December 23rd, 2013 by Kelly Green
Why Padded Wainscoting?
What is it? What does it do? Why do I need it?
To understand these questions, one needs to grasp the complex nature of the origin of your typical padded wainscot panel. Before 1891, the wall padding was only used behind closed doors in the local mental asylums, and day care facilities . . . where the teachers would gather after a stress inducing day of preventing patients and/or children from lighting themselves on fire, to blow off steam by slamming themselves headfirst into the padded walls. Coincidentally enough, this practice is still seen in most typical homes with preteens, tweens and teens right around the time of report cards, first day of driver’s education and any date where the girl is a resident of the aforementioned household.
So what was this advent that catapulted the padded wainscot panel into the public eye? On December 21, 1891, James Naismith published rules for a new game using a soccer ball and 2 peach baskets on poles. With the invention of this new game, the awesome responsibility of naming it fell lightly on the inventors shoulders. “I shall call it, NAISMITHS GAME!” he declaimed. He was promptly beaten about the head and shoulders with the peach baskets. Then it struck him, “I shall call it BASKET GAME!” he cried in terror as the ball thudded against the side of his head. Thus “basket-ball” was born.
The first games had a frighteningly high injury rate as there were no boundaries, per se, just walls. The sheer amount of players sidelined with concussions, amnesia and displaced body parts dictated that a change needed to happen. Naismith, having been institutionalized for inventing a sport called “Synchronized Shark Taunt”, was quite familiar with the wall padding.
The introduction of padded walls was the singular most important factor in the sports meteoric rise in popularity, along with the introduction of backboards, the jumbotron “kiss her” screen and balls that were spherical rather than egg shaped. Some of these innovations may have come later rather than sooner.
Wainscoting is a padded panel that protects athletes and photographers from violent collisions with unforgiving walls. By utilizing stencil customization one could also promote the school or institution that the said panels were at. Here at MatsMatsMats.com, we are the proud purveyors of professional quality padding whether it be seamless flooring or pads for the walls. Whether you need a Rabid Wombat mascot stenciled on the padding or your team belongs to “The Pennsylvania State University New Kensington Campus of the Commonwealth College home of the Fighting Otters”, we can do it!
December 19th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
In the past few weeks, I’ve been working a sort of county fair at the local junior college. Pumpkin patches, children, and haunted mazes. Fun. As stage and technical director, it was my job to ensure that the stage was clean, the audio rig was hooked up properly, lighting, and when it was all set up, mixing sound for performers, bands, and dancers. Being an outdoor wooden stage at a farm center, there was dust galore. The majority of performers on the weekends were young dancers. Toddlers to teenagers dancing to Rhianna’s “Cake” (I won’t get into what is slightly perturbing about seeing stage moms rooting for their six year olds lip syncing all the words to such hits as “Cake”, “It’s all about me”, and mouthing things like “Don’t you want it?” while suggestively “dancing”. But… I am not a parent and maybe don’t understand what it’s like to say “no” to an aspiring young dancer wanting to get up on stage to do such things.
In any case, I got to see first hand how our Matlay Dance Floor works and does its thing. Every Saturday and Sunday for six weeks, I unrolled 6′x4″ rolls of Matlay, use vinyl dance tape to adhere them together, and let the little ones dance to their little hearts content. After having my ears perforated for 3-6 hours, I’d clean up shop and roll the Matlay Flooring
back up and do the same thing all over again the next day.
On the last three Sundays, interestingly enough, we had a local martial arts studio come and give us a demonstration. After doing some impressive choreography and sparring, they rolled out their Deluxe Bi-Layered Martial Arts Mats
to do some acrobatics of sorts. Backflips, somersaults, and eventually, my favorite, brick breaking. Brick breaking with their foreheads! Tough sons of mothers, these guys were.
