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.
Posted on: July 8th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I moved into my new apartment. I already have to sign the new lease! Instead of moving this time, I’m staying where I’m at; I’ll just redecorate a little. The first thing I’m going to change out is my Entrance Mats. It still works really well but after two years of use it’s beginning to look dull. It couldn’t have come at a better time because MatsMatsMats.com just added a bunch more Entrance Door Mats. There are almost too many options now. I might have to order a couple so I can switch it up.
I really like the top surface that is made of flocked fibers. The fibers give the mat a nice look that also provides fine scraping action and trap dirt. The other good feature is entire base is made of 100% recycled rubber, which provides durability and helps to reduce movement, unlike vinyl back mats that can slip around. The rubber backing also makes these eco friendly! Probably my favorite feature is these decorative door mats are easy to maintain: I never have to clean mine because my apartment hoses down the corridors once a week. There’s nothing worse than having something nice, but having to clean it all the time. Those items never last in my house.
Posted on: June 15th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
Did you know all of our made to order gymnastics folding mats, which already come in a variety of colors, are even more customizable? AND it doesn’t cost anything more to make your mat a little more personal.
This was fantastic for a customer of mine recently. Her grandson is a very active crawler and on his way to walking. She told me they have him in a big boy crib, but he still manages to climb out and she’s concerned he may eventually hurt himself. Since he’s such a determined little boy, she really wanted to pad his floor a little better. The interlocking tiles were not a good match for her because she wanted to ability to store the mat, easily. We discussed the folding mats because they can be folded up quick and with a slide of the foot, hidden from site under the crib.
Next came deciding on color. Her grandson’s room is tan and yellow, but she couldn’t decide on one color. An all yellow mat would be too bright, and an all tan mat might be too dull. That’s when I discovered we can alternate tan and yellow for no extra cost! That made her very happy. Buying something out of need can be hard enough on your wallet. It’s nice to be able to make something mundane, a little nicer.
This is also a fun, comfortable idea for the living room. I love lying on the ground to watch TV or just hang out. Sometimes, even the most push carpet can be uncomfortable. Which the color options, you can match any room.
Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
Walkway roof pads for your truck bed! Genius.
When I was a kid, I remember my Mom bought herself a Truck- later my dad took it over because it was just too big for my 5’ nothing Mom- anyway, it was a really pretty deep burgundy and so shiny! About a week or so after she got it, my dad equipped the truck with a black bed liner. It protected the bed of the truck and wrapped up to just cover the sides. I hated it. I know it was functional, but realistically it’s not like we were hauling rocks on a daily bases. We put bikes back there, sometimes, and used it for camping gear, like once a year. To me, the truck was ruined.
Fast forward 15 years, and I had a customer call for a 4’x8’ piece of rubber flooring for his truck. He said he only uses his truck to move equipment very rarely and didn’t want to ruin the look of his truck with a permanent bed liner. Sir… I couldn’t agree more. He wanted a piece of rubber that would fit nicely, protecting his truck from scratches and that he would be able to remove when he’s finished.
Luckily for him, our Walkway Roof Pads come in just the size he needed. The ½” thickness was perfect; It’s dense enough to withstand weight and pressure, but still manageable.
When he’s not using it for his truck, a Walkway Roof Pad has a bunch of great uses.
If your car leaks oil, you can slip one of these underneath to give your garage a clean look, while hiding the black spots.
You could also throw one of these dense pads on the grass or dirt if you have to use a ladder on not so stable ground.
Just another example of how our products can really optimize your life.