Posted on: March 7th, 2014 by Kelly Green
Countries of the World Puzzle Mat
United States, Canada, Mexico, Panama
Haiti, Jamaica, Peru,
Republic Dominica, Cuba, Caribbean,
Greenland, El Salvador too! LA! LA! LA! LA!
I had the chance over the weekend of pulling out an old collection of Animaniac videos. That’s right, VIDEO’S. I still have a combo DVD/Video player for all the VHS tapes I haven’t transferred over to the DVD format. The Animaniacs were a staple around the house when my first child was born and she swears she still remembers some of the episodes. In fact she credits the “Countries of the World” song with instilling in her a love of geography.
I never thought about learning the countries of the world in that manner, I always had a globe around the house and an Encyclopedia Britanica set in my Grandpa’s library. Nowadays the hardcopy encyclopedia has gone the way of the Dodo and the Great Auk. I’ afraid that the traditional Globe of the world is on the way out the door as well. However, here at MatsMatsMats.com, you can still get your hands on a GIANT Puzzle world map mat. (Try saying that out loud 5 times fast!)
It has continent names, country names, flags, time zone demarcation map coordinates and a host of other hands on information. Besides that, it is a 4’x6.5’ x5/8” foam mat suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
Imagine singing along with Yakko Warner and pointing to the locations of the countries as fast as you can to see how many you recognize! (go ahead and let your child play too.)
While you are checking out our kids area rugs like the GIANT Puzzle world map mat, take a look around at all the other wonderful educational and fun mats that can be had at MatsMatsMats.com. Give us a call and consult what age appropriate merchandise can be had at our website. There are ABC123 mats, hopscotch mats and so much more.
Posted on: February 18th, 2014 by Kelly Green
LEEDs Certification Brings “Non Eco” Builders Out of the Cold.
The drive to go green has never been more urgent than it is now. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. This system was developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders.
With L.E.E.D.S Certification bringing in tangible benefits, (tax breaks, low cost loans, priority permits, etc.) it is becoming clear that some sectors of construction and industry not known for their environmental conscience have made going green a priority because of financial considerations.
Well done. This is one of the reasons that the L.E.E.D.S. Certification process was introduced. Not necessarily to preach to the choir of those already involved with eco footprint reduction but to involve industries whose bottom line has traditionally been the bottom line, industries that would not normally take eco products and building practices seriously.
With the establishment of the United States Green Building Council, it has become easier to contact and retain a LEEDS knowledgeable staff member and associate them with a project so as to be proactive in seeking certification.
The benefits of acquiring LEEDS certification is based on getting credit for achieving set goals in 5 major categories with 2 bonus categories of the “extra credit” variety:
Sustainable Sites: 21
Water Efficiency: 11
Energy and Atmosphere: 37
Materials and Resources: 14
Indoor Environmental Quality: 17
Total Maximum Possible Points: 100
Innovation in operation +6
Regional priority credits +4
Specific rating can be gained by meeting a percentage of each goal.
· LEED Certified: 26-32 points or >37% of max.
· LEED Certified Silver Level: 33-38 points or >47% of max.
· LEED Certified Gold Level: 39-51 points or >56% of max.
· LEED Certified Platinum Level: 52-69 points or >75% of max.
With the point system so tight, it behooves those seeking the upper echelons of certification to excel at every category especially the “innovation in operation” one. Since this category is a “catch-all” for designs and systems not addressed in the structured areas, it can become a real boon for those looking to squeeze every last ounce of certification juice out of their selection of materials and processes.
Some products that may help your certification can be purchased from a mat company that offers environmentally friendly recycled rubber mats, such as MatsMatsMats.com.
The introduction of High Performance Mat Systems made from recycled materials is a type of double duty product that can help push you over the top. The benefits of an HPMS in and of itself can be noted in the “Innovation in Operation” category, as a means of keeping harsh chemical cleaners and polishes to a minimum AND the material choice itself can be made to ensure that it is eco-friendly and innovative.
In addition, since most companies utilize chair mats for ease of rolling on carpet, you can choose an eco-friendly bamboo chair mat rather than a plastic one.
Finally the building has a gym for tenants, once again choosing a recycled rubber flooring option can help with those very important “Innovation in Operation” extra credits.
Before setting out to acquire any LEED certification you must:
Set a clear LEED Certification Level. Before you begin the design phase of your project, decide what level of LEED certification you are aiming for and settle on a firm overall budget. Also consider including an optional higher certification target — a “stretch” goal — to stimulate creativity.
