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Rubber Mulch Looks Great and Is Easy To Maintain!

Landscaping Mulch Looks Great and Is Long Lasting!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!

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Recycled Rubber Flooring – It Just Makes Sense!

Go Green Products Make A Difference!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:

Maximum Credit

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.

Certification Levels:

· 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

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Water Absorbent Mats That Are Eco-Friendly!

Water Absorbing Mat That Works For You!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!

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Entrance Mats Ideal For Dogs!

Welcome mats and entry doormatsA 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.

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Entrance Mats That Are More Durable and Eco-Friendly!

Eco Products For Your Office!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.

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A Sticky Mat For That Icky Cat!

Sticky Mat To Help Keep The Debris Outside!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.

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Commercial Mats: Saving Lives and Enriching Your Day To Day Existence!

Entrance Mats For All Purposes!If I had a nickel for every time that someone has walked up and asked me, “How’s the mat business?” I’d have about 25 cents. Mostly from my 11 year old. He is inordinately obsessed with what I do. Selling mats is NOT sexy. But it is important. Look around you; see all the different mats helping people’s lives. Whether it’s the mat at the grocery store clerk’s feet, helping his/her tired footsies so she’s/he’s not quite as grumpy or the safety mat warning the machine shop worker that if they take one more step forward they will need to explain to Saint Peter how they got there.

Looking over the customer data base, I see such a wide range of businesses and private uses. Whether a day care needs to provide a colorful, engaging, BounceBack floor for its outside swing-set or it’s a manufacturer making sure that there are anti-fatigue safety runners keeping his workers on their feet at the proper safe distance. We have mats for every need.

It’s not just businesses that can benefit from our products, for private homes there are welcome mats, kitchen mats, pet mats and more. Heated mats, vanity mats custom team mats galore! Try this the next time you are out and about. Do you remember the old games we all used to play in the car on long trips?  “I Spy with my Little Eye”, The alphabet game. Etcetera? Try walking in the mall or even down a commercial street or even in your own home and count all the mats. I have, In my house I have two entrance mats, an inner carpet mat, a kitchen heated mat, 3 bath mats and a garage with 4 exercise mats.  I almost forgot, we also have 2 kidsplay mats, marbles and Parcheesi!

Every business and home can make use of one or more of our products. Don’t believe me? Take a quick visit to our website and peruse the wide variety of product. Visit us at http://www.matsmatsmats.com?source=REM-KG

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New Welcome Mats For The “Witching” Hour!

Doormats For The Little Ones On Halloween!Here we are again ghouls and ghosts! Another Halloween is quickly upon us all. The freights and heights that we dare strive for this nearing holiday are yours alone. However what everyone will be seeing for sure; as we visited last year will be your front door mat. Now are you prepared for the impending adolescent zombie hoards this season? I sure hope so!

Those pesky little candy feeding and insatiable monsters shall be out in great numbers this year. Backed by their larger counterparts and entourages, and those welcome mats that you have now just may not stand the test of time this year. In preparation I certainly recommend upgrading your door mats. It’s what any good prepared person would do.  No need for an underground bunker – that may prove difficult for the trick or treaters to find to say the least, but a new first line of defense – a welcomed mat will do nicely.

Perhaps if you current front door mat is on its last legs, then you should keep one waiting in the wings. A relief pitcher for the goblins and vamps out there this coming October 31st. One can never be too prepared with those unruly candy crazed wee-ones about now can they?

This year; this Halloween, play it safe. Double up and prep for new welcome mats. You won’t regret it.

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Vinyl Or Rubber Flooring MakeThe Best Doormats!

Door Mats Help Keep The Dirt Outside!Nobody likes dirt or dust, but it’s something we just can’t seem to avoid. I literally dust everyday (which takes me less than 5 minutes) so it doesn’t build up. It’d be nice if I could figure out a way to eliminate the problem all together, but that’s not possible. There are a few things you can do to minimize the problem.

1. Keep dirt outside in the first place!
Our shoes track in the most dirt. So take some hints from our Asian friends and leave those shoes at the door. Dust has a way of finding it’s way in but our shoes account for most of the problem.

I always try and do the “no shoes” thing, but I quickly forget. Another solution is having door mats on the inside and outside your door.

2. Make sure you pick the right Mat
While looks are always an important factor, you want to make sure your front door mats functions properly. The first thing you should look at is the size of the door. You have to 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

Vinyl or rubber flooring are the best because they clean up the easiest and are more durable. Mats for outside your door are usually made of rubber.

Of course you want the mat to match, but always get something that is a few shades darker to hide the dirt that is captured.

3. Doormats need minimal maintenance
You can just vacuum or shake out most of our welcome mats.

If they get really gross, hose them down and scrub them with mild diluted soap. Rinse. Make sure the mats are completely dry before you put them back on the floor. Moisture trapped underneath could damage your floors.

4. Smart tricks for pets
Any Pet with a yard probably brings in 10x’s more dirt than any of us would. A neat trick would be our Sticky Mats – Shoe Cleaning Mat. It’s like a giant lint brush and when your dogs run inside, it will instantly grab and trap debris. Each disposable sheet is easily removed for quick cleanup.

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Vinyl Flooring Unique Use!

Vinyl Flooring Is an All Purpose Mat!I had a customer recently that was looking to modify his existing flooring in his old 70’s off-roading Jeep. He decided on using our vinyl flooring Switchboard Corrugated Runner to cover the floor in his cab. I had honestly never thought of using a vinyl runner for this purpose, but I have to say that it is quite ingenious! When you have a rugged Jeep that you take off-road and into the desert having some good durable flooring for the cab is pretty essential.

For those that are not familiar with the older model off-road Jeeps; they don’t have any doors, they are very much bare-bones. So with that they also don’t have floor mats of any kind. So what this customer did is take the long roll of vinyl and cut it in pieces to fit the sections of the floor of the cab that needed to be covered. Then he took some Polyurethane Adhesive tubes and glued these pieces to the floor of the Jeep itself.

So now he had a floor that could be cleaned easily and that could take a lot of abuse while being in the elements. Vinyl Floors are very durable and even though they are tough they can be easily cut to shape and size to fit just about anything. This customer’s little project turned out quite well and he has already taken it out for its maiden voyage. Perhaps one day, if I every acquire a Jeep of my very own, I’ll do the same.

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