October 2nd, 2012 by Chris Aviles
Knee savers would have saved my knees!!!Â Â Itâ€™s really dumb that I work here and have access to all these great floor mats and other products and donâ€™t use them all. Â Iâ€™ll tell you whyâ€¦ This last weekend was what Southern Californians referred to as Carmageddon. Â Basically the freeway that connects 2 major cities, with at least 374,000 cars traveling on it every day, was closed for construction. Â This forced people to find alternate routes, potentially causing major congestion.Â Â
On Sunday I took one of the alternate routes and luckily didnâ€™t have too much trouble with traffic, but I did get a flat! Â Ordinarily I wouldnâ€™t care because I could just sit in my car listening to music until AAA got there. Unfortunately for me I was on my way to a dinner party and had to pick somebody up on the way, so I was forced to fix it.
Hereâ€™s where I could kick myselfâ€¦Â I had to kneel in my pants, so I laid down a towel to protect them from getting dirty.Â Smart..right? Â Wrong.Â I could feel the little rocks stabbing me on the ground which is enough reason to want extra protection. Â What I didnâ€™t realize is thatÂ the rocks were breaking skin and causing me to bleed just a little, right thru my khaki pants!!! Â I was furious!Â Â No time to change, and I have such easy access to the one thing I could have used, a simple little kneeling pad! Â What I am so angry about is IÂ sell kneeling padsÂ every day! Sorry for the non-informative blog.. I just needed to vent!
September 26th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
For a number of years now, I’ve developed a bit of a green thumb. What I found in my childhood to be the boring pass time of my parentsÂ has grown on me in myÂ twenties.Â Now, about six years into it, I get a very high sense of non-obnoxious-self-satisfaction from cultivating my own herbs that I can use to cook delicious meals for theÂ misses when I’m in the dog house… Or just because I love her.Â My knees, however, have seen better days. As if it wasn’t enough to get the tail end of my folks genetic material (I’m the youngest of four children, freakishly taller than EVERYONE in my family, have the only set of crooked teeth, a bi-cuspid aortic valve, and most likely some mild ADHD).Â My knees can be delightful little buttons of pain from hours of being on the floor cleaning out pots, water reservoirs, and tending to soil and grow mediums.
Enter: The Knee Saver Kneeling Pads
! (insert dramatic victory music right………… here.)
I’m a little ashamed to admit that I have had aÂ foam kneeling pad
for about 3 freakin years and ONLY until theÂ misses asks (over my loud grunting and complaining), “Why don’t you use that spongy kneeling mat
that looks like a cutting board?” did I actually think of using it. Naturally, my response was, “Because I’m a man and as a man, I’d be doing a dishonor to my masculinity by admitting a clear oversight, dammit!”.Â I didn’t really say that, but after a couple of weeks I have to state that, quite obviously, these things are just awesome.Â Whenever I’m doing ANYTHING on the ground this thing comes in handy… whether itÂ be as aÂ little car maintenance, gardening, or various house chores that require quite a bit of time on the knees, these inexpensive little guys are life-savers or should I say, Knee Savers
September 18th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
OMG! You guys actually read these things?! I didnâ€™t believe it until Mr. Mats himself told us he can see number of people that visit the blogs. Thatâ€™s great.Â Now, I donâ€™t feel like Iâ€™m talking to nobody! Not to show my age or anything, but the internet or social media is amazing and has come such a long way from the AOL discs we received in the mail to â€œtryâ€ the internet.Â You can literally say anything you want to nobody in particular and somebody interested can seek out the information.Â It gives anybody an outlet to discuss or rant about anything they desire.
Iâ€™ve had some friends read my blogs and they all seemed less than thrilled. It really took away my motivation. Then I stopped and realized that they have no interest in Gymnastics Mats, or Tradeshow Flooring, or Anti Fatigue Mats so of course theyâ€™re not going to find my writings interesting. You guys, however, sought out this information and are probably more entertained/benefited by these. Now that I know I have an audience I think I can be a little more creative. I know we carry a ton of different products, but youâ€™d be surprised how hard it is to talk about them- to myself essentially. I really wish you could comment, Iâ€™d love some interaction. You can always call me if you want to talk about the blogs or maybe I sparked a question about something, then maybe I can write a blog inspired by you! Stay tuned, I’mÂ going to start brainstorming ideas to make these blog articles more informative and entertaining.Â I should do a youtube channel, where I answer questions! Would you watch?Â Iâ€™m kidding- kind of.
