September 5th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
It’s not totally uncommon for us to get feedback from our customers via email.Â Since we deal with all matters of mats whether it’s for yoga, martial arts, gymnastics, or industrial kitchens, it’s always a exciting when customers attach a couple of pictures of what they actually did with their mats…Â especially on slightly more complicated, custom orders.Â
One of my customers, (Tamara from Brookline, MA) got a little more creative than most of our customers.Â We offer wall padding – Â Conventional Wainscot Panels which are 2″ thick wooden-backed crosslink foam panels that mount on a wall.Â You’ve probably seen them in high school gyms or sports facilitates. Â The cost of these can add up quickly when covering larger wall areas since they are produced in 2′ widths and as a result, are generally not the best option for projects on a budget.Â However, we also offer gymnastics folding mats that can be customized with velcro connectors on specific sides, but most importantly (in this case) we can add grommets which allow these tumbling mats toÂ be hungÂ on walls.
Tamara came to us with a particular project that required folding mats, wall padding, and column wraps for a kids play area in a basement.Â After going back and forth for a couple of weeks, we designed custom floor mats as alternatives to the conventional wainscot panels and the results were quite honestly surprising, since I generally recommend the slightly pricier interlocking foam squares for kids floors and wooden backed wall panels.Â Tamara’s ingenuity and shopping savvy paid off in a big way for her little one as she now has a large area to play in that is both colorful, safe, aesthetically pleasing, and most importantly, did not break the bank.
August 21st, 2012 by Alex Miller
With the Olympics overÂ and the girls gymnastics team dominating the sport we have had a lot of parents calling to ask forÂ tumbling mats and gymnastics equipment for homeÂ thatÂ can be used for practicing different moves. It’s kind of a start-up kit. You first start with the floor which most everyone orders a gymnastics folding mat, which can be used for different tumbling routines. They are also really easy to store when folded.
From there you add a couple of training aids to help in back & front handsprings as well as more advanced tumbling exercises. One of the hottest items is our Smarter Spotter, something I wish I had when I took classes. It has a great shape to it that really helps learning different exercises while keeping your child more protested. This product is usually used in combination with the folding mat.Â Being put on top for even more protection. Our Incline Mats (also known as cheese mats or wedges)Â work in a similar way. They have been around for a long time and are the favorite of lots of coaches. They also come in a folding style to help in storage.
I think the most important thing about gymnastics is that it helps train your child to have great balance, awareness, strength and versatility. It also lasts throughout there lifetime as I still find that I still have strengths and agility that I learned in gymnastics, especially balance and how to take a fall. Also, it’s a great way to get your child in shape and make some new friends. If you haven’t already, give it a try, in my opinion it’s one of the best sportsÂ for children to beÂ involved in.
August 2nd, 2012 by Chris Aviles
The FiveTastic U.S. Gold Medal Gymnastics Team should be so proud!Â They were so awesome!Â So inspiring… so inspiring that it made me want to write this blog article.
If youâ€™re like me youâ€™re probably not going to read this until after the Olympics are over, because youâ€™re glued to your screen every free second you have.Â I never had interest in the Olympics until this year for some reason.Â Iâ€™m a sucker for a good performance, which is probably whyÂ Iâ€™m also very interested in the gymantics- I would LOVE to be able to bounce around like they do!!Â At my job, I sell so many â€œfirstâ€ gymnastics mats to parents for their children, I wonder if one of those kids will ever be in the Olympics.Â Not that Iâ€™d ever know, but itâ€™d be cool.
