Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
It’s almost the weekend and I’m feeling annoyed and more overwhelmed than I should. I woke up this morning and stumbled into the kitchen for some breakfast, only to discover I now have an indoor pool. My fridge leaked all over, but luckily didn’t reach the carpet. Over the past few weeks I’ve noticed a little trickle of water and immediately notified the office and was told “No problem! We’ll get someone out in a few days..”. Well it’s been 2 weeks and the problem has only gotten worse.
I’m frustrated because one of the perks to apartment living is not having to worry about/fix anything. The problem is nothing gets fixed in a timely manner. Today I finally got them to for sure agree to come fix the leak, but not until after 8:30am. Rather than sit around at home and twiddle my thumbs, I decided to come into work and do some work to get my mind off the laziness of my apartment maintenance team.
I’m glad I did because my first customer gave me a great idea should I encounter this problem again OR to avoid it becoming a flood should it happen again. I should get water absorbent mats! My customer inquired about our new Montage Mat for under her washing machine. She wants to muffle the slight sound it makes shaking on her tile and be able to catch any water or debris that might collect. It’s also great because it’s an ecomat. With a mat under your washer (or fridge) you can easily pull out the mat to clean, rather than the whole machine. Also, since I’m sure parts of the mat will be visible, you can get a color to add a pop to your kitchen décor or simply add a little style. I should have known MatsMatsMats.com would have an answer to my problem!
Posted on: January 29th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
A few months ago I moved into an apartment and had told you guys I had to leave my dog behind. Seven months later and I couldn’t live without her any longer.
My beautiful puppy, Jade, is now where she belongs and to my surprise has adapted well. She’s had one accident in the house and that was because I was too lazy to take her outside. I no longer have to worry about mud and dirt being tracked in the house because I have great Entrance Mats that trap most of the random debris her little paws may track in because she’s outside playing in dirt all day. The only problem I’m now facing is her jet black hair getting into the bright white carpet I have. In the living room I have a rug, so there is no issue there, but in the bedroom there is a big black mark from where she loyally sleeps every night.
My first solution was obviously a nice Dog Bed. I went online and bought her the Ferrari of dog beds, for her to sleep next it. I don’t know if it’s the years of sleeping on the cement or tile of my old house but she prefers a harder surface. I could just throw a blanket down, but I’m somebody that needs to have everything be visually pleasing and a dirty blanket is not.
I’m actually going to have an Entrance Mat made with logo, either with her name or picture printed on a black background. The black will hide her hairs and it will look like something that belongs.
Posted on: December 23rd, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Living in an apartment, it’s really hard to feel like you have any ownership mainly because you don’t. There are very few decisions you can make to turn your space into a home. I’m stuck with beige carpet and walls, unless I want to pay to have it switched back. If something breaks, while I don’t have to pay or fix it myself, I’m at the mercy of my landlord. If I want to put things on my wall, I’m paranoid that my hammering is going to annoy my upstairs neighbor. It’s very frustrating.
Luckily Entrance Mats are a quick and affordable way to give your home a personal touch. Walking the cold cement corridor to my apartment makes me feel like I live in a prison sometimes, but seeing my colorful mat makes it warm and inviting. Combine that with and indoor entrance mat and my little cookie cutter apartment feels more unique and personal. I only wish we carried Holiday themes entrance mats because I love to decorate and once again I think that’s the only way I can make the outside of my apartment festive.
Having a mat at your front door can do more than brighten up your home. They can help keep inside clean. If you’re in my boat and have to try and keep your carpets clean to avoid losing a deposit then you want to find the right mat. While looks are always an important factor, you want to make you’re your mats function properly. Keep in mind the size of your door and make sure to not only cover the width, but make sure the mat is long enough for at least one full step. For example, most people would buy a 3’x5’ and have the 5’ side parallel to the door, when you actually want the mat length wise to ensure maximum dirt gets trapped. This of course applies to inside your front door. You can do the same for your outside door, but having a “red carpet” style mat might look funny.
If you have pets, although not as pretty, a neat trick would be our sticky mats – Shoe Cleaning Mat. It’s like a giant lint brush and when your dogs or cats run inside, it will instantly grab and trap debris. Each disposable sheet is easily removed for quick cleanup.
Posted on: December 11th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
The Holidays are approaching once again, which means it’s time to start thinking about all those Holiday gifts like a children’s play mats for your niece. This is a busy time of year for business’ in general, but for internet companies like ours, it’s even more chaotic. I know online shopping is quick and convenient, but there are still things that can go wrong. As somebody that’s been in sales for a few years and been through my share of Holiday seasons here’s some tips to ensure you get your kids play rugs as quick and correct as possible. I can’t say for sure all companies are the same, but I’m sure it’s pretty similar:
#1- Place your order for your daughters tumbling mats as far in advance as you can. With high volumes of people ordering, stock can go quickly and many products have to be produced; especially custom items. There’s also the added stress on Delivery Services during this time of the year… especially as Holidays get closer. The mass amount of packages being shipped definitely causes delays.
