December 5th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
It’s amazing how time flies. I still remember when my sister announced that she was pregnant with her second bundle of stress, er, joy. It’s almost like it was yesterday. I was better looking, considerably more care-free, and I actually believed I would be the first President of the World Federation. Not to mention the best-selling artist of all time. How else would I win the minds and hearts of the people of earth and convinced the modern nation-states to disband, demilitarize, and unify under one common banner of rock? Well, needless to say, things didn’t quite turn out that way, but at least I get my own blog.
While both my nieces are turning out to be beautiful and talented young ladies, it’s the younger one of these, now 11, that’s becoming quite the accomplished gymnast. Those genes are definitely something that have stayed on the women’s side of our family since I am neither flexible nor athletic. The last “athletic”thing I engaged in was loading gear from my project studio to a large recording studio. Before that it was running, and before that, it was roller-blading, which I absolutely loved. However, there is something certain people seem to find creepy about a 6’4”bearded man rollerblading around the neighborhood in short-shorts and shaking that booty to his favorite 90’s workout jams. Lots of Madonna, Janet Jackson, and other top 40 favorites. *Ya’ll remember “Rhythm is a Dancer”or “Good Vibrations”? Marky Mark before he was Mark Wahlberg? If you have, you might be old. But anyway…
I was recently sent a video of her doing her thing with ribbons. She runs and leaps and somersaults on the carpeted crosslink floor and just completely looks at home. It’s really quite remarkable how young some of these gymnasts are too. One her team-mates could not be older than 7, and she is just FLYING on the balance beam. Legs twirling like a helicopter, with the most serious look on her face. Through a series of routines on balance beams, gymnastics mats, and other gym equipment, these girls seems well on their way to their accolades be it regional or with enough dedication, even the Olympics.
November 19th, 2013 by Stag
Here we are again ghouls and ghosts! Another Halloween is quickly upon us all. The freights and heights that we dare strive for this nearing holiday are yours alone. However what everyone will be seeing for sure; as we visited last year will be your front door mat. Now are you prepared for the impending adolescent zombie hoards this season? I sure hope so!
Those pesky little candy feeding and insatiable monsters shall be out in great numbers this year. Backed by their larger counterparts and entourages, and those welcome mats that you have now just may not stand the test of time this year. In preparation I certainly recommend upgrading your door mats. It’s what any good prepared person would do. No need for an underground bunker – that may prove difficult for the trick or treaters to find to say the least, but a new first line of defense – a welcomed mat will do nicely.
Perhaps if you current front door mat is on its last legs, then you should keep one waiting in the wings. A relief pitcher for the goblins and vamps out there this coming October 31st. One can never be too prepared with those unruly candy crazed wee-ones about now can they?
This year; this Halloween, play it safe. Double up and prep for new welcome mats. You won’t regret it.
November 19th, 2013 by Stag
I am not what you would call a proponent of Yoga; not in the practical sense at least. However I am a self-proclaimed “Jack of All Trades – Master of None” kind of guy. That being said, I often find materials and things that can serve multiple uses. Many of these items you would not intrinsically think of a specific said project or function.
Let me give you an example. As mentioned above – Yoga, and Yoga items and products. These yoga mats are made of durable and malleable PVC and/or Clean PVC materials. Now if you have ever had a decent tool collection, or any kind of hobbyist activity that would require you to have drawers of your needed items stashed away; you may need them to be protected, yes?
So yoga mats and yoga pads to the rescue. These light-weight and soft yoga accessories are actually perfect for lining these drawers filled with – let’s face it hundreds if not more dollars’ worth of your hobbies necessities. They made an area that is perfect for your goodies and are easily cut to fit the shapes and sizes that you may need depending on your specific storage area. They come in a wide array of colors and last a very long time. After all they are engineered to be laid and stood upon; they can definitely take a little wear and tear sort of speak.
So when you need a quick fix for a problem, or hobby; just look around. The answer may be right in front of you.
November 13th, 2013 by Stag
As the tides ebb and flow across the sand of this world; so do my exercise habits and diets. Needless to say in the last many weeks since my last update on my new found lust for life and health, I have waned back to; lets say not so healthy. So I consciously decided to not give into defeat! Na! I would get back on the horse, per say. Instead my stead; my mighty stallion would be an exercise bike circa 1985 that I found at a local estate sale – for a very good price I might add and much more fun than using my exercise mats. Now armed with the prevailer of thy doom, I would “ride” valiantly into the night, of my living room while watching trash TV and anime. Or at least that is plan for now.
Once I returned with the might stead to the great keep (my house for the laymen) I did notice one bright, brilliant fact. The legs of this newly acquired beast of mine were quite rough and may not be too good for the hard wood floors of my sanctum. So as I shall remedy my health, I shall remedy this issue as well. Intro: Stage Left – Stationary Bike Mat and Treadmill Mat.
Now with these protective bike mats laid upon my throne room, I was free to let my wild and aging horse ride freely. Free, in a stationary position on top of a protective floor covering to be exact. But free non the less. So as I end this, I look forward to my return home. To my work, still left to do.
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.
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.
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.
October 17th, 2013 by Stag
I had a customer recently that was looking to modify his existing flooring in his old 70’s off-roading Jeep. He decided on using our vinyl flooring Switchboard Corrugated Runner to cover the floor in his cab. I had honestly never thought of using a vinyl runner for this purpose, but I have to say that it is quite ingenious! When you have a rugged Jeep that you take off-road and into the desert having some good durable flooring for the cab is pretty essential.
For those that are not familiar with the older model off-road Jeeps; they don’t have any doors, they are very much bare-bones. So with that they also don’t have floor mats of any kind. So what this customer did is take the long roll of vinyl and cut it in pieces to fit the sections of the floor of the cab that needed to be covered. Then he took some Polyurethane Adhesive tubes and glued these pieces to the floor of the Jeep itself.
So now he had a floor that could be cleaned easily and that could take a lot of abuse while being in the elements. Vinyl Floors are very durable and even though they are tough they can be easily cut to shape and size to fit just about anything. This customer’s little project turned out quite well and he has already taken it out for its maiden voyage. Perhaps one day, if I every acquire a Jeep of my very own, I’ll do the same.
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.
October 14th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
I’m currently on my way to the high Sierras for a little nature bonding with the boys for my brother-from-another-mother’s bachelor party. We decided the traditional Vegas regrets would be a little to cliche for us, so instead, we’re gonna go on epic hikes and camp lakeside. While I wouldn’t consider myself a regular outdoors man, I certainly have enough appreciation to at least try to get out at least once a year into the open wilderness. As we were loading up everyone’s gear, however, I realized that I would not be enjoying the same comforts as everyone else… You see I overlooked an important detail. An exercise mat…
I actually forgot to bring even a yoga mat. The irony isn’t lost on me either. Every day I’m literally talking about how comfortable and portable our 2′x6′ folding exercise mats are. How they’ve got just the right firmness crosslink foam. How they are comfortable enough to lay on and nap on, but also firm enough to do exercise on.
As I write this I’m overcome with nervous anticipation to what comfort or lack thereof awaits me as I set up camp and eventually retire on bare ground. I can literally see the sample 3/8″ thick foam mats resting on the corner of the office cabinet… just there… waiting. Waiting for me all week to go “Hey, I’ll probably need that!” Instead, I’ll have to brave the cold night on bare ground as the roll of comfortable foam sits at the MatsMatsMats.com office sitting in bitter silence at not having been noticed.
I am not a smart man…