February 18th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
Let me start out by saying I’m not a parent. I don’t pretend to know what it takes so my opinion might be completely invalid.
Aside from time out or safety rooms for children with special needs I never understood over protecting kids. Like I said, this is just my non parent observation. When I was a kid I bounced my head off a few different things and I have the scars to prove it. I’ve always been led to believe that children are resilient so I just didn’t understand.
After spending the weekend with my three nephews, 4 year old twins and a six year old, I learned why the over protection craze. Between the twins throwing themselves at each other and the six year old razor scooting all over the place, it’s very hard to stay in the same room with all 3 boys. The living room is fully covered in Kids Playroom Tiles and while it looks colorful and neat, it seemed a little excessive. I would silently scoff at the parents, thinking they should just pay more attention to their kids instead of fool proofing your house so you don’t have to. Boy was I ever wrong. I followed those boys around trying to keep them laughing and safe and it seemed there was always one kid out of sight. As I was trying to coax one twin down the stairs I heard the other twin jump from one couch to the other followed by the sound of toys being knocked over and a muffled sound of a body hitting the ground. Before I ran to his rescue I remembered the Soft Flooring and was instantly at ease. I knew he wasn’t going to hurt himself and had was able to continue negotiating with the first twin.
So I learned kids are resilient, they do bounce back and can’t possibly be watched at all times. The kids playroom tiles, or padding I’m putting in customers’ homes isn’t for the kids. It’s for the Adults piece of mind. Genius.
February 5th, 2015 by Stag
“ Rock & Roll – ed Rubber “
In my seemingly never-ending tomfoolery, tinkering, and hobby seeking; I am mulling over the idea of learning guitar. As the grand majority of my friends are all musicians, you would think that I would have done this many years ago. Yet alas, in typical me-style; I am bringing up the rear with the gear. Though it may be for the best; now in my thirties I do not have the dreams of rocker stardom. I just want to be able to occupy some of my more dormant free time. You know make noise like a cave-man while I watch TV. In this best case scenario, I would be able to do this without annoying my roommate or neighbors, especially since I am just learning.
So in order to pad against this, I have armed myself with some rubber rolls to make a bit of a sound break in my bed-room. This decoupled barrier with fiber-glass and rubber mats lining will serve to reduce the volume of the guitar amplifier that my neighbors and roommate can hear from their rooms. The rubber lines the break with a dense, yet porous material that will break-up the sound. When combined with the fiber-glass lining on the inside it will certainly damper the noise level. Anything to keep my land-lord from knocking on my door is a good thing in my book. Now I just need a guitar to actually play, and of course learn to play it.
January 22nd, 2015 by Chris Aviles
A good anti-fatigue Mat can change your life! I spend at least an hour a day standing in my kitchen, cooking or doing dishes and if I’m having a particularly lazy week sometimes dished can take me an hour all by themselves. Usually as I’m doing dishes I have some stand up comedy playing to distract me from the strain on my lower back and make the task as quick as possible. Recently I wrote about a Marble Fatigue Mat to make your kitchen look nice and help with floor cleanup. What I didn’t mention was the intended benefits of the mat.
The other night I was doing my normal cooking and cleaning ritual with my comedy to distract. Before I had time to think about my back pain, I had finished cooking, done the dishes, unloaded the dishwasher, wiped the counters and cleaned the floor- all with no pain. I thought maybe I had built up a tolerance and my pain would no longer be an issue, then it hit me. DUH! I was walking on Anti-Fatigue mats, and guess what? No fatigue! Imagine that?
For a lot of people, the pain we feel while standing is annoying but usually tolerable so as soon as we sit, it’s gone and we never think about it again until we’re standing.
After I made the decision to get the Marble Fatigue, I don’t put off cleaning and cooking as much as I used to. Now my daily tasks aren’t a strain, and I get so much more done! It’s crazy to think something so small can make such a huge difference in my motivation.
January 12th, 2015 by Ben Gonzalez
It’s tradeshow season and that means new electronics, products, services, and meet and greets for just about any “industry” you can think of. As such, I’ve been inundated with all kinds of rapid fire updates on the latest smartphone announcement, startups, recording equipment, religions, science developments, etc etc. It’s been kind of hard to filter through all these things on my subscription newsfeed since I only have so much time and I can’t read EVERYTHING that comes my way. So in an effort to filter through the vast majority of these events, I have a tendency to focus on the two biggest ones that I even care about this year, NAMM and CES. These tradeshows are basically music and consumer electronics tradeshows respectively and for me, that’s pretty much everything I am interested in. The term “interested” being a gross understatement.
