December 27th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
After 10 months of summer here in California, winter weather has finally arrived. I know I complain about the wishing and hoping for rain, wind and cold.Â But itâ€™s still kind of unbearable! During these cold winter months itâ€™s hard enough for humans to stay warm, (I do love my heated footrest and foot warmer mat) imagine how it must feel to be a dog or cat. I thought about that last night when my dogs broke into the house! They have a doggy door that leads into my laundry room (which I separate from the rest of the house with a babygate) and being as their floor heater broke I guess they were desperate and had no choice but to break in for heat. Our pets canâ€™t throw on a sweater when they feel a chill, and they canâ€™t tell us when their joints hurt. We have the luxury of staying inside on cold winter days if we so choose, but not our dogs. They still have to venture into the cold to â€œdo their businessâ€ several times a day. So, what can we do as pet owners to make sure our pets have the best possible care during these frigid winter days?Â Here are some tips:
- Keep your cat inside, which is a harder task than it sounds. My cats are ninjas and have figured out how to open windows. Outdoors, felines can freeze sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. I sadly did this to a possum a few nights ago so it CAN happen.
- Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm, dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. Also, remember to thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. They don’t have the ability to use snow and ice mats like us.
- If your dogs sleep on tile, put down a rug that can help insulate them and also can absorb water or ice that they bring in with them. (good water absorbing mats like our Sponge mat is perfect)
- Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth.
- Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. Just like the heat in the summer, the weather is amplified in a closed car.
- Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him, and his fur, in tip-top shape.
- Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor (or at least on good indoor mats) and away from all drafts.
The Weather Channel also shares some valuable information about winter pet care. They explain how to watch your pets closely for signs of discomfort with the cold when you are outside with them. If they whine, shiver, seem anxious, slow down or stop moving, or start to look for warm places to burrow, they’re saying they want to get back someplace warm.
December 12th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
Itâ€™s cold.Â Itâ€™s snowing.Â You’ve got your heated floor matsÂ outside.Â Itâ€™s great.Â We are all thoroughly enjoying the 6 inches of snow and cool breeze of winters delight…Said no one in Los Angeles, ever!
Â Nevertheless, we are just one lowly spread out city inhabited by millions of individuals parading around in our sun basked joy. For those of you (un)lucky snowy mountaineers, New Englanders, or Mid-Westerners, getting the snow off your doormats can be a pain in the stockings!
Â But fret not, just jingle over to our Snow and Ice Melting Mats and plug that sucker in. Make sure all the jolly holiday sprit oozing from those friendly neighborhood carolersâ€™ pie-holes is met with nice, warm, comfy, toasty, and non-slip-hazard comfort when they come to your door! Feel free to check out our foot warmer mat selection as well and get all toasty comfy for the cold! Snuggles!
December 5th, 2012 by Stag
With Fall and Winter upon us everyone’s shoes will be collecting a lot of fun things on your way from your car to your door step. This is exactly why our home door mats or our office door mats are just the ticket to keep your sanctum and home nice and tidy.Â Instead of bringing in water, leaves, mud and other wary travelers on the under-side of your boot soles; simply scuff them off on one of our entry mats. We have Outdoor Door Mats, and Indoor Door Mats for those that require that extra level of cleaning comfort for those wore-weary shoes of yours.
Whether you’re just for the function of our Clean Scrape Doormats, or need the visual appeal of our 3D Home Door Mats, and Materpiece Door Mats; we’ve always got a mat for that. Perhaps you’re the industrial type, or have an office that you need to lay down some Door Mats for the season. I know that as I walk into the office I see the Misson Trapper Mats and Simplicity Rib Mats at our entry ways for those rainy days. In addition, we have a large variety of eco friendly door mats.
No matter the season, purpose, function, or aesthetic our Indoor Door Mats and Outdoor Doormats are there to ensure that what is outside, won’t make its way inside. As always a fond week to your all and get ready for the Holidays!
