June 10th, 2015 by Ben Gonzalez
Any fans of The Big Lebowski? That movie practically raised me from the ages of 11 – 17. Maybe not the best idea to be “raised” by a character who prides himself in his absolute laziness but nevertheless, hilarity ensued. The line “It really ties the room together.” is at the root of the shenanigans Jeff Bridges’s character “The Dude” faces to secure his rug back from the Germans who stole it from his home. Genius concept, I know. But there’s something to be said about that. Rugs really do tie the room together. And something I noticed recently is how well welcome mats can “tie the room together” so to speak.
At my studio, we have several lock-out units. All rented by various musicians, drummers, recording engineers, and the occasional random-o solitaire weirdo that just wants a space away from home to do whatever the hell they want at whatever volume they want. But when you walk in, you immediately notice how the rooms with a door mat just look more official. Welcoming actually. It actually makes you think “there’s something going on in there probably.” Which is exactly why I acquired one for my studio. Now my synonymous door doesn’t just look like a closet space. It actually looks like “something is going in there” which is great since I make my extra income from clients there (as well as through various other avenues) stumbling onto my space and asking what services I offer.
The same applies to apartments and even larger houses. A nice mat at the front really just ties the room, porch, threshold together. Ever moved into a new apartment and feel like there’s something missing. It’s probably a mat! Big, beautiful entry mats or welcome mats to officiate you into your new place of residence. Never underestimate the power of simple items to really bring everything together.
May 6th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
We just had some rain and everywhere you go there are carpet runners. Every building I went into had at least 2 runners going in various directions. Marble and tile look pretty, but they real slippery real fast.
As I’ve said before I often find myself flipping over mats to see if I recognize any of ours anywhere. Most of the time I’ve noticed a tore up mat that looks like it might be one of ours, and check to just to be sure it’s not. It never is….. phew! It’s really easy to spot rented mats, they usually have one little corner missing some carpet, where they stamp their logo.
Rented mats, in theory, are great. When I was a host I loved rented mats. Most of the lobby/bar area covered with these great carpeted entry mat with our Logo on them. Every night I’d roll up the mats and put them aside and every morning I’d unroll magically clean mats. This made clean up a breeze!
Now, fast forward to me learning the ins and outs of restaurant ownership, and I couldn’t believe the company threw money away like that. Granted, it was a large restaurant chain and probably had money to burn. Realistically, as a small business owner, it makes no sense. Here’s some light math to prove my point:
# 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 entry mats with logo on them for an average of 5 years… and you could too. So, why rent? Buy mats and SAVE!
March 26th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
This time of year is my favorite because of all the holidays and fun parties, but I hate this time of year because the weather is obnoxious. I know all you east coasters probably hate me and my practically perfect weather, but you guys at least know what to expect. Like most people in California, our weather is moody and spontaneous. I can wake up to rain and wind and go to sleep with the air conditioner on. It’s frustrating. I can’t always be carrying around an umbrella and certainly don’t want to be wearing a jacket all day, but it is what it is.
Thankfully I have doormats in my house that I can keep down year round and am always prepared.
I’d like to introduce you to one of our latest products, the Montage Mat! It’s my new favorite. Our Sponge Mat was my original go to mat because it absorbs water, hides dirt and looks fancy. The Montage mat does all that, has a little nicer look and can be made to a much larger variety of sizes than the sponge. Montage are new, top of the line commercial door mats made with environmentally friendly components. Montage offers enhanced long wearing performance and durability. Building entrance mats, retail entry mats, and floor matting for wet areas are some of the many ideal uses for Montage commercial carpet mats. These mats are typically found in the interior or exterior of building entrances of retail stores, office buildings, hotels, hospitals, supermarkets, schools restaurants or other high-traffic areas. They add extra safety and traction during wet weather too.
June 27th, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
I’ve been working long, hard hours turning a project recording studio into a commercial enterprise. After about 2 years of chipping away at a very large to-do list, it seems that things finally came into place. I work with a couple of clients regularly and more seem to be coming my way. While the space is small, it’s definitely providing musicians and producers with a cozy and comfortable atmosphere. However, being that the rental space is in one of MANY grey doors that look exactly the same from the outside, I have been continuously haunted with something that feels “missing”. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Christmas lights for a more “festive” atmosphere… nope, too hoaky. A fridge full of beer? Negative. Distracting and encourages drinking while working. Not necessarily a bad thing but when you’re dealing with old-time rockers in the program… have to pass on that. I de-arranged, re-arranged, and cleaned the hell out of the space again. Put up some paintings I like, new sound panels with more visually striking cloth covers and still nothing.