#2 Call and ask questions. One of the biggest problems with online ordering is sometimes a picture doesn’t due the item justice.. or it looks better than it is. Give your sales people a call and pick their brain. You’re paying your hard earned money on something, it should be exactly what you want. I know all of our sales representative would never sell something to you that doesn’t work for you and we’re very educated in our products so we can probably give you a good suggestion.
#3- Make sure to check your Order Confirmation/ Receipt. You may think the person helping you listens correctly but sometimes there is miscommunication and your address could easily be a letter or number off which can delay your package. Also take a look at Quantity and color to make sure it’s correct.
#4- Bug Customer Service – Maybe not everyday, but depending on how long your lead time is, check in once or twice. And I know I said to “bug” them.. but in reality it’s their job. Don’t feel bad, but be patient. Keep in mind there’s probably 2 people for every 200 callers.
That’s literally 4 little things you can do to make sure your gifts get to where they’re supposed to be, in time to brighten somebody’s day.
Posted on: November 5th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I recently moved into an apartment and sadly had to leave my dog at my old house with my former roommate. My puppy had become attached to my friends dog and there’s a yard for her to run in, so it was the best choice. As the months go on I miss her more and more and am considering making my apartment puppy friendly. Some Tuff-n-Easy Rubber Tiles or Rolled Rubber Flooring is a good start.
Because of their durability, comfort, and resilience, rubber flooring products are often used in pet care applications. For kennels and doggie day cares, Rubber Flooring is most commonly recommended. This type of matting also provides a degree of insulation against hot or cold concrete. In situations where waterproofing is more imperative, you can easily seal our rubber with Cleanbreak Sealant. CleanBreak rubber flooring sealant is formulated to safely seal rubber floors and rubber mats. Unlike most sealants, CleanBreak rubber floor sealer is Veterinarian approved. That is why it is often used in animal care & training facilities, kennels, animal hospitals.
Rubber mats provide cushioned comfort as well as insulating against the damp and cold. The mats are non-absorbent and easy to clean. You can use diluted dish soap or we carry Animal Safe Disinfectant. CleanBreak cleaner, is a veterinary disinfectant cleaner formulated to SAFELY clean and disinfect animal care & training facilities, kennels, animal hospitals, and so much more. It is veterinarian approved and, among other things, acts as a disinfectant for kennel cough. CleanBreak is the most effective and economical sanitizing system available, making it a preferred vet clinic disinfectant.
We have a few Pet friendly products here, nice to know I can have all the material I need shipped from one place.
Posted on: October 24th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Nobody likes dirt or dust, but it’s something we just can’t seem to avoid. I literally dust everyday (which takes me less than 5 minutes) so it doesn’t build up. It’d be nice if I could figure out a way to eliminate the problem all together, but that’s not possible. There are a few things you can do to minimize the problem.
1. Keep dirt outside in the first place!
Our shoes track in the most dirt. So take some hints from our Asian friends and leave those shoes at the door. Dust has a way of finding it’s way in but our shoes account for most of the problem.
I always try and do the “no shoes” thing, but I quickly forget. Another solution is having door mats on the inside and outside your door.
2. Make sure you pick the right Mat
While looks are always an important factor, you want to make sure your front door mats functions properly. The first thing you should look at is the size of the door. You have to make sure to not only cover the width, but make sure the mat is long enough for at least one full step. For example, most people would buy a 3’x5’ and have the 5’ side parallel to the door, when you actually want the mat length wise to ensure maximum dirt gets trapped
Vinyl or rubber flooring are the best because they clean up the easiest and are more durable. Mats for outside your door are usually made of rubber.
Of course you want the mat to match, but always get something that is a few shades darker to hide the dirt that is captured.
3. Doormats need minimal maintenance
You can just vacuum or shake out most of our welcome mats.
If they get really gross, hose them down and scrub them with mild diluted soap. Rinse. Make sure the mats are completely dry before you put them back on the floor. Moisture trapped underneath could damage your floors.
4. Smart tricks for pets
Any Pet with a yard probably brings in 10x’s more dirt than any of us would. A neat trick would be our Sticky Mats – Shoe Cleaning Mat. It’s like a giant lint brush and when your dogs run inside, it will instantly grab and trap debris. Each disposable sheet is easily removed for quick cleanup.
Posted on: September 23rd, 2013 by Chris Aviles
It’s the middle of the summer and that means lots of outdoor activities. One of the most common and my personal favorite as a kid, aside from my favorite kids play rugs I loved, is the park. The monkey bars, multi-level climbing fixtures and bridges all make for a imagination filled day.