October 31st, 2012 by Stag
As we are fast approaching the almighty holiday that is Halloween, Iâ€™m sure we have all given thought; if not preparation to our Halloween costumes.Â We have spent extended periods of time in our local stores perusing the candy isle, and if youâ€™re like me perhaps taking home some samples as well.Â But have you given any thought to your outdoor mats?Â Your front home doormat will be getting plenty of traffic this coming week.Â
Hordes of goblins, zombies, vamps, and ghouls.Â All on the hunt for candy and treats, tricking and treating up and down the block and all over your door mats.Â Whether you need a new mat now in preparation or another just in case, we have a massive selection to choose from.Â Â Entry Door Mats so durable that they could thwart off an army of the undeadâ€¦and look good doing it.Â 3D Impressions Home Door Mats that would distract those pesky zombies long enough for you to run and hide or if youâ€™reÂ brave, a Rubber Door Mat Weave.Â You can load up the weave with garlic to ward off those sneaky vampires, and then simply hose it off good as new once the sun rises.
No matter your foe, or your holiday needs; weâ€™ve got it.Â So to all those out there in the deep dark night this Halloween; have fun, be safe and Happy Holidays!
October 24th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
Weâ€™re now entering our 8th month of summer here in So Cal. Â You Easterners probably think weâ€™re spoiled, complaining about the perfect weather, but too much of a good thingâ€¦ Plus, not having regular rain really makes us unprepared. Â Iâ€™m not even going to discuss the fact that people out here suddenly become crippled when it comes to driving in the rain. Â
I exaggerate, of course, but itâ€™s so perfect all the time that Iâ€™m not properly prepared when it does rain. Â I donâ€™t own an umbrella.Â I seriously lack proper footwear.Â Thank goodness I have proper entrance mats to clean off all the gook my shoes collect! Â I have hardwood floor, so cleaning up is no problem. Â But, I HAVE HARDWOOD FLOORS!! Â Water and ick canâ€™t possibly be good for it. Â The grains are starting to look a little darker next to my doors.
Â I had a customer call me the other day who was from Georgia. Â She said her door mats get so saturated with water, they are useless. Â She wanted something that would help keep moisture and dirt off her floors, but didnâ€™t have to be hung to dry every day. Â I suggested our Sponge Mat, which got me thinking about my own house. Â They look pretty nice and actually trap up to a gallon and a half of water per square yard! Â
The other thing I love about indoor entrance floor mats, well this one, is the grippers on the back. Â I already have a problem with my furniture slipping and sliding, and itâ€™s heavy!Â I think Iâ€™m going to get matching indoor entrance mats for my front and back door, which has a dog door on it and leads into my laundry room. Â My dogs coming in and out all day is really taking its toll on my tile. Â I would think since the â€œchannelsâ€ in the Sponge Mat can trap water, it stands to reason they can trap dirt and hair and dust (instead of my grout!). Â If I had it my way Iâ€™d have my whole house optimized in MatsMatsMats.com stuff.
October 22nd, 2012 by Alex Miller
We finally got some much needed rain here in Los Angeles!Â I noticed that our office building, as well as other stores that I go to, started putting out their new water absorbing entry mats. Â No one wants to see there customers sliding around and nice entrance mats can really improve the appeal of a store, office building or your home. Â I have been to locations that have old office floor mats that you basically slip over after a couple people walk on them.Â Â
Beautify your home with our wide selection of economical welcome mats and entry doormats.Â Certain states that get more rain and snow need floor mats that can really absorb and hold in water. Â Matsmatsmats.com has a very large selection of entrance door mats that can handle areas that have little traffic to heavier duty mats that can really soak in and hold the water in the mat. Â These mats are also easy to clean and maintain.
One of our more heavy duty mats, called the Sponge mat, can hold up to 1.5 gallons of water per square yard!Â It also has rubber grippers on the underside to minimize slippage.Â No matter what look, style or size you may need matsmatsmats.com will have it! Â We can even customize mats to fit your area.Â So when youâ€™re ready to improve the look and keep people from tacking water, dirt and snow all over the place, take a look at our large selection ofÂ commercial outdoor entrance mats.
