March 16th, 2016 by Chris Aviles
Around half of my day is on the phone and half of those calls are usually for an exercise mat. A lot of people toy with the idea of a home gym for a lot of reasons. You save money on commercial gym membership costs, there’s less worry about bacteria from other people, you never have to wait for a machine, and probably my favorite – the time you save driving to and from the gym. That is precious TV time!
The thing I’ve come to realize is most people don’t really know where to start or what they really need and end up either getting discouraged or ordering the wrong product. I frequently get asked “What do I need?”. Unfortunately, that is a very hard question to answer because while everybody’s general need is the same [a workout room], there specific room needs are all different.
When you decide you want a workout or fitness room, there are a few things you should look at to help decide what room is the best and what product you should use.
First of all, I’d go with a room that is either tile or cement. Carpeted room can work, but I really suggest removing the carpet. If you have a treadmill of any kind of weights, most likely they will wear a hole and just end up looking very tattered. Plus carpet is a nice place for all you sweat to collect and that’s just gross.
Then you have to figure out how many outlets you’ll need and where they need to be placed. It doesn’t happen very often, but I have had people tell me they put the whole room together and realized they would have to run extension cords to power their machines.
Next you need to decide what ttype of flooring you actually need. If your workouts are in the Yoga, Pilates, aerobic genre, you probably want a an EVA foam flooring. Our soft floor tiles are a closed cell EVA foam that are not only comfortable to sit, lie, and walk on, but they won’t absorb any liquid, should it fall from a water bottle or your face. Also these tiles are dense enough to support you ankles. I do recommend a thickness of at least 5/8” so the tiles will not pull apart with your movement.
If you are more of a Treadmill, Bowflex, weight lifting type of person, I suggest are Tuff-n-Easy Rubber tiles or Rolled Rubber. They’re both made from 100% recycled rubber and the exact material we’ve put in commercial gyms across the U.S.A. These tiles are also very dense, but much more the foam tiles. You won’t need to worry about your equipment being unstable and the rubber can withstand impact from weights.
Lastly you, you just need to decide on color. We have a wide variety of different colors to match any home.
January 14th, 2016 by Stag
With the Halloween Holiday quickly approaching some of you may be going out to get yourself or even your children their costumes already. Some of you more crafty fellows and ladies may even be making your own. Some will make it from fragments of previous year’s costumes, whereas others will completely fabricate one from the ground up. If you like to tinker and you’re in need of material to construct your costume then look no further than the Premium SoftFloor Interlocking Tiles. Sure these soft foam tiles are typically used as trade show booth flooring or exercise flooring, but they are also used in classrooms for arts and crafts.
The foam tiles can be cut easily with a razor or even a hot knife and soldering iron to make exact and specific cuts. I have seen people make some very convincing Transformer costumes from these exact tiles. Not to mention a wide array of comic book or anime characters. All brought to you by the magic and Halloween awesomeness of the foam tile.
Since the tiles come in a 2’x2’ they are perfect for making large pieces that can be suitable as your costume armor or what have you. They also come in a wide variety of colors making them perfect for such an experiment. So pad up, and set out on your Halloween madness this October, fueled by our softfloor foam tiles.
December 19th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
I was out window shopping the other day, trying not to spend money since the Holidays are so rapidly approaching. Even though I had Holidays on the brain I was shocked to see Christmas Decorations! I haven’t even noticed Halloween decorations yet, which is my favorite Holiday, how can I possibly be expected to think about Christmas? It’s not even Autumn yet, which happens to be my favorite season and not just because of Halloween. It’s definitely not summer and not quite winter – the perfect weather, in my opinion. I love night time strolls with a light breeze rustling the leaves while some gently fall to the ground. It’s so soothing.
Then soon after, winter strikes. We’ve told we can expect the heaviest rain and wind we’ve experienced in over a decade. I do love me some stormy weather, but I’m so not looking forward to the rainy mess. Luckily it’s time to redecorate because we carry new entrance mats that I just love. Montage are new, top of the line commercial door mats made with environmentally friendly components. Montage offers enhanced long wearing performance and durability and my favorite feature- it hold a gallon and a half of water per square yard! No more sopping wet mats leaking onto my wood floors and no more throwing towel tackily on the carpet as a make shift runner. Aside from all the functionality they look real nice too. I could see our Montage carpeted floor mat in the entrance of a 5 star hotel which makes it perfect for my tastes. I just need to decide on color, because having seen these mats myself, I know it’s going to last me a very long time. It has to fit just right.
