March 4th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Thereâ€™s nothing more fun than laughing at someone that hurt themselves, especially if it happened in a funny way. But as entertaining as it may be, slips are no laughing matter. As a kid growing up in the restaurant industry I spent lots of weekends pretending to be a cook or waiter, probably annoying the actual cooks and servers, and I witnessed a fall or two.
My dad was always very particular about the safety of his employees. Whether it was escorting his servers to their cars after hours, making sure they have a safe ride home, or providing them with necessary non-slip shoes and non slip mats – safety was number one. The funny, semi ironic, part is my dad would neglect his own safety. He would opt for dress shoes, figuring as the owner of the business he should stand out and look nicer. Problem is Iâ€™ve witnessed my dad fall AT LEAST 5 times in my life, once putting him in the hospital. Thankfully none of his employees have ever injured themselves because workmans comp claims can be outrageous. Unluckily for him, I didnâ€™t work at MatsMatsMats.com at the time and couldnâ€™t let him know how easily and affordable he could have prevented an injuryâ€¦.or 5 in his case.
According to my research there were almost 11,000 serious work injuries caused by slipping or tripping last year and many claims for compensation. They are the most common cause of major injuries at work.
One of the most common causes is because of inadequate flooring or the cleaning of floors. A simple solution would be nonslip anti fatigue mats with drainage holes. The surface will keep your employees from slipping and the drainage holes will help keep debris and spills from staying on the surface. The floor in a workplace has to be suitable for the type of work activity needed. Workers should be able to walk on a floor without fearing that they might slip and any cleaning of it has to be properly notified to the workforce by notices or warnings. The employer is under a duty to maintain flooring to ensure that there are no trip hazards such as tears or holes and if there are changes of level then they should be highlighted. Regrettably people who work with us are often responsible for slipping accidents, they fail to deal with spillages, leaving it for someone else to clean up or they abandon wrappers on floors causing a hazard to others.
My point is if you have the correct matting, whether it be safety mats or anti fatigue mats or both, you can potentially save yourself a lot of hassle and money. In 2010 the average lost-work claim was about $65,000, according to the Workersâ€™ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California. For a small fraction of that cost you could easily equip your entire space with one of many many many matsmatsmats!
February 25th, 2013 by Stag
I have more than a few very tech-savvy friends. One of which actually works for a company that makes processors and microchips for a whole host of different computer and hardware manufactures.Â He works in the â€œClean-Roomâ€ with the actual chips themselves, doing the platting and quality control for the manufacturing. I donâ€™t know about most of you, but I find this kind of thing very interesting and I recently asked him if I could check this place out.Â He and his management were quite accommodating in that fact and I got the grand tour sort of speak.
Now if you are not familiar with processor and micro productions, the â€œClean-Roomâ€ is just like what it sounds. You see any small amount of dust or dirt can severely damage small electronic equipment. So before the staff enters the processing center and the Clean-Room they have to essentially de-contaminate themselves.Â They have a massive spray room that cleans them off, then they pass through a series of sticky mats that will take the dirt and partials off of the bottom of their shoes. With each pass they clean more and more.Â Then and seemingly most importantly they pass over and usually stand upon an anti-static mat that are grounded with a grounding wire to remove any static charges. If anyone had even a small amount of static on them they could completely destroy a tiny little processor cell that in its self has hundreds of microscopic wires in it; and worth quite a bit of money to say the least.
I would have to say that it was definitely an interesting day.Â Seeing all the technology and painstaking work that really goes into making these tiny little things that without we would not be able to use any of the comforts that we have come to enjoy. Televisions, Computers, Cellphones, all run off of similar little processors. To think, that without these non-static industrial mats and tacky mats it would be almost impossible to make them.Â Food for thought indeed.
