Moving season is upon us and we are busy packing, sorting, discarding and figuring out how we are going to move all of our household but we aren’t thinking of the issues at the new location. The first concern should be protecting the floors in the new location. Put floor protectors on all of your furniture before it even touches the floors. Then once everything is placed in the new location you won’t be seeing horrible scratches from furniture being moved because someone couldn’t make up their mind on how they wanted things placed. Flexi-Felt has come up with a Moving Kit which has various sizes of adhesive felt pads. There are a lot of the almost 1″ square pads so that they can cover 1″ square, 1″ x 2″, 2 x 2″, 2 x 4″ or any other combination. Just remember to properly clean the bottom of the furniture legs and do a final wipe with rubbing alcohol to make sure the adhesive has a clean surface to adhere to.
I went to a new restaurant the other day that had only been open for 3 weeks. There were a few things that we wanted to mention to the owner who happened to be there. One was that we could not find their restaurant on the internet, the second was that they should have added another choice on the menu but we also mentioned how we loved certain items that we had tried. The owner was very pleased with the comments and stated that he had received some similar comments and was going to take action on some in the very near future (the internet was one and adding to the menu was another).
People often think to criticize about their food or poor service but did you know that companies really like to hear from you on how they can improve a product or service. Tell them if they are doing something right or if something needs a bit of tweeking to be better. Maybe you have a problem and can’t find a solution. Contact the appropriate company and they will certainly listen to your suggestion and if possible, will create or fabricate a solution.
Are the reception hall floors in your church, activity center, senior center, yacht club etc. getting damaged by the chairs? There is a simple solution – Flexi-Felt Floor Protectors. A number of people have contacted me about these types of floors. In many cases wooden chairs are being used and they want a product that can stand up to many years of usage by a large number of people. I recommend the model 6431 which is a small plastic piece that gets screwed into the bottom of the chair leg. Then the model 6325 is slide over the plastic piece especially created for it and you are done.
Are you finding like me that two soft and one rough mop pad are just not enough? I’ve been using mine recently to wash my boat and of course my better half wanted me to wash the windows using them. I just didn’t have enough pads to do these jobs in a short time. The ones for the boat got really dirty and had to be washed in the washing machine but I wanted to do the windows while everything was out. Now I’ve ordered two extra packs of 3 mop pads so that we both have plenty for all of the things we use them for. I was on a cleaning bing so I washed the SUV too (outside with the rough because it was really dirty and inside with the soft). The boat and the SUV look great. The windows – well that will be on another week-end.
More and more chairs are being sold for the home that have swivel feet. School chairs have had swivel feet for a number of years and Flexi-Felt has some great products for both elementary and high school chairs (but they are not pretty for the home). They also created the 6328 which is the Ultimate Heat Shrink model. This model heat shrinks around a swivel foot so that it is almost invisible when installed. More and more home owners are trying them for their chairs with swivel feet. They find the 6328 is a really good solution, especially for bar or counter stools. Bar or counter stools are often heavy and used a lot. The 6328 can handle all of the stress and usage of bar stools (it handles the stress that kids put it through on a daily basis in schools). The 6328 can also shrink around a number of different sizes of swivel feet so basically it is “one size fits all”. If you have chairs with swivel feet that are damaging your floors ask Flexi-Felt about the 6328. Note: You won’t see it for sale on their web site because it is from their commercial line but call customer service and they will help you to purchase them.
If you are still wondering how good it is you have to see this video.
Finally Flexi-Felt has come out with the 2″ diameter adhesive felt pads. I have an old oak table and an armchair that have that exact size of chair leg. No more cutting larger pads to fit. It’s about time this one came out. They have the 3/4″, 1″, 1-1/2″ and 2-1/2″ but they had skipped over the 2″. It’s great to now have this very popular size available with the really strong adhesive that they use.