October 15th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
Rain… Door mats…The smell of wet earth and asphalt beneath our feet. Â The subtle scents of maple embers gently burning upon open fires everywhere. Â The deep green hues of hill sides on the horizon brought back to life by the life inducing breath of fresh precipitation. Â I can really start to see, hear, and smell it all around me this time of year. Â You say you don’t? Â Then you must be in southern California; where Summer is perpetual and the middle finger is the universal commuter greeting.Â Tragic for someone as in love with cold, gloomy weather as I am… Luckily, the last couple of days have been quite autumn-esque with the aforementioned delights. Â By far, Autumn weather is THE sexiest weather of all.Â Sure. Â Some of you beach bodies out there relish in the supposed delights of SoCal summer with its warm breezes, hot sun, hot women, and the perpetual, mostly-infernally hot air.Â Â
Not me, though. Give me some rain, some scotch, and a fireplace for me and my sweetheart to re-enact our late night Best-of-80′s-R&B infomercials. You know the ones. Â Fire place, aqua-net hair, cheap wine for the lady, tacky sweaters, and that awesome, and I mean AWESOME, Scenic Wildlife Rugs designed by Eddie LeRoy and the Hautman Brothers!
What better way to channel my inner romantic than to proudly display A PACK OF WOLVES (yes that’s right, freakin WOLVES! when inviting the misses for a fire side ‘chat’. Â Did I mention WOLVES! ON MY FLOOR! YES!!!! Â Or perhaps you’re more of a buck? Â Fret not, dear friend. Woo her untamable spirit with the Eddie LeRoy Elk design. Â Perhaps youâ€™re neither of those, however. Â Maybe what you need is the immovable fixation of the FOCUSED COUGAR (yes, that’s a real mat!!) Shine like the solitary beast you are! Â If none of those tickle yours or her fancy, we’ve got bears, more wolves on the move, spring turkeys. Â Did I mention we’ve got a MAJESTIC TIGER! YOU CAN’T BE A MAHOGONY FURNITURE-OWNING MAN WIHTOUT ONE!Â Turn up the Luther Vandross or Michael McDonald and get on that mother.Â The home rug, I mean.
October 9th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
Writer’s block is a serious, serious thing. Â Luckily, I’m not a writer so the awesome spew of thoughts that I get to share with you is pure, raw, and unadulterated by ‘artistic’ inclinations (see SARCASM). Â Also, blogging is not something I technically consider ‘writing’.Â IÂ find it to be a socially acceptable form of brain dropping (see JAB AT SELF).Â But what is the true poet to do? Â One who sees with the eyes of the soul and wants nothing but to be pure of heart and expression. Â What do the future Jack Kerouacs or Charles Bukowskis do in a world where a poorly written script for a movie can get your flatulent roommate a $250,000 paycheck (see BATTLESHIP)? Â The textbook answer is (obviously) hone your craft, travel, take risks, share your work and be receptive (but not subject) to the criticism of your peers. Â For most writing folk I know, the REAL answer it seems (and I cite previously mentioned writers as keen examples) is to indulge in the vice of the storytellers. Â Nice try, but the answer is not Dave and Busters… it is A to the L to the C to the O to the H O L!Â Warning!Â Could also lead to waking up on random door mats (see COLLEGE).
It is a well known fact that excessive consumption of spirits, (also knows as “fire water” by the Native peoples of the Americas) during some of these literary “experiments”, that ‘accidents’ are known to happen (also see COLLEGE).Â Certain ‘accidents’ require that you call a friend or roommate to help you flip the mattress over (see A FEW WEEKS AGO). Â Is there an easier way? Â Well, now, you can enhance your creativity (responsibly!!) and protect your nightly-used investment with one of our Premium Pillow and Mattress Protectors! Â These will not prevent irresponsible behavior (I personally enjoy a fine whiskey on Saturday night by the fireplace with my misses and cat) but it will certainly make some of the less serious consequences of your spirit-fueled literary legacy (see Kristen Stewart as Marylou in upcoming adaptation of ON THE ROAD) muchÂ more practical and your mattressÂ and those you share it with, will thank you for it!Â
Enjoy your Friday evening, everyone!Â If you do wake up on random doormats, hopefully it is one of your kitchen floor mats or indoor entrance mats and not a strangers.Â Drink responsibly!
