February 4th, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
It felt nearly impossible to come up with something to write about this week as personal turmoil has reduced me to a state of late teenage angst. The plus side of that, is that I’ve been going through some of my old music collection and found some interesting stuff. It was weird, I don’t remember even owning this CD by Swedish Gothic Industrial Emo-Core heavyweights ‘Black Rubber Mats‘… one song caught my attention and I think brief part by part analysis is on order:
‘Solid Black’ (I think the name of the song alludes to being depressed)
Amongst thousands of rubber granules
I am occasional colored fleck.
(Talking about being Mexican in a mostly homogenous Umea, Sweden)
My heart easily trimmed if necessary
(Referring the author’s personal malleability)
Aesthetically pleasing, Multi-purpose
I may be, but I’m still just underlayment to you.
(Our vocalist is very complex… he feels that he has many talents, but still bares this weight that is yet unrevealed)
Factory sheared edges
(Yeah… this guys’ deep and clearly tortured. I mean, he doesn’t want to follow the mold but be his own person!)
Designed to provide
Excellent traction… even when wet!
Designed to provide
Excellent traction… even when wet!
(Man! This is the part of the song that really got me going! Just heavy searing guitars and synths with insanely pulsating drums while this guys is just SCREAMING at the fact that despite his angst and longing, he is just another manufactured good! Society has molded him to be just that!)
When he sings this, it’s very emotive. I think he is talking about the coldness of being isolated and being the only one that feels a certain way in an otherwise homogenous social condition. I tried to look them up online, but there’s only one picture I found. I’ve posted it for your information.
January 29th, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
Another year has come and gone. It has left us with many great human achievements as a species, and I hope, as individuals as well. I can only speak for myself but, Christmas and New Years bear a special significance for me as they are the holidays which literally make me sick. I’m not talking about ideals, my gripes with materialism or the exchange of human culture for that of consumption. No. I’m talking about literally getting sick. Like the flu. Three years in a row now, I’ve been sick dead-smack on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I had to resort to copious amounts of symptom suppressors, lotion infused tissues, and Netflix. Lots and lots of Netflix.
During the course of these, I subjected myself to martial arts hits like Sidekicks, American Ninja, and other B-grade karate-chop fests. But one can never get too far from their work I guess. During the competition scene in Sidekicks (starring RIP teen heart-throb Jonathan Brandis and Chuck F-ing Norris) I saw them… crosslink foam mats, competition style flooring all strewn over the entire gymnasium. Beautifully colored and textured as if almost taunting me to think about the office.
At this point, I realized that the medication and symptom suppressors were starting to really take their toll on my coherence. It was like a bad acid trip where as the dull plot of this flick turned into a slow psychological interrogation where I revealed Freudian archetypes to a non-existent shrink. These, however, were not your typical “mother issues” anymore (I have none) but instead mutated into vague whispers of “1-3/8″ crosslink foam, 18oz vinyl… yes… very durable… competition style wrestling mats too..”
Needless to say, I drank a lot more NyQuil than I should have. Vick’s might owe me a check. For the plug on our widely read blog and for the near death experience I had on their “medicine”.
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 Stag
Well, it would seem that we have all made it through yet another holiday season. Now with all of our loved ones and the gods of the holidays appeased with extravagant gifts of all shapes and sizes; we can all begin anew. I am sure that we all have some New Year’s Resolutions that need some of our attention now. The most common of these would be the good ‘ol “Loose Weight” resolution.
You may have even taken the extra steps to buying or having gifted some gymnastics equipment for the holidays, by those thoughtful family members. Some gymnastics equipment that by the way; may require some very handy treadmill mats and equipment mats to protect that precious flooring of yours. Or perhaps you’re starting some new routines. Maybe you went out and got a few yoga accessories to start taking classes. You know, shaking out the cob-webs sort of speak. Namaste to the max!
Maybe you’re thinking of making some room in your garage or basement for that home gym you’ve been putting off. You know to make room for the weight bench that you bought years ago. Just lay down some interlocking floor tiles and no gym memberships for you my friend. Make some room for those machines or even for some aerobics with some foam flooring.
Regardless of what you’re doing for yourself this New Year, I certainly wish you all the best of luck on your new ventures and passions. Keep up the good work!
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.
January 9th, 2014 by Kelly Green
The ubiquitous Tradeshow, they are a fact of business life and they are everywhere. Trade shows are utilized by practically every industry in the nation if not the world. Whether you are a race car enthusiast, Foodie, defense contractor, Sci-fi fan, health care industry professional, educational provider, movie industry exec, or even want to have a booth at a Tradeshow that shows products for use at other tradeshows. Tradeshows have withstood the tests of time because, they work. Tradeshows have survived every technological advancement and have even thrived because ultimately, people buy from people.
