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.
September 4th, 2012 by Alex Miller
I just moved into a new home and feel very lucky that I work for a company that sells, among other things, home doorÂ mats.Â We needed a front door mat and also a mat for the back door.Â I forgot how important these mats were until I noticed how much dirt was being tracked inside our new house.Â I thought about going to Costco or something to get a mat, but I didn’t want to settle on just anything, so I spent some time to look throughÂ the huge selection of entrance mats we have at MatsMatsMats.com.Â
I decided to go off a customers recommendation whom I had recently spoken to.Â She bought a couple different patterns of our CleanScrape Mats.Â She had a friend that had bought our mats and they told her how excellent they were holding up.Â So I sat down and picked out a couple different CleanScrape styles and sizes I liked.Â Â I received them atÂ my houseÂ about a week ago… delivered to my “front door.”Â They look awesome.Â Being in our early 30′s we play all kinds of sports and get plenty dirty.Â We got the Celtic Lattice matÂ for our back door so any water can drain all the way through as it is not a covered area.Â For the front we purchased the Welcome Iron mat.Â Â We were able to getÂ them in matching coffee colors.
People have different tastes (styles, colors, etc.) and different needs (sizes, quantities, etc.), but whatever your needs are I’m sure MatsMatsMats.com will have what your looking for… and if not, they can always makeÂ custom door mats (custom sizes or custom logo door mats) to fit your needs.Â So, whether you’re moving into a new house or apartment – like me – or just need to replace your existing door mats, it might behove you to check out the selection of mats offered by MatsMatsMats.com.Â They also offer a huge selection of quality commercial and industrial mats for the workplace, so keep that in mind too!
August 22nd, 2012 by Chris Aviles
I know I justÂ wrote aÂ blog article about seeing our products or similar, but just yesterday I had two experiences that I thought Iâ€™d tell you about.
The first happened at a bakery in Studio City, CA. While I was ordering my ice cream, I looked down and realized I was standing on a carpet logo mat. Of course the first thing I did was flip over the mat corners to see if our name is anywhere, once I determined it wasnâ€™t ours (thankfully, because it was torn up!) I told the lady behind the counter that if they need a new mat, I can get them one of much better quality, for much less than Iâ€™m sure they paid.Â I didnâ€™t expect her to get the manager!!Â When he came out I let him know that I work for a company that manufactures logo mats, and I noticed that his may need to be replaced soon.Â He tried to tell me that their mat looked like that because it was thrown in a washing machine and those types of mats can only be dry cleaned, â€œas Iâ€™m sure youâ€™re aware â€œ. Â I couldnâ€™t wait to tell him that our carpet logo mats can absolutely be thrown in a washing machine and our colors would not fade nearly as bad as his. Iâ€™m not sure if heâ€™ll call me but as we were pulling out of the parking lot I saw the cashier rolling up the mat.Â
The other incident happened literally 15 minutes later while I was walking by a Martial Arts studio. My friends and I were walking in an alley and I saw a few boxes of what looked like our red/blue jumbo interlocking foam mats, so again I stopped to look. This time I wasnâ€™t planning on saying anything but I was busted by the owner while looking at the tilesâ€¦woops!Â At first he was a little angry as Iâ€™m sure he thought I was trying to steal from him, but then I explained that I work for a company that sells martial arts flooring and was just curious.Â He asked me what company and â€œout of curiosityâ€ what my pricing for these tiles were. Unfortunately I had to tell him that we donâ€™t carry those tiles, ours are 4â€™xâ€™4×1â€ and his appeared to be 40â€x40â€x1/2â€.Â He then, like the bakery guy, proceeded to try and educate me by telling me that the thicker tiles really donâ€™t work as well.Â He said they are too soft and therefore make it harder to maneuver and donâ€™t support your knees and ankles.Â He tried to make it sound like my knowledge was incorrect.Â Since he obviously just purchased tiles and I wasnâ€™t in the mood to argue with a Sensei in a dark alley, I said â€œya that makes senseâ€ and kept walking.Â Iâ€™ve never used these tiles, all I know is what I hear from you guys, but I find it hard to believe that people would be expanding their floors if they didnâ€™t work. I found this fun video of our tiles being used and it looks to me that everybodyâ€™s ankles are being supported, and able to maneuver pretty well.Â You be the judgeâ€¦
July 27th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
â€œThank you for calling MatsMatsMats.com! This is Chris, how can I help you?â€Â
Say that 10 times fast.Â My whole life is mats.Â I know we all take work home with us, but that usually applies to actual work or problems from work. Â I find myself noticing our products (or similar) all over the place.Â From the Marble Fatigue Mat at Costco to the Jumbo martial arts tiles at the DoJo by my movie theater and the carpet logo mats I see everywhere. Â
I find myself inspecting various products to see if they are ours or if they compare.Â Often, they are our products andÂ unfortunately for the various businesses, many other times they are not our products and look pretty â€œcheapâ€.Â Â One of these days I need give those business owners my business card and the opportunity to get a product that will last, and is most likely less expensive.Â All I need is a little courage, because Iâ€™m not a very pushy person- Itâ€™s easier when I get to talk to you guys because Iâ€™m really just giving you more information on something you already want or need.
