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!
Posted on: July 15th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
There’s that saying that says you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. Well the same applies to your employees. You can do everything in your power to make sure you have the proper safety equipment, but unless you inform your people how to use them properly you may still be in for a lawsuit.
I’ve blogged a few times about the lack of anti-fatigue or a drainage mat at school and was a little surprised when I walked into class the other day and noticed there were non-slip drainage mats in the dishwashing area. Problem is, my classmates seem to not know how they work. I tried telling them to stand on the mat or make sure the mat is in it’s proper place; the response I received was “I’m not paying attention”. I guess that’s a valid excuse, but as an employer how do you ensure your staff is being safe?
There are a couple of options. You can make sure the non-slip anti-fatgue mats or drainage mats you purchase fill the entire space, that way people would have no choice but to stand on a safety surface. Additionally, and this is something I had a customer recently do for her bar, you can purchase matting with “safety borders”. Safety borders draw attention to the mat so there is less risk for trips, but in the case of my classmates and my customer’s bartenders, they will draw attention to the mat for the purpose of actually using it.
Our Tru-Tread Anti Fatigue Mat is my favorite option when it comes to anti fatigue mats because not only does it have drainage holes, it offer protection against fatigue and can be bought in sections (with connectors) to create odd shaped areas. This is perfect for ensuring total area coverage and the most safety for your staff.
Posted on: June 17th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Carpets or rugs can really pull a room together. When decorating your home or office, instead of cluttering shelves and walls with knick knacks, a simple throw rug or carpet can give your area that added comfort.
I was thinking about this yesterday when I walked into an office I’ve been in a least a dozen times. It’s a very modern building with a large tiled entrance. The lobby doesn’t have much except a security desk in front of the hallways leading to the elevators. Yesterday it rained and when I walked into the building I was greeted by carpet runners EVERYWHERE! I understand you don’t want people slipping and you want to make sure there is no dirt or debris tracked into the building, but can it look nice? There were about 4 different mat runners, all the same size but all different colors and styles. Furthermore the entrance mats lacked any grippers, like our Stayput Mat, and were sliding all over the place.
This nice clean lobby now looked like the front entrance of a cheap hotel. I understand function and beauty don’t always mesh, but there are options. Having mats on the brain all the time I immediately thought of 2 different entry mats we carry that would look much nicer, stay in place and actually trap debris.
Posted on: June 12th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
People try too hard to make things perfect, often neglecting the little details that actually matter. I’ve been on a mission for a new apartment lately and have seen more model homes than I can keep track of! They all have the perfect furniture set up to make the space really pop; I don’t pay too much attention to the furniture because my own will look very different so it really doesn’t affect my decision.
While walking all over one particularly massive apartment complex I couldn’t help but notice that most every door had 2’x3’ Carpet Logo Mats with the property management company’s logo in the center. That to me spoke more about the complex than the pretty décor inside their models. Aside from the fact that most of the door mats were crooked, the logo mats logo’s were all very faded and dirty. That to me says they don’t have much pride in their company. Because I know how much one of these outside door mats cost , $84.99- and that’s not even the discounted volume cost!
I was very put off. The monthly payments are not exactly cheap and I would assume that money goes toward the upkeep of the facility. Seeing something that is so easily, and inexpensively, fixed not be rectified makes me feel they’re more about making money than the satisfaction of their residents. I know it sounds petty, but it’s little details like that that people like me notice. Don’t just take pride in the things you think your customers will notice. It’s the little things that count!