Monthly Archives: February 2011

Eco-Friendly Custom Entry Mats For Offices, Condo Buildings, & More

Our exclusive line of eco-friendly “Eco Mats” are environmentally responsible in more than one way. Of course, the materials have a solid “green” story.
But did you know just how beneficial entry mats can be to a building’s operational bottom-line?
In fact, a well-known study by the AIA revealed that the approximate cost to remove 1 pound of dirt that’s been tracked in by occupants is approximately $600… $600!

eco mats eco friendly entry mats with custom logos
Entry mats can extend the life of flooring in the rest of the building, as well as reduce overall maintenance costs, directly affecting the LCA (Lifecycle Cost Analysis).
We routinely create custom logo mats for clients all across the country and here is a recent example from one of Jim Collins’ clients, a DC-area condo building:

environmentally friendly eco mats entry mats

Call 703-212-6383 or send me an email for more information. We ship worldwide and are able to work with government contracts as well.

Slip-and-Fall Facts

  • 34 million Americans are over the age of 60. With this said, a person age 65 or older is 10 times more likely to be the victim of a debilitating slip-and-fall accident than a person under the age of 30
  • The average slip-and-fall claim is $4,000
  • In the US each year, an average of 7.75 claims per 1 million supermarket customers are filed due to slips-and-falls
  • In 1987 there were 12 million injuries caused by falls requiring at least 1 day of medical attention. Two-thirds of the falls happened at the floor level
  • For every dollar spent on floor maintenance products, the average supermarket will spend $3 paying for slip-and-fall accidents

Scientific Studies Facts

  • The average six-room dwelling takes in 40 lbs. of dust in a year. A private home may have between 800,000 to 1,600,000 tiny bits of dust and particulate matter in every cubic inch of air. (TRSA Report)
  • Studies show that 1 sq. yard of commercial grade carpeting can accumulate 1 lb. of dirt over a 1-week period and up to twice as much during inclement weather. (International Sanitary Supply Association)
  • Entrance matting should cover 15 to 18 feet of an entrance (long enough for 5-6 footsteps of the average adult stride), preventing 80-90% of dirt from coming into the facility. (Cleaning & Maintenance Mgmt)
  • It’s estimated that over 43 million tons of dust falls on the United States annually. (National Air Pollution Central Administration)
  • “We estimate that only about 10% of the dirt is removed from mats with a vacuum cleaner” – Georgia State University

Appearance Facts

  • 91% of shoppers select a store to shop in based on appearance
  • 42% of consumers say the floors are the first thing they look at when judging cleanliness
  • Students selecting colleges largely base their selections on the appearance of the campus – specifically entranceways, restrooms and the grounds
  • When customers choose a restaurant, cleanliness ranks at the top for fast-food destinations

Labor Facts
It is estimated that 90% of building maintenance cost is labor

  • The estimated cost of removing a single pound of dirt from a building can exceed $600
  • A dollar spent keeping soil out of a building will save $10 in removing the soil once it’s inside
  • 39% of all custodial time is devoted to floor care maintenance
  • Proper matting alone can save approximately 200 labor hours in the average home per year

Health Facts

  • About 10% of Americans are allergic to some component of dust
  • Indoor air is found to be up to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air; and most people spend 60-90% of their time indoors
  • American businesses are spending upwards of $100 billion a year as a result of lost worker productivity due to poor indoor air quality and “Sick Building Syndrome”
  • Medical research has proven that most headaches are allergic reactions to dust


Arlington VA Flooring Contractor 22209

Christopher Moline, LEED AP

Centiva – River Rock color Feather – Lifetime Residential Warranty – $3/ft!

We have a limited quantity of Centiva, Event Series, 18 x 18 tile, color Feather HY RR70-E RK for immediate sale at $3/ft. This product is guaranteed for the heaviest use and carries a 20-year commercial/Lifetime residential warranty.

centiva event series commercial lvt river rock 18 x 18 feather sale

We have just over 5,000 square feet in our Alexandria, VA warehouse available for immediate shipment anywhere.

Send me an email and we can talk about this amazing deal (this high-end floor usually costs over $9/ft!)



Arlington VA Flooring Contractor 22209

Christopher Moline, LEED AP

Excellent Service When Buying A Home At Arlington’s Exclusive Turnberry Towers

by Adam Gallegos
Turnberry Towers in Rosslyn/Arlington is an icon of world class service. Other residences talk about service, but they don’t deliver like Turnberry Towers. Why?
Parking valet service is provided around the clock as well as a concierge and full staff on hand to cater to your every need.
It feels like you just checked into a 5-star resort that you can call your home.
That theme is carried through with on site spa treatments and fitness trainers available to residents and their guests.