Among the many pictures that I see for these huge (and I really do mean, absolutely SPRAWLING events), one thing that continues to blow my mind is how many of these exhibitors are still using the same old carpet and padding provided by the event venue. Not that there is anything wrong with that but I would just imagine (taking my own bias into consideration here) that people would take a hint from the tradeshow booths and operators that are using some form of trade show anti fatigue mats. Even if it’s not ours! Picture yourself as an exhibitor. You’ve got this fancy booth, lights, desks, and a fancy display array for your latest gadget. Be it a new tablet, pocket size camera, or a magic remote for your new electronic toilet and you’re at this thing talking to various attendees. Be it online correspondent for various blogs, news outlets, or just your average joes (a rarity since tradeshows are usually reserved for industry insiders and not the general public) you will be standing by your booth for 8 – 12 hours DAILY. This is absolute torture on your feet and if you are fatigued considerably more by 6pm than you were at 6am, there’s a good chance that standing on a thinly padded carpet overlay is not helping.
Alternatively, just about every single customer that uses trade show flooring would never ever go back to not using it. Forget the various aesthetic options available from wood laminate finishes and grass green carpet tops, but the anti-fatigue benefits alone are tremendous and that is no overstatement.
December 15th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
The Holidays are coming which means it’s time to start planning all the joy, and I mean gifts, I plan on spreading this year. I definitely am not one of those people that save all year so I’m not always able to buy gifts in August like my grandparents. Plus, I think part of the holiday season is getting out and shopping among the holiday music and cheery decorations.
Shopping online is a different story. I’m sure I’ve blogged about this before but I’m going to beat a dead horse… Order your gifts now or at least start your research. Many companies like ours have lots of in-stock items and can usually get them to you in a couple of days. During the holidays, online stores are no different than your regular department stores, we get crowded too- you just can’t see our crowds. The reason why this is important to realize is while the Folding Gymnastics mat your daughter is dying to have may normally be in stock, but during the holidays could have to be produced which can take 3 weeks. Combine that with the fact that shipping carriers like UPS and FedEx are just as over whelmed and can be a few days behind schedule, and you can end up needing a month for an item that any other time of year you would have in a week.
I hope this wasn’t discouraging, I really am just trying to help. I talk to so many people around the Holidays and while most of them are happy, there are a few that I couldn’t get a product out to in time and it breaks my heart. I want everybody to have all their expectations met around the Holidays.
December 4th, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
What to do when a pesky landlord decides that despite a security deposit and a contract, he/she just does not feel comfortable with your canine moose on their precious hardwood floor? In L.A., many residents are faced with this dilemma constantly. There are few solutions that are quite as resilient, practical, and cost effective as recycled rubber flooring. While mainly used in kennels and more commercial applications, a 650 square foot apartment can greatly benefit from this as well.
A ¼” thick layer of this rubber can serve to greatly reduced noise, protect the hardwood floor from swelling should your pup have an accident while you’re at work or away, and is actually easier on the joints for older dogs. If odor is of great concern, rest assured that proper ventilation should dissipate and outgassing within a week at the most. Since these are recycle tire rubber as opposed to virgin rubber, the harsh “rubber-band” smell is largely reduced through the recycling process.
So let’s say you’re the landlord is concerned with scuffing of the floor kind of like the soles of some cheap work boots might. You can tell them to stop being such a baby since this is easily remedied with any cleaning solution. Most importantly, however, you can remind them that this rubber flooring does not scuff or leave marks. Again, since it’s recycled rubber, the bonding agent does not allow the rubber material to leave any significant scuffs or “tire marks” on the floor. Again, anything left is easily remedied with a light cleaning solution or agent.
Should any Angelino or resident of major metropolitan areas be faced with this type of situation, remember that there are options for you and your canine buddy! Don’t let the landlord pull the rug from under you! Keep it in place with some rubber flooring!
November 19th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
I believe we’re now in the 3rd year of Summer here in California, and it can be miserable. Most everybody from other states I speak to act jealous of my permanent summer, and talk about how I must love it so much. Wrong! I love not dealing with Snow and excessive rain, but excessive sweat can be just as irritating. I will put off getting my mail for days because it’s so hot I don’t want to step foot outside.
On top of myself being uncomfortable sometimes, my poor dog is no different. She’s as bad about going outside to do her business as I am about mail. My poor baby will hold it until night to avoid the heat. Being the spoiled Diva she is, she gets to spend all day in a nice air conditioned house and has become accustomed to the comfort.
My sisters dogs have a huge yard, which is great for their exercise but she was telling me they spend most their time in the shade of the planters. They then proceed to bring their dust into the house. I told her about my idea to use interlocking rubber floor tiles in the planter, but she didn’t want to spend the time drilling holes for drainage. We decided a drainage mat would be a better fit. The holes are big enough to let sun and water through to the soil, and her dogs can still lie in the shade without getting dirt all over the house. Additionally when she has to stand in her planter to trim roses or pick fruit, she won’t be standing in dirt or mud and now her or her dogs won’t track dirt onto the patio which will save hours of sweeping a month.
Our Drainage mats come is a variety of sizes, including tiles, and are pretty easy to cut to fit any area you have.
