As I’ve said before, I never knew there was such a demand for the products we here at MatsMatsMats.com provide and I am always curious when people use our products for anything other than what it’s intended for. That said, I got a phone call the other day from a man who wanted to purchase a roll of our non carpeted crosslink rolls so he could make what he called a Water Pad. We tell customers all the time that our foam is closed cell, therefore it doesn’t absorb liquid (typically referring to sweat or drinks) – I never thought that it would float. He seemed to want me to assure him that our crosslink foam rolls would work like he wanted and I just couldn’t. We already tell customers that we don’t warrant our products to be suitable for any particular purpose and will not be liable for any injuries that may result during the use of these products. However, I wouldn’t feel right assuring somebody that a product will work when it won’t, or if I know it will have other problems down the line. I decided to do an experiment:
I took one of our crosslink foam samples and let it float in a bowl of water 8 hours, then let it dry naturally for 15 hours. I then submerged it in water completely for 24 hours, letting it dry naturally over the weekend. I was trying to determine whether the foam would retain its buoyancy, absorb water or start to smell. It did nothing. It still looks like it looked before coming in contact with the water and hasn’t expanded or started producing any kind of mildew smell.
I then started testing how much weight the foam could withstand before sinking, and I found that a little 4.5”x4.5” piece of foam, that weighs .5oz, was able to keep a piece of 4.5”x4.5” rubber, that weighs 1.2lbs, a float.
I’m no scientist, but I’m pretty sure that I could now tell that man with confidence that the foam would work as water pad. I think these rolls would be perfect when I go boating. Whether you’re out on a lake or out at sea you can throw one of rolls over board and have a floating dock to tan on or to help you get on and off your jet skis. One full sized roll (rolled up) is only 6’ tall and 3.5’ wide and can be easily thrown in the back of your truck or boat OR cut up into smaller more manageable pads. These are just a few of my ideas, it is your responsibility to determine the appropriate use. One of my co-workers customers decided to use this product as part of his trade show booth design – not as the trade show flooring, but as part of the design. So, be creative… and let me know if you come up with another unique use of this or any other of our many versatile products.