December 14th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
The hardest thing I deal with, working in sales, is selling people stuff! I loathe nothing more than somebody trying to talk me into something. When you do that, it makes me feel like youâ€™re just trying to make a buck. Every once in a while I see an opportunity where I really want to help someone, but the only way to do that is to sell them one of our products and I donâ€™t know how to bring it up. This is my current dilemma :
Â My best friend is a Pastry Chef and sheâ€™s complaining about her feet and back and also almost tripping at work. I immediately am thinking, oh she needs anti fatigue kitchen mats.Â Turns out they have carpet runners all over the kitchen, which is horrible! Not even basic anti fatigue mats?Â I grew up in the restaurant industry and I know how wet slippery and gross the kitchen floors can get, so I understand why they have runners everywhere (Technically all employees should have â€˜non-slipâ€™ shoes, but realistically they donâ€™t).Â If youâ€™re a chef and youâ€™re on your feet, in the same spot, for 8-12 hours a day, you need more support than just a Â¼â€ piece of carpet.Â Plus carpet just soaks up gook and Iâ€™m sure smell like grease.Â Â Â
Â I really want to hook up my friendâ€™s restaurant with a good drainage mat, which will not only reduce slipping hazards but will also help the joints of all people involved but I donâ€™t know how to bring it up! Especially since sheâ€™s not the deciding party. Matsmatsmats offers a largeÂ selection of quality anti-fatigue mats.Â Â I have no doubt that we haveÂ the right non-slip floorÂ matsÂ that best suits herÂ needs and her bosses budget. What I should really do is gift her one and hopefully her bosses will see it, like it, ask her where she got it, and call me themselves. Yay product placement!
November 28th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
This is a very busy time of year all around.Â At home there are dinners to plan, decorations to put up and gifts to buy.Â At work we have been making sure there are people on the phones to answer your calls, stock in the warehouse and ensuring things go out on time. Iâ€™m mentally prepared for high volume of calls, figuring Iâ€™d be selling a lot of our in stock folding mats or a balance beam, but Iâ€™m talking to more people about Anti Fatigue mats and Carpet mats than any of our more typical holiday items. I donâ€™t quite get it. I know most of the country is being rained or snowed on, and Iâ€™m sure keeping floors clean is probably a big concern, but I might be upset if I received and Anti Fatigue mat for Christmas. Not that it isnâ€™t a great product, but I would only buy somebody something so practical if it was expensive and our mats so arenâ€™t!
The Carpet logo mats I kind of understand.Â Theyâ€™re very practical for keeping your floors clean and dry but theyâ€™re customizable so you can create a unique one of a kind gift for someone. One of my co-workers actually bought one for her husband for his garage. Now he has something cool to look at and she knows all the garage crud wonâ€™t be tracked in on his shoes into their house.
Speaking of the garage!! And this is totally off subject, but I just had a customer put Tuff-n-Easy tiles in his garage and I want to now! We advertise that theyâ€™re meant for gym or garage flooring, but I personally have never had somebody use them in the garage. According to my customer the tiles have a very professional clean look and protects his cement. I wouldnâ€™t think the garage floor is something youâ€™d be concerned with â€œprotectingâ€, but I guess over time oil and whatever else can make it look pretty gross. Also, if you have weights or heavy equipment you can be sure if you drop them they wonâ€™t crack the floor or me damaged by it.
November 25th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
I recently, FINALLY, got business cards and now Iâ€™m looking for reasons to give them out! I got my first opportunity a few days ago. As you may not know, I have become permanently damaged and have this constant need to examine any â€œMatâ€ I come across. Well, I was at a car repair shop and noticed their Carpet Logo Mats were in horrible condition! I could clearly see the name of the company they got it from; itâ€™s one that makes the mat and also picks it up and cleans it for you.
Now Iâ€™m not going to throw that company under the bus, but they donâ€™t seem to have a very good product. Granted the fact that they have a cleaning service is probably a big appeal, but I would think a mat thatâ€™s easy to clean yourself (like ours) is probably better.Â It also seemed to me that they either donâ€™t know how to clean their mats right or have a very low quality mat. The one I saw had absolutely no border on one side, and according to the repair shop guy- he was told that just happens sometimes, and heâ€™d need to buy a new mat. I saw my chance. I casually pulled out a card and said â€œcheck out my companyâ€™s website, our mats wonâ€™t fall apart when you clean themâ€.Â I should have also mentioned that the artwork on our entry logo mats would be much clearer than his mat, but I didnâ€™t want to bad mouth the competition anymore.
