Posted on: May 26th, 2016 by Chris Aviles
You know the saying “The grass is always greener on the other side”? Well, that’s probably because it’s fake!
I often find myself driving through my neighborhood and having garden envy. All the other houses have such green manicured lawns and their planters always look so vibrant with color – It’s easy to feel inadequate. I’m not saying my yard looks like an abandoned house or anything; it just doesn’t seem to pop. I’ve tried all kinds of flowers and plants, but nothing seems to last very long and I’m really sick of empty looking, brown planters.
My solution to all this is our Shredded Rubber Mulch. It looks just like real wood mulch this realistically-textured, eco friendly, shredded mulch groundcover is made from 100% recycled rubber and will not fade, rot, compress, or lose its original beauty, even after years of exposure to the elements. This is the perfect substitute for traditional wood mulch, which must be replenished periodically due to wood decomposition. Rubber mulch, on the other hand, will retain it’s original qualities for many, many years. It is the perfect loose-fill groundcover for residential or commercial landscaping applications. Rated as the safest groundcover on the market, our rubber garden mulch also provides superior drainage and minimizes dust.
My favorite feature, aside from the longevity, is that is comes in different colors. Now, no matter the time of year, I can keep my planters looking green (or blue or red). With the variety of colors you can really add some character to your yard, providing a tailored and elegant look. Curb appeal is very important. More important than your front door mat, it is the true first impression!
Posted on: March 16th, 2016 by Chris Aviles
Around half of my day is on the phone and half of those calls are usually for an exercise mat. A lot of people toy with the idea of a home gym for a lot of reasons. You save money on commercial gym membership costs, there’s less worry about bacteria from other people, you never have to wait for a machine, and probably my favorite – the time you save driving to and from the gym. That is precious TV time!
The thing I’ve come to realize is most people don’t really know where to start or what they really need and end up either getting discouraged or ordering the wrong product. I frequently get asked “What do I need?”. Unfortunately, that is a very hard question to answer because while everybody’s general need is the same [a workout room], there specific room needs are all different.
When you decide you want a workout or fitness room, there are a few things you should look at to help decide what room is the best and what product you should use.
First of all, I’d go with a room that is either tile or cement. Carpeted room can work, but I really suggest removing the carpet. If you have a treadmill of any kind of weights, most likely they will wear a hole and just end up looking very tattered. Plus carpet is a nice place for all you sweat to collect and that’s just gross.
Then you have to figure out how many outlets you’ll need and where they need to be placed. It doesn’t happen very often, but I have had people tell me they put the whole room together and realized they would have to run extension cords to power their machines.
Next you need to decide what ttype of flooring you actually need. If your workouts are in the Yoga, Pilates, aerobic genre, you probably want a an EVA foam flooring. Our soft floor tiles are a closed cell EVA foam that are not only comfortable to sit, lie, and walk on, but they won’t absorb any liquid, should it fall from a water bottle or your face. Also these tiles are dense enough to support you ankles. I do recommend a thickness of at least 5/8” so the tiles will not pull apart with your movement.
If you are more of a Treadmill, Bowflex, weight lifting type of person, I suggest are Tuff-n-Easy Rubber tiles or Rolled Rubber. They’re both made from 100% recycled rubber and the exact material we’ve put in commercial gyms across the U.S.A. These tiles are also very dense, but much more the foam tiles. You won’t need to worry about your equipment being unstable and the rubber can withstand impact from weights.
Lastly you, you just need to decide on color. We have a wide variety of different colors to match any home.
Posted on: December 19th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
I was out window shopping the other day, trying not to spend money since the Holidays are so rapidly approaching. Even though I had Holidays on the brain I was shocked to see Christmas Decorations! I haven’t even noticed Halloween decorations yet, which is my favorite Holiday, how can I possibly be expected to think about Christmas? It’s not even Autumn yet, which happens to be my favorite season and not just because of Halloween. It’s definitely not summer and not quite winter – the perfect weather, in my opinion. I love night time strolls with a light breeze rustling the leaves while some gently fall to the ground. It’s so soothing.
Then soon after, winter strikes. We’ve told we can expect the heaviest rain and wind we’ve experienced in over a decade. I do love me some stormy weather, but I’m so not looking forward to the rainy mess. Luckily it’s time to redecorate because we carry new entrance mats that I just love. Montage are new, top of the line commercial door mats made with environmentally friendly components. Montage offers enhanced long wearing performance and durability and my favorite feature- it hold a gallon and a half of water per square yard! No more sopping wet mats leaking onto my wood floors and no more throwing towel tackily on the carpet as a make shift runner. Aside from all the functionality they look real nice too. I could see our Montage carpeted floor mat in the entrance of a 5 star hotel which makes it perfect for my tastes. I just need to decide on color, because having seen these mats myself, I know it’s going to last me a very long time. It has to fit just right.
