Posted on: March 4th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Thereâ€™s nothing more fun than laughing at someone that hurt themselves, especially if it happened in a funny way. But as entertaining as it may be, slips are no laughing matter. As a kid growing up in the restaurant industry I spent lots of weekends pretending to be a cook or waiter, probably annoying the actual cooks and servers, and I witnessed a fall or two.
My dad was always very particular about the safety of his employees. Whether it was escorting his servers to their cars after hours, making sure they have a safe ride home, or providing them with necessary non-slip shoes and non slip mats – safety was number one. The funny, semi ironic, part is my dad would neglect his own safety. He would opt for dress shoes, figuring as the owner of the business he should stand out and look nicer. Problem is Iâ€™ve witnessed my dad fall AT LEAST 5 times in my life, once putting him in the hospital. Thankfully none of his employees have ever injured themselves because workmans comp claims can be outrageous. Unluckily for him, I didnâ€™t work at MatsMatsMats.com at the time and couldnâ€™t let him know how easily and affordable he could have prevented an injuryâ€¦.or 5 in his case.
According to my research there were almost 11,000 serious work injuries caused by slipping or tripping last year and many claims for compensation. They are the most common cause of major injuries at work.
One of the most common causes is because of inadequate flooring or the cleaning of floors. A simple solution would be nonslip anti fatigue mats with drainage holes. The surface will keep your employees from slipping and the drainage holes will help keep debris and spills from staying on the surface. The floor in a workplace has to be suitable for the type of work activity needed. Workers should be able to walk on a floor without fearing that they might slip and any cleaning of it has to be properly notified to the workforce by notices or warnings. The employer is under a duty to maintain flooring to ensure that there are no trip hazards such as tears or holes and if there are changes of level then they should be highlighted. Regrettably people who work with us are often responsible for slipping accidents, they fail to deal with spillages, leaving it for someone else to clean up or they abandon wrappers on floors causing a hazard to others.
My point is if you have the correct matting, whether it be safety mats or anti fatigue mats or both, you can potentially save yourself a lot of hassle and money. In 2010 the average lost-work claim was about $65,000, according to the Workersâ€™ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California. For a small fraction of that cost you could easily equip your entire space with one of many many many matsmatsmats!
Posted on: February 18th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Every individual is unique. Most of us like different things, itâ€™s amazing to me we get along as well as we do.I give props to the people who step outside of that â€œnormâ€ of following what others want you to do. So you wear clothes you shouldnâ€™t or dress how others view as inappropriate, who cares? The fact of the matter is it is your life; youâ€™re living it, so what if people donâ€™t accept your choices, it is not the end of the world. Those who have a problem with how you look or dress probably do or did the same thing at a time in their life.
We spend too much time looking at others when we should really be looking at ourselves. I donâ€™t care what you wear or how you look. I have my own thoughts like anyone else, but at the end of the day I am not you and vice versa.Do or buy what makes you feel like you are at the top of the world. What makes you feel downright awesome and donâ€™t care what people say.
The world we live in is filled with trends and conveniences (like cell phones) that everybody wants or needs. While most things do exactly the same thing, what makes it appealing to us is the options, or customization- whatever can be done to make us feel unique. This applies to every aspect of life- even floor mats!
We just launched a new line of SoftWood Interlocking Tiles. They do exactly the same thing the others ones do, but now there are more options! We used to only carry your everyday types of wood tile flooring, like maple or dark and light oak, but now we have grey, blue, black and green wood laminate flooring. I donâ€™t know about you but Iâ€™ve never seen blue wood floors.How cool would it be to have those in my workout room or â€œman caveâ€. Theyâ€™re definitely different and I know would spark interest. Iâ€™m a hamâ€¦ Ilove the attention.
Posted on: January 28th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Be on the look out and get on the ground floor of the next big thing in personal fitness!
Every field has its own trends. In movie and television itâ€™s the un-dead- Zombies and Vampires etc.. Some are global, like Gangnam Style or the Macarena. Others are more local like Pink Berry (amazing frozen Yogurt mostly in California). In exercise, yoga and Pilates pretty much dominated the scene until nowâ€¦
Xtend Barre is a new franchise that utilizes a ballet barre for a fun and effective workout and we supply custom ballet barres for their locations. Ordinarily you notice something becoming a trend because you see or hear it everywhere! I had no idea what a Pink Berry was until I started seeing them everywhere. Unless you live in California you probably still donâ€™t, but itâ€™s huge! My point is, just because youâ€™ve never heard of something doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s not the next big thing.