August 23rd, 2012 by Alex Miller
There are several dog flooring options, but lately everyone in the dog day care business and dog agility worldÂ seem to be turning to the rolled rubber flooring as their preferred choice of flooring.Â It has been something of a revolution in the business. The material is easy to roll out and install.Â When used with the sealant it is impenetrable to water.Â It provides cushioning for the dogs paws and I have not had a single complaint about scratches.Â In short, rolled rubber makes wonderful doggy daycare flooring.
The material is used in gyms and other facilities like ski resorts because of its durability.Â Made of 100% recycled rubber where over 85% comes from tires it is very environmentally friendly. The process to produce the material is lengthy to say the least, but still quite affordable. Â
So, if you are in the market for doggy daycare flooring, agility flooring, rubber gym flooring or any other place that might benefit from this eco-friendly, durable, versitale product you’re welcome for the news flash.
August 23rd, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
Greeting mat enthusiasts! It’s been a long and eventful week here at MatsMatsMats.com and I’m a little excited at some of the traffic we’ve been getting.Â My customer from Percussion Design is hard at work on a prototype practice drum (see previous post relating to this) and we’re really curious to see how our product stacks up.Â
On a semi-related note, a customer and fellow twiddly-fiddler (this is an industry term for musician) from Kilauea happened upon our rolled rubber to lay over his concrete floor in a jam/rehearsal space.Â I can’t stress enough how great this is for this application!Â Concrete is not only uncomfortable to stand on for hours at a time, but it also helps low end frequencies travel and high frequencies bounce inside the room.Â This results in a boomy, louder-than wanted sound which leads to faster induced ear fatigue.Â Aside form this, one of the great overlooked benefits of our rolled rubber flooring is that rubber is way easier on the legs of drum kits, amplifiers, and any priced instruments that might be accidentally dropped by clumsy band mates.Â To take it a step further, I’m reminded that if rubber isn’t your first aesthetic choice, this is a great product to use as sub-floor which will help to greatly deaden the volume of the rehearsal space. This ought to keep very loving, caring girlfriends/wives happy when they’re trying to not listen to your next number one hit.
July 27th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
During the last few years of working at MatsMatsMats.com, I have had the good fortune of talking to more than a few interesting customers.Â I was contacted by KeithÂ Â Pickens of Percussion Design LLC this week to talk about ourÂ rolled rubber
Â (which has many uses, most notably as gym flooring
).Â Their company is designing a new type of electronic drum that circumvents triggers and instead uses the natural acoustic resonance of the shell and a rubber head to create a natural sound that also triggers an electrical signal into an amplifier or sound module.Â In other words, where traditional electric drums essentially work like a play button that when struck triggers a drum sound via a module, this drum creates it’s own electric-acoustic signal that can be directly plugged into an amplifier.
Since they are working on prototypes, they were looking at our 1/8″ thick recycled rubber
product (or possibly one of our anti fatigue mats
) Â to use as part of the head of the drum which is the part that the drum strikes directly. This is very exciting as I’ve personally been to the NAMM
(National Association of Music Merchants
) show several times and have gotten to see all kinds of new, cutting edge, and sometimes very strangeÂ musical instruments. For more information on their work over at Percussion Design LLC, feel free to visit www.percussiondesign.com
Stay tuned next week for a follow up on the prototype.
July 27th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
â€œThank you for calling MatsMatsMats.com! This is Chris, how can I help you?â€Â
Say that 10 times fast.Â My whole life is mats.Â I know we all take work home with us, but that usually applies to actual work or problems from work. Â I find myself noticing our products (or similar) all over the place.Â From the Marble Fatigue Mat at Costco to the Jumbo martial arts tiles at the DoJo by my movie theater and the carpet logo mats I see everywhere. Â
I find myself inspecting various products to see if they are ours or if they compare.Â Often, they are our products andÂ unfortunately for the various businesses, many other times they are not our products and look pretty â€œcheapâ€.Â Â One of these days I need give those business owners my business card and the opportunity to get a product that will last, and is most likely less expensive.Â All I need is a little courage, because Iâ€™m not a very pushy person- Itâ€™s easier when I get to talk to you guys because Iâ€™m really just giving you more information on something you already want or need.