Posted on: November 18th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
It seems my customers are the only people who listen to me. I should have some of them inform my family that I actually know what I’m talking about because I think to them I’ll forever be 5 years old and have zero credibility. But that’s for another therapy session…
This past weekend I was helping my Uncle, and by help I mean watch, work on restoring his classic Chevy Step side. This has been his pet project for the better side of a decade and I’ve seen him spend hours just tinkering in his garage. I watch him hunched over his work table screwing, sanding or hammering something then walk to the truck and stand there briefly to measure or tighten something else. At one point he grabbed his back and let out a little moan/growl sound and went about his business. My MatsMatsMats antenna went up and I said “Hey Uncle, you should get longer anti-fatigue mats so it covers your whole work area, not just in front of your table”. And he said he used to have a few but he was constantly tripping over them and he found himself rearranging them so he could throw down tools and heavier parts without damaging them. He obviously didn’t have the right mats.
I had a few drinks which is why I wasn’t actually working with tools and almost completely forgot about our SoftRubber tiles. I told him all about how SoftRubber interlocking tiles are the perfect hybrid. They have the anti-fatigue feature which is the most important part, but it also has the durable rubber surface. He could stand, kneel and walk around his entire area with worrying about where to set the heavy parts he keeps pulling off and putting back on the truck. I went on trying to convince him it was time to discard the tripping hazard that is only really helping half the time but he’s stubborn. I’m going to have to just put a floor down for him so he can see. It’s a really easy installation; I could do it in less than an hour. I guess I’m just as stubborn.. must be a family trait.
Posted on: October 9th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
Every once in a while I get a phone call from somebody requesting to rent our products. It’s really not a big deal, but this week we’ve been flooded with people wanting to rent. I can understand the appeal of renting logo mats for your business. You get to enjoy the benefits of a nice looking entrance mats that represents your company and helps keep dirt and debris from getting into your business. Then once a week, or once a month, somebody comes by and replaces your mat with a fresh and clean mat. It really is very convenient. However, if you are like a lot of small business’, that just doesn’t make sense, financially. Owning your own mat will save you hundreds, or even thousands of dollars over the life span of your mat.
A lot of rental comings will play up the convenience of picking up and washing your mat. Some of them may even make it sound like if you want to ensure your mat stays bright and not fade, you need to trust them with the special cleaning process. That’s a load of doggy droppings. I guarantee they are doing nothing more than throwing your mat into a commercial washer. You could easily do the same. Realistically, our mats can just be hosed down and hung to dry. Alternatively, I’m sure there are cleaning companies that will pick up and clean that mats you own allowing you to opt out without losing use of your mats.
Here is a formula to show you that buying your own entrance mats, logo mats or rubber backed runners is cheaper than using a door mat rental company.
# of Mats per location x $Weekly Costs x 52 weeks x # of Locations
ABC Tire Shop uses an entrance mat Rental Service for 6 door mats (3′x5′ in size) at $5.00 per mat per week rental cost for 4 locations…
6 doormats x $5.00 weekly cost = $30.00 x 52 weeks = $1560.00 per Location x 4 Locations = $6240.00 per year… ouch!
6 rubber backed door mats (3′x5′ in size) @ $75.00 each = $450.00.
$450.00 to purchase vs. $1560.00 per year for rental door mats.
This would save you $1110.00 per year, per location x 4 Locations = a $4440.00 SAVINGS!
You could buy a 2nd set for backup or for those bad days you would have them on hand if needed… and it would still cheaper than renting!
We offer the same exact gripper rubber backed mats that a mat rental company typically uses for renting. In fact, many of these companies buy the mats from us and then turn around and rent them to you. The mat rental company then uses these mats for an average of 5 years… and you could too. So, why rent? Buy mats and SAVE!
Posted on: September 17th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
When most people, myself included, think of Ballet they tend to think pink tutus and Nutcracker recitals. Barre-based fitness programs are popping up all over the country and I have the pleasure of talking to so many people about exactly why it’s becoming so popular and have really changed my view on ballet. To the point where I wish I would have started as a child. It’s time we get off our exercise mat and start doing something new and fun for exercise – Ballet!
Starting Ballet or dance at a young age can really help with coordination development. That doesn’t necessarily seem all the important until you really stop to think what we need to be coordinated for… like getting behind the wheel of your first car at 16 years old. And for all those boys that think ballet is too “girlie”, how much coordination goes into football or ice hockey? I read a story about a NHL goalie, Ray Emery , that was real close to ending his career because of some hip issue. As a last resort he took up Ballet and less than a year later his career was back on track and better than ever. That just goes to show you it’s never too late. A simple 4′ or 6’ ballet barre in your bedroom, gym or garage can be the start to a much healthier, easier life.
Ballet not only helps with flexibility and coordination; It helps with other activities like your endurance while running. You’d be surprised how much cardio you are actually doing – and Cardio helps with heart strengthening, breathing and even will power.
Posted on: September 2nd, 2015 by Chris Aviles
I’m pretty sure I just talked about Rubber Mulch and its benefits, especially during the extreme drought we’re experiencing in California, but I want to make one more point.
Brush fires are just part of life out here. All the dry brush, especially during a drought, can easily be lit on fire by a cigarette or a random spark. Just a few days ago, as I was driving down the road, I noticed some thick clouds and saw an entire stretch of road blocked off with Fire Engines. It appeared there was a house on fire. Not that I’m every surprised by random fires during our sweltering heat, but I am inquisitive and quickly turned on the news when I got home. I found out that while they’re unsure as to what exactly started the fire, it spread quickly because of wood mulch. This is horrible.