November 13th, 2013 by Stag
As the tides ebb and flow across the sand of this world; so do my exercise habits and diets. Needless to say in the last many weeks since my last update on my new found lust for life and health, I have waned back to; lets say not so healthy. So I consciously decided to not give into defeat! Na! I would get back on the horse, per say. Instead my stead; my mighty stallion would be an exercise bike circa 1985 that I found at a local estate sale – for a very good price I might add and much more fun than using my exercise mats. Now armed with the prevailer of thy doom, I would “ride” valiantly into the night, of my living room while watching trash TV and anime. Or at least that is plan for now.
Once I returned with the might stead to the great keep (my house for the laymen) I did notice one bright, brilliant fact. The legs of this newly acquired beast of mine were quite rough and may not be too good for the hard wood floors of my sanctum. So as I shall remedy my health, I shall remedy this issue as well. Intro: Stage Left – Stationary Bike Mat and Treadmill Mat.
Now with these protective bike mats laid upon my throne room, I was free to let my wild and aging horse ride freely. Free, in a stationary position on top of a protective floor covering to be exact. But free non the less. So as I end this, I look forward to my return home. To my work, still left to do.
November 5th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I recently moved into an apartment and sadly had to leave my dog at my old house with my former roommate. My puppy had become attached to my friends dog and there’s a yard for her to run in, so it was the best choice. As the months go on I miss her more and more and am considering making my apartment puppy friendly. Some Tuff-n-Easy Rubber Tiles or Rolled Rubber Flooring is a good start.
Because of their durability, comfort, and resilience, rubber flooring products are often used in pet care applications. For kennels and doggie day cares, Rubber Flooring is most commonly recommended. This type of matting also provides a degree of insulation against hot or cold concrete. In situations where waterproofing is more imperative, you can easily seal our rubber with Cleanbreak Sealant. CleanBreak rubber flooring sealant is formulated to safely seal rubber floors and rubber mats. Unlike most sealants, CleanBreak rubber floor sealer is Veterinarian approved. That is why it is often used in animal care & training facilities, kennels, animal hospitals.
Rubber mats provide cushioned comfort as well as insulating against the damp and cold. The mats are non-absorbent and easy to clean. You can use diluted dish soap or we carry Animal Safe Disinfectant. CleanBreak cleaner, is a veterinary disinfectant cleaner formulated to SAFELY clean and disinfect animal care & training facilities, kennels, animal hospitals, and so much more. It is veterinarian approved and, among other things, acts as a disinfectant for kennel cough. CleanBreak is the most effective and economical sanitizing system available, making it a preferred vet clinic disinfectant.
We have a few Pet friendly products here, nice to know I can have all the material I need shipped from one place.
October 24th, 2013 by Kelly Green
Commoditization has become the buzz word for practically every product oriented industry nationally if not globally. The definition is easy to understand just as is its rapid acceptance by John Q. Public.
Commoditization is the perception that any given product should only be identified primarily by its price. Therefore, unless specific attributes are noted and defined, all seemingly like items are considered to be of equal value. Price alone then becomes the bottom line.
I understand this; we all want the best we can get for the least amount of cash outlay. It’s a natural drive to want to maximize our own hard earned dollar and still acquire the best materials and creature comforts that we can. It’s the whole “I hate Wal-Mart’s employee protocols but I need their prices.”
Here is the conundrum. It can be found in the old saw, “You get what you pay for.” Sure, you can go to a Wal-Mart and purchase a “rock bottom, discounted, I don’t have to pay shipping” bit of rubber flooring but what you give up in the process can be jaw dropping.
As an example, here at Matsmatsmats.com, we use a consultative sales approach. You tell us what you want the product to do and we give you options based on your need. Will the average clerk at the local “Floor and Go” take the time to understand that you are purchasing the flooring to meet a city ordinance, or provide safety for a special needs child. If they did understand, would they have the expertise to guide you through the various selections of flooring materials and suggest the ideal surface or product? They most likely would not have the experience, knowledge or passion for the product that a dedicated salesman would have.