These Xtend barres are growing fast. I know youâ€™ve probably never seen one, but theyâ€™re out there. I know they have locations in Utah, California, Louisiana, Nevada, Florida, and New York (just to name a few). Iâ€™ve also noticed a jump in Athletic clubs looking for a ballet bar for sale. That leads me to believe the â€œXtend Barreâ€ workout (or at least a variation of it) is going to be coming up in a big way.
I was talking to the latest addition to our MatsMatsMats.com family and he had a very good point. Now a days, people are pulling toward activities that are fun and effective. Dancing is a big one! Thatâ€™s hugely apparent in video games like Just Dance or Dance Dance Revolution.
So if you need a good workout, are looking for a new business or just like being on the cutting edge of the latest thingsâ€¦ Dance on this bandwagon!
Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Did you know that tires are one of the worst and largest source of waste? They have one of the largest production volumes and is one of the most durable materials, making it almost impossible to get rid of. The plus side is that those problems also make them one of the most re-used materials. Recycled Rubber has a non-slip surface which is easy to clean and maintain and itâ€™s very resilient and huge range of uses.
Tires are often recycled for use on basketball courts,Â new shoe products, and to make a recycled rubber playground surface. We at MatsMatsMats.com have quite a few other uses. One of the recycled rubber products that we carry is our rolled rubber flooring. It comes in 4â€™ or 5â€™ widths all the way up to 100â€™ in length. This version of our rubber is the most versatile because it also comes in 4 different thicknessâ€™ and 8 different colors. Most of the people I talk to that, are interested in rolled rubber flooring, use it for gyms, garages or dog runs. In a garage or gym it really helps muffle sounds and protect the floor while hiding dirt and can give your space a clean look. It is also excellent for surfacing (or as underlayment) for areas that require resilience, sound absorption, spike resistance and/or traction.
The people that use it for dog runs or kennels, like that the rubber is not very porous so it wonâ€™t absorb water or urine. Itâ€™s durable enough to withstand dog nails but has just enough give to protect the dogs joints when they lay down or run.
Our Tuff-n-Easy interlocking tiles are another great recycled rubber product. They come in 28.5â€x28.5â€ square which easily (and seamlessly) interlock, allowing you to create smaller or odd shaped areas. These tiles are also popular in garages and dog runs because, if one were to be damaged, it can easily be removed and replaced. I personally want to use these interlocking rubber floor tiles in my flower beds. My dogs love laying in the dirt and in always ends up in my house. All I would have to do is drill a few holes for water drainage. That would solve my mud problem!
Posted on: January 8th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I love being a host.Â Thereâ€™s so much more to a party than a group of people and food. To me the point of a party is to get away from the daily norm and relax. Whenever I host a get together I try to transform my house as much as possible. Decorations are an important part.Â There is just something about decorations that makes everyone want to celebrate. Decorations makes a party, well, seem more like a party.Â
Aside from decorations I make other slight alterations to my house, from rearranging furniture to taking down things that can be broken.Â In the bathroom I put hand sanitizers, gum, lotion and anything else a good bathroom attendant might provide. Itâ€™s also pretty common for there to be Dry erase markers next to every mirror in the house so you can leave messages or draw pictures, silly string so you can just be silly. Basically I like to give my guests the feeling that they can let loose and not worry about messes. Silly string can be cleaned up, dry erase markers wipe up, spills on wood wipe right up and couch covers protect the furniture.Â I try to just let people have a fun experience. But the one part of my house that is forever being damaged by my get togethers is my hallway carpet.Â Being white, it shows every drip or drop or sneeze and I hate it!
I tried towels and plastic but both look so unbelievably tacky, that I would rather have dirty carpet. I usually put strobe lights and a smoke machine in my hallway to hide the carpet and the walls I need to paint. Problem is, I think that causes more spills.
Entrance matscould be the answer. I thought about buying a carpet runner, but they can be so expensive! Iâ€™ve spent years trying to solve this problem, all the while having the perfect inexpensive product here!Â Our Standard Olefin indoor entrance mats would be perfect for my hallway! The Standard OlefinÂ mats are typically entrance mats, but withÂ a customizable length up to 60â€™, it can easily be a used as carpet runners.Â Plus! The colors are not only darker, but kind of two toned which will help hide dirt.Â Come to think of it, this might be a good permanent solution to my hallway (since replacing the carpet isnâ€™t an option right now). Although I would probably go with one of our nicer mats, like the Plush Olefin or rubber floor mats like theÂ Royale,Â if it was going to be permanent.
