What’s the best mop?

This is a really tough question as it really depends on what you want to clean. Lets just concentrate on mops that will clean floors, in particular residential floors such as wood, laminate, vinyl and ceramic. Whether you look in hardware stores, department stores or on-line you’ll find a variety of mops. The mops themselves are made of:
• Cotton blend
• Rayon blend
• Microfiber
• Sponge
There are also different types:
• Cotton blend strings
• Other blend strings
• String/small strips mix
• Small fiber strips
• Wide throw away fiber cloths
• Washable microfiber pads
• Various sponge shapes
to list just a few.
Most of the mops and handles are made of plastic with a few made of metal such as steel or aluminum.

The ones that I’ve learned are not worth the money are the cheap plastic mops. I’ve broken several handles over the years and if they have a metal connection between the handle and the mop head, it just rusts and falls off after a while. My favourite is the aluminum/plastic combination with only a bit of plastic where the manufacturer had no choice when using the plastic and it’s well made. This type of mop is light weight, won’t rust, won’t break when I use it for tough jobs and is durable.

I’ve used string mops, but I’m not pleased with the final look it gives to a floor. It leaves it streaky. The mop head also gets stinky if left wet for a while or if you use it to clean something really dirty like urine or stagnant water. I’ve used the strip mops for cleaning urine etc. and after a while when it gets really disgusting I throw it out but that’s not good for the environment. I’ve also used the wide throw away cloths that you dust and throw out. They work ok but again, I was just throwing cloths into the garbage which is bad for the environment. I’ve used the sponge mops (yes, I’ve used a lot of different mops over the years) and the better-quality ones have nice solid metal handles but for some reason the sponge doesn’t give a smug free surface. It also doesn’t absorb spills easily or wash especially dirty floors well.

Of all the mops I’ve tried, my favourite is the Silver Mop Pro from the creators of the Flexi-Felt. It has a lightweight mop handle and mop plate made of aluminum and just a bit of plastic. The pads are a washable microfiber pad that I just throw in with my regular laundry and wash. If I clean something really stinky, I soak the mop pad in a bucket with bleach or some other product. It comes out fine and I just keep reusing it. I can dust floors, walls, ceilings and any other flat surfaces I can think of. It can also wash all those surfaces including the outside of the house, deck, pool, RV….

From the Makers of Flexi-Felt: Rudolphe Sleds

What do Flexi-Felt and Rudolphe Sleds have in common? They glide!

 

IEG, the makers of Flexi-Felt, released their latest creations this winter: the Rudolphe 1000 and 3000. Both sleds look like the classic, vintage sleds of your childhood with a modern twist. The Rudolphe 3000, a sled for babies, has uniquely designed skis guarantee a smooth ride because they, unlike their wooden and metal predecessors, are flexible and shock absorbent. The sled’s suspension also makes it durable as it can handle bumps in snow, ice, and even pavement.

Likewise, the Rudolphe 1000 will make you nostalgic for the toboggans of your youth, but it’s made out of a special material that gives you a way faster and smoother ride than old wood and metal sleds.

Even pets love Rudolphe sleds! Check out Prismo the Papillon enjoying a smooth ride at Winterlude and outside Ottawa City Hall!

 

Want to add a personalized touch to your baby’s sled? No problem! The Rudolphe 3000 can be customized! Get your child’s name or a fun image engraved on the back of their sled.

Since their introduction in October 2018, thousands of Rudolphe sleds have been sold. So join the multitudes get one today! Let’s go sledding!

Little swivels! Find the right floor protector for your daycare or classroom

L6328-4-250pxet’s face it: kids are not the most careful in the classroom. They wiggle around in their seats and the movement of their chairs is hard on floors. Plus, their wiggling creates other noise and disturbs other students.

The solution?: A good felt floor protector from Flexi-Felt.

The first model for small chairs is 6325. This one is small, easy to install and can be removed easily if at some point you want to move the chair to a carpeted area.

The Flexi-Felt Ultimate Heat Shrink model is another great option. This floor protector has only been on the market for a few years, but it’s everything we promised: nearly invisible floor protection. You just heat shrink it onto the swivel foot. Because it fits so snugly over the chair’s foot, you can easily stack and unstack yowilliamur chairs. The Ultimate Heat Shrink model is guaranteed for life as long as you don’t remove it from the furniture. Check out our video of William trying to remove them from a chair. There’s always at least one student like him in a classroom–one who wants to test the limits of classroom equipment! If he can’t take off the Ultimate Heat Shrink model, no one can!

Both models are available at our website! Order them today to keep your classroom floors protected and create a quiet environment for children to learn.

The International Surface Event 2019

Resized_20190125_144611_6029Our team is all smiles! Flexi-Felt attended TISE again this year in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Floor protectors are a perfect fit with the new wood, tile, stone and other types of flooring at this show.

We’ve received demands for black rubber floor protectors with felt pads for restaurants, clubs and other facilities that have dark furniture. This year, Flexi-Felt will be presenting four of their popular models from their commercial line in black: 7/8” and 1” round for angled plug tube ended legs; 1-1/4” rResized_IMG_20190125_104236_4034ound straight plug ended tube legs; and for swivel feet of ½” or less elevation (works also with their model 6431 adaptor which can be screwed into wood legs).

Flexi-Felt was incredibly well received once again, and we are delighted to have met so many new business partners and clients! See you next year at TISE!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Your floor deserves more.