Am I the only one that finds themselves being an employee outside of work? I think itâ€™s probably that itâ€™s just become second nature- and maybe a little pride?Â Every once and a while a friend or family member will say something about needingÂ kneeling pads, or a yoga mat or something we carry and I find myself very eager to just start spewing all the information I know about those products and why ours are better than anybody elseâ€™s. What is that?!?!Â Letâ€™s be honest, mats arenâ€™t the most fascinating thing to talk about but for some reason Iâ€™m progressively more aware of their existence.Â Please tell me Iâ€™m not alone!Â I know you canâ€™t comment belowâ€¦but feel free to call me (877.777.6287)! Iâ€™d love to hear your stories.
July 25th, 2012 by Alex Miller
There is a huge selection of anti fatigue mats on the market today.Â In this article, IÂ would like to focus on one in particular, the The Armor Fatigue Mats.Â Is this the best anti fatigue mat?Â Well, that would depend on your need and how you intend on using the mat.Â
The Armor FatigueÂ has a great balance of anti-fatigue properties, while alsoÂ providing a durable top surface. The various pure foam anti fatigueÂ mats on the market are great for situations where people may be standing for long periodsÂ and simply need for pure comfort.Â However,Â when working with products that if dropped can damage a softer foam a mat with a more durable top surface, like the Armor Fatigue, is a great option… and it’s more cost effective than some of the more industrial mats.
As a sales representative for a mat company, I suggest the Armor FatigueÂ Mat to many customers who are price sensitive and want/need something relatively inexpensive withÂ a bit of extra strength on the top of their anti fatigue mat. The denser layer of foam on top of the softer bottom layer is what gives it the perfect balance.
If you are on your feet all day and need some relief, an anti fatigue mat might do the trick.
July 19th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
I got a very interesting telephone call from a customer regarding a high-end lenses repair operation he just started. These are repairs for lenses from microscopes to telescopes… out of his detached garage! Shocked andÂ alarmed,Â (I’ve tried disassembling a camera lenses before in less than perfect conditions and ended up with A LOT of dust caught in the camera, which resulted in a useless camera) the first borderline-annoyed questionÂ on my mind was “how can you work on, let alone repair, lenses in a garage?? Is it a finished garage? Is it a workshop? Really, that’s three questions, but youÂ see, lenses require manufacture and serviceÂ in fairly clean, sterile, dust free environments.Â Any particle of dust that gets caught in the chambers of a telescope, microscope, or camera lenses can cause some serious headaches for the observer using it.Â A trip to the Griffith Park Observatory (or any observatory really) would serve everyone well to understand just how precise, delicate, and magnificent these instruments are.
Our customer is a professional, however, and was calling us to see if we could provideÂ a foam material with anti-fatigue qualities for himself and his staff that does not shed any of it’s particles from use.Â When workingÂ they tend to stand for long periods of time and they wanted to be more comfortable.Â Â With ease, we decided on any of the hard-topped anti-fatigue mats
as opposed to the ones that are just pure foam. These being (to name a few) our Diamond anti-fatigue mat
, Invigorator, and the K-marble anti-fatigue mat
.Â I strayed away from the Marble fatigue mat
since I understand to be more prone to chemical wear than our vinyl.
July 11th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
I went for my now monthly haircut at my local barber last Friday.Â I’ll not name it since it’s faux pas to frequent the bigger chains for haircuts or so I’ve heard.Â What was interesting to note, however, was that after the incessant and very cheery bashing of my hairstyle choice (mullets, it seems, are the thing of hillbilly’s, hooligans, and fellows of ill-repute), I couldn’t help but be surprised at how I almost didn’t notice theÂ anti fatigue mats / salon mats posted at every single barbers’ station.
I’ve been told this over and over and over again that “Once you start working here (MatsMatsMats.com), you will scrutinize the type and style of mats EVERYWHERE YOU GO!”Â Well, it certainly has rung true to the day. It’s like the first time you notice a car on the street and thereafter feel like you’re now seeing it and recognizing it everywhere.Â It’s easy to under appreciate that these ladies (and gentlemen) are literally on their feet all day. They’ll get tired. Â If they get tired, they’ll make mistakes.Â My mop and mistakes are not two concepts I want hanging around each other. While my hairstyle choice may not be the ladies’ favorite (they’ll come around), I’m sure as hell glad that at least the marble fatigue mat (the most popular anti-fatigue mats for pharmacists and hair salons) allowed my stylistÂ to beÂ comfortable enough at 6:30pm at her station to not make my lady-killing mullet (yes I am growing out like I once did my beard) anything less than fabulous.
An anti fatigue floor mat may be just what you need (or if you are an employer, it may be just what your employees need) to enable you to be more comfortable and therefore more productive at work.Â It’s definitely worth a try – don’t you think?