Am I the only one that finds themselves being an employee outside of work? I think itâ€™s probably that itâ€™s just become second nature- and maybe a little pride?Â Every once and a while a friend or family member will say something about needingÂ kneeling pads, or a yoga mat or something we carry and I find myself very eager to just start spewing all the information I know about those products and why ours are better than anybody elseâ€™s. What is that?!?!Â Letâ€™s be honest, mats arenâ€™t the most fascinating thing to talk about but for some reason Iâ€™m progressively more aware of their existence.Â Please tell me Iâ€™m not alone!Â I know you canâ€™t comment belowâ€¦but feel free to call me (877.777.6287)! Iâ€™d love to hear your stories.
June 1st, 2012 by Chris Aviles
Does â€œGoing Greenâ€ mean you have to become a hippie? Absolutely not! You can do your part to help save the environment without trying very hard. Believe me, I donâ€™t like anything that makes my life too difficult.
Hereâ€™s what Iâ€™m talking about. Iâ€™m not going to buy those canvas bags that you can reuse at the market (mainly because Iâ€™ll never remember to bring them with me), so rather than throwing away the plastic bags I use them as trash bags in my smaller trashcans at home- REUSE!- This, is going green.
I have a recyclables can next to my trash can so I can easily toss paper, plastic and other non-biodegradable junk in there with no extra effort- RECYLE- Itâ€™s something most of us have probably done since we were kids, but!! Itâ€™s being green.
I try not to have water running while Iâ€™m doing dishes, or brushing my teeth, and I close the fridge for the 10 seconds it takes me to pour a glass of milk. None of that sounds like much, but it adds up AND helps with your utility bill. REDUCE!
Some other simple things you can try is buying eco-friendly products whenever you can, and when itâ€™s convenient. For instance: If youâ€™re on a website, like MatsMatsMats.com, because youâ€™re already planning on buying a yoga mat or meditation cushion or whatever, check to see if maybe they have an Eco-Friendly section (which they do – www.matsmatsmats.com/eco-friendly ). Â It may take a few extra clicks, but you can do something small to help something great.
What I am trying to say is, don’t let the super green people make you feel like your contribution is inadequate.Â Do whatever you can, when you can. One thing at a time.Â Itâ€™s easy to make changes.Â It doesnâ€™t matter how many steps you take, just that youâ€™re moving.
Being â€œGreenâ€ doesnâ€™t have to consume you. When you are shopping for things take a moment to see if there are eco friendly alternatives, like an eco yoga mat, eco door mats, etc.Â Make small changes to your lifestyle to conserve energy and re-use products when possible.Â If all 6 billion people in our world did as little as I do, the effects would be monstrous.
One addedÂ benefit of trying to be eco-friendly is the peace of mind that youâ€™re doing what you can to preserve the planet for the next generation!
October 5th, 2011 by Mark Carmer
Logo door mats are ideal for any place of business.Â Whether you are a restaurant owner, the owner of a retail store or a hair salon you will undoubtedly purchase a door mat for the entry of your establishment.Â So, why notÂ letÂ entry mats do a little advertising for you too?Â
There are many different options when it comes to custom logo mats.Â The mats that are designed exclusively for outdoor use are typically made entirely of rubber.Â Generally your color options and logo design options are very limited on these types of entrance mats.Â There are usually limited sizes available as well.
That being said, most businesses purchase entrance mats that are placed on the inside of the entry.Â The logo mats for this use is typically a vinyl or rubber backed mat with a carpeted to surface (rubber backing being preferred due to better durability).Â Most manufacturers of these types of mats are able to produce the logo in virtually any colors and almost any design.Â The mats can be a combination of colors and a large selection of mat sizes (and even custom sizes) are available.
A minimum quantity of mats is not required â€“ you can order a single logo mat.Â The mats are generally a very inexpensive way to protect the floors at your entrance, prevent excess dirt and debris from entering your establishment and market your business at the same time.
June 17th, 2011 by Mark Carmer
A woven rubber door mat is a beautiful, durable and eco friendly solution when you are in need of front door mats.Â Â Door mats made inÂ USAÂ from tire scraps.Â So, when you purchase this mat, you can feel good about yourself knowing that you are helping to keep tires out of landfills across America.
These woven outdoor door mats are made from 100% durable recycled rubber construction making them ideal for outside entrances.Â The molded designs act as scrapers to remove heavy dirt and soil from shoes and provide an excellent anti-slip surface.Â These mats donâ€™t move around as much as many of the smaller door mats tend to do, because the extra heavy base keeps the door mat in place.Â Maintenance is also extremely easy â€“ to clean you can just shake or hose off as needed.
Some ideal places to use rubber entrance mats are at outdoor entrances to a home or an office.Â
The Woven Rubber Entry Mats offer everything most Americans search for when making a purchase:
- Quality and Durability at a Low Cost
- Good for the Environment and
- Made in USA