Set a clear and adequate budget. Higher levels of LEED certification, such as Platinum, do require additional expenditure and should be budgeted for accordingly.
Engineer for Life Cycle Value As you value-engineer your project, be sure to examine green investments in terms of how they will affect expenses over the entire life of the building. Before you decide to cut a line item, look first at its relationship to other features to see if keeping it will help you achieve money-saving synergies, as well as LEED credits. Many energy-saving features allow for the resizing or elimination of other equipment, or reduce total capital costs by paying for themselves immediately or within a few months of operation. Prior to beginning, set your goals for “life cycle” value-engineering rather than “first cost” value-engineering.
Hire LEED-accredited professionals. Thousands of architects, consultants, engineers, product marketers, environmentalists and other building industry professionals around the country have a demonstrated knowledge of green building and the LEED rating system and process — and can assist you in meeting your LEED goal. These professionals can suggest ways to earn LEED credits without extra cost, identify means of offsetting certain expenses with savings in other areas and spot opportunities for synergies in your project.
The “secret” to achieving your LEEDs goal, is to make eco choices at every juncture. We can help with some of those product choices at MatsMatsMats.com.
For more information on LEEDs certification please visit the LEEDs website: http://www.usgbc.org/LEED/LEED_main.asp
Posted on: January 22nd, 2014 by Kelly Green
Back in the day, the out of pocket cost and the look of the mat were the only factors that played a major role in decision making process. In those days, material components mainly consisted of an olefin or polypropylene surface attached to some type of vinyl backing. Now, I’m not saying that anything is wrong with that, in fact, this type of mat is still used today.
However, the fact is, all entrance mats are NOT created equal. An entrance mat that is more of an all purpose mat may not be the best choice for your company, especially if you are selecting your entrance matting to protect your interior floors from damage by outside dirt and muck. In today’s world, construction and the functionality of design are now being given much more consideration during the purchase process then ever before.
One of the first things was to change the materials used in the production of the mats. Instead of vinyl backing, many manufacturers are choosing to use recycled rubber. Recycled rubber is a denser, more sturdy product that keeps its shape better. In addition, the face or surface of the newer mats are more and more being made of 100% PET’s (polyethylene terephthalate) a polyester type material made from post-consumer plastics.
Where the newer mat runners type of mats really shine is how they can provide a bi-layer surface. This surface will attract more dirt and hold more liquid than your run of the mill vinyl runner. Trapping more liquid will help reduce or even eliminate slip and falls. This mats advanced performance will also help protect your interior floors by being the first line of defense in keeping your floors from undue wear. In order to ensure that this occurs, you need to be sure that you are covering enough acreage for your mats to accomplish what they are designed to do.
Using recycled products does increase the price compared to the traditional fabric and vinyl mats, but the benefits are well worth it in the long run. We live in a time of environmentally conscious corporations, the newer recycled mats are the more eco-friendly choice. Also, if you are attempting to earn a LEEDS certification, it is mandatory. The newer type of mats have proven to be more durable and efficient in forming a barrier against the typical onslaught of outdoor contamination.
The proper amount of matting is variable dependent upon your location, as is the type of mat when figuring out the ideal chooses for your system. For example, increasing your mat size in places where high moisture and/or snow are prevalent such as the northeast, northwest and southeast is important. In addition, changing the composition and functionality of your entrance mat to lets say a sponge mat for example, will help to absorb more liquid. Conversely, a scrapper mat is advanced in its ability to loosen and trap dirt. Typical the length would be a minimum of around 8’ to 12’ in a drier setting and a minimum of 20’ in areas where there is more snowfall or rain.
It is important to take care of your mats and maintain them properly. The cleaning of high performance mat systems requires a little more time and effort. Plan on vacuuming at least once per day in the high traffic area. It is also recommended to keep an identical back-up mat for when your regular mat needs shampooing or steam cleaning. Caring for your mats properly will cut down on the build-up of dirt and moisture. In places such as back east, with the heavy accumulation of salt, soil and sand you will want to consider getting a heavy duty pressure washer in addition to these mats.
When wanting to choose the ideal mat or mats to use in your facility, it may be worth while to contact MatsMatsMats.com, they will help you come up with the right choices that will work with your budget and environment.
