our new floor protectors for ½” wide furniture legs model 6050 and our cups that go under bed wheels to stop your bed from rolling away from the wall while protecting your floor from the bed’s wheels, model 6510.

The 6050 is made of a clear product that you put on the floor under the chair leg and push the chair leg down into it. The felt pad under the clear piece will protect your floors like nothing else on the market today. The narrow legs are now found not only on kitchen chairs, but all types of furniture including outdoor lounge chairs. A must see if you want to help protect floors from these types of legs.

Hate to have your bed roll away from the wall while you’re reading in bed, watching TV, working on your lap top or tablet or doing other things in bed and end up with pillows falling between the bed and the wall or headboard. Well Flexi-Felt found a solution, the Slide-Stop Bed Frame Grippers. They’re little cups specially made to go under the wheels of bed frames. There are grippers under the cups so that the cups don’t move. The cups are designed so that the wheels won’t roll out of them, even with vigorous movement. The added feature of these cups is that they also protect your floors from damage caused by the wheels. It’s great for all types of wood floors as well as ceramic and some of the newer types of floors such as cork and VCT floors. It’s especially important to protect your floors if they are made of bamboo or other soft woods as they mark more easily.

Flexi-Felt continues to listen to their clients and create innovative floor protection products for furniture. See all these as well as our regular products at booth # 237.

Las Vegas Furniture Market Jan. 22 – 25 Booth P1-4716

December 20th, 2016

I just looked up the Furniture Market in Las Vegas. You tend to think of a market as a smallish place where you can view the new furniture trends. I had seen a Furniture Show in Montreal, Canada years ago at Place Bonaventure. But here we’re talking about Vegas, major big and not just furniture. The Las Vegas Furniture Market is being held on the World Market Center Campus in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. It’s comprised of 40 floors of furniture, bedding/mattress, lighting, casual/outdoor, decorative accessories, wall art, floor coverings, housewares, home textiles, tabletop, lifestyle products, general gift, housewares/gourmet and more – delivering the most complete, cross-category wholesale tradeshow for the furniture, home décor and gift industries in the United States. Wow. If you’re attending, wear great walking shoes and be ready to make decisions on what you want on the spot or you may never find your way again to the items you loved. This is Flexi-Felt’s first time attending this show. Pierre will be at booth P1-4716 so if you’re in that area, drop by and welcome him to the show and while you’re there, look at the new and existing quality Flexi-Felt floor and furniture protectors.

At the furniture market, we’ll be presenting Flexi-Felt floor protectors as well as two series of new products that’ll be of interest to many people.

Many people have expressed a need for furniture that doesn’t move so Flexi-Felt created the gripper series. The grippers are a special rubber with adhesive that are applied to the bottom of furniture legs. I bet you’re wondering why you’d need this. If you have kids and especially teenagers who throw themselves on the sofa, loveseat or armchair and it slides into the wall you know what I mean. All it takes is one time and your wall is either scratched or dinged. The grippers stop your furniture from moving while also protecting your floors from damage.

People also expressed a need for something to stop beds from moving and damaging the floor. Some beds have frames with wheels and others have legs. Well Flexi-Felt found two solutions, the grippers for legs and the Slide-Stop Bed Frame Grippers for bed frames with wheels. The Slide-Stop Bed Frame Grippers are little cups specially made to go under the wheels of bed frames. There are grippers under the cups so that the cups don’t move. The cups are designed so that the wheels won’t roll out of them, even with vigorous movement. The added feature of these cups is that they also protect your floors from damage caused by the wheels. The cups and grippers are great for all types of wood floors as well as ceramic and some of the newer types of floors such as cork and VCT floors. It’s especially important to protect your floors if they are made of bamboo or other soft woods as they mark more easily.

With either the Slide-Stop Bed Frame Grippers or regular grippers you don’t have to worry about your bed rolling away from the wall while you’re reading in bed, watching TV, working on your lap top or tablet or doing other things in bed and end up with pillows falling between the bed and the wall or headboard. An easy, inexpensive solution to an annoying problem.

