April 6th, 2015 by Ben Gonzalez
It was during this year’s Halloween Harvest Festival at the local community college that I realized the importance of portable dance floors. Not for me, particularly but some of this year’s performers. As the world continues on this warming trend towards certain catastrophe, the San Fernando Valley treated us to triple digit weather in the middle of October. One particular Saturday, we got a whopping 110 degrees! In October! The extreme temperature changes from night to day made it so our uncovered wooden stage warped immensely along the seams of the planks. Luckily, our handy man was able to remove the warped and cracked plank and put in new ones. But ther was a new problem. Since the planks that were put in a replacements were newer, they were also slightly thicker. This small detail made some of the kids’ choreography a little less than graceful. After a few tumbles and some humble recoveries right back into the number, I had one of the dance instructors ask if we had anything that we can lay over the stage to smooth it out so to speak. It actually baffled me to realize that not ONE of these coaches had brought with them some kind of vinyl floor or the like considering that MANY of the requests we get here are about using the Matlay Dance Floor for various competitions and showcases that are outside of the troupes respective dance schools or home venues.
It dawned on me that aside from the smooth and even surface, the Matlay flooring actually serves to cover and hide a lot of the tiny cracks and splinters on outdoor stages that can otherwise be hazards to performances.
March 30th, 2015 by Stag
Now that it is getting a bit colder – or at least as cold as it can get here in California; it is time for some much needed star gazing. A while ago, a few friends and I had all pitched in to purchase a rather large amateur telescope. With the weather cooling down, that means that there is less atmospheric distortion in the telescope and much clearer images, which is always a good thing! Now it just comes down to driving up to the low-lying mountains around Los Angeles in order to get a better view with much less light than the city.
As much of this happens out in the middle of nowhere and the telescope is only three or so feet from the ground; we usually bring a vinyl mat of some sort with us so that we have something comfortable to kneel and sit on. It definitely takes the joy out of looking out into the universe if you knees are being pinned by sharp rocks, so the gymnastics mats certainly do come in handy.
Perhaps this weekend the tribe and I will head up to the mountains for a night and see what we can see. We have had a lot of success in the mountains and I would certainly love to see Andromeda (our nearest Galaxy) again; as that is quite a sight. So I think we will be packing up all the science gear mumbo-jumbo and our folding exercise mat and head out early tonight. ‘Second star to the right and straight on till morning’.
March 26th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
This time of year is my favorite because of all the holidays and fun parties, but I hate this time of year because the weather is obnoxious. I know all you east coasters probably hate me and my practically perfect weather, but you guys at least know what to expect. Like most people in California, our weather is moody and spontaneous. I can wake up to rain and wind and go to sleep with the air conditioner on. It’s frustrating. I can’t always be carrying around an umbrella and certainly don’t want to be wearing a jacket all day, but it is what it is.
Thankfully I have doormats in my house that I can keep down year round and am always prepared.
I’d like to introduce you to one of our latest products, the Montage Mat! It’s my new favorite. Our Sponge Mat was my original go to mat because it absorbs water, hides dirt and looks fancy. The Montage mat does all that, has a little nicer look and can be made to a much larger variety of sizes than the sponge. Montage are new, top of the line commercial door mats made with environmentally friendly components. Montage offers enhanced long wearing performance and durability. Building entrance mats, retail entry mats, and floor matting for wet areas are some of the many ideal uses for Montage commercial carpet mats. These mats are typically found in the interior or exterior of building entrances of retail stores, office buildings, hotels, hospitals, supermarkets, schools restaurants or other high-traffic areas. They add extra safety and traction during wet weather too.
March 9th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
You need Jo-Sha yoga mat wipes. That’s pretty much it, but let me tell you why. I have a bag of Tea Tree wipes and I love them. I use them for everything. Mainly they gets used to wipe down counters, sinks and faucets right before a guests drops by and they work really great on those small sticky spill in the kitchen. I like that the scent is light, definitely noticeable but not overwhelmingly. I enjoy the smell of a clean house, but sometimes lemon and bleach can be way over powering. The best use I’ve found lately is on my door and door jams. You know, all those spots where dirty hands leave marks; Jo-Sha wipes clean it right up with our ruining the paint.