September 18th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
It is totally inevitable that when you go vegetarian (2 months now), there will undoubtedly be questions from friends, co-workers, and acquaintances to the tune of “we’re mammals. we’re supposed to eat meat,” or “what the hell are you gonna eat now,” and my favorite one of all is the horrified look on someone’s face as they ask “BUT WHY?!?!”.
While I generally don’t want to ascribe to any kind of moral higher ground, it is a highly personal decision (I promise, this is going somewhere).
#1- A high animal protein diet, especially when lower quality meats are consumed,Â continues to show more and more links to cancer, obesity, and a plethora of other premature chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.
#2 – I’m simply an animal lover. I’m not saying someone who enjoys a burger would eat their dog. For most, it’s a far removed thing as few of us EVER have to kill, skin, and cure our own meat.
#3 – Meat industry is horrendously bad for the environment, the planet, and the amount of suffering that chickens, cattle, or farm raised fish face is something that any child, if made aware of, would immediately give up hot dogs for. Both my nieces did.
Which brings me to my point.Â Most companies are far from perfect, but many more are trying to regulate their carbon foot print in whatever they can. That’s why I’m very happy that we at MatsMatsMats.com at the very least offer an eco-friendly section of products for those who try to be a little more conscious of environmental impact.Â From yoga mats
to playground surfaces
to door mats
, there’s actually a pretty generous selection of products that are made in America and are made from recycled or natural materials.Â Stop on over check it out!
Now that the preaching is over, I can admit that a big part of the reason for vegetarianism (and the raised environmental/social awareness thatÂ comes with it) Â is… le ‘wife’ won’t cook meat anymore.Â Sad faces all around.
September 10th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
I’ve got a bad, bad headache today.Â I mean really bad.Â You know why?Â Because I recently became a father.Â It wasn’t planned really.Â I just got caught up in the moment of my girlfriend moving in and before you know it… I agreedÂ that I would help her take her CAT,Â Bobby!
Bobby, at least for now, is just like a newborn
son.Â Constant liter changes, 4 hours sleep cycles, and nothing but noise come 2:30am. This has made it considerably hard to keep it together after anÂ eight and a halfÂ hour workday then coming home him while he gets adjusted to his new home.Â Lots of clawing.Â Lots of spraying.Â It’s not so much the meowing or the constant roiling of cat liter at night, but the continuous scratching sounds of this fine, young feline specimen using our very nice rug (a gift from my mother) as a if he were kneading pizza dough has to stop!Â My girlfriend suddenly got the bright idea that since I work at MatsMatsMats.com, there HAS to be some kind of ‘cat rug’.Â Something that he can scratch into all he wants, but won’t completely destroy as he’s on his way to doing with our nice plush rug.Â Little does she know, we’ve yet to truly tap into the pet market.
The headache persists, and as I thought of what to convey to all you fine people in the blogosphere, I found myself taking twelve aspirin and then it happened…Â a moment of clarity.Â I scurried over to our Maxima Mat samples (typically used as entry floor mats
or door mats
) .Â All of a sudden, I found a durable mat with no ‘loose’ fibers that a cat would have a hard time ripping through. This mat will be put to the test this weekend and we shall see how well it holds up against this adorable ball of orange-white animal anxiety.Â Obviously, a product that is traditionally used as entrance mats
isn’t spray-proof (if you own a male cat, you know…), but it is made of 45 oz. extra coarse polypropylene fibers that can scrape the smart off a string-theorist (file under poorly executed astrophysics jokes).
I’m confident itÂ will hold up against the rage of a cat removed from his home of 6 years and into the abyss that is the recording studio/love shack/pin-pong death-arena that is ‘Casa de Benigno’.Â More as it develops.