Flexi-Felt floor protectors are designed to last. These are one of the rare floor protectors that do last. I get so many calls from people who complain that the floor protectors come off or scratch the floors within a few days or weeks. When I was doing my engineering course one of the first things we were taught was to design products not to last. To me this was a horrible lesson but for manufacturers it means that every time a product breaks or fails, the consumer has to go back out and buy another one. From the manufacturer to the distributor to the retailer, every time something breaks or fails it is more money in their pocket. Here at Flexi-Felt it is important to make a quality product that lasts. Constantly replacing poor quality products is extremely bad for the carbon footprint and the world’s landfills. More manufacturer’s have to take responsibility for our deteriorating environment and design products that are longer lasting. I don’t mind paying a bit more for something that I won’t have to constantly have to replace. I don’t have the time to do it, don’t want the frustrations associated with doing it (I’ve had people tell me they lost sleep because of the problems with their floors being scratched). Who can afford that? We have enough other things to deal with that if we can solve one problem long term – do it. Buy the Flexi-Felt floor protectors and then stop worrying about your floors being damaged by your furniture. I just hope with time that other manufacturer’s will wake up and take responsibility for our environment like Flexi-Felt has done.
Yes, you read correctly “For Cars”. I had one person tell me he used a long strip of it on the hood of an old restored pick-up to protect the paint. I also had someone else tell me that he restores cars and uses adhesive felt strips for protecting hard mount surfaces that come together and for interior refurbishing as protective padding. If you have any other great uses for Flexi-Felt adhesive felt pads please let us know. We LOVE to hear from you and pass on the tips to other people.
When we hear Spring we associate it with Cleaning. Don’t think “Groan”. Spring is the time for warm weather, flowers and renewed hope. Our homes have been closed up due to the cooler or very cold weather and just feel grubby. A little spring cleaning can do a lot to change that feeling and give your home a fresh feel and look. First thing is to start cleaning high up and work your way down. Don’t want to wash or paint those ceilings or walls this year? Just give them a good dusting with the Silver Mop Pro and the rabbit pad (it’s call rabbit because it’s so soft). This will take you minutes to do instead of hours or days. The adjustable handle allows you to reach and dust high places that you never could in the past without a ladder. When the pad is dirty, just throw it in the wash. Now you just have floors to do. Spray the Clear Clean Pro and mop with the Silver Mop Pro. Take out those tough stains with the twist pad (the fibers are actually twisted which helps to tackle those tough stains). That was both easy and very fast. Now you can go out and enjoy the fabulous weather.
If you still feel like cleaning tackle those windows, siding, the RV, your vehicle etc. with the Silver Mop Pro and pads or just use the pads for those difficult areas.
Do you have a home office, library, kitchen or other area where chairs with casters are used and the floor has a nice round pattern in it?
No matter what you do or how you try to clean it or refinish it, the pattern is there or keeps coming back. What to do? Those floor protection mats are expensive. If you buy the small model you keep rolling off and its always a battle to get the chair back on it. It can be really hard to clean under it because it is heavy and sometimes furniture has moved onto it so you have to remove all of the furniture and drag it out of the way to clean under it. Then you have to drag it back into place and put whatever furniture was on it back on it. It’s a tough job. If there are grooves in the mat, you also have to be careful to make sure you clean those really well or else the mat looks grubby. Next option – replace the chair casters. There are so many models that it’s really hard to find the right one. The pins and hole sizes are all different and I have seen myself go to a store 3 or 4 times to exchange casters because it was the wrong model or size. Also try taking off the old casters. unless you know the trick to taking them off you will end up swearing and probably breaking it to get it off. The cost of new casters can also be almost half the cost of a new chair. You don’t want to throw out the chair because it’s expensive and not good for the environment (don’t want those in land fills and who wants a chair who’s casters mark the floor). I know I’m getting long winded on this subject but its annoyed me for as long as I’ve worked in an office. Flexi-Felt has come out with an inexpensive, environmentally friendly solution. Sounds impossible but they have. It’s called the Caster Cover®.
Its a clear heat shrink sleeve that is put on the casters so they behave like new casters. No more circles on the floor. Because there are no adhesives, they are very easy to replace, you just cut the sleeve off and put a new one on. Very little garbage at a much cheaper cost then mats or new casters. I can finally love my chair casters again.