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!
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.
December 16th, 2013 by Kelly Green
‘Tis The season
HO! HO! HO! ‘Tis the season to be. . . well, maybe not jolly, who can work themselves all the way up to jolly these days? However, a lightening of the mood is certainly in order when considering what to stuff into stockings or put under the tree for your rug rats dujour. Since the advent of electronic gizmos, gadgets and gewgaws is now totally out of hand, may I suggest a lower tech option?
For preschoolers, may I suggest our fun and colorful set of play carpets? Dream houses, roadscapes of every size and location, learning rugs, and game mats.
Imagine this, no electronic bloop bloop, bleep bleep come Christmas morning, just an old fashioned gaggle of giggles as chutes are being laddered, Par is being cheesied and scotch is being hopped. I don’t know about you but my son has a fleet of cars that are ready to hit the carpeted road at any given second. Fortunately, he never has to worry about getting tired of the same toy car commute because MatsMatsMats.com has a gazillion car, boat and airport maps. (My son has staged many “near miss” airplane/car catastrophes, narrowly averted by the quick thinking of the level headed pilot, young Captain Green of the Greenhouse airways flight 101.
It’s harder every year to connect to kids. The continuing migration to online entertainment is putting up an almost insurmountable electronic divide in families. We, as parent have fed this monstrosity by giving the latest gadget to our progeny. It is time to fight back against this virtual reality juggernaut by giving our children real games instead of digital ones. I am excited by the possibility of connecting with my kids over a game of marbles, of a rousing thrash on the Parcheesi mat, beanbag toss tick tac toe. Talk about a “throw back!”
I remember in my own house, all of us kids opened our gifts with undiluted glee and greed as we received our yearly allotment of Santa Swag. However the biggest moment was always Santa’s gift to the family. This present was usually the most momentous and eagerly anticipated by the entire family. One year it was a color TV, another it was a new used car. The ones I remember the most were the family games. Usually a pile of games ranging from checkers to Parcheesi. One year it was a gigantic slot car track. It was always special and among my favorite family memories.
I intend to continue this tradition in my own family with a giant play mat for us all. How about you?
December 16th, 2013 by Kelly Green
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
December 11th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
For those not aware, green is the new black. Businesses of all types are looking to cash in on the various state and federal perks of being certified “green” by using (relatively more) sustainable building materials, products, and infrastructure. As of late, we’ve been getting a lot of inquiries regarding LEED. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The program encourages and accelerates the adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.
The LEED rating system is comprised of ratings for different types of projects like new construction, existing buildings, core and shell, etc. However, as there are no products that are “LEED certified”, the use of various products can increase or decrease points needed for particular projects to gain certification. MatsMatsMats.com has been a big player in offering “green” products to our customers for a while now. We removed the heavy metals from our PVC yoga mat, we were one of the first online retailers push hard on our all natural rubber yoga mat as well. However, our biggest and best performing line for LEED certification is our recycled rubber products. Due to the use of regional recycled materials and other helpful parameters, our interlocking zip tiles, rolled rubber goods, and roof walkway pads can rack up anywhere from 4 points as underlayment and up to 8 points as flooring! This is a big help for contractors and architects alike looking to start on the right foot on any new construction projects which require LEED certification. For additional information, contact any of our product specialist or sales reps anytime!
December 11th, 2013 by Stag
I am sure that I am behind the trend in a way; as I usually am. But I recently purchased a turntable or record player for the laymen. This was primarily sparked by my stock-pile of my father’s old vinyl records. Deciding that I wanted to actually listen to these albums and get some more of my favorite albums on vinyl; I went ahead and made the investment. Now growing up in the digital age more or less the specifics of turntables was lost on me. The sure number of exact things that have to be perfect to get the best sound is quite overwhelming at first.
As I learn more I am finding myself becoming a bit more of an audiophile (someone that is very into music and the quality thereof). With this I found that I was getting a bit of a hum from my moderately high-end speakers. I tried and tried to diagnose and remedy the problem. Then I realized that I needed a foam pad of some sort under the speaker so that it did not vibrate directly on my wood table that they rest upon. So Anti-Fatigue mats to the rescue it was. I found that the fatigue mats were the perfect low-cost alternative to the very very expensive sound studio grade foam, and that it worked just as well.
Now with the anti-fatigue foam comfortably resting under my speakers I have crisp and clear sound. Just perfect for some old and some new vinyl listening enjoyment. You can find a purpose for just about any mat, and with that many different purposes for any mat. I found mine, what is yours?