They really are versatile and you can literally use them on everything! Get ready for an overshare, because last week after I got home from work I had to go out and didn’t have time to shower. So like we’ve all done from time to time, I took a bum bath. Usually you wipe down your sweaty areas and mist yourself in cologne or perfume and that will hold you over until you can actually bathe. It works good enough, but you can tell and are usually counting down the minutes until you can rinse off. Well, I was running so short on time I grabbed a Jo-Sha wipe and freshened up. I’m not exaggerating when I say I felt cleaner than after a shower. Obviously I still needed to shower for real, but I was able to run my errand and not feel self-conscious. It was gentle on my skin and didn’t make me feel sticky. It works so well and is so easy, I just hope this doesn’t become a bad habit.
March 6th, 2015 by Stag
It is a New Year and time for the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in good ‘ol Las Vegas. If you have never been, or if you have somehow never heard of the CES; you’re in for a treat. Every year the CES showcases the newest in digital, computer, television, and even vehicle technologies. You can find everything from the new 90 inch 4K television to a fully automated self-driving car. This year the show was one of the largest they have had. It took place in the gigantic Las Vegas Convention Center as well as three additional hotel convention centers.
That is a lot of tech in one town, and certainly a lot of trade show flooring being set up. To add it up it would be literally miles and miles of foam tiles and carpet tiles lining these gargantuan convention floors. From booth to booth, from new PC gaming platforms to the newest and thinnest cell phones; it is a variable plethora of tradeshow flooring spanning the whole of the show. I mean, there was s0 much of the interlocking foam mats in use that the CES could have easily been a trade show for the trade show flooring at the same time.
So the next time that you’re at a trade show of any kind; while you’re taking a look at the latest items, take a moment and look down. Because you’ll also see all flooring on display as well.
February 18th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
Let me start out by saying I’m not a parent. I don’t pretend to know what it takes so my opinion might be completely invalid.
Aside from time out or safety rooms for children with special needs I never understood over protecting kids. Like I said, this is just my non parent observation. When I was a kid I bounced my head off a few different things and I have the scars to prove it. I’ve always been led to believe that children are resilient so I just didn’t understand.
After spending the weekend with my three nephews, 4 year old twins and a six year old, I learned why the over protection craze. Between the twins throwing themselves at each other and the six year old razor scooting all over the place, it’s very hard to stay in the same room with all 3 boys. The living room is fully covered in Kids Playroom Tiles and while it looks colorful and neat, it seemed a little excessive. I would silently scoff at the parents, thinking they should just pay more attention to their kids instead of fool proofing your house so you don’t have to. Boy was I ever wrong. I followed those boys around trying to keep them laughing and safe and it seemed there was always one kid out of sight. As I was trying to coax one twin down the stairs I heard the other twin jump from one couch to the other followed by the sound of toys being knocked over and a muffled sound of a body hitting the ground. Before I ran to his rescue I remembered the Soft Flooring and was instantly at ease. I knew he wasn’t going to hurt himself and had was able to continue negotiating with the first twin.
So I learned kids are resilient, they do bounce back and can’t possibly be watched at all times. The kids playroom tiles, or padding I’m putting in customers’ homes isn’t for the kids. It’s for the Adults piece of mind. Genius.
February 5th, 2015 by Stag
“ Rock & Roll – ed Rubber “
In my seemingly never-ending tomfoolery, tinkering, and hobby seeking; I am mulling over the idea of learning guitar. As the grand majority of my friends are all musicians, you would think that I would have done this many years ago. Yet alas, in typical me-style; I am bringing up the rear with the gear. Though it may be for the best; now in my thirties I do not have the dreams of rocker stardom. I just want to be able to occupy some of my more dormant free time. You know make noise like a cave-man while I watch TV. In this best case scenario, I would be able to do this without annoying my roommate or neighbors, especially since I am just learning.
So in order to pad against this, I have armed myself with some rubber rolls to make a bit of a sound break in my bed-room. This decoupled barrier with fiber-glass and rubber mats lining will serve to reduce the volume of the guitar amplifier that my neighbors and roommate can hear from their rooms. The rubber lines the break with a dense, yet porous material that will break-up the sound. When combined with the fiber-glass lining on the inside it will certainly damper the noise level. Anything to keep my land-lord from knocking on my door is a good thing in my book. Now I just need a guitar to actually play, and of course learn to play it.