Nowhere in a listed price can these valuable attributes be quantified and “priced”. It may mean the difference between getting merchandise that will work and getting the exact item that will fulfill your needs. On staff here at MatsMatsMats.com we have several representatives who specialize in specific product lines from yoga equipment to commercial flooring. We all have general knowledge of our entire product lines but no one can get shipping quotes for odd sized or overweight freight like Big Ben G. Chris A. can produce quotes on multiple items on the fly as he processes with an almost eidetic skill the multitudes of products and accompanying prices. And as we all know STAG SMASH! He excels at computing the best discounts that can be offered in a fraction of the time it takes anyone else. I, as ye olde thyme hoofer, offer a sweet and sympathetic ear with a specialty in the dance flooring and equipment department.
Every bit of our expertise is available to you, the consumer, via a mere phone call or email.
October 14th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
I’m currently on my way to the high Sierras for a little nature bonding with the boys for my brother-from-another-mother’s bachelor party. We decided the traditional Vegas regrets would be a little to cliche for us, so instead, we’re gonna go on epic hikes and camp lakeside. While I wouldn’t consider myself a regular outdoors man, I certainly have enough appreciation to at least try to get out at least once a year into the open wilderness. As we were loading up everyone’s gear, however, I realized that I would not be enjoying the same comforts as everyone else… You see I overlooked an important detail. An exercise mat…
I actually forgot to bring even a yoga mat. The irony isn’t lost on me either. Every day I’m literally talking about how comfortable and portable our 2′x6′ folding exercise mats are. How they’ve got just the right firmness crosslink foam. How they are comfortable enough to lay on and nap on, but also firm enough to do exercise on.
As I write this I’m overcome with nervous anticipation to what comfort or lack thereof awaits me as I set up camp and eventually retire on bare ground. I can literally see the sample 3/8″ thick foam mats resting on the corner of the office cabinet… just there… waiting. Waiting for me all week to go “Hey, I’ll probably need that!” Instead, I’ll have to brave the cold night on bare ground as the roll of comfortable foam sits at the MatsMatsMats.com office sitting in bitter silence at not having been noticed.
I am not a smart man…
October 14th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
Time for another delicious blog. Delicious I say, because I have not slept in about 36 hours and for whatever reason, everything looks like food to me right now. Don’t ask, it just happens when I’m under sleep delirium.
“But, Ben! What does food and sleep delirium have to with an exercise mat? Or any of the things you sell for a living from interlocking floor mats to children’s play mats for that matter?”
The answer is simple my friends. Oh, so simple.. nothing. IT has nothing to do with wall padding or exercise equipment or any type of mat. This weeks blog will not be about how Soft Wood tiles make a beautiful addition to a child’s playroom helping it to enhance comfort while preserving the look and feel of that hardwood floor you nearly killed your husband to install when you bought that fixer upper. No siree, bub.
It has nothing to do with how our Soft Carpet Tiles are the industry leader portable tradeshow surfaces. With their durable bonded carpet, these things will go wherever you go and last!
It especially has nothing to do with our Supreme Folding Rest mats. That are just oh so-dang- comfy that this overgrown child can’t help but take a quickie nap in the office when he works his third job once a month every month in the summer.
Hey, are those zzzz’s over there? I better go catch them…
September 17th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
Can you dance? I sure as hell can’t. But I think I can. This delusion, of course, is largely to the detriment of my loved ones. You’d have to see it to believe it. I get really into it too. From my epileptic hip ‘swinging’ for salsa and samba, the drunken shuffling of my bachata, to the lunatic flailing of arms ode my “modern hip-hop” choreography, no family or friends’ events are safe from the disaster of my overconfidence. It’s better than going to the gym with my exercise mat…for me anyway.
Little would you know, but I am actually a fairly accomplished musician. This, however, does not help me dance in the slightest. Not well at least. Something to do with the stiffness and lack of communication between my limbs. Also, facial expressions… yikes! Luckily, I’ll be taking dance lessons soon.
