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!
August 4th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
I’ve talked about anti fatigue mats before, but I’m going to talk about them again! A simple 2’x3’ Anti Fatigue mat can make a huge difference at your business for a few reasons. I’m going to use a restaurant as an example because it’s my only real life experience. I used to roll silverware after a long day of serving tables. It’s part of every servers side work and probably the most hated task. But it has to be done. I can do about 6 rolls every minute. In 30 minutes, that 180 rolls. Multiple that by 20 people (servers and hosts) and you get 3,600 rolls of silverware for one day of food service.
Now let me paint you a picture…
Since the managers know each person can do about 180 rolls in thirty minutes, that’s what they expect. After about 5 minutes, or only 30 rolls, my legs start to hurt and I’m bending over to relieve back pain. Shifting my weight only works for so long. Knowing I have to do 180 rolls, I start getting faster and faster. My rolls are getting looser, but I don’t care. MY BACK HURTS! My 180 rolls turn into about 90-120 usable rolls, since a lot of them fall apart and are unusable.
This makes for loose, unused silverware falling on the ground and having to be washed. Now the dishwashers have to re-wash unused silverware. That doesn’t seem so bad until you multiply that by 20 people a day. Now your dishwashers are backed up from all the extra silverware and your cookware and plates are piling up. Since there are no plates or the appropriate cookware, your guests are waiting a long time for their food and will probably not come back.
Now your business is failing. All because you didn’t know to buy a mat that cost less than $50.00
July 29th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
I would like to take this opportunity to one of the down sides to living in California. The sun is always shining and we don’t have to deal with snow and other extreme weather crippling our lives, but we totally dehydrated!
California is in serious manic mode and doing everything we can to conserve water. There are new laws being implemented that limit the frequency and time of day you can water your lawn or garden and I’ve noticed a few business’ removing their grass completely and installing Drought Tolerant Landscaping.
I’m sorry to say I’m not very happy with this situation. All “Drought Tolerant Landscaping” looks like dead weeds and rocks. It’s not very appealing and I would put off making that change as long as I could.
I was doing a little research and was happy to see my kneeling pad will still get used. There are flowers that can hold up with limited water and I also found out your soil can play a huge part. A drought tolerant garden grows from the ground up, you’re going to want soil that will retain the water and support the plants. That’s the basis to any Drought Tolerant Garden.
Grow the soil first because that means plants will need less water and fertilizer. Out here there is a lot of clay in our dirt; a little compost can really help. You want to make sure your soil is soft and will allow water to go deep. Instead of watering every day, practice deep watering only a few times a week. Deep watering will allow the roots to follow the water downward, where it will find natural reservoirs.
Lastly, in regards to those hideous rocks, you want to put something down to help keep your dirt moist. On these scalding days, your water can potentially evaporate quickly ultimately wasting it. I’d use something like our rubber mulch instead. The rubber mulch comes in a variety of colors to help keep your garden looking nice and will hold up for many many years while allowing water to get to your soil and not evaporate so fast.
July 23rd, 2015 by Ben Gonzalez
Many could argue that war and violent conflict is in our very nature as human beings. And after spending some nights around inebriated adults dancing to trap beats and EDM, I’d have to say it’s hard to argue with that. It’s not surprising since intellectuals and evolutionary biologist (not to mention psychologists, anthropologists, and hard right-wing republicans) can all agree that war and conquest is essentially a driving force in the evolution of our species. All intellectual pretention aside, however, I found myself thoroughly entertained by the notion of two adult males foregoing the “civilized” rules of engagement for a less, shall we say, safe, approach to working out their differences on a wrestling mat or within the confines of an octagon.
The altercation seems to have started over the affection of a certain female while inside the bar. After some harsh words are exchanged, it is suggested the two men “take it outside” by the facilities bouncer or keeper of the peace. Once outside, one might mistake the initial stages of confrontation for the exotic war dance of some birds. The two men nose to nose whispering what appears to be code of some sort as both have their fists curled with arms straight down. Neither seems to want to strike first. Then, from the crowd, a faint and unassuming voice announces, “Kick his ass!” and the first strike goes flying.
In a dust cloud of swinging fists, poor technique, and obvious drunken stupors, one of the men backs off to quickly take his shirt off. It seems he’s done this before and thus deduced it is best to have less to hold on by his opponent. His seemingly less experienced sparring buddy does not think of this and in one quick motion, his hoody is caught and pulled towards a fast flying right hook which laid him completely flat on has back to the enthralled audiences’ “oohs” and “whoooooa!”.
The victor stands over his defeated opponent for a brief second then walks away. Far from sportsmanship, but certainly not a bad player as many times this is the perfect opportunity to make sure your opponent does not get up. Usually with kicks while on the floor. I couldn’t help but think if the legitimacy of this encounter may have been more comfortable on some MMA flooring or mats. Needless to say, by the time we saw the sirens, it was time to get that Uber ride.