At Arbour Realty we want to echo that level of service when helping home buyers like yourself purchase at Turnberry Towers.
Arbour Realty puts in writing our commitment to service above and beyond what you would expect from a real estate firm.
We outline the entire home buying process and are here to serve as your consultant in making this life changing investment.
Arlington is our back yard and we understand the Arlington condo market better than any other firm in town.

As you may or may not know, the condominiums at Turnberry Towers are sold decorator ready. That means that you have the opportunity to use the paint and flooring of your choice through any provider you would like. We have teamed up with the top decorator, painting company and flooring company in the Arlington area to help complete your new home. You get to pick your choices and we will serve as your single point of contact to manage all the details of the process from start to finish. Clients tell us that we make the home buying process enjoyable.

For more information, contact Adam Gallegos at Arbour Realty –

Arbour Realty
875 Randolph Street, Suite C
Arlington, VA 22203

P: 703.536.5547
F: 703.563.7411

Couristan wool carpets in Northern Virginia and Washington DC

We carry the full line of Couristan carpet and rugs in Northern Virginia/Washington DC area and sometimes we run across fantastic remnant and roll-special deals like these, all of which usually range from $10-15/square foot, now at below $5/ft and as low as $3.99/ft!

Hampton Plaid – Color Wedgewood

New Kashimar Antique Persia/Antique Camel

Kashimar Isfahan Spruce

Leaf Trellis Desert Sand and Manilla


Amelia Square

And many more. If you are looking for the highest in wool carpet quality and style, come in and browse our wool remnant showroom and sample selection today.

Email me (Chris)  or call 703-370-0000 and we’ll give you the service that has led to our being awarded the Angie’s List Super Service Award multiple times.

All the best,


Nike “Training Ground” Gym Flooring – Install Yourself in DC, VA, MD

Nike “Training Ground” Gym Floor Rubber Tile with “Nike Grind” sales in Washington DC, Alexandria VA.

rubber gym flooring interlocking tiles dc va md

Get the best flooring for your home gym/workshop in the Northern Virginia, DC metro area, from the best brand in the business – Nike.
Nike is the top brand in the athletic equipment and apparel, developed Training Ground with Nike Grind, for use in home gyms and fitness centers.

Engineered to protect hard surface floors in high use areas such as home gyms, workout areas and utility spaces, Training Ground with Nike Grind is a resilient, interlocking tile system you can install yourself. 
Colorful Nike Grind flecking gives this rubber tile flooring a high-tech appearance perfect for any home gym.
Because of the variety of colors of Nike footwear there is variation in flecks (that are made from Nike Grind) dispersed throughout these rubber gym floor tiles. No two tiles will be exactly the same and no two cartons of tiles will be identical.
Training Ground tiles are made in the U.S.A. using recycled materials: approximately 65 percent post-consumer tire rubber and 25 percent pre-consumer Nike Grind rubber. The interlocking tile system is easy to install, with no adhesives required.

Each package of Training Ground includes nine 2’ x 2’ x 6mm tiles, enough to cover 36 square feet.
Training Ground’s slip resistant interlocking tiles will:
– keep weight training and aerobic equipment in place during workouts
– provides cushioned comfort underfoot for intense training sessions
– reduce sound transfer.
Training Ground’s unique modular design allows for custom fitting in any location. Unlike some fitness flooring tiles that lock you into limited sizes and restrict where you can use them with pre-made corners and boarders, Training Ground lets you create an endless array of shapes and patterns to suit your needs.
Training Ground is built to last with superior construction for a lifetime of use. The precision cut interlocking joints are engineered for toughness and will not pull apart.

Go Green
Unlike many products made today, Training Ground with Nike Grind was developed to be environmentally sensitive.
To that end, Training Ground products are made from nearly 100% premium-grade recycled materials: almost 65% post-consumer tire rubber, approximately 25% pre-consumer Nike Grind rubber, and 10% material to bind the recycled content together.

We stock this unique product and can deliver to you. If you want to pick it up at our Alexandria, VA showroom, you’ll receive a discount.

Arlington VA Flooring Contractor 22209

Christopher Moline, LEED AP

Custom Seagrass/Sisal Area Rugs in Virginia and DC – Inside Corners and Wide Binding Tape

Interested in custom area rugs and live in the Northern Virgina, Metro Washington DC area?

Here is a short video showing just one of the many aspects in fabricating area rugs – inside corners. Different materials require different approaches and we’re experts in all manner of materials.

Email for more information or give us a call at 703-370-0000.

All the best,


Arlington VA Flooring Contractor 22209
Christopher Moline, LEED AP