If you want an Olympic Gold Medal you better be willing to work your butt off!Â I Googled what it takes to even be considered for the Olympics â€¦ Youâ€™ll never hear me complain about 3 days of working out again! These people have some serious self control. They spend up to 8 hours a day, 6 DAYS A WEEK in the gym, and thatâ€™s not even just for the Olympics. Thatâ€™s just to get yourself in shape FOR the Olympics.Â A lot of these girls ( Iâ€™m focusing on the girls since they did just win the gold medal!Â Go USA!) have been training at home since they could walk.Â I wonder if any of their parents were reluctant in buying them their first gymnastics balance beam or incline mat (aka cheese mat or wedge), because they thought it was just a â€œphaseâ€ only to now be sitting it the audience of the 2012 LONDON Olympics cheering on their kid… like the parents of gold medal winner Aly Raisman in this YouTube video:
July 27th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
I just want to take a moment and talk about how much fun I have working here.Â I work with mats, so Iâ€™m sure youâ€™re thinking that Iâ€™m probably exaggerating, but Iâ€™m not.Â Unlike most sales jobs, we donâ€™t work on commission and we donâ€™t read of scripts.Â In my opinion that gives you a pretty unique and â€œrealâ€ experience.Â I think not working on commission really helps us stay honest.Â Iâ€™m sure weâ€™ve all dealt with that less than honest sales person whoâ€™s just trying to make a buck and will say whatever it takes.Â Because we donâ€™t have quotas or financial incentives I really have no reason to lie or mislead you.Â The owners of the company NEVER push us to sell or pressure our customers.Â Whether itâ€™s one of our kids play mats, our trade show flooring, rubber gym flooring or any one of the thousands of mat products we offer, our products are quality and the reviews from you guys speak for themselves.Â You can be sure that we will never sell you a product that wonâ€™t work or you donâ€™t need.
The lack of scripts allows us to be ourselves, we here at MatsMatsMats.com all have such different personalities that youâ€™ll know youâ€™re talking to a real person not some robot going through the motions.Â We all have our own opinions on how to do things and when you call with questions or problem, itâ€™s really a group effort.Â We bounce ideas and solutions off each other and itâ€™s beneficial in making sure you are taken care of properly.Â I think thatâ€™s what makes working here so stress free.Â I know that if I donâ€™t know how to do something or if I donâ€™t have the answer I have co-workers that are there and willing to help me.Â We are like a family and work as such.Â Itâ€™s more about being united as a company and less about being the â€œstarâ€ employee. Being that we have so many products, itâ€™s hard to be an expert on everything but we work as a team and each have our own areas of expertise, so if Iâ€™m not 100% sure about a product I can easily get an answer for you.
So, whether itâ€™s your first time calling us, or youâ€™re a repeat customer, I hope this gave you a little insight into our company and how much we actually care about you and what we do.
July 3rd, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
In addition to being a sales representative at MatsMatsMats.com, I currently own and operate a small project studio and record label out of my house.Â We track bands, produce them, and occasionally take some projects out on the road.Â Working at MatsMatsMats.com for the pastÂ 3+ years has been that additional bread and butter that securely pays the bills when the music can’t.Â Â
I’ve often found myself scheming over which one of our products can cross over and apply in the music field.Â Until recently, vocal or voiceover recording were not really something that was that problematic.Â However, upon my most recent project, I decided that I really needed a vocal isolation booth.Â Being expensive to build and impractical to house in my current living space, I turned to some of our sample materials here at the office to do some creative problem solving.Â
I took a few samples of our 5/8″ EVA foam
Â interlocking tiles
with the carpeted top, which is typically used as interlocking foam flooring for a basement
, playroom, exercise room or as trade show booth flooring
.Â Using a wireframe for the outside (to hold the shape) and cutting and molding it to size, I was able to make a isolation panel that sits and in housed right on the microphone stand to clean up all the reflections from the back wall!Â Also pictured, the front side uses a piece of memory foam from an old mattress.Â It’s not perfect by any means, but the difference in my vocal tracks is ASTOUNDING! No more echo or flutter in my tracks, only clean, dry, broadcast quality isolated vocals ready for additional treatment or sweetening.
A perfect example of how, with a little bit of creativity and elbow grease, a lot of our products can be used for un-common applications with unexpectedly great results.
May 17th, 2012 by Alex Miller
I recently had a customer email me regarding our Bounce Back playground surface tiles.
Thanks for the follow-up.Â The mats are working out great – it’s wonderful to have the peace of mind that if she takes a little tumble the mats are there to cushion fall.Â We are working on getting some pics, and will send them along ASAP.
On occasion we have customers that will let us know how much our products have helped them in some way.Â In this case, there were two things that she really loved and commented about the product: 1) how great it looked after the product was installed and 2) the peace of mind that if she [her daughter] takes a little tumble the IPEMA certified rubber mats are there to cushion the fall.
It’s great to get these complements from customers who like the product so much that they go out of their way to write me an email.Â As a sales person who takes his work personally, always Â trying to help the customer get the perfect product for their needs, it means a lot.