Finally it dawned on me… there is not “welcome” mat. I Realized that all the other studios at least have some kind of rubber mats at the entrance to their respective spaces. Something to wipe your feet on and not track as much dirt and debris inside. But all were pretty much black and boring. What I needed was something with a little bit more flair. Not necessarily saying “welcome” or “bless this house”.. I mean, c’mon. But I was in serious need of something more inviting. Something that spoke to me and said “Hey, someone gives a hoot about this joint.” Perusing for various options, I finally settled on nice ivy patterned coir door mats to greet anyone when they first get there. Not the biggest deal in the world but it’s the little details that really tie an idea together.
April 16th, 2014 by Stag
My parents have had their home for the last 40 plus years. Now in that time there have been various incarnations and inevitable ebb and flow grass to dirt, and the ambiguous in between stage in their front yard. After getting them a new door mats, I recently suggested to them a relatively new item that would be exponentially more cost effect than installing new grass and something that they could not destroy by not watering; as that will happen. I finally convinced them to install our Rubber Mulch, as this will give the appearance of an organic area that they can plant inside of, but one that does not require the extensive up-keep that grass or your normal wood chips would. Needless to say they loved this idea.
To make things even easier, we could install the rubber garden mulch all ourselves as it is far easier than laying in grass. We actually got the entire front and back yard organized and filled in with the mulch in one afternoon. Leaving plenty of room to put in some plants and flowers, to fill in the rest of the area. All in all it worked out very well and now my parents have a yard that can be kept with far less work and money. It truly gave the old home stead a brand new look and life about it. So if you’re thinking about updating your yards I would highly recommend the mulched rubber. This product will work and look great for years to come!
February 18th, 2014 by Kelly Green
LEEDs Certification Brings “Non Eco” Builders Out of the Cold.
The drive to go green has never been more urgent than it is now. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. This system was developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders.
With L.E.E.D.S Certification bringing in tangible benefits, (tax breaks, low cost loans, priority permits, etc.) it is becoming clear that some sectors of construction and industry not known for their environmental conscience have made going green a priority because of financial considerations.
Well done. This is one of the reasons that the L.E.E.D.S. Certification process was introduced. Not necessarily to preach to the choir of those already involved with eco footprint reduction but to involve industries whose bottom line has traditionally been the bottom line, industries that would not normally take eco products and building practices seriously.
With the establishment of the United States Green Building Council, it has become easier to contact and retain a LEEDS knowledgeable staff member and associate them with a project so as to be proactive in seeking certification.
The benefits of acquiring LEEDS certification is based on getting credit for achieving set goals in 5 major categories with 2 bonus categories of the “extra credit” variety:
Sustainable Sites: 21
Water Efficiency: 11
Energy and Atmosphere: 37
Materials and Resources: 14
Indoor Environmental Quality: 17
Total Maximum Possible Points: 100
Innovation in operation +6
Regional priority credits +4
Specific rating can be gained by meeting a percentage of each goal.
· LEED Certified: 26-32 points or >37% of max.
· LEED Certified Silver Level: 33-38 points or >47% of max.
· LEED Certified Gold Level: 39-51 points or >56% of max.
· LEED Certified Platinum Level: 52-69 points or >75% of max.
With the point system so tight, it behooves those seeking the upper echelons of certification to excel at every category especially the “innovation in operation” one. Since this category is a “catch-all” for designs and systems not addressed in the structured areas, it can become a real boon for those looking to squeeze every last ounce of certification juice out of their selection of materials and processes.
Some products that may help your certification can be purchased from a mat company that offers environmentally friendly recycled rubber mats, such as MatsMatsMats.com.
The introduction of High Performance Mat Systems made from recycled materials is a type of double duty product that can help push you over the top. The benefits of an HPMS in and of itself can be noted in the “Innovation in Operation” category, as a means of keeping harsh chemical cleaners and polishes to a minimum AND the material choice itself can be made to ensure that it is eco-friendly and innovative.
In addition, since most companies utilize chair mats for ease of rolling on carpet, you can choose an eco-friendly bamboo chair mat rather than a plastic one.
