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.
June 10th, 2015 by Ben Gonzalez
Any fans of The Big Lebowski? That movie practically raised me from the ages of 11 – 17. Maybe not the best idea to be “raised” by a character who prides himself in his absolute laziness but nevertheless, hilarity ensued. The line “It really ties the room together.” is at the root of the shenanigans Jeff Bridges’s character “The Dude” faces to secure his rug back from the Germans who stole it from his home. Genius concept, I know. But there’s something to be said about that. Rugs really do tie the room together. And something I noticed recently is how well welcome mats can “tie the room together” so to speak.
At my studio, we have several lock-out units. All rented by various musicians, drummers, recording engineers, and the occasional random-o solitaire weirdo that just wants a space away from home to do whatever the hell they want at whatever volume they want. But when you walk in, you immediately notice how the rooms with a door mat just look more official. Welcoming actually. It actually makes you think “there’s something going on in there probably.” Which is exactly why I acquired one for my studio. Now my synonymous door doesn’t just look like a closet space. It actually looks like “something is going in there” which is great since I make my extra income from clients there (as well as through various other avenues) stumbling onto my space and asking what services I offer.
The same applies to apartments and even larger houses. A nice mat at the front really just ties the room, porch, threshold together. Ever moved into a new apartment and feel like there’s something missing. It’s probably a mat! Big, beautiful entry mats or welcome mats to officiate you into your new place of residence. Never underestimate the power of simple items to really bring everything together.
May 20th, 2015 by Stag
As with keeping with my newly found need to work out and get into a shape; rather than round that is. I have started going to the gym with a friend of mine. However in some of the exercises that I need to do; mainly for my stomach and core muscles, I have done so at home. This not only saves me time, but also saves me having to brave the excessive crowds at the gym currently – new year’s resolutions and all. However since I have hard wood floors in my home I need to a mat to use in order to provide some sort of cushion and traction.
Enter the yoga mat; not just for yoga. I have never been a proponent of yoga per-say, but these studio mats work great to do any kind of floor-based exercises. Made from a clean PVC material they are able to stick to the floor and allow me to move around easily while still keeping traction. At the same time they keep me from making direct contact to the hard floor; as that is very uncomfortable to do so. So they service a multitude of purposes, not just for a yoga environment, but for any kind of exercise really. If you do any kind of home exercises and have a hard floor that you want to circumvent I highly recommend picking up a yoga mat today!
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.
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!
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!
April 6th, 2015 by Ben Gonzalez
It was during this year’s Halloween Harvest Festival at the local community college that I realized the importance of portable dance floors. Not for me, particularly but some of this year’s performers. As the world continues on this warming trend towards certain catastrophe, the San Fernando Valley treated us to triple digit weather in the middle of October. One particular Saturday, we got a whopping 110 degrees! In October! The extreme temperature changes from night to day made it so our uncovered wooden stage warped immensely along the seams of the planks. Luckily, our handy man was able to remove the warped and cracked plank and put in new ones. But ther was a new problem. Since the planks that were put in a replacements were newer, they were also slightly thicker. This small detail made some of the kids’ choreography a little less than graceful. After a few tumbles and some humble recoveries right back into the number, I had one of the dance instructors ask if we had anything that we can lay over the stage to smooth it out so to speak. It actually baffled me to realize that not ONE of these coaches had brought with them some kind of vinyl floor or the like considering that MANY of the requests we get here are about using the Matlay Dance Floor for various competitions and showcases that are outside of the troupes respective dance schools or home venues.
It dawned on me that aside from the smooth and even surface, the Matlay flooring actually serves to cover and hide a lot of the tiny cracks and splinters on outdoor stages that can otherwise be hazards to performances.
March 30th, 2015 by Stag
Now that it is getting a bit colder – or at least as cold as it can get here in California; it is time for some much needed star gazing. A while ago, a few friends and I had all pitched in to purchase a rather large amateur telescope. With the weather cooling down, that means that there is less atmospheric distortion in the telescope and much clearer images, which is always a good thing! Now it just comes down to driving up to the low-lying mountains around Los Angeles in order to get a better view with much less light than the city.
As much of this happens out in the middle of nowhere and the telescope is only three or so feet from the ground; we usually bring a vinyl mat of some sort with us so that we have something comfortable to kneel and sit on. It definitely takes the joy out of looking out into the universe if you knees are being pinned by sharp rocks, so the gymnastics mats certainly do come in handy.
Perhaps this weekend the tribe and I will head up to the mountains for a night and see what we can see. We have had a lot of success in the mountains and I would certainly love to see Andromeda (our nearest Galaxy) again; as that is quite a sight. So I think we will be packing up all the science gear mumbo-jumbo and our folding exercise mat and head out early tonight. ‘Second star to the right and straight on till morning’.
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.
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.