Flexi-Felt is a creation of the Innovation Engineering Group who also brought you the Silver Mop Pro, Clear Clean Pro and other products. Now they’ve come up with coasters made of 100% Virgin merino wool that measure 4″ across. These large coasters can accommodate a small juice glass, a soda, or martini glass up to and including a large beer or coffee mug. They are available in 8 vibrant colors: Mango Orange, Lemon Yellow, Palace Mauve, Sea Blue, Midnight Black, Brownie Brown, Olive Green, Apple Green. They can be purchased by color or by series called Spring, Summer, or Fall. You can even purchase the Corporate or Executive coasters. For indoor or outdoor eating in style, order the matching placemats.

While at our booth, look at our new floor protectors for ½” wide furniture legs model 6050. The 6050 is made of a clear product that you put on the floor under the chair leg and push the chair leg down into it. The felt pad under the clear piece will protect your floors like nothing else on the market today. The narrow legs are now found not only on kitchen chairs, but all types of furniture including outdoor lounge chairs. A must see if you want to protect floors from these types of legs.

I know that this is a lot to see and take in at a market where there is so much to see. I recommend that you look at the products on the web site www.flexifelt.com prior to the show so that you can go there with a plan of what you want to see and buy. Did you know that we were featured on Designing Spaces on Lifetime and TLC? Check out the show at www.designingspaces.tv.

See all these as well as our regular products and show specials at booth # P1-4716.

Reading a Measuring Tape

December 15th, 2016

Some of you may ask as to why I’m bringing this up but I received two phone calls in two days from people trying to measure their chair legs and having trouble reading the size off the measuring tape. Construction workers may be scratching their heads thinking what the???? but for the average person who rarely needs to use a measuring tape, it can be difficult. I found that the web site http://www.wikihow.com/Read-a-Measuring-Tape has easy to understand instructions with pictures.

There are also a number of helpful apps but if you’re using one with your phone camera or the ruler on your phone, make sure to be directly over the chair leg and as close as possible to get as accurate a measurement as possible.

The other option is to take a close up picture of the chair leg with a ruler or measuring tape right beside it and email it to info@flexifelt.com. The customer service people there will recommend models appropriate for the size and type of chair leg in the picture.

Hope this helps you next time you need to measure something.

Narrow Rectangular Furniture Legs

December 6th, 2016

The latest style in furniture is furniture legs that are 1/2″ thick and anywhere from 1″ to 2″ wide. You can find these types of legs on tables and chairs, especially chairs, but even on patio furniture and lounge chairs. It makes for really great looking furniture but the legs can really damage floors.

Felt pads can’t hold onto the bottom of the narrow leg no matter what glue you use. Some tell me they’ve even used that really strong glue you see on TV and it also doesn’t hold for very long. It’s basic physics. There is simply to much stress being put on the felt and glue as you move the furniture back and forth. Some of you have tried to use wide clear adhesive tape and some have even tried duct tape (they will remain nameless but you know who you are).

Well, Flexi-Felt has heard your cries of “I need help”, “I’m so fed up of having glue and felt stuck to my floor and not the bottom of the chair legs” and so on. They have come up with a clear piece that has their felt on the bottom. It is similar to their models for sled based chairs but is made especially for ½” wide rectangular furniture legs. You simply put the pieces on the floor under the furniture legs (exactly where you want them to be on the legs) and push down on the furniture. The clear piece holds onto the bottom of the furniture leg and the wool blend felt on the bottom of the clear piece protects the floor. Finally a solution for narrow rectangular legs.

Kitchen Cupboard Chaos

November 24th, 2016

Are you like me, I open the cupboard door under the kitchen sink and find the dreaded kitchen cupboard chaos? What with all the different cleaning, waxing, degreasing, polishing spray bottles, dog shampoo and deodorizer, dishwasher and regular dish soap, scrub pads and the list goes on and on…. Added to that, I put a small garbage can under there for things that need to go in the garbage outside within 24 hours or the whole house smells to high heaven. It’s a mess, things are piled on top of each other and of course because of the mess, drips and can or spray bottle marks and dirt ends up all over the place. Yuck. I don’t like opening my cupboard doors and I sure don’t want any visitors to EVER see the inside of that cupboard.

What to do? You can wash as a spill happens but would hubby or the kids take the time to do that (especially when it took quite a feat to get them to help)? You could empty everything out every week, or so but who has the time. I tried those cheap plastic shelves but they have slits in them so if you don’t place narrow bottles like the dog shampoo or scrubbing pads properly they end up falling down one level or all the way to the bottom and either landing on other stuff or knocking other stuff over. Either way it ends up in a bigger mess and, as will often happen, there will be spills because someone (who shall remain nameless) didn’t close one of the bottles properly.

