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.
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.