Posted on: January 9th, 2014 by Kelly Green
The ubiquitous Tradeshow, they are a fact of business life and they are everywhere. Trade shows are utilized by practically every industry in the nation if not the world. Whether you are a race car enthusiast, Foodie, defense contractor, Sci-fi fan, health care industry professional, educational provider, movie industry exec, or even want to have a booth at a Tradeshow that shows products for use at other tradeshows. Tradeshows have withstood the tests of time because, they work. Tradeshows have survived every technological advancement and have even thrived because ultimately, people buy from people.
So what are some of the factors that can lead to Tradeshow success? How about your choice in flooring? Branding yourself and your product literally starts from the ground up and what better way to start the branding than having a reliable, attractive trade show flooring beneath your booth supporting the direction you want to take your look and feel of your tradeshow presence.
Do you want to showcase an upscale look with faux wood floor? How about bright colors, accentuating a techno vibe area? Urban tough with a soft rubber flooring look? How about the warmth of a softcarpet that is still tough enough to withstand those 4” spiked heels of your display model. Go completely commando (your booth, not you personally) buy utilizing our SoftCamo tiles, perfect for accentuating the latest in duck blinds, guns, or the occasional assault vehicle.
You need to consider all aspects of what will set your booth, display, or pitch, apart from all the other vendors hawking their wares. According the Journal of Marketing, how you brand your booth by its look is tied for second in importance to the consumer along with the presence of knowledgeable personnel. These two components are secondary to preshow marketing in establishing a successful tradeshow appearance. Would you willingly give up almost a third of your “hook” because you want to fly on the cheap? NO! I say, dive in with both feet and obtain the most fantastical, vibrant and durable floor that you can find. Boldly design your booth from the ground up and get that tradeshow flooring that your company deserves! And remember BUY AMERICAN! (American flag can be simulated by purchasing 6 blue, 7 red and 12 white softfloor tiles.)
Posted on: December 23rd, 2013 by Kelly Green
Why Padded Wainscoting?
What is it? What does it do? Why do I need it?
To understand these questions, one needs to grasp the complex nature of the origin of your typical padded wainscot panel. Before 1891, the wall padding was only used behind closed doors in the local mental asylums, and day care facilities . . . where the teachers would gather after a stress inducing day of preventing patients and/or children from lighting themselves on fire, to blow off steam by slamming themselves headfirst into the padded walls. Coincidentally enough, this practice is still seen in most typical homes with preteens, tweens and teens right around the time of report cards, first day of driver’s education and any date where the girl is a resident of the aforementioned household.
So what was this advent that catapulted the padded wainscot panel into the public eye? On December 21, 1891, James Naismith published rules for a new game using a soccer ball and 2 peach baskets on poles. With the invention of this new game, the awesome responsibility of naming it fell lightly on the inventors shoulders. “I shall call it, NAISMITHS GAME!” he declaimed. He was promptly beaten about the head and shoulders with the peach baskets. Then it struck him, “I shall call it BASKET GAME!” he cried in terror as the ball thudded against the side of his head. Thus “basket-ball” was born.
The first games had a frighteningly high injury rate as there were no boundaries, per se, just walls. The sheer amount of players sidelined with concussions, amnesia and displaced body parts dictated that a change needed to happen. Naismith, having been institutionalized for inventing a sport called “Synchronized Shark Taunt”, was quite familiar with the wall padding.
The introduction of padded walls was the singular most important factor in the sports meteoric rise in popularity, along with the introduction of backboards, the jumbotron “kiss her” screen and balls that were spherical rather than egg shaped. Some of these innovations may have come later rather than sooner.
Wainscoting is a padded panel that protects athletes and photographers from violent collisions with unforgiving walls. By utilizing stencil customization one could also promote the school or institution that the said panels were at. Here at MatsMatsMats.com, we are the proud purveyors of professional quality padding whether it be seamless flooring or pads for the walls. Whether you need a Rabid Wombat mascot stenciled on the padding or your team belongs to “The Pennsylvania State University New Kensington Campus of the Commonwealth College home of the Fighting Otters”, we can do it!
Posted on: December 16th, 2013 by Kelly Green
‘Tis The season
HO! HO! HO! ‘Tis the season to be. . . well, maybe not jolly, who can work themselves all the way up to jolly these days? However, a lightening of the mood is certainly in order when considering what to stuff into stockings or put under the tree for your rug rats dujour. Since the advent of electronic gizmos, gadgets and gewgaws is now totally out of hand, may I suggest a lower tech option?
For preschoolers, may I suggest our fun and colorful set of play carpets? Dream houses, roadscapes of every size and location, learning rugs, and game mats.