Finally the building has a gym for tenants, once again choosing a recycled rubber flooring option can help with those very important “Innovation in Operation” extra credits.
Before setting out to acquire any LEED certification you must:
Set a clear LEED Certification Level. Before you begin the design phase of your project, decide what level of LEED certification you are aiming for and settle on a firm overall budget. Also consider including an optional higher certification target — a “stretch” goal — to stimulate creativity.
Set a clear and adequate budget. Higher levels of LEED certification, such as Platinum, do require additional expenditure and should be budgeted for accordingly.
Engineer for Life Cycle Value As you value-engineer your project, be sure to examine green investments in terms of how they will affect expenses over the entire life of the building. Before you decide to cut a line item, look first at its relationship to other features to see if keeping it will help you achieve money-saving synergies, as well as LEED credits. Many energy-saving features allow for the resizing or elimination of other equipment, or reduce total capital costs by paying for themselves immediately or within a few months of operation. Prior to beginning, set your goals for “life cycle” value-engineering rather than “first cost” value-engineering.
Hire LEED-accredited professionals. Thousands of architects, consultants, engineers, product marketers, environmentalists and other building industry professionals around the country have a demonstrated knowledge of green building and the LEED rating system and process — and can assist you in meeting your LEED goal. These professionals can suggest ways to earn LEED credits without extra cost, identify means of offsetting certain expenses with savings in other areas and spot opportunities for synergies in your project.
The “secret” to achieving your LEEDs goal, is to make eco choices at every juncture. We can help with some of those product choices at MatsMatsMats.com.
For more information on LEEDs certification please visit the LEEDs website: http://www.usgbc.org/LEED/LEED_main.asp
February 11th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
It’s almost the weekend and I’m feeling annoyed and more overwhelmed than I should. I woke up this morning and stumbled into the kitchen for some breakfast, only to discover I now have an indoor pool. My fridge leaked all over, but luckily didn’t reach the carpet. Over the past few weeks I’ve noticed a little trickle of water and immediately notified the office and was told “No problem! We’ll get someone out in a few days..”. Well it’s been 2 weeks and the problem has only gotten worse.
I’m frustrated because one of the perks to apartment living is not having to worry about/fix anything. The problem is nothing gets fixed in a timely manner. Today I finally got them to for sure agree to come fix the leak, but not until after 8:30am. Rather than sit around at home and twiddle my thumbs, I decided to come into work and do some work to get my mind off the laziness of my apartment maintenance team.
I’m glad I did because my first customer gave me a great idea should I encounter this problem again OR to avoid it becoming a flood should it happen again. I should get water absorbent mats! My customer inquired about our new Montage Mat for under her washing machine. She wants to muffle the slight sound it makes shaking on her tile and be able to catch any water or debris that might collect. It’s also great because it’s an ecomat. With a mat under your washer (or fridge) you can easily pull out the mat to clean, rather than the whole machine. Also, since I’m sure parts of the mat will be visible, you can get a color to add a pop to your kitchen décor or simply add a little style. I should have known MatsMatsMats.com would have an answer to my problem!
January 29th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
A few months ago I moved into an apartment and had told you guys I had to leave my dog behind. Seven months later and I couldn’t live without her any longer.
My beautiful puppy, Jade, is now where she belongs and to my surprise has adapted well. She’s had one accident in the house and that was because I was too lazy to take her outside. I no longer have to worry about mud and dirt being tracked in the house because I have great Entrance Mats that trap most of the random debris her little paws may track in because she’s outside playing in dirt all day. The only problem I’m now facing is her jet black hair getting into the bright white carpet I have. In the living room I have a rug, so there is no issue there, but in the bedroom there is a big black mark from where she loyally sleeps every night.
My first solution was obviously a nice Dog Bed. I went online and bought her the Ferrari of dog beds, for her to sleep next it. I don’t know if it’s the years of sleeping on the cement or tile of my old house but she prefers a harder surface. I could just throw a blanket down, but I’m somebody that needs to have everything be visually pleasing and a dirty blanket is not.
I’m actually going to have an Entrance Mat made with logo, either with her name or picture printed on a black background. The black will hide her hairs and it will look like something that belongs.
January 22nd, 2014 by Kelly Green
Back in the day, the out of pocket cost and the look of the mat were the only factors that played a major role in decision making process. In those days, material components mainly consisted of an olefin or polypropylene surface attached to some type of vinyl backing. Now, I’m not saying that anything is wrong with that, in fact, this type of mat is still used today.
