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?
December 11th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
The Holidays are approaching once again, which means it’s time to start thinking about all those Holiday gifts like a children’s play mats for your niece. This is a busy time of year for business’ in general, but for internet companies like ours, it’s even more chaotic. I know online shopping is quick and convenient, but there are still things that can go wrong. As somebody that’s been in sales for a few years and been through my share of Holiday seasons here’s some tips to ensure you get your kids play rugs as quick and correct as possible. I can’t say for sure all companies are the same, but I’m sure it’s pretty similar:
#1- Place your order for your daughters tumbling mats as far in advance as you can. With high volumes of people ordering, stock can go quickly and many products have to be produced; especially custom items. There’s also the added stress on Delivery Services during this time of the year… especially as Holidays get closer. The mass amount of packages being shipped definitely causes delays.
#2 Call and ask questions. One of the biggest problems with online ordering is sometimes a picture doesn’t due the item justice.. or it looks better than it is. Give your sales people a call and pick their brain. You’re paying your hard earned money on something, it should be exactly what you want. I know all of our sales representative would never sell something to you that doesn’t work for you and we’re very educated in our products so we can probably give you a good suggestion.
#3- Make sure to check your Order Confirmation/ Receipt. You may think the person helping you listens correctly but sometimes there is miscommunication and your address could easily be a letter or number off which can delay your package. Also take a look at Quantity and color to make sure it’s correct.
#4- Bug Customer Service – Maybe not everyday, but depending on how long your lead time is, check in once or twice. And I know I said to “bug” them.. but in reality it’s their job. Don’t feel bad, but be patient. Keep in mind there’s probably 2 people for every 200 callers.
That’s literally 4 little things you can do to make sure your gifts get to where they’re supposed to be, in time to brighten somebody’s day.
December 5th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
It’s amazing how time flies. I still remember when my sister announced that she was pregnant with her second bundle of stress, er, joy. It’s almost like it was yesterday. I was better looking, considerably more care-free, and I actually believed I would be the first President of the World Federation. Not to mention the best-selling artist of all time. How else would I win the minds and hearts of the people of earth and convinced the modern nation-states to disband, demilitarize, and unify under one common banner of rock? Well, needless to say, things didn’t quite turn out that way, but at least I get my own blog.
While both my nieces are turning out to be beautiful and talented young ladies, it’s the younger one of these, now 11, that’s becoming quite the accomplished gymnast. Those genes are definitely something that have stayed on the women’s side of our family since I am neither flexible nor athletic. The last “athletic”thing I engaged in was loading gear from my project studio to a large recording studio. Before that it was running, and before that, it was roller-blading, which I absolutely loved. However, there is something certain people seem to find creepy about a 6’4”bearded man rollerblading around the neighborhood in short-shorts and shaking that booty to his favorite 90’s workout jams. Lots of Madonna, Janet Jackson, and other top 40 favorites. *Ya’ll remember “Rhythm is a Dancer”or “Good Vibrations”? Marky Mark before he was Mark Wahlberg? If you have, you might be old. But anyway…
I was recently sent a video of her doing her thing with ribbons. She runs and leaps and somersaults on the carpeted crosslink floor and just completely looks at home. It’s really quite remarkable how young some of these gymnasts are too. One her team-mates could not be older than 7, and she is just FLYING on the balance beam. Legs twirling like a helicopter, with the most serious look on her face. Through a series of routines on balance beams, gymnastics mats, and other gym equipment, these girls seems well on their way to their accolades be it regional or with enough dedication, even the Olympics.