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.
Posted on: May 6th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
We just had some rain and everywhere you go there are carpet runners. Every building I went into had at least 2 runners going in various directions. Marble and tile look pretty, but they real slippery real fast.
As I’ve said before I often find myself flipping over mats to see if I recognize any of ours anywhere. Most of the time I’ve noticed a tore up mat that looks like it might be one of ours, and check to just to be sure it’s not. It never is….. phew! It’s really easy to spot rented mats, they usually have one little corner missing some carpet, where they stamp their logo.
Rented mats, in theory, are great. When I was a host I loved rented mats. Most of the lobby/bar area covered with these great carpeted entry mat with our Logo on them. Every night I’d roll up the mats and put them aside and every morning I’d unroll magically clean mats. This made clean up a breeze!
Now, fast forward to me learning the ins and outs of restaurant ownership, and I couldn’t believe the company threw money away like that. Granted, it was a large restaurant chain and probably had money to burn. Realistically, as a small business owner, it makes no sense. Here’s some light math to prove my point:
# 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 entry mats with logo on them for an average of 5 years… and you could too. So, why rent? Buy mats and SAVE!
Posted on: April 24th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
I’ve always enjoyed transformations for some reason, in all sorts of aspects. I love seeing the dirt lot outside our building being transformed into a mall. I kind of have a guilty pleasure for plastic surgery before and after’s. My favorite transformation comes around the Holidays. Aside from the typical “get yourself in the spirit” reasons for decorating, I enjoy decorating because every couple of months you get to rearrange and restyle your house. I put traditional décor away for more festive Halloween or 4th of July, Hanukah and Christmas (Yes I decorate for both holidays) decorations. I guess what I really enjoy is change.
Most people switch up their clothes, jewelry and shoes to express themselves or feel good. Everybody likes a little change, especially kids! Have you ever bought a kid a toy they just had to have only to see it disappear within a week? I have. I have little nephews, who I’ve never seen play with anything I’ve gotten them longer than that day. Usually I spend about 2-3 hundred dollars on toys for my nephews every year and I love seeing their faces light up with joy, I just wish my money was going toward something they’ll enjoy for more than a few weeks.
I’m thinking next time a gift occasion pops up, I’m going to get my boys some kids play carpets online. We have so many different versions; From farm and zoo animals, to construction and cityscapes, even ones with games like Hopscotch! Combine that with all the colors we carry and I’ve found my gifts for the boys for the next 2 or 3 years. You know, before they’re too cool for school.
I always have to be mindful of my gifts so I can avoid any glaring from my sister in-law, I think these rugs are great. Not only will the boys have a few different options to spark their imagination, but the carpeted playmats will protect the floors in their room (since we all know how messy boys can be), AND there’s no need to find storage space!
Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
This time of year is my favorite because of all the holidays and fun parties, but I hate this time of year because the weather is obnoxious. I know all you east coasters probably hate me and my practically perfect weather, but you guys at least know what to expect. Like most people in California, our weather is moody and spontaneous. I can wake up to rain and wind and go to sleep with the air conditioner on. It’s frustrating. I can’t always be carrying around an umbrella and certainly don’t want to be wearing a jacket all day, but it is what it is.
Thankfully I have doormats in my house that I can keep down year round and am always prepared.
I’d like to introduce you to one of our latest products, the Montage Mat! It’s my new favorite. Our Sponge Mat was my original go to mat because it absorbs water, hides dirt and looks fancy. The Montage mat does all that, has a little nicer look and can be made to a much larger variety of sizes than the sponge. Montage are new, top of the line commercial door mats made with environmentally friendly components. Montage offers enhanced long wearing performance and durability. Building entrance mats, retail entry mats, and floor matting for wet areas are some of the many ideal uses for Montage commercial carpet mats. These mats are typically found in the interior or exterior of building entrances of retail stores, office buildings, hotels, hospitals, supermarkets, schools restaurants or other high-traffic areas. They add extra safety and traction during wet weather too.
