FAQ – frequently
asked questions about DOTS
What are DOTS?
DOTS are design floor accessories for the home interior, which have the function of stimulating the feet without the need for extra exercise.
What makes them unique?
They are a product resulting from three years of research in the field of stimulating floor surfaces in the home interior and exterior.
They are made in a small family company from Slovak ash wood.
Every single piece is checked by us, hand-glued and packed in an unbleached canvas bag designed by us and sewn in Slovakia.
Last but not least, there is a mountain of our enthusiasm for walking barefoot hidden in DOTS, which you may also become infected with!
How do DOTS work?
The sets are divided into static and active stimulation:
Static involves static stimulation and treading on the spot, which activates the individual points on the feet and partially engages the muscles. The static set has an extra surface treatment against moisture and is therefore suitable to apply next to sink or washbasin.
Active stimulation of the feet and a change in gait occurs when you step on them and therefore it is necessary to apply them at the intersections of movement.
Where can I place DOTS?
Depending on the size of the place, it is possible to determine which set is suitable to apply:
an open space with a direction of movement from several sides will probably require a larger package, while a corridor or one-way transition space will suffice with a smaller set.
A static set (12 pcs.) is required for the place next to sink, due to the anti-moisture surface treatment.
What is included in the DOTS packaging?
DOTS are sold in canvas bags of 12, 25, 36 or 100 pieces or in paper TUBUS of 25 or 36 pieces.
The canvas bag includes instructions for use, a brochure for the interior user with abbreviated but comprehensive information about the foot, walking, shoes. The package also includes spare stickers and one DOT with a laser-cut logo.
The TUBUS kit contains instructions for use, replacement stickers and one laser DOT.
Do they stick directly to the floor or are they on a pad?
They are stuck directly to the floor with double-sided adhesive tape, which DOTS come already fitted with… and they stick really well.
The adhesive tape used holds the DOTS firmly enough and there is no risk of unintentional detachment or intentional detachment by children’s hands.
If necessary, DOTS can be peeled off, and on most floors there is no trace left after their previous application (for floors with a tendency to change colour, such as wood, a colour difference with the surrounding floor is possible after a long time – the same effect as with furniture or a carpet).
I wear slippers at home – are DOTS of any meaning to me?
DOTS are developed to stimulate bare feet and feet in socks,
by using slippers, therefore the intended stimulatory effect will not be seen or felt when walking over them.
DOTS are not an obstacle to indoor movement when wearing slippers.
Using DOTS with socks is perfectly fine. However, be careful not to pull your toes too tightly, because you do not use them to balance and the leg muscles must unnaturally correct the movement.
What about cleaning?
They do not interfere with vacuuming and even a robot vacuum cleaner passes over them.
No dirt gets under them and no hair is caught on them. Thanks to the surface treatment with wax and oil, DOTS have increased resistance to soiling and water. Washing the floor is also not a problem – a mop / cloth can be passed between as well as over DOTS and such short-term exposure to water does not cause any problems.
I’ve got pets at home (dog, cat)
DOTS are part of several households with four-legged friends and it’s fine.
The tape on the entire surface of the base prevents pet hairs from getting caught under the DOTS and holds them firmly on the floor. The surface treatment is also suitable for contact with children’s saliva and thus also those from animals. Hard ash wood, in turn, is resistant to whatever your pet may throw at them.
What is the advantage of DOTS over other stimulant products?
DOTS were developed with the idea that one does not have to do any extra activity and in addition to normal movement around the home, the feet are also stimulated.
Research has shown that all exercise equipment is put away after a certain time and stops being used. Likewise, sensory mats, which can be moved, are eventually moved to the edge of the room. Through constant application of DOTS at the intersections of movement inside the home, the user’s legs are stimulated several times during each day – simply each time they walk over them.
DOTS should become a permanent part of your home interior, which is why they are designed as a design accessory – minimalist functional design combined with natural material fits perfectly into both classic and modern and clean types of rooms.
Can we use them in a shower unit?
Not yet. BUT…
The double-sided tape currently used on DOTS is not suitable for wet environments. Also, ash is a hard wood and can withstand some moisture, but in the current design, we do not recommend it for use in humid environments. For DOTS application by the washbasin, a static set is available which has an extra coating and has better properties in a humid environment.
Can we use DOTS outside (on a patio)?
We chose their material and surface treatment for indoor use. Outdoors, we recommend using a wide range of different surfaces that occur naturally there. A barefoot walk on various natural surfaces is the best possible stimulation of the feet.
Should the discs be stuck everywhere indoors?
Not at all. As mentioned above, the application of DOTS is recommended for intersections of movement in the home.
Therefore, it is important to stick DOTS on the most frequented intersection points and so that we do not avoid them.
The layout of DOTS can be geometrically regular or random – it depends on the imagination and creativity of the user.