In modern times, however, I know more than a few parents who are reluctant to take their kids to play in a playground because it could be unsafe. A SoftPlay tumbling mat we think is great, but we are afraid of the jungle gym play areas we grew up with as kids.
With active supervision and some basic safety tips, there’s no reason why our kids can’t have the same fun we did. Falls are the most common type of playground injury, accounting for more than half of all playground-related injuries which is why eco-friendly interlocking rubber floor tiles are so important!. Lack of or improper supervision is associated the other percent of playground-related injuries. Actively supervise children on playgrounds. It won’t be hard – they’ll probably be calling for you to “watch”, because lets face it… kids are hams.
Take your kids to playgrounds with shock-absorbing surfaces such as Bounce Back rubber tiles, the landing will be more cushioned than on asphalt, concrete, grass or dirt.
Dress appropriately for the playground. Remove necklaces, purses, scarves or clothing with drawstrings that can get caught on equipment and pose a strangulation hazard. Even helmets can be dangerous on a playground, so save those for bikes.
Teach children that pushing, shoving or crowding while on the playground can be dangerous.
Posted on: August 22nd, 2013 by Chris Aviles
One of my favorite technological advances is On-Demand anything! We live in a world of instant gratification and as much as I try to not be that person, I am. That makes it tough to be satisfied. I want the gourmet meal with the attention to detail, but I want it in 10 mins. Or I really want to have a new haircut and change my color, but I don’t have 2 hours to dedicate to getting it done.
Luckily there’s enough On-Demand or instant conveniences I can make more time for tasks that can’t be done right away. We already bank, watch movies, download music, bay bills, order groceries and even hold meetings online. It’s getting to the point where you don’t have to leave your house!
A friend of mine posted something online about there now being Pilates on Demand, which is amazing to me! Now, as long as you have your own exercise mat, you don’t even have to leave your house to get training or exercise. In the past, you usually needed an expensive gym membership. She uses it as a way to get her children to exercise and have a minute alone. This is a great way to multi-task and stay fit. Imagine how much you could accomplish if you didn’t have to take time to get to and from your workout. You don’t even need gym equipment all you need is a yoga mat, and you can start working that core from your own home- while dinner cooks. Or if you’re not exactly graceful when it comes to poses, this is a great way to learn without the added stress of being judged by other gym goers.
Posted on: August 12th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I think people are tricked into paying a lot of money for things, just because things can appear to be different or are set in a different environment and therefor somehow become more impressive. I’m mainly talking about these” Mommy and Me” or Gymboree classes. This last weekend I went with my cousin and her 1 year old to one of those classes and it was pretty fun. Essentially she is paying $60 a month so her daughter can play in a colorful padded room. I told her to come to our website and look at our soft tiles. For less than what it costs her for 6 months of these classes, she could have her own playroom filled with foam floor tiles that her daughter could use whenever she wanted.
With the incredible selection of SoftTiles, combined with our great gym equipment, and variety play mats for children, you can really create a personalized at home play area for your children. I did a blog a few months ago about the different shapes and other fun you can have with these tiles, so take a look at that for more fun ideas. The only down side is with your cool playroom, all the other parents will want to organize play dates at your house.
Posted on: August 12th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
One of the great things about living in California is I’m so close to entertainment at pretty much anytime. This last weekend I was in Hollywood taking a stroll down the walk of fame looking at all the people, and there are a lot of people to look at. Aside from the normal character actors like Johnny Depp look a likes or Batman walking around there are your good ol’ fashioned masses of unwashed locals. I’ve met spacemen from the future warning about the end, Marilyn Monroe’s ghost and some people that aren’t just celebrity impersonators, but people that actual believe they’re said celebrity. It is very entertaining, but very weird at the same time. After an hour or so I have to take solace in the many many stores, who’s merchandise is often as entertaining as the people outside.
While looking around the Harvey Davidson store, I came across one of our products being used in such a simple way, I can’t believe I haven’t thought of it before. In the display cases, the store was using one of our textured SoftFloor tiles as a display surface. So simple and kinda cool looking. The soft floor tiles didn’t look out of place or like a cheap alternative to something, it actually fit in well. The shelves they had were glass, so the colored interlocking tiles gave some depth to the case and made the product pop. Most of the products in that store are black, so they used a contrasting gray tile. Ant the interlocking teeth just sitting exposed gave It a cool off beat look that I liked. The softfloor tiles are often used as trade show flooring or as playroom flooring, but hey sure found a good way to use too!
Once again, one of our many products has yet another use. So whether it’s at a craft fair or trade show, our soft floor tiles can add a different look and be a simple way to highlight your products. There’s a wide variety of colors and styles which makes it easy to change up color combinations to match the product or season. I wish I would have had this idea for the fourth of July. I can already envision a white rectangular table with red and blue tiles as the surfaces for appetizers!