Upholstery, blinds, curtains and… masks?

Interior decorator makes alterations to keep helping in Canadians in uncertain times

Roger Comartin demonstrates one of Rodco’s anti-microbial masks, made from fabric the interior design company normally uses for shower curtains, privacy screens and gowns.

Roger Comartin demonstrates one of Rodco’s anti-microbial masks, made from fabric the interior design company normally uses for shower curtains, privacy screens and gowns.

Roger Comartin has a simple message for customers of Rodco Draperies and Interiors: “We’re still open!”

At the beginning of March he and son Field adapted their father-son business to the “new normal” by donning masks, gloves and booties when visiting client’s homes to take measurements or install window treatments. Those procedures are still in place, so if you’re looking for help redecorating a room or solving a tricky design problem, you can call Rodco for a free consultation.

But after 30 years in business, Comartin knows flexibility is essential to longevity, so he’s broadened the scope of their services during these uncertain times. He’s started making masks.

Washable, re-usable anti-microbial masks

“When they won’t let me decorate I have to find other ways to keep working!” Comartin laughs.

Rodco makes an anti-microbial shower curtain treated on both sides with a water treatment from a Canadian company called Ultra-Fresh, which they’ve installed in hospitals and other institutions where cleanliness is essential. Now they’re using that same fabric to make re-usable anti-microbial masks.

“It’s a really great fabric, and very durable,” Comartin says.

Rodco has installed the shower curtains in VIHA facilities and dorm rooms at McMaster University, and says they’re impressed with how well the fabric has held up to repeated washings. That bodes well for re-usable masks.

“My clients call me the proactive contractor, because I do all these tests before I install a new product. I wash the fabric in the client’s own washing machine, then send it to a lab for testing. After 50 washes the fabric was still 92 per cent effective as an anti-microbial.”

Comartin hopes the hospitality industry will embrace his masks to protect employees as the economy re-opens. The Inn at Laurel Point and Paul’s Motor Inn have already placed orders, and Comartin has lots of production capacity to supply other businesses.

“I think it helps psychologically, if staff are in charge of their own masks. You know it works and you know you’ve cleaned it well. We’ve done a lot of testing on the material so you know this mask will work better than a homemade cloth mask, and you’ll have it for an awful long time.”

Problem solving for businesses and homeowners

Rodco enjoys coming up with custom solutions for complex spaces. Install tracks and curtains for cubicles to improve privacy and isolation. Reupholster dental, salon and barber chairs. Try motorized or manual blinds, drapes and curtains, and ask about clear vinyl curtains for your home or business.

Call, email or message Rodco to discuss your project, whether it’s a home renovation, big business custom order, or personal protective equipment. There’s no obligation to buy, even if you take advantage of Rodco’s free estimate service.

Visit rodcointeriors.com to find out more, email rodocinteriors@shaw.ca, or call 250-656-4642.

CoronavirusHealthInterior design

Just Posted

B.C. is conducting an emergency alert test on Nov. 25 at 1:55 p.m. (Black Press Media File photo)
Expect B.C.-wide emergency alert system test Wednesday afternoon

The message will be broadcast at 1:55 p.m. on Nov. 25.

The Great Adventure is the Braefoot Community Association’s answer to COVID fatigue, a nine-day photography scavenger hunt around Saanich and beyond, for teams of up to six people in each other’s bubble. (Unsplash)
Cameras, safe six mix for photographic scavenger hunt around Saanich

Braefoot Community Association invites public to have some outdoor fun with fundraiser

The Grinch was spotted on a tractor in Metchosin Monday morning, an early welcome for the holiday season. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
PHOTO: Grinch arrives early for the holidays in Metchosin

Send your favourite Christmas decorations to Black Press Media

Oak Bay resident bilked $3,300 in puppy scam

Three cases of fraud reported in two days

Sidney’s Star Cinema has temporarily closed as part of efforts to COVID-19. (Black Press Media File).
Sidney’s Star Cinema temporarily goes dark

Closure reflects provincial health order in effect until Dec. 7

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 23, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. daily COVID-19 cases hits record 941 on Tuesday

Further restrictions on indoor exercise take effect

Man, 28, warned by Kootenay police to stop asking people to marry him

A woman initially reported the incident to police before they discovered others had been popped the question

Winston Blackmore (left) and James Oler (right) were sentenced on separate charges of polygamy this week in Cranbrook Supreme Court.
No more charges expected in Bountiful investigation, special prosecutor says

Special prosecutor says mandate has ended following review of evidence from Bountiful investigations

(Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Refuse to follow B.C.’s mask mandate? Face a $230 fine

Masks are now required to be worn by all British Columbians, 12 years and older

Parksville’s French Creek Harbour experienced a diesel spill on Nov. 23 after a barge and fishing vessel collided. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Coast Guard cleans up diesel spill in Parksville’s French Creek Harbour

Barge carrying fuel truck collides with fishing vessel

Stock photo
Senior from Gibsons caught viewing child porn sentenced to 10 months

74-year-old pleaded guilty after police seized 1,500-2,500 images

BC Teachers' Federation President Teri Mooring is asking parents of school-aged children to encourage the wearing of masks when possible in schools. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
LETTER: Teachers union encourages culture of mask wearing in B.C. schools

BCTF President Teri Mooring asks parents to talk with children about wearing masks in school

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak to the media about the COVID-19 virus outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s inability to manufacture vaccines in-house will delay distribution: Trudeau

First doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected in first few months of 2021, prime minister says

All dance studios, other indoor group fitness facilities must close amid updated COVID-19 rules

Prior announcement had said everything except spin, HIIT and hot yoga could remain open

Most Read