Posted on: March 9th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
You need Jo-Sha yoga mat wipes. That’s pretty much it, but let me tell you why. I have a bag of Tea Tree wipes and I love them. I use them for everything. Mainly they gets used to wipe down counters, sinks and faucets right before a guests drops by and they work really great on those small sticky spill in the kitchen. I like that the scent is light, definitely noticeable but not overwhelmingly. I enjoy the smell of a clean house, but sometimes lemon and bleach can be way over powering. The best use I’ve found lately is on my door and door jams. You know, all those spots where dirty hands leave marks; Jo-Sha wipes clean it right up with our ruining the paint.
They really are versatile and you can literally use them on everything! Get ready for an overshare, because last week after I got home from work I had to go out and didn’t have time to shower. So like we’ve all done from time to time, I took a bum bath. Usually you wipe down your sweaty areas and mist yourself in cologne or perfume and that will hold you over until you can actually bathe. It works good enough, but you can tell and are usually counting down the minutes until you can rinse off. Well, I was running so short on time I grabbed a Jo-Sha wipe and freshened up. I’m not exaggerating when I say I felt cleaner than after a shower. Obviously I still needed to shower for real, but I was able to run my errand and not feel self-conscious. It was gentle on my skin and didn’t make me feel sticky. It works so well and is so easy, I just hope this doesn’t become a bad habit.
Posted on: February 18th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
Let me start out by saying I’m not a parent. I don’t pretend to know what it takes so my opinion might be completely invalid.
Aside from time out or safety rooms for children with special needs I never understood over protecting kids. Like I said, this is just my non parent observation. When I was a kid I bounced my head off a few different things and I have the scars to prove it. I’ve always been led to believe that children are resilient so I just didn’t understand.
After spending the weekend with my three nephews, 4 year old twins and a six year old, I learned why the over protection craze. Between the twins throwing themselves at each other and the six year old razor scooting all over the place, it’s very hard to stay in the same room with all 3 boys. The living room is fully covered in Kids Playroom Tiles and while it looks colorful and neat, it seemed a little excessive. I would silently scoff at the parents, thinking they should just pay more attention to their kids instead of fool proofing your house so you don’t have to. Boy was I ever wrong. I followed those boys around trying to keep them laughing and safe and it seemed there was always one kid out of sight. As I was trying to coax one twin down the stairs I heard the other twin jump from one couch to the other followed by the sound of toys being knocked over and a muffled sound of a body hitting the ground. Before I ran to his rescue I remembered the Soft Flooring and was instantly at ease. I knew he wasn’t going to hurt himself and had was able to continue negotiating with the first twin.
So I learned kids are resilient, they do bounce back and can’t possibly be watched at all times. The kids playroom tiles, or padding I’m putting in customers’ homes isn’t for the kids. It’s for the Adults piece of mind. Genius.
Posted on: January 22nd, 2015 by Chris Aviles
A good anti-fatigue Mat can change your life! I spend at least an hour a day standing in my kitchen, cooking or doing dishes and if I’m having a particularly lazy week sometimes dished can take me an hour all by themselves. Usually as I’m doing dishes I have some stand up comedy playing to distract me from the strain on my lower back and make the task as quick as possible. Recently I wrote about a Marble Fatigue Mat to make your kitchen look nice and help with floor cleanup. What I didn’t mention was the intended benefits of the mat.
The other night I was doing my normal cooking and cleaning ritual with my comedy to distract. Before I had time to think about my back pain, I had finished cooking, done the dishes, unloaded the dishwasher, wiped the counters and cleaned the floor- all with no pain. I thought maybe I had built up a tolerance and my pain would no longer be an issue, then it hit me. DUH! I was walking on Anti-Fatigue mats, and guess what? No fatigue! Imagine that?
For a lot of people, the pain we feel while standing is annoying but usually tolerable so as soon as we sit, it’s gone and we never think about it again until we’re standing.
After I made the decision to get the Marble Fatigue, I don’t put off cleaning and cooking as much as I used to. Now my daily tasks aren’t a strain, and I get so much more done! It’s crazy to think something so small can make such a huge difference in my motivation.