Our Bounce Back interlocking playground tiles not only accomplish the things she complimented us on, they can also raise the value of her home and make her friends and neighbors more comfortable about having there kids over.
A lot of times I even have customers send pictures of how well the product works for them and how nice it looks for their application. I will gladly post some of those in the near future.
October 20th, 2011 by Mark Carmer
A simple solution that prevents erosion, prevents water from pooling and keeps your play area looking great are rubber swing matsÂ and/or aÂ playground slide mat.
Swing sets are great for kids, but they are not always so great for your landscaping. Â As kids swing, their feet scrape on the ground under the swing, destroying the ground cover and making the ground under the swing unlevel. Â These areas tend to accumulate water, adding to the deterioration and unattractiveness of the area. Well, there is now a solution, place a 3â€™ x 3â€™ x 2â€ thick rubber swing mat under the swing.
When using playground equipment slides are one of the hottest attractions. Â However, as kids slide down a slide they gradually push away the ground cover at the bottom of the slide, which can make that landing area unattractive and lead to erosion. The area collects water, which adds to the deterioration and unattractiveness of the area. The solution? Â Simply place a rubber slide mat at the bottom of the slide.
These mats are ideal for playgrounds or home use. Â They are made of 100% recycled rubber providing a non-slip surface that is easy to clean and maintain.
September 22nd, 2011 by Mark Carmer
Are you ready for some football? Â Thatâ€™s right, football season is back. Relaxing on a Saturday and watching college football games or hanging out on a Sunday watching NFL games just canâ€™t be beat. Â Thatâ€™s the life I tell you.
If you feel the way I do and you love watching football on the weekends with friends and family then you may want to consider getting college football area rugs or NFL area rugs and make it official. Leave no question as to what team(s) you support.
These college rugs, college floor mats and NFL rugs are offered in many different sizes and often with a selection of team logos. There is sure to be a mat with your favorite NFL team logo, college logo or college mascot and possibly even an entire football field area rug.
Sports mats are a decorative and practical way to display your team spirit at home or at the office.Â These mats and area rugs are also a great gift idea for friends or family members who are sports enthusiasts. Sports mats can be used as area rugs, bedside rugs, door mats, bathroom mats, entry mats, or as game room or play room rugs.Â If you are someone who goes to the football games to watch live, then you can use these as tailgate area rugs.
June 2nd, 2011 by Mark Carmer
NBA Finals are finally here.Â Did your team make it?Â If you are a Miami Heat or a Dallas Mavericks fan congratulations on a great season.Â If your team didnâ€™t make it to the dance, well, thereâ€™s always next year.Â Personally, Iâ€™m a Lakers fan and my 12 year old son is a Celtics fan (I know, bad parenting).Â Anyway, even though both our teams are done for the year that doesnâ€™t mean we canâ€™t enjoy watching the NBA Finals.Â
I went to a local sports bar in Los Angeles to watch game one of the NBA Finals and noticed they had a large area rug with the Lakers logo it.Â Even the guys that hated the Lakers thought the idea was cool.Â We started talking about how cool NBA area rugs with your favorite teams logo on it would be at home.Â One guy was telling us about the game room he had at his house and he would love to get one, but he would prefer a MLB baseball area rug with the Red Sox logo on it.Â Another guy wanted to get one for his kids playroom.Â He said he needed something to protect the wood floor anyway and this would look cool in a play room.Â The best idea, I thought, was to put a basketball rug like this in a man cave.
Whether you would want a Miami Heat Area Rug or one with the Dallas Mavs logo, or even your favorite MLB, NHL, NFL or even college team, the bottom line isâ€¦ playmats are not just for kids.Â Team logo area rugs are ideal for any game room, playroom or a man cave.Â Make it clear to whoever walks in the room what team you support!
January 24th, 2011 by Mark Carmer
Educational carpets and rugs for kids are a great way to make learning fun.Â
Educational rugs for children are not just for teachers to use in the classroomâ€¦ these learning carpets are also ideal for parents to use at home.Â They are safe, easy to clean, able to withstand rugged wear and best of all there are many options.Â Kids play mats can be large or small, round or rectangle and there are so many colors and themes there is sure to be one to match whatever the color scheme or room theme.Â
When shopping for kids play mats make sure the play mats are non toxic and non-allergenic.Â Children will sit for hours having fun,Â and be learning something while theyâ€™re at it!