However, the fact is, all entrance mats are NOT created equal. An entrance mat that is more of an all purpose mat may not be the best choice for your company, especially if you are selecting your entrance matting to protect your interior floors from damage by outside dirt and muck. In today’s world, construction and the functionality of design are now being given much more consideration during the purchase process then ever before.
One of the first things was to change the materials used in the production of the mats. Instead of vinyl backing, many manufacturers are choosing to use recycled rubber. Recycled rubber is a denser, more sturdy product that keeps its shape better. In addition, the face or surface of the newer mats are more and more being made of 100% PET’s (polyethylene terephthalate) a polyester type material made from post-consumer plastics.
Where the newer mat runners type of mats really shine is how they can provide a bi-layer surface. This surface will attract more dirt and hold more liquid than your run of the mill vinyl runner. Trapping more liquid will help reduce or even eliminate slip and falls. This mats advanced performance will also help protect your interior floors by being the first line of defense in keeping your floors from undue wear. In order to ensure that this occurs, you need to be sure that you are covering enough acreage for your mats to accomplish what they are designed to do.
Using recycled products does increase the price compared to the traditional fabric and vinyl mats, but the benefits are well worth it in the long run. We live in a time of environmentally conscious corporations, the newer recycled mats are the more eco-friendly choice. Also, if you are attempting to earn a LEEDS certification, it is mandatory. The newer type of mats have proven to be more durable and efficient in forming a barrier against the typical onslaught of outdoor contamination.
The proper amount of matting is variable dependent upon your location, as is the type of mat when figuring out the ideal chooses for your system. For example, increasing your mat size in places where high moisture and/or snow are prevalent such as the northeast, northwest and southeast is important. In addition, changing the composition and functionality of your entrance mat to lets say a sponge mat for example, will help to absorb more liquid. Conversely, a scrapper mat is advanced in its ability to loosen and trap dirt. Typical the length would be a minimum of around 8’ to 12’ in a drier setting and a minimum of 20’ in areas where there is more snowfall or rain.
It is important to take care of your mats and maintain them properly. The cleaning of high performance mat systems requires a little more time and effort. Plan on vacuuming at least once per day in the high traffic area. It is also recommended to keep an identical back-up mat for when your regular mat needs shampooing or steam cleaning. Caring for your mats properly will cut down on the build-up of dirt and moisture. In places such as back east, with the heavy accumulation of salt, soil and sand you will want to consider getting a heavy duty pressure washer in addition to these mats.
When wanting to choose the ideal mat or mats to use in your facility, it may be worth while to contact MatsMatsMats.com, they will help you come up with the right choices that will work with your budget and environment.
December 23rd, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Living in an apartment, it’s really hard to feel like you have any ownership mainly because you don’t. There are very few decisions you can make to turn your space into a home. I’m stuck with beige carpet and walls, unless I want to pay to have it switched back. If something breaks, while I don’t have to pay or fix it myself, I’m at the mercy of my landlord. If I want to put things on my wall, I’m paranoid that my hammering is going to annoy my upstairs neighbor. It’s very frustrating.
Luckily Entrance Mats are a quick and affordable way to give your home a personal touch. Walking the cold cement corridor to my apartment makes me feel like I live in a prison sometimes, but seeing my colorful mat makes it warm and inviting. Combine that with and indoor entrance mat and my little cookie cutter apartment feels more unique and personal. I only wish we carried Holiday themes entrance mats because I love to decorate and once again I think that’s the only way I can make the outside of my apartment festive.
Having a mat at your front door can do more than brighten up your home. They can help keep inside clean. If you’re in my boat and have to try and keep your carpets clean to avoid losing a deposit then you want to find the right mat. While looks are always an important factor, you want to make you’re your mats function properly. Keep in mind the size of your door and make sure to not only cover the width, but make sure the mat is long enough for at least one full step. For example, most people would buy a 3’x5’ and have the 5’ side parallel to the door, when you actually want the mat length wise to ensure maximum dirt gets trapped. This of course applies to inside your front door. You can do the same for your outside door, but having a “red carpet” style mat might look funny.
If you have pets, although not as pretty, a neat trick would be our sticky mats – Shoe Cleaning Mat. It’s like a giant lint brush and when your dogs or cats run inside, it will instantly grab and trap debris. Each disposable sheet is easily removed for quick cleanup.