November 18th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
It seems my customers are the only people who listen to me. I should have some of them inform my family that I actually know what I’m talking about because I think to them I’ll forever be 5 years old and have zero credibility. But that’s for another therapy session…
This past weekend I was helping my Uncle, and by help I mean watch, work on restoring his classic Chevy Step side. This has been his pet project for the better side of a decade and I’ve seen him spend hours just tinkering in his garage. I watch him hunched over his work table screwing, sanding or hammering something then walk to the truck and stand there briefly to measure or tighten something else. At one point he grabbed his back and let out a little moan/growl sound and went about his business. My MatsMatsMats antenna went up and I said “Hey Uncle, you should get longer anti-fatigue mats so it covers your whole work area, not just in front of your table”. And he said he used to have a few but he was constantly tripping over them and he found himself rearranging them so he could throw down tools and heavier parts without damaging them. He obviously didn’t have the right mats.
I had a few drinks which is why I wasn’t actually working with tools and almost completely forgot about our SoftRubber tiles. I told him all about how SoftRubber interlocking tiles are the perfect hybrid. They have the anti-fatigue feature which is the most important part, but it also has the durable rubber surface. He could stand, kneel and walk around his entire area with worrying about where to set the heavy parts he keeps pulling off and putting back on the truck. I went on trying to convince him it was time to discard the tripping hazard that is only really helping half the time but he’s stubborn. I’m going to have to just put a floor down for him so he can see. It’s a really easy installation; I could do it in less than an hour. I guess I’m just as stubborn.. must be a family trait.
November 2nd, 2015 by Ben Gonzalez
In today’s world of “Me Too” start-ups, small businesses and a vacuous landscape for semi-skilled laborers, chances are that you may be running your own business. Whether it is a mail order trinkets, weekend painting for Trader Joe’s chalkboards that put your fine arts degree to some use, or walking dogs after a hard day at the office, there’s a very good probability that you might have some sort of company brand or logo.
Just about everything and everyone nowadays is considered a brand. Even you, without any sort of business, can be a brand overnight with some clever viral post on your social media profile page, forum, or embarrassing YouTube video. When one is in need, it is important to personalize your brand and get it out as much as possible. Visibility of your personal brand is important to establish yourself in the minds of your potential customers or clients. Everything from t-shirts, stickers, to custom logo entry mats for your office or workplace is paramount to project stability and legitimacy of your endeavor. Can you imagine the Disney without it’s trademark mouse ears silhouette on virtually everything they own? Even more relevant is that a circle with two smaller ones as tangents, I can’t HELP but think of the famous mouse and the company associated with it.
Visual presentation is everything and a logo can establish your brand with a long lasting visual representation that is, in the end, indispensable for your small business to thrive.
October 9th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
Every once in a while I get a phone call from somebody requesting to rent our products. It’s really not a big deal, but this week we’ve been flooded with people wanting to rent. I can understand the appeal of renting logo mats for your business. You get to enjoy the benefits of a nice looking entrance mats that represents your company and helps keep dirt and debris from getting into your business. Then once a week, or once a month, somebody comes by and replaces your mat with a fresh and clean mat. It really is very convenient. However, if you are like a lot of small business’, that just doesn’t make sense, financially. Owning your own mat will save you hundreds, or even thousands of dollars over the life span of your mat.
A lot of rental comings will play up the convenience of picking up and washing your mat. Some of them may even make it sound like if you want to ensure your mat stays bright and not fade, you need to trust them with the special cleaning process. That’s a load of doggy droppings. I guarantee they are doing nothing more than throwing your mat into a commercial washer. You could easily do the same. Realistically, our mats can just be hosed down and hung to dry. Alternatively, I’m sure there are cleaning companies that will pick up and clean that mats you own allowing you to opt out without losing use of your mats.
Here is a formula to show you that buying your own entrance mats, logo mats or rubber backed runners is cheaper than using a door mat rental company.
# 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 mats for an average of 5 years… and you could too. So, why rent? Buy mats and SAVE!
October 1st, 2015 by Stag
From time to time the conversations in our office can become – somewhat unique. For example; today I was trying to think of what to write about, so I asked my esteemed colleagues Ben and Chris. It began with Chris’ very logical depiction of items that we carry and how we can discuss them in different ways, so on. This was quickly interjected by Ben, with his very humorous and long-winded ideas. If you have read any of his blog – you know what I am talking about.