October 22nd, 2014 by Stag
“ An ‘Axe’ to Grind “
After fifteen plus years of wanting to learn a musical instrument; I have finally really began to practice. I recently purchased an electric guitar second hand online. I have had this little beauty for about three weeks and I have actually practiced on it at least 2 hours a night almost five nights a week. This is a big increase when compared to my previous efforts. When I was 16 years old, I bought a bass guitar rather than a six string guitar. My reasoning behind this was that almost everyone I knew already played guitar, but no one was playing bass. So I figured I would fill that void. However I always tried to play the bass as a six string and it just never worked for me.
So many years later I ended up giving away my bass to a friend of mine, and thankfully he has put it to very good use. After that, I got into working out and even got attached to my favorite exercise mat. Well, now in my dare I say “older” age that I give it another go. However this time I wanted a guitar, “guitar”. Well it seems that I made the right choice and now only wish I had done so fifteen years ago. Now that I am practicing so much with this new axe of mine, I have found that I do need a bit of a back support cushion of some nature however. Sitting up on the couch of in a kitchen chair for hours definitely has its draw backs.
I decided to use a reading pillow to use a back support, as it is more ridged and I can prop it up in the couch, floor or a normal chair and still be able to clear my guitar so I can use it and so it doesn’t hit the furniture. So I call that a Win, Win in my book. Now that my back is set and rested with this nifty little support pillow, the real shredding can begin!
October 17th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
I was taking a tour of my friends new restaurant last week and It’s amazing how the right mats can make you so much more efficient. The restaurant isn’t open yet, but we were there for a soft opening and I got to watch all the servers and chefs in action.
To give you a better visual, let me talk about my first job as a host. The restaurant I worked at was always busy and I definitely wore more than a host hat, so I was constantly running around. There were drainage mats in the bar area and by the dishwashers, but no other mats in the entire place. You wouldn’t believe how much having to watch where you step slows you down.
After a few months of working there I had trained myself to not even pick up my feet in the kitchen; I and the cooks literally slid around because you were less likely to slip. In the server’s station, where if there was down time the host would make salads, I would do a little dance to adjust my legs and move my back and alleviate pain. I was young so I didn’t realize something was wrong and I just adapted.
Fast forward to last week and the environment in my friend’s restaurant was like night and day compared to my first experience. The back of the house (or kitchen) had non-slip drainage mats in all the walkways and there were anti fatigue mats in the server station. The servers, who are practically running around the front of the house (or dining area) were able to move into the kitchen at the same pace with no worry about slipping.
The anti-fatigue mats around the areas where you’re stationary, like salad prep table or silverware rolling stations do more than help pain. I know, because I’ve been there, that people will put off side work or complete it lazily; therefore lacking in quality because it’s uncomfortable and irritating to stand on your feet especially if you’ve been running around for 4-8 hours.
You can bet money that one of the first things I’m going to equip my restaurant with someday is quality mats. Whether you need anti fatigue mats or a drainage mat ours are affordable and high quality, I won’t have to replace them for years and I’ve seen first-hand how they can improve employee productivity and speed.
September 30th, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
A popular misconception with most of our products is that they are limited to a particular use. Must be something to do with the extensive catalog of items we carry here. One would not think that “Wrestling Mats” are also a great surface for veterinary applications, pediatric, and a myriad of other uses that we’ve seen our customers purchase these for. While we do have two types of of these (the CLASSIC and the LIGHT WEIGHT), by far the most versatile and longer lasting of the two, albeit that more expensive one, would be the CLASSIC. At 1” or 1.25” in thickness, the proprietary material is quite literally a “rubber foam”. Strong enough to withstand constant use yet has enough shock absorption to be used as a surface to slam a 200 lb adult on. Or lay a baby on and have him take a nap. Whatever the need, these mats certainly deliver. Here are some of the more creative ways that our customers have used this material.
Yacht Deck – Too rich for my blood, personally. But one of our customers fitted his yacht with about 200 sq ft of this stuff on one of his decks presumably to sun bathe and host wild parties. At least, that’s what I would do.
Safety lining – A veteran and military enthusiast was building his own dune buggy type vehicle and was apparently having a hard time fitting the inside of his vehicle with a suitable foam-type material that can withstand impact but still have a color on it that POPS. He settled on several custom cut pieces of our Wrestling Mat material to fit the inside of his roll cage, his seat, and his dash board with in a right “tactical” orange color.
Veterinary clinic – Most veterinary clinics have high metal gurneys that dogs, cats, and other critters get placed on for check-ups, sterilization, etc. A more considerate vet decided that he wanted soft, hospital style inspection tables with a material that was non-permeable, had an anti-bacterial lining (Microban) and was strong enough to last but soft enough for the animals.
Backpacker – This one was a little more impractical but worth mention. Backpackers generally have roll up mats more akin to our foam exercise mats for sleeping in the wilderness or taking a quick rest in various rough terrain. This customer wanted something much thicker than the usual 3/8” material and also VERY easy to clean. A one-inch 2’x8’ mat was his winning number, although that mat alone would be about 16lbs in addition to his heavy bag.
Don’t let the names of some of the products deceive you! Get creative!