Posted on: December 31st, 2012 by Chris Aviles
The New Year is here!! Time for those resolutions! How many of us are going to â€œlose some weightâ€?? All of us?Â Cool!Â MatsMatsMats.com is most definitely the place to look to get your workout room started.Â My favorite fitness related products are our interlocking foam mats. They come in a variety of colors and thicknesses and really help with protecting those joints.Â You can do a whole room or just a small area. My entire house is hardwood so sit ups or push ups and even jumping jacks can be strenuous. Â All I really need is a little 4â€™ by 4â€™ area which could stack and slip right under my couch, then snap together quick.Â These interlocking floor tiles are made of a closed cell foam which means moisture, like sweat (gross), wonâ€™t absorb.
Now if youâ€™re really gung ho about working out this year, we have soft rubber mats that are perfect for home gyms. They have a foam base so they are soft enough to protect your back and knees, but the rubber surface makes them durable enough to hold your equipment and give you great footing.
If youâ€™re exercise room also doubles as your garage, and aerobic routines arenâ€™t your focus, our Tuff-n-Easy interlocking rubber flooring might be a better choice.Â They are a solid piece of rubber perfect for giving your area a nice look, support your machines AND durable enough to park your car on.Â Theyâ€™re mostly black with colored fleck, so as an added bonus itâ€™ll hide all the junk your car might track in your garage. Even if one of these 28.5â€ by 28.5â€ tiles get ruined, you can easily swap it out with a new one.Â Try doing that with cement.
Check out my other blogs, I have a few tips to help get that holiday weight off.Â All the exercises can be done with things you probably have around your house or with something inexpensive and probably in stock on our website.
Posted on: December 27th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
After 10 months of summer here in California, winter weather has finally arrived. I know I complain about the wishing and hoping for rain, wind and cold.Â But itâ€™s still kind of unbearable! During these cold winter months itâ€™s hard enough for humans to stay warm, (I do love my heated footrest and foot warmer mat) imagine how it must feel to be a dog or cat. I thought about that last night when my dogs broke into the house! They have a doggy door that leads into my laundry room (which I separate from the rest of the house with a babygate) and being as their floor heater broke I guess they were desperate and had no choice but to break in for heat. Our pets canâ€™t throw on a sweater when they feel a chill, and they canâ€™t tell us when their joints hurt. We have the luxury of staying inside on cold winter days if we so choose, but not our dogs. They still have to venture into the cold to â€œdo their businessâ€ several times a day. So, what can we do as pet owners to make sure our pets have the best possible care during these frigid winter days?Â Here are some tips:
- Keep your cat inside, which is a harder task than it sounds. My cats are ninjas and have figured out how to open windows. Outdoors, felines can freeze sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. I sadly did this to a possum a few nights ago so it CAN happen.
- Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm, dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. Also, remember to thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. They don’t have the ability to use snow and ice mats like us.
- If your dogs sleep on tile, put down a rug that can help insulate them and also can absorb water or ice that they bring in with them. (good water absorbing mats like our Sponge mat is perfect)
- Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth.
- Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. Just like the heat in the summer, the weather is amplified in a closed car.
- Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him, and his fur, in tip-top shape.
- Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor (or at least on good indoor mats) and away from all drafts.
The Weather Channel also shares some valuable information about winter pet care. They explain how to watch your pets closely for signs of discomfort with the cold when you are outside with them. If they whine, shiver, seem anxious, slow down or stop moving, or start to look for warm places to burrow, they’re saying they want to get back someplace warm.