So what are some of the factors that can lead to Tradeshow success? How about your choice in flooring? Branding yourself and your product literally starts from the ground up and what better way to start the branding than having a reliable, attractive trade show flooring beneath your booth supporting the direction you want to take your look and feel of your tradeshow presence.
Do you want to showcase an upscale look with faux wood floor? How about bright colors, accentuating a techno vibe area? Urban tough with a soft rubber flooring look? How about the warmth of a softcarpet that is still tough enough to withstand those 4” spiked heels of your display model. Go completely commando (your booth, not you personally) buy utilizing our SoftCamo tiles, perfect for accentuating the latest in duck blinds, guns, or the occasional assault vehicle.
You need to consider all aspects of what will set your booth, display, or pitch, apart from all the other vendors hawking their wares. According the Journal of Marketing, how you brand your booth by its look is tied for second in importance to the consumer along with the presence of knowledgeable personnel. These two components are secondary to preshow marketing in establishing a successful tradeshow appearance. Would you willingly give up almost a third of your “hook” because you want to fly on the cheap? NO! I say, dive in with both feet and obtain the most fantastical, vibrant and durable floor that you can find. Boldly design your booth from the ground up and get that tradeshow flooring that your company deserves! And remember BUY AMERICAN! (American flag can be simulated by purchasing 6 blue, 7 red and 12 white softfloor tiles.)
January 9th, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
It’s no secret that as we get older we get wiser. We also get brittle. Slowly but surely, our cells start braking down and what was once a pleasurable activity playing on the ground and getting your hands and knees dirty is now replaced by changing your oil on the garage concrete. And your reward (if you don’t know what you’re doing and spend too much time through awkward positions under your Ford-rrari Escort) is sore knees. Yes, sore knees. Now this could be just my fragile artistic genetics, and while we do have knee saver kneeling pads for such tasks, something a little more rugged and al encompassing might work better. A little more universal. Something that can allow me to roll the car into the garage yet not get completely eaten by the weight my car but STILL retain the softer and forgiving properties of foam. Hmmm… I was thinking perhaps something along the lines of rubber. Like a tuff-and-easy interlocking rubber tile but with the forgiving shock absorption of EVA foam tiles.? Does such a thing even exist?? I can’t keep making hard concrete floors my friend when all they want to do is hurt me! THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY!
And now, there is!
However embarrassing it may be that a customer had to point out the obvious for me: interlocking soft rubber tiles are actually the best option for garage floor mats
that will have multiple applications. A fully installed rubber top interlocking an all around solution for kids that want to play dirty (on the floor that is) with their action figures and imagine whole worlds where GI Joe and Spider-Man team up to fight Gumby and his hordes of green, plastic soldier minions. Or play with their ipads while sitting on the floor… I mean, that would work too if they don’t have any imagination… or action figures. Geez… I’m old… I miss G.I. Joes.. and Ninja Turtles…
It’s also great as exercise flooring
for equipment like treadmills that get used or just look pretty in the garage. Dropped 50 pound dumbells at total failure from that last rep? No prob, Rob! These suckers come in 3/8″ and 5/8″ interlocking versions so you can rep away and not crack your floor! How about a drunken brawl with your friends? Not a broken bone will be had* if you just take it to the garage, boys. Need to be on your knees for a prolonged period of time…? You know… perhaps you are assembling some sort of complex Swedish furniture without reading the instructions and need that meditative period in front of all those pieces to figure out what the hell goes where. Say no more for comfort AND practicality will be yours. And finally, maybe you feel fresh out of ideas for writing your mandatory blog and you just need some quiet time away from your cat and your pre-wife (you can’t afford a ring and your too old to be calling her your “girlfriend”) to really sort out your ideas. Then throw some headphones on, turn your avant-garde classical playlist to ten, and stretch yourself out on your new tough, durable, rubber topped garage floor and let the ideas flow through you because you just pissed off pre-wifey. Keywords and context will soon flow through you like water. You’ll thank yourself later.
January 7th, 2014 by Stag
Now I think we all know that at this point I am a bit of a MacGuyver when it comes to most things. Be it home repair, computers, and even my precious life giving vehicles. As most people in California know; you won’t get very far – literally, without a car or vehicle of some sort. However in these trying times it may be out of one’s budget to get a new car, so you are inevitably lead towards the strange world of used cars.
I have recently procured a used car of my own. Now with the incredibly affordable price tag also came the, shall I say, removal of certainly key amenities. One of these most notably being my “new” car had absolutely no floor matting of any kind. Now is the time for one to get clever and envision solutions in places where none would present themselves. Now I like themes, and love to upholster in keeping with said themes.
So kids mats to the rescue! I myself being a big kid at heart, this seemed perfect for the recently acquired car. So in lieu of floor matting I installed our play rugs; namely the city cars play mat. I feel that it perfectly matches the motif of my vehicle. So the next time you think something is un-solvable just think; what would Stag do?
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.
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!