Imagine this, no electronic bloop bloop, bleep bleep come Christmas morning, just an old fashioned gaggle of giggles as chutes are being laddered, Par is being cheesied and scotch is being hopped. I don’t know about you but my son has a fleet of cars that are ready to hit the carpeted road at any given second. Fortunately, he never has to worry about getting tired of the same toy car commute because MatsMatsMats.com has a gazillion car, boat and airport maps. (My son has staged many “near miss” airplane/car catastrophes, narrowly averted by the quick thinking of the level headed pilot, young Captain Green of the Greenhouse airways flight 101.
It’s harder every year to connect to kids. The continuing migration to online entertainment is putting up an almost insurmountable electronic divide in families. We, as parent have fed this monstrosity by giving the latest gadget to our progeny. It is time to fight back against this virtual reality juggernaut by giving our children real games instead of digital ones. I am excited by the possibility of connecting with my kids over a game of marbles, of a rousing thrash on the Parcheesi mat, beanbag toss tick tac toe. Talk about a “throw back!”
I remember in my own house, all of us kids opened our gifts with undiluted glee and greed as we received our yearly allotment of Santa Swag. However the biggest moment was always Santa’s gift to the family. This present was usually the most momentous and eagerly anticipated by the entire family. One year it was a color TV, another it was a new used car. The ones I remember the most were the family games. Usually a pile of games ranging from checkers to Parcheesi. One year it was a gigantic slot car track. It was always special and among my favorite family memories.
I intend to continue this tradition in my own family with a giant play mat for us all. How about you?
Posted on: December 16th, 2013 by Kelly Green
If I had a nickel for every time that someone has walked up and asked me, “How’s the mat business?” I’d have about 25 cents. Mostly from my 11 year old. He is inordinately obsessed with what I do. Selling mats is NOT sexy. But it is important. Look around you; see all the different mats helping people’s lives. Whether it’s the mat at the grocery store clerk’s feet, helping his/her tired footsies so she’s/he’s not quite as grumpy or the safety mat warning the machine shop worker that if they take one more step forward they will need to explain to Saint Peter how they got there.
Looking over the customer data base, I see such a wide range of businesses and private uses. Whether a day care needs to provide a colorful, engaging, BounceBack floor for its outside swing-set or it’s a manufacturer making sure that there are anti-fatigue safety runners keeping his workers on their feet at the proper safe distance. We have mats for every need.
It’s not just businesses that can benefit from our products, for private homes there are welcome mats, kitchen mats, pet mats and more. Heated mats, vanity mats custom team mats galore! Try this the next time you are out and about. Do you remember the old games we all used to play in the car on long trips? “I Spy with my Little Eye”, The alphabet game. Etcetera? Try walking in the mall or even down a commercial street or even in your own home and count all the mats. I have, In my house I have two entrance mats, an inner carpet mat, a kitchen heated mat, 3 bath mats and a garage with 4 exercise mats. I almost forgot, we also have 2 kidsplay mats, marbles and Parcheesi!
Every business and home can make use of one or more of our products. Don’t believe me? Take a quick visit to our website and peruse the wide variety of product. Visit us at http://www.matsmatsmats.com?source=REM-KG
Posted on: October 24th, 2013 by Kelly Green
Commoditization has become the buzz word for practically every product oriented industry nationally if not globally. The definition is easy to understand just as is its rapid acceptance by John Q. Public.
Commoditization is the perception that any given product should only be identified primarily by its price. Therefore, unless specific attributes are noted and defined, all seemingly like items are considered to be of equal value. Price alone then becomes the bottom line.
I understand this; we all want the best we can get for the least amount of cash outlay. It’s a natural drive to want to maximize our own hard earned dollar and still acquire the best materials and creature comforts that we can. It’s the whole “I hate Wal-Mart’s employee protocols but I need their prices.”
Here is the conundrum. It can be found in the old saw, “You get what you pay for.” Sure, you can go to a Wal-Mart and purchase a “rock bottom, discounted, I don’t have to pay shipping” bit of rubber flooring but what you give up in the process can be jaw dropping.
As an example, here at Matsmatsmats.com, we use a consultative sales approach. You tell us what you want the product to do and we give you options based on your need. Will the average clerk at the local “Floor and Go” take the time to understand that you are purchasing the flooring to meet a city ordinance, or provide safety for a special needs child. If they did understand, would they have the expertise to guide you through the various selections of flooring materials and suggest the ideal surface or product? They most likely would not have the experience, knowledge or passion for the product that a dedicated salesman would have.