Posted on: December 14th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
The hardest thing I deal with, working in sales, is selling people stuff! I loathe nothing more than somebody trying to talk me into something. When you do that, it makes me feel like youâ€™re just trying to make a buck. Every once in a while I see an opportunity where I really want to help someone, but the only way to do that is to sell them one of our products and I donâ€™t know how to bring it up. This is my current dilemma :
Â My best friend is a Pastry Chef and sheâ€™s complaining about her feet and back and also almost tripping at work. I immediately am thinking, oh she needs anti fatigue kitchen mats.Â Turns out they have carpet runners all over the kitchen, which is horrible! Not even basic anti fatigue mats?Â I grew up in the restaurant industry and I know how wet slippery and gross the kitchen floors can get, so I understand why they have runners everywhere (Technically all employees should have â€˜non-slipâ€™ shoes, but realistically they donâ€™t).Â If youâ€™re a chef and youâ€™re on your feet, in the same spot, for 8-12 hours a day, you need more support than just a Â¼â€ piece of carpet.Â Plus carpet just soaks up gook and Iâ€™m sure smell like grease.Â Â Â
Â I really want to hook up my friendâ€™s restaurant with a good drainage mat, which will not only reduce slipping hazards but will also help the joints of all people involved but I donâ€™t know how to bring it up! Especially since sheâ€™s not the deciding party. Matsmatsmats offers a largeÂ selection of quality anti-fatigue mats.Â Â I have no doubt that we haveÂ the right non-slip floorÂ matsÂ that best suits herÂ needs and her bosses budget. What I should really do is gift her one and hopefully her bosses will see it, like it, ask her where she got it, and call me themselves. Yay product placement!
Posted on: December 4th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
I decided recently to pay a little more attention to a product that if it had feelings would probably feel neglected. Our Jo-Sha wipes are these personal cleansing wipes that contain pure essential oils and naturally cleanse and disinfect your hands or fitness equipment. These essential oil wipes are very big with the Yoga community because itâ€™s 100% natural and has healing/soothing benefits of aromatherapy essential oils. But I think there are many other places for essential oil uses.
Now, because I have a soft spot for the underdog, Iâ€™m trying to figure out other ways these wipes might be beneficial. They really are great and I think if word got out, they might become as common as tissue in the house.Â The first place I thought of to use these was on kids toys. I watch my friends 3 year old son Â that is forever putting his sticky boy hands all over everything and Iâ€™m a little reluctant to use your normal Clorox disinfectant wipes because I know how conscious his mom is of harmful chemicals. Â Jo-Sha wipes would be perfect because I wouldnâ€™t have to worry about pissing off my friend and they smell good.
In an effort to figure out other uses I gave some samples to Ro.Co.Co Salon in Santa Monica, CA. and asked the owner to let her stylists use them however they wish.Â Â She said they were perfect for quickly wiping off their salon chairs and stations and the smells are so much better than the chemical smell you usually encounter. Â This salon already has an inviting atmosphere and Iâ€™m guessing the variety of calming scents will only add the experience.
The last place I tried these wipes was in my car. If you eat and drive like I do, you probably get a sticky steering wheel every so often- these wipes are actually perfect size for a quick clean up.Â I also used them to get that oh so acidic bird poop off my paint, the natural ingredients didnâ€™t hurt my paint job! The only downside to using these in my car is that it kind of un-shines everything.Â So, I donâ€™t recommend using these as your primary cleaning tool.
Posted on: November 28th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
This is a very busy time of year all around.Â At home there are dinners to plan, decorations to put up and gifts to buy.Â At work we have been making sure there are people on the phones to answer your calls, stock in the warehouse and ensuring things go out on time. Iâ€™m mentally prepared for high volume of calls, figuring Iâ€™d be selling a lot of our in stock folding mats or a balance beam, but Iâ€™m talking to more people about Anti Fatigue mats and Carpet mats than any of our more typical holiday items. I donâ€™t quite get it. I know most of the country is being rained or snowed on, and Iâ€™m sure keeping floors clean is probably a big concern, but I might be upset if I received and Anti Fatigue mat for Christmas. Not that it isnâ€™t a great product, but I would only buy somebody something so practical if it was expensive and our mats so arenâ€™t!
The Carpet logo mats I kind of understand.Â Theyâ€™re very practical for keeping your floors clean and dry but theyâ€™re customizable so you can create a unique one of a kind gift for someone. One of my co-workers actually bought one for her husband for his garage. Now he has something cool to look at and she knows all the garage crud wonâ€™t be tracked in on his shoes into their house.
Speaking of the garage!! And this is totally off subject, but I just had a customer put Tuff-n-Easy tiles in his garage and I want to now! We advertise that theyâ€™re meant for gym or garage flooring, but I personally have never had somebody use them in the garage. According to my customer the tiles have a very professional clean look and protects his cement. I wouldnâ€™t think the garage floor is something youâ€™d be concerned with â€œprotectingâ€, but I guess over time oil and whatever else can make it look pretty gross. Also, if you have weights or heavy equipment you can be sure if you drop them they wonâ€™t crack the floor or me damaged by it.