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Mike Brown

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Are You Covered by Your Commercial Carpet Warranty?

Feb 15, 2017 / by Mike Brown

Manufacturer warranties for flooring are often incredibly complicated: a tangle of exacting requirements to follow to the letter, or else your warranty is void.

To help minimize the risk of invalidating your warranty, and incurring the substantial costs of flooring failure, we've identified four of the most common stipulations that can catch out customers during the lifetime of their flooring.

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How Your Choice of Restaurant Flooring can Influence Ambiance

Feb 13, 2017 / by Mike Brown

A welcoming, comfortable environment is essential for attracting and keeping loyal customers, and the ambience of an interior can make or break a restaurant.

It may come as a surprise to realize that your choice of flooring makes one of the most significant contributions to the ambiance of a restaurant. Flooring covers the entirety of your space, and has a noticeable impact on guests' first impressions.

So how exactly does your choice of flooring affect restaurant ambiance?

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4 Reasons Why Designers Should Embrace Cushion-Backed Carpet

Jan 30, 2017 / by Mike Brown

When designing a commercial space, there are a staggering number of flooring options to consider. It can be difficult to differentiate between the estimated 27,000 flooring products on the market and identify the one that best suits your project.

With many flooring manufacturers using the same type of yarn and similar construction techniques in their carpet, one of the main differentiators goes entirely unseen once the flooring is installed: the carpet tile backing. Today I'm looking at four reasons why cushion-backed carpet should be your go-to floor covering for interior environments.

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How to Minimize Disruption During Your Office Renovation

Dec 14, 2016 / by Mike Brown

One of the biggest considerations companies make when planning their office renovation – aside from the total cost of the project – is how the renovation will affect and disrupt the day-to-day running of the company while work is underway.

Office renovations are naturally very disruptive for your clients. In the best-case scenario, employees will be able to work in a smaller sub-section of the office or work from home, but in worst-case scenarios your clients may need to close their office completely for a week or two, and will have to manage both the costs of the renovation project, and the costs of lost business as a result.

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How Stain Resistant Carpet Tiles Work to Save You Money

Dec 7, 2016 / by Mike Brown

When you get new carpet in your facility, you want to make sure it stays looking its best for as long as possible, to ensure you’re getting the maximum return on your flooring investment. One of the easiest ways to ruin your new carpet is with unsightly staining that your maintenance team can’t remove. If your new carpet gets stained, the costs of stain removal can quickly add up.

Today I’m sharing three ways your choice of carpet tiles can improve your flooring’s resistance to staining, and looking at how having stain resistant carpet can save you money over the lifetime of your flooring.

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How to Increase Teacher Retention with Inspiring School Design

Dec 5, 2016 / by Mike Brown

According to a 2003 report by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, “a third of America’s new teachers leave teaching sometime during their first three years… almost half may leave during the first five years”. In 2016 that trend shows no signs of changing; in fact, 8% of all teachers leave their jobs every single year (source).

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How to Choose the Right Commercial Carpet Cleaning Company

Oct 19, 2016 / by Mike Brown

To keep your commercial carpet looking its best for as long as possible, a regular cleaning schedule is essential. Day-to-day, this will mean vacuuming, which can be done by your in-house custodial staff. However, regular vacuuming only removes 80% of the dirt and debris from your carpet, so your carpets will also require periodic deep cleaning to remove residual dirt that has penetrated deeper into your carpet.

While it may be tempting to use your in-house custodial team to carry out your deep cleans, you will achieve much better results by hiring a professional commercial carpet cleaning company. But how do you choose a reputable carpet cleaning company, and maximize your chances of getting top-quality results?

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How Your Office Chairs Impact Employee Productivity

Oct 17, 2016 / by Mike Brown

How many hours do you spend every day, sitting at your desk in the office?

On average we spend 40 hours a week at work, and we spend the majority of those at our desk – in fact, the average office worker spends 5 hours and 41 minutes every single day sitting down at work. So it’s no surprise that your choice of office chair has a big impact on your productivity levels.

Today I’m looking at 3 ways the humble office chair affects employee productivity – and what you can do about it.

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7 Inspiring Breakout Spaces for Your Next Office Design Project

Oct 5, 2016 / by Mike Brown

How many of your clients want to redesign or update their breakout spaces as part of their office redesigns? A good breakout space can be a valuable addition to any office space, boosting team productivity and creativity. However, a poorly-designed one, which doesn’t fit in with the office aesthetic or company culture, will become an unused, neglected space which provides no value to your client.

Today I’m looking at 3 things you need to consider when designing office breakout spaces, and sharing 7 creative breakout spaces to inspire your next office design project.

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7 Pieces of Office Furniture to Avoid Specifying for Your Clients

Oct 4, 2016 / by Mike Brown

Changing and emerging office trends means that there’s always a hot, new piece of office furniture being touted as a must-have accessory for all workplaces. Some of these new furniture ideas will truly make a positive difference to the way we work, but many of them are simply passing trends that offer no real health or productivity benefits, despite their impressive claims.

Today I’m looking at 7 pieces of office furniture that have achieved varying levels of popularity, but which you should avoid specifying for your clients.

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