Nowhere in a listed price can these valuable attributes be quantified and “priced”. It may mean the difference between getting merchandise that will work and getting the exact item that will fulfill your needs. On staff here at MatsMatsMats.com we have several representatives who specialize in specific product lines from yoga equipment to commercial flooring. We all have general knowledge of our entire product lines but no one can get shipping quotes for odd sized or overweight freight like Big Ben G. Chris A. can produce quotes on multiple items on the fly as he processes with an almost eidetic skill the multitudes of products and accompanying prices. And as we all know STAG SMASH! He excels at computing the best discounts that can be offered in a fraction of the time it takes anyone else. I, as ye olde thyme hoofer, offer a sweet and sympathetic ear with a specialty in the dance flooring and equipment department.
Every bit of our expertise is available to you, the consumer, via a mere phone call or email.
Posted on: October 14th, 2013 by Kelly Green
The decision to attend a trade show isn’t one that should be taken lightly. Whoever attends will miss that time in productivity around the office, the price of admission must be paid, food must be purchased, lodgings arranged, wives lied to. . . er . . .appeased. . . er. . . brought to the function. . . uh, yeah, we’ll go with that. The decision to run a display booth is even more of a gamble. How much floor space to rent, the design of the booth, which product line to push, and who to put in charge.
With so much riding on this investment of time and money, start by building your display from the ground up. Literally, start with the tradeshow flooring. A standard 10’x10’ booth will require 25, 2’x2’tiles. Breaking it down further that is 16 interlocking floor mats or tiles for the perimeter and 9 for the interior. With a two color scheme, there are a gazillion different looks that can be created. If you format the tiles to your company’s colors, you will be able to create a unique look and feel, tailored to your specific branding model.
The SoftFloor, SoftCarpet, SoftWood, SoftCamo, and SoftRubber tiles can be delivered to your corporate office or alternatively you may have it delivered to your trade show location. There are also a variety of carrying case options that you can order to make the set up and break down that much more convenient.
Please keep in mind that some floor tile is more appropriate for certain merchandise, displays and stiletto heels (If you are lucky enough to have someone in your booth wearing stilettos. Unless it’s Bob from accounting, then probably you’re not as lucky as you could have hoped)
The interlocking rubber tiles can be used for just about anything less than cars on a spiked pogo stick, However if you are selling tanks on pogo sticks I would recommend our all rubber, Tuff and Easy Tiles.
Posted on: October 1st, 2013 by Kelly Green
High Performance Matting Systems (HPMS) are all the rage. A high performance matting system for commercial outdoor entry mats should follow “the rule of 15s”. The rule of 15s state that any HPMS should consist of the following:
1. A 5’ scrapper runner outside the facility,
2. A 5’ scraper/wiper in the entrance way and
3. A final 5’wiper mat to trap any excess detritus material and liquid that may have escaped the first two mats.
You may ask, “Why is this so important?” Well, if you were my child asking this question you would be told, “Don’t speak with your mouth full and finish your pancit.”
Of course, you aren’t my child, so I may as well answer.
People who use commercial mats should have a high performance matting system in a facility that has foot traffic of 50 people entering and exiting the building twice a day (four times a day if they eat lunch outside the facility.) will prevent an average of 23 pounds of soil and other debris from entering that facility over a 1 year period. It costs on average $500.00 PER POUND to remove this gunk in chemical cleaners and labor.
I just saved you $11,500.00 per year. You may thank me if you wish.
Here are more side benefits of the High Performance system.
1. If you are required to fulfill a “green initiative” or your company has a “green mandate”, you can proudly show the HPMS as a huge factor in the reduction of the use of harsh, non-environmentally friendly cleaning chemicals.
2. SLIP AND FALL accidents cost money . . . lots and lots of money in potential lawsuits and lost labor. With a HPMS these typical “I slipped on the goo that Troy from accounting tracked in from the parking lot”, are preventable. 100% PREVENTABLE!
3. HPMS outdoor entry mats are more durable and generally have longer warranty coverage than your typical average entry mats or rental mat service.
4. Health considerations. Let’s face it, it is a gross, messy world out there and people will put their feet on just about anything including where you sit, let alone where you eat. Just the thought of where your nasty shoes have been is making me want to spray myself with Lysol and cower in the safe room.
There now, I have saved you enough money to buy a small car, helped you move forward in fulfilling your federal obligation of going “green” so you don’t go to prison , saved you from dozens of frivolous lawsuits and prevented you from contracting the plague.
Now, sit down and finish your pancit, then order these mats already.