Before I set foot in one of these places, I was really imagining something along the lines of a nice, rich mahogany floored studio space with a beautiful Spanish instructor teaching me the ways of romantic dance in front of a Mylar mirror . I was excited! Would I finally fulfill my long lived fantasy to be the foremost competitive dancer/lover in the world? No… not at all. I set foot into what seemed like day care. Matlay Dance floor, I thought, but instead… primary colors! PRIMARY COLORS EVERYWHERE! It also didn’t help that I was at least 12 years older than everyone else in that class! The teacher might have actually been younger than me too! I’m not even 30!
After swallowing my pride and getting a little comfortable, a simple waltz was guided by a map of
Poly Pads feet laid out across the floor to guide my (very clumsy) feet. After about an hour of waltzing, I decided never to return to the dance class unless it was required by law since a) I realized that flailing is more fun than being proper and b) I think I broke their toilet just before I left the establishment.
Moral of the story is when it comes to dancing, do YOU!
September 17th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
As of late, I’ve grown increasingly aware of the fact that I am getting old. Not old-old, but old like an adult. 3rd floor of life. Where you start reflecting on the fact that you should have been a little more athletic just so your body was conditioned for the hardships of being an American citizen for the next 50 years. Ok, ok, 30 if I’m lucky.
Heavily bombarded with fast food, fast cars, and fast women, it is no wonder our indulgent lifestyle makes it so easy to forget very basic things like regular physical activity. After all, the body wasn’t exactly designed to sit at cubicle trying to think of blogs to write… hmmm…
I’ve become increasingly more interested in keeping my body in shape. Not for looks, but merely for endurance, stamina, and vigor… IN BED! BOOYAH! Seriously, though… life in general. Regular physical activity be it buying a yoga mat and start doing yoga, jogging by myself, getting a few martial arts mats to wrestle with my girlfriend, or just taking the stairs instead of the elevator can substantially improve my metabolism, sleep, and my mood overall. Another big commitment is cutting out ALL sodas. That crap is BAD for you! No more Diet Coke for me! Or Squirt.. or Fanta… or regular Coke. (Beer is NOT soda by the way!)
Take it from someone that has been blessed with a pretty amazing metabolism (I have literally bombarded my body with just about anything you can throw at it for the past 30 years… and I still maintain a happy median weight of 185 lbs at 6’4″), things start to change after the last half of the second decade. If you are feeling the 3rd floor blues, consider taking something up cycling, yoga, martial arts, or cross-fit. One of the very distinct perks of working here has been the employee discounts on a variety things like work-out gloves, yoga equipment, martial arts products, and exercise mats. If you need a bit of a push in the right direction, remember that the body is like a car. Always lease, never buy. Wait, that’s not right… Oh yes, you’re body is like a car and it won’t last forever. But the more regular maintenance you give it, the more mileage you’ll get out of it.
August 29th, 2013 by Stag
We have all heard of the ever-present or perhaps for some the ever-elusive “Man-Cave”. That solitary den that us “Y” chromosomes of the species seem to strive towards. Many choose the garage or basement for this most sacred of masculine areas. However with that comes the question on what to do with that concrete floor. You average male may not care at first, but there will come a day when they will want, na – need something better.
So for that, I would recommend what I did for my little home away from (and inside of) home, Rolled Rubber and Foam Tiles. It’s very simple actually. Just lay the rubber rolls down and your little work/hobby area is ready to go. Then you can use the foam tiles for your workout or recreation area. Seeing as though the foam tiles come in so many different options and colors, from foam to carpet foam tiles you can dare I say “really tie the room together”.
Whatever your little beating heart desires for the most holy of holies, it can be yours as it was for mine as well. A durable area for messing with tools and hobbies and attempting to not lose any fingers in the process or having some quite; not-so-quite video game time in the basement. Whether tiled foam or rubber rolls, the tools are out there and I highly suggest getting started before the summer is over.