Posted on: December 15th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
The Holidays are coming which means it’s time to start planning all the joy, and I mean gifts, I plan on spreading this year. I definitely am not one of those people that save all year so I’m not always able to buy gifts in August like my grandparents. Plus, I think part of the holiday season is getting out and shopping among the holiday music and cheery decorations.
Shopping online is a different story. I’m sure I’ve blogged about this before but I’m going to beat a dead horse… Order your gifts now or at least start your research. Many companies like ours have lots of in-stock items and can usually get them to you in a couple of days. During the holidays, online stores are no different than your regular department stores, we get crowded too- you just can’t see our crowds. The reason why this is important to realize is while the Folding Gymnastics mat your daughter is dying to have may normally be in stock, but during the holidays could have to be produced which can take 3 weeks. Combine that with the fact that shipping carriers like UPS and FedEx are just as over whelmed and can be a few days behind schedule, and you can end up needing a month for an item that any other time of year you would have in a week.
I hope this wasn’t discouraging, I really am just trying to help. I talk to so many people around the Holidays and while most of them are happy, there are a few that I couldn’t get a product out to in time and it breaks my heart. I want everybody to have all their expectations met around the Holidays.
Posted on: November 19th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
I believe we’re now in the 3rd year of Summer here in California, and it can be miserable. Most everybody from other states I speak to act jealous of my permanent summer, and talk about how I must love it so much. Wrong! I love not dealing with Snow and excessive rain, but excessive sweat can be just as irritating. I will put off getting my mail for days because it’s so hot I don’t want to step foot outside.
On top of myself being uncomfortable sometimes, my poor dog is no different. She’s as bad about going outside to do her business as I am about mail. My poor baby will hold it until night to avoid the heat. Being the spoiled Diva she is, she gets to spend all day in a nice air conditioned house and has become accustomed to the comfort.
My sisters dogs have a huge yard, which is great for their exercise but she was telling me they spend most their time in the shade of the planters. They then proceed to bring their dust into the house. I told her about my idea to use interlocking rubber floor tiles in the planter, but she didn’t want to spend the time drilling holes for drainage. We decided a drainage mat would be a better fit. The holes are big enough to let sun and water through to the soil, and her dogs can still lie in the shade without getting dirt all over the house. Additionally when she has to stand in her planter to trim roses or pick fruit, she won’t be standing in dirt or mud and now her or her dogs won’t track dirt onto the patio which will save hours of sweeping a month.
Our Drainage mats come is a variety of sizes, including tiles, and are pretty easy to cut to fit any area you have.
Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
I was taking a tour of my friends new restaurant last week and It’s amazing how the right mats can make you so much more efficient. The restaurant isn’t open yet, but we were there for a soft opening and I got to watch all the servers and chefs in action.
To give you a better visual, let me talk about my first job as a host. The restaurant I worked at was always busy and I definitely wore more than a host hat, so I was constantly running around. There were drainage mats in the bar area and by the dishwashers, but no other mats in the entire place. You wouldn’t believe how much having to watch where you step slows you down.
After a few months of working there I had trained myself to not even pick up my feet in the kitchen; I and the cooks literally slid around because you were less likely to slip. In the server’s station, where if there was down time the host would make salads, I would do a little dance to adjust my legs and move my back and alleviate pain. I was young so I didn’t realize something was wrong and I just adapted.
Fast forward to last week and the environment in my friend’s restaurant was like night and day compared to my first experience. The back of the house (or kitchen) had non-slip drainage mats in all the walkways and there were anti fatigue mats in the server station. The servers, who are practically running around the front of the house (or dining area) were able to move into the kitchen at the same pace with no worry about slipping.
The anti-fatigue mats around the areas where you’re stationary, like salad prep table or silverware rolling stations do more than help pain. I know, because I’ve been there, that people will put off side work or complete it lazily; therefore lacking in quality because it’s uncomfortable and irritating to stand on your feet especially if you’ve been running around for 4-8 hours.
You can bet money that one of the first things I’m going to equip my restaurant with someday is quality mats. Whether you need anti fatigue mats or a drainage mat ours are affordable and high quality, I won’t have to replace them for years and I’ve seen first-hand how they can improve employee productivity and speed.