Iâ€™ve always believed that our quality speaks for itself.Â Carpet Logo Mats are a great way to advertise at the entrance of your business. These personalized floor mats have a washable, rubber gripper back for safety and longevity.Â In addition, these mats are durable and fade-resistant.
Heâ€™ll call, eventually. Especially now itâ€™s starting to rain heâ€™ll probably have a need for a mat with borders. Even if his current mat has the capacity to hold water and debris, without a border the water will just leak out.Â I almost feel like going back over there to point out that with the current weather his mat will probably need to be cleaned more and could potentially fall apart more.
On a side note (as a testament to how great our stuff holds up) I bought my grandma a cushion comfort mat over a year ago and I know it gets plenty of abuse.Â It looks a little darker but with no tears or scuffs. Â As important, it held its cushion feel very well, it still feels brand new!
November 15th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
Â Burgers. Yum! No one makes them better than In-N-Out. I feel sorry for all you non-California residents that have to deal with sub-par and derelict nutritional substance.Â If you have a life crisis, these burgers will make you whole again.
Â I actually donâ€™t even get meat on mine, theyâ€™re that good! I know it sounds terrible and hypocritical but, alas, I enjoy my animal-style grilled cheese knowing that somehow, somewhere, my decisions lets another bovine Betty get one more miserable day writhing in her filth… perhaps even on one of our livestock mats? Zing!
Â Seriously though, on a MUCH cheerier note, I couldnâ€™t help but notice that the kitchen workers were all standing on floor mats that look quite a bit like our Performa Non Slip Anti Fatigue Mats. Now Iâ€™m not saying that they are our Performa mats, but if it looks like it and it smells like it, then itâ€™s probably, er, it.
Â Moreover, I wouldnâ€™t dare suggest that In-N-Out burger give us official MatsMatsMats.com employee lunch vouchers in exchange for exceedingly good reviews on their menu items and a break on these awesome non slip mat and drainage mat used in the kitchen as safety-mats, but Iâ€™m just saying; In-N-Out is playing it safe and safety for employees is paramount when youâ€™ve got hormonal teenagers running the show and not sabotaging my meals with saliva expressionism. Not just the advertised ones, either. (Flying dutchman anyone?)
Â In any case, my lunch was a little more interesting (and creepier) knowing that our sphere of influence to just about every nook and cranny of my daily life. I can go into details and start naming potential sponsors (Trader Joes, Iâ€™m looking at you!), but Iâ€™ll refrain since I donâ€™t want to run out of stuff to talk to yaâ€™ll about.
November 13th, 2012 by Stag
Anti Fatigue Mats are everywhere.Â You pass by them each and every day without even knowing it.Â Â Almost every profession that requires a large amount of standing will have some type of anti fatigue mat.Â Everyone from your neighborhood grocery market cashier to the teller at your local bank use Anti Fatigue Mats.Â Â As you get your hair cut, your beloved barber is standing on our Marble Anti Fatigue Mats.Â If you have ever worked in a restaurant you would have been standing frequently on our Non-Slip and Drainage Anti Fatigue Mats.Â The people creating our processors in our home computers use the Anti Static Fatigue mats. Â
Â They serve so many purposes and are not just for work.Â They are used in the home as well.Â When cooking those Thanksgiving Dinners and of course, cleaning up afterwards.Â You may find, or need a â€œGel-Likeâ€ Comfort Chef KitchenÂ Mat.Â For any purpose, home or work; if you need it weâ€™ve got it.Â
So the next time youâ€™re out and about, take a glance behind the counter, and look around.Â I guarantee you will find one of many of our Antifatigue Floor Mats.Â As always, have a great weekend and if you need to work on your feet, donâ€™t wear yourself out, get an Anti Fatigue Mat.
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.