January 22nd, 2015 by Chris Aviles
A good anti-fatigue Mat can change your life! I spend at least an hour a day standing in my kitchen, cooking or doing dishes and if I’m having a particularly lazy week sometimes dished can take me an hour all by themselves. Usually as I’m doing dishes I have some stand up comedy playing to distract me from the strain on my lower back and make the task as quick as possible. Recently I wrote about a Marble Fatigue Mat to make your kitchen look nice and help with floor cleanup. What I didn’t mention was the intended benefits of the mat.
The other night I was doing my normal cooking and cleaning ritual with my comedy to distract. Before I had time to think about my back pain, I had finished cooking, done the dishes, unloaded the dishwasher, wiped the counters and cleaned the floor- all with no pain. I thought maybe I had built up a tolerance and my pain would no longer be an issue, then it hit me. DUH! I was walking on Anti-Fatigue mats, and guess what? No fatigue! Imagine that?
For a lot of people, the pain we feel while standing is annoying but usually tolerable so as soon as we sit, it’s gone and we never think about it again until we’re standing.
After I made the decision to get the Marble Fatigue, I don’t put off cleaning and cooking as much as I used to. Now my daily tasks aren’t a strain, and I get so much more done! It’s crazy to think something so small can make such a huge difference in my motivation.
January 12th, 2015 by Ben Gonzalez
It’s tradeshow season and that means new electronics, products, services, and meet and greets for just about any “industry” you can think of. As such, I’ve been inundated with all kinds of rapid fire updates on the latest smartphone announcement, startups, recording equipment, religions, science developments, etc etc. It’s been kind of hard to filter through all these things on my subscription newsfeed since I only have so much time and I can’t read EVERYTHING that comes my way. So in an effort to filter through the vast majority of these events, I have a tendency to focus on the two biggest ones that I even care about this year, NAMM and CES. These tradeshows are basically music and consumer electronics tradeshows respectively and for me, that’s pretty much everything I am interested in. The term “interested” being a gross understatement.
Among the many pictures that I see for these huge (and I really do mean, absolutely SPRAWLING events), one thing that continues to blow my mind is how many of these exhibitors are still using the same old carpet and padding provided by the event venue. Not that there is anything wrong with that but I would just imagine (taking my own bias into consideration here) that people would take a hint from the tradeshow booths and operators that are using some form of trade show anti fatigue mats. Even if it’s not ours! Picture yourself as an exhibitor. You’ve got this fancy booth, lights, desks, and a fancy display array for your latest gadget. Be it a new tablet, pocket size camera, or a magic remote for your new electronic toilet and you’re at this thing talking to various attendees. Be it online correspondent for various blogs, news outlets, or just your average joes (a rarity since tradeshows are usually reserved for industry insiders and not the general public) you will be standing by your booth for 8 – 12 hours DAILY. This is absolute torture on your feet and if you are fatigued considerably more by 6pm than you were at 6am, there’s a good chance that standing on a thinly padded carpet overlay is not helping.
Alternatively, just about every single customer that uses trade show flooring would never ever go back to not using it. Forget the various aesthetic options available from wood laminate finishes and grass green carpet tops, but the anti-fatigue benefits alone are tremendous and that is no overstatement.
December 15th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
The Holidays are coming which means it’s time to start planning all the joy, and I mean gifts, I plan on spreading this year. I definitely am not one of those people that save all year so I’m not always able to buy gifts in August like my grandparents. Plus, I think part of the holiday season is getting out and shopping among the holiday music and cheery decorations.
Shopping online is a different story. I’m sure I’ve blogged about this before but I’m going to beat a dead horse… Order your gifts now or at least start your research. Many companies like ours have lots of in-stock items and can usually get them to you in a couple of days. During the holidays, online stores are no different than your regular department stores, we get crowded too- you just can’t see our crowds. The reason why this is important to realize is while the Folding Gymnastics mat your daughter is dying to have may normally be in stock, but during the holidays could have to be produced which can take 3 weeks. Combine that with the fact that shipping carriers like UPS and FedEx are just as over whelmed and can be a few days behind schedule, and you can end up needing a month for an item that any other time of year you would have in a week.
I hope this wasn’t discouraging, I really am just trying to help. I talk to so many people around the Holidays and while most of them are happy, there are a few that I couldn’t get a product out to in time and it breaks my heart. I want everybody to have all their expectations met around the Holidays.