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By Lori Luechtefeld 

When it comes to flooring, grooming shop owners have their own preferences. Traction, ease of cleaning, aesthetics and acoustics all factor into a shop’s selection, said Colleen Reed, vice president of Dandy Products Inc., a manufacturer of pet safety surfacing and padding in Goshen, Ohio. She said that a common misconception about flooring is that rubber floors are harder to keep clean. On the contrary, Reed said, rolled rubber has little to no texture and is simple to clean.

Top Dog Flooring offers rubber-rolled mats made from recycled tires. The rubber can be glued down wall-to-wall and offers great traction wet or dry, Reed said.

“It is easy to clean using a vacuum for quick removal of hair and mopped with general cleaners,” she added. “Rubber offers great shock and sound absorption.”

For groomers who are on their feet all day, having a floor with some give to it can help reduce back and joint pain.

“You can go with rubberized matting that will cover the whole shop,” said Chuck Palm, president of Midwest Grooming Supplies & Service in Lake Barrington, Ill. “But that’s a big expense, so many go with work mats per area.”

Whether shops go with a full flooring option or decide to use individual mats, they should look for a material that is dense, sturdy and waterproof, Palm noted.

“If water hits it and soaks into it, it’s not going to be durable,” he said.

Ritch Batterton, president of Direct Animal Products in Boyd, Texas, said sealed concrete is a durable and easy-to-clean flooring option for shops. Tile, while attractive and also easy to clean, will eventually start coming up over time due to the wet groom shop environment, he noted.

Karen Howe, president of Lulu & Luigi, a two-location pet retail and grooming operation in Minnesota, said one of her shops features stained concrete, while the other features terrazzo, a smooth granite-like floor. While the stained concrete has proven easy to clean, she said that the staining has worn away in several areas, to the point where she will eventually have to shut down the shop for a few days to refinish the floors. The terrazzo finish, on the other hand, has proven durable and easy to clean.  <HOME>

The full article is available in the May 2010 issue of Pet Product News International

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