He suggested that if we ourselves were mats, what mats would we be? He insisted that he, himself would be our Anti-Static Smooth Runner Mat; with emphasis on “smooth” if you know what I mean. I have to reluctantly admit, if anyone here is the “smooth” mat, it would be Ben. Just don’t tell him I said that. That will just be between you and I dear reader.
After that it kind of did not derail the discussion, as neither Chris nor I could come up with what kind of mat we would be if we have to anthropomorphosis ourselves to one. Needless to say, Ben had many, many reasons why he was so slick that he would undoubtable be the Smooth Tech Runner Anti Static Mat. Needless to say; aside from the very obvious humor we took from this, he had a point. Smooth and anti-static indeed, we had no counterpoint that he could not deflate – thus proving his smooth mat-ness even more.
September 17th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
When most people, myself included, think of Ballet they tend to think pink tutus and Nutcracker recitals. Barre-based fitness programs are popping up all over the country and I have the pleasure of talking to so many people about exactly why it’s becoming so popular and have really changed my view on ballet. To the point where I wish I would have started as a child. It’s time we get off our exercise mat and start doing something new and fun for exercise – Ballet!
Starting Ballet or dance at a young age can really help with coordination development. That doesn’t necessarily seem all the important until you really stop to think what we need to be coordinated for… like getting behind the wheel of your first car at 16 years old. And for all those boys that think ballet is too “girlie”, how much coordination goes into football or ice hockey? I read a story about a NHL goalie, Ray Emery , that was real close to ending his career because of some hip issue. As a last resort he took up Ballet and less than a year later his career was back on track and better than ever. That just goes to show you it’s never too late. A simple 4′ or 6’ ballet barre in your bedroom, gym or garage can be the start to a much healthier, easier life.
Ballet not only helps with flexibility and coordination; It helps with other activities like your endurance while running. You’d be surprised how much cardio you are actually doing – and Cardio helps with heart strengthening, breathing and even will power.
September 2nd, 2015 by Chris Aviles
I’m pretty sure I just talked about Rubber Mulch and its benefits, especially during the extreme drought we’re experiencing in California, but I want to make one more point.
Brush fires are just part of life out here. All the dry brush, especially during a drought, can easily be lit on fire by a cigarette or a random spark. Just a few days ago, as I was driving down the road, I noticed some thick clouds and saw an entire stretch of road blocked off with Fire Engines. It appeared there was a house on fire. Not that I’m every surprised by random fires during our sweltering heat, but I am inquisitive and quickly turned on the news when I got home. I found out that while they’re unsure as to what exactly started the fire, it spread quickly because of wood mulch. This is horrible.
It got me thinking about our Rubber Mulch and how it not only looks nice but is so much safer in areas like mine. My favorite is our Rubber Mulch Tree Ring. A Tree Ring will help prevent erosion and conserve moisture. How nice to open my back door step out onto my door mats and look at how great my backyard looks and know it is helping the environment too!
With the weather as permanently great as it is out here, BBQ’s and backyard fire pits are not an uncommon occurrence. A random ember or spark could easily ignite the wood mulch you may have in your backyard. Or if you happen to live close to one of California’s wild fires, Rubber Mulch can actually keep the flames at bay (temporarily) allowing you to get to safety. So aside from easy maintenance and a very nice look, our Rubber Mulch can actually be better for your safety and all around state of mind.
August 21st, 2015 by Stag
A long while ago now; my friends and I all went in on a very nice personal telescope. This is a very serious piece of hardware. Much larger than what you naturally think of when you picture a personal telescope. It weights, easily 120 pounds and takes at least two people to set up properly and safely. Be that as it may; we have used it quite a bit over the years. From taking it to local spots to even taking it with us camping in the mountains. Due to the size of it the aperture (the eye-piece that is) is quite low – maybe two feet from the ground. This can sometimes make it a bit hard – literally to kneel or lay while using it.
This is why we started using the kneeling pads and anti-fatigue mats to lay and kneel more comfortably and for a longer period of time while doing our star-gazing. They come in very handy and make it so much better when having to kneel down on rocks or whatever else is along the ground in the deserts or mountains. If you are a fellow amateur astronomer as well, I heavily recommend a kneeling pad and foam fatigue mat. Trust me – your knees and back will thank you for it!