It got me thinking about our Rubber Mulch and how it not only looks nice but is so much safer in areas like mine. My favorite is our Rubber Mulch Tree Ring. A Tree Ring will help prevent erosion and conserve moisture. How nice to open my back door step out onto my door mats and look at how great my backyard looks and know it is helping the environment too!
With the weather as permanently great as it is out here, BBQ’s and backyard fire pits are not an uncommon occurrence. A random ember or spark could easily ignite the wood mulch you may have in your backyard. Or if you happen to live close to one of California’s wild fires, Rubber Mulch can actually keep the flames at bay (temporarily) allowing you to get to safety. So aside from easy maintenance and a very nice look, our Rubber Mulch can actually be better for your safety and all around state of mind.
Posted on: August 4th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
I’ve talked about anti fatigue mats before, but I’m going to talk about them again! A simple 2’x3’ Anti Fatigue mat can make a huge difference at your business for a few reasons. I’m going to use a restaurant as an example because it’s my only real life experience. I used to roll silverware after a long day of serving tables. It’s part of every servers side work and probably the most hated task. But it has to be done. I can do about 6 rolls every minute. In 30 minutes, that 180 rolls. Multiple that by 20 people (servers and hosts) and you get 3,600 rolls of silverware for one day of food service.
Now let me paint you a picture…
Since the managers know each person can do about 180 rolls in thirty minutes, that’s what they expect. After about 5 minutes, or only 30 rolls, my legs start to hurt and I’m bending over to relieve back pain. Shifting my weight only works for so long. Knowing I have to do 180 rolls, I start getting faster and faster. My rolls are getting looser, but I don’t care. MY BACK HURTS! My 180 rolls turn into about 90-120 usable rolls, since a lot of them fall apart and are unusable.
This makes for loose, unused silverware falling on the ground and having to be washed. Now the dishwashers have to re-wash unused silverware. That doesn’t seem so bad until you multiply that by 20 people a day. Now your dishwashers are backed up from all the extra silverware and your cookware and plates are piling up. Since there are no plates or the appropriate cookware, your guests are waiting a long time for their food and will probably not come back.
Now your business is failing. All because you didn’t know to buy a mat that cost less than $50.00
Posted on: July 29th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
I would like to take this opportunity to one of the down sides to living in California. The sun is always shining and we don’t have to deal with snow and other extreme weather crippling our lives, but we totally dehydrated!
California is in serious manic mode and doing everything we can to conserve water. There are new laws being implemented that limit the frequency and time of day you can water your lawn or garden and I’ve noticed a few business’ removing their grass completely and installing Drought Tolerant Landscaping.
I’m sorry to say I’m not very happy with this situation. All “Drought Tolerant Landscaping” looks like dead weeds and rocks. It’s not very appealing and I would put off making that change as long as I could.
I was doing a little research and was happy to see my kneeling pad will still get used. There are flowers that can hold up with limited water and I also found out your soil can play a huge part. A drought tolerant garden grows from the ground up, you’re going to want soil that will retain the water and support the plants. That’s the basis to any Drought Tolerant Garden.
Grow the soil first because that means plants will need less water and fertilizer. Out here there is a lot of clay in our dirt; a little compost can really help. You want to make sure your soil is soft and will allow water to go deep. Instead of watering every day, practice deep watering only a few times a week. Deep watering will allow the roots to follow the water downward, where it will find natural reservoirs.
Lastly, in regards to those hideous rocks, you want to put something down to help keep your dirt moist. On these scalding days, your water can potentially evaporate quickly ultimately wasting it. I’d use something like our rubber mulch instead. The rubber mulch comes in a variety of colors to help keep your garden looking nice and will hold up for many many years while allowing water to get to your soil and not evaporate so fast.
Posted on: July 17th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
I’m often asked about putting a Logo on our products. Adding your logo to a something is subtle yet effective way to promote your business. For example, I have a few yoga studio owners that give out yoga mats embossed with their logo to their clients for free. Free stuff makes the clients happy and now they’re advertising.
One of the products that we don’t put logos on, which I’m asked about a lot, is our Interlocking Trade Show Flooring. It’s a great idea in theory but tradeshow tiles see a lot of traffic, and being foam, do need to be replaced from time to time. The tiles themselves are very affordable, especially from our company, but adding a logo can cost a little more. When it comes time to replace a tile or two, that can add up if we also have to re-do your logo.
A great solution is one our carpet logo mats. Our Logo Carpet Mats are very high quality and durable, fully capable of withstanding heavy traffic. You can place your logo mat at the entrance of your booth, so you can have the comfort of a cushioned floor with the added professional touch of your specific brand. If you use a floor color that contrasts your logo, you can even pull more attention your way.
Another benefit of a Carpeted Logo Mat at the entrance of your Tradeshow booth is it functions like any other entrance mat; it will help keep dirt and debris off your tiles which will only had to your tiles longevity.