Now there is a better option than either the mess or the flimsy shelves, there is the Eco-Shelf Pro from the creators of the Flexi-Felt. You take the inside measurements of your cupboard as instructed on their web site and specify how many shelves you need. They will custom make your shelves at a reasonable cost. When you get them, unfortunately you must clean out your cupboard at that time, then just put in the new shelves (no tools needed). It will just take a couple of minutes, not like some of those units that you buy and it takes an hour to assemble, you discover you put one piece in wrong when you go to put it in place and then must completely undo it and start all over again (we all know and have done this before). Place your stuff back on the shelves and you will find that it’s so much easier to find and use all your products AND you may end up actually opening that cupboard to show your friends and family how great it looks.

Thanksgiving is over – What do your floors look like?

November 24th, 2016

Well, you’ve had the family and friends over for Thanksgiving. Everyone got stuffed with turkey and watched many football games. Now comes the time when you do the clean up and discover that your floors have been scratched.

This is a problem that many people are experiencing. What with coordinating who’s coming when, getting all the shopping done and food prep done, cleaning and decorating the house for Thanksgiving, who had time to think of floors? Or as in some cases, its when hubby got excited by a football play that he and his pals jumped up and you could hear furniture grinding across the floor. Not good.

Soon the Christmas parties will begin. Before they do, do your floors a favor and protect them now or next year not only will you get the holiday bills but also have to find money to get your floors redone. I’m sure you’d rather not have to get THAT done. Think of the cost but also all the trouble of emptying the rooms and the dust (you’ll find the dust for months after the floors are done).

So take a few minutes and look at the furniture in your home and accurately measure their legs and note if they’re round or square. Go to the Flexi-Felt web site and use their wizard. Answer a few questions and it’ll tell you what to order. Place your order and in no time you’ll have the floor protection you need before the Christmas parties begin.

One Use Items & Garbage vs Environment

November 23rd, 2016

We’re all aware that the earth is being overwhelmed by garbage. So many things manufactured today are ment to be used once and thrown away. Most of them end up in garbage dumps (nicely called landfills) or recycle plants where energy is used to recycle them. Housing is being built closer and closer to dumps that are being filled or are full.

Every time you purchase something and only use it once, it ends up in a landfill. It can stay there for decades or even hundreds of years before breaking down. As it breaks down it can also produce chemicals that can go into the ground water or into the air. The environment is impacted for many years from the purchase of “one use” items. You might think that buying “one use” items that were made from recycled materials or will be made into recycled material is good for the environment. To a certain degree it is because it doesn’t end up completely in landfills (some by-products can end up in landfills). However it requires energy to recycle material and sometimes the trucks to pick up and transport the material, the energy to crush or shred it, the heat, energy or chemicals to transform it all have an impact on the environment. We think something being recycled is not impacting the environment but it is. I’m not saying don’t recycle, do it because it is better then ending up in a landfill but there is a better solution then buying “one use” items.

How do we solve this problem? Reuse! Buy products that can last a while. The longer they last, the less of them that end up in landfills or being recycled. For example mop pads. You can buy a mop pad such as the Silver Mop Pro Pad that you use and wash. It can be used over and over again. Use the throw away sheets and think of how many end up in landfills in one year (4 per week for 52 weeks = 208 sheets per year). 208 sheets or 1 mop pad? And the cost of those 208 sheets compared to 1 pad. Yes you have to wash the mop pad but it’s just going in the laundry with other items that you were going to wash anyway. Over 10 years – 2080 sheets. It can really add up even though you thought of it as only one tiny skinny little sheet.

The same with floor protectors. Buy the cheap box store ones and replace them every few weeks. Buy quality ones like the Flexi-Felt floor protectors and you only have to replace them once every few years.

Tennis balls in classrooms on chair legs. They simply don’t last. How many of those end up in landfills? I don’t even want to think about it or do the math. Buy the commercial line of Flexi-Felt floor protectors and don’t replace them for at least five years.

What a novel concept. Buy things that last so that you can reuse them and hey, if you get fed up using them, pass them onto someone who can use them. Be kind to the environment, buy quality and reuse.