Posts Tagged ‘Door Mats’
Posted on: June 27th, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
I’ve been working long, hard hours turning a project recording studio into a commercial enterprise. After about 2 years of chipping away at a very large to-do list, it seems that things finally came into place. I work with a couple of clients regularly and more seem to be coming my way. While the space is small, it’s definitely providing musicians and producers with a cozy and comfortable atmosphere. However, being that the rental space is in one of MANY grey doors that look exactly the same from the outside, I have been continuously haunted with something that feels “missing”. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Christmas lights for a more “festive” atmosphere… nope, too hoaky. A fridge full of beer? Negative. Distracting and encourages drinking while working. Not necessarily a bad thing but when you’re dealing with old-time rockers in the program… have to pass on that. I de-arranged, re-arranged, and cleaned the hell out of the space again. Put up some paintings I like, new sound panels with more visually striking cloth covers and still nothing.
Finally it dawned on me… there is not “welcome” mat. I Realized that all the other studios at least have some kind of rubber mats at the entrance to their respective spaces. Something to wipe your feet on and not track as much dirt and debris inside. But all were pretty much black and boring. What I needed was something with a little bit more flair. Not necessarily saying “welcome” or “bless this house”.. I mean, c’mon. But I was in serious need of something more inviting. Something that spoke to me and said “Hey, someone gives a hoot about this joint.” Perusing for various options, I finally settled on nice ivy patterned coir door mats to greet anyone when they first get there. Not the biggest deal in the world but it’s the little details that really tie an idea together.
Posted on: April 16th, 2014 by Stag
My parents have had their home for the last 40 plus years. Now in that time there have been various incarnations and inevitable ebb and flow grass to dirt, and the ambiguous in between stage in their front yard. After getting them a new door mats, I recently suggested to them a relatively new item that would be exponentially more cost effect than installing new grass and something that they could not destroy by not watering; as that will happen. I finally convinced them to install our Rubber Mulch, as this will give the appearance of an organic area that they can plant inside of, but one that does not require the extensive up-keep that grass or your normal wood chips would. Needless to say they loved this idea.
To make things even easier, we could install the rubber garden mulch all ourselves as it is far easier than laying in grass. We actually got the entire front and back yard organized and filled in with the mulch in one afternoon. Leaving plenty of room to put in some plants and flowers, to fill in the rest of the area. All in all it worked out very well and now my parents have a yard that can be kept with far less work and money. It truly gave the old home stead a brand new look and life about it. So if you’re thinking about updating your yards I would highly recommend the mulched rubber. This product will work and look great for years to come!
Posted on: November 19th, 2013 by Stag
Here we are again ghouls and ghosts! Another Halloween is quickly upon us all. The freights and heights that we dare strive for this nearing holiday are yours alone. However what everyone will be seeing for sure; as we visited last year will be your front door mat. Now are you prepared for the impending adolescent zombie hoards this season? I sure hope so!
Those pesky little candy feeding and insatiable monsters shall be out in great numbers this year. Backed by their larger counterparts and entourages, and those welcome mats that you have now just may not stand the test of time this year. In preparation I certainly recommend upgrading your door mats. It’s what any good prepared person would do. No need for an underground bunker – that may prove difficult for the trick or treaters to find to say the least, but a new first line of defense – a welcomed mat will do nicely.
Perhaps if you current front door mat is on its last legs, then you should keep one waiting in the wings. A relief pitcher for the goblins and vamps out there this coming October 31st. One can never be too prepared with those unruly candy crazed wee-ones about now can they?
This year; this Halloween, play it safe. Double up and prep for new welcome mats. You won’t regret it.
Posted on: October 24th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Nobody likes dirt or dust, but it’s something we just can’t seem to avoid. I literally dust everyday (which takes me less than 5 minutes) so it doesn’t build up. It’d be nice if I could figure out a way to eliminate the problem all together, but that’s not possible. There are a few things you can do to minimize the problem.
1. Keep dirt outside in the first place!
Our shoes track in the most dirt. So take some hints from our Asian friends and leave those shoes at the door. Dust has a way of finding it’s way in but our shoes account for most of the problem.
I always try and do the “no shoes” thing, but I quickly forget. Another solution is having door mats on the inside and outside your door.
2. Make sure you pick the right Mat
While looks are always an important factor, you want to make sure your front door mats functions properly. The first thing you should look at is the size of the door. You have to 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
Vinyl or rubber flooring are the best because they clean up the easiest and are more durable. Mats for outside your door are usually made of rubber.
Of course you want the mat to match, but always get something that is a few shades darker to hide the dirt that is captured.
3. Doormats need minimal maintenance
You can just vacuum or shake out most of our welcome mats.
If they get really gross, hose them down and scrub them with mild diluted soap. Rinse. Make sure the mats are completely dry before you put them back on the floor. Moisture trapped underneath could damage your floors.
4. Smart tricks for pets
Any Pet with a yard probably brings in 10x’s more dirt than any of us would. A neat trick would be our Sticky Mats – Shoe Cleaning Mat. It’s like a giant lint brush and when your dogs run inside, it will instantly grab and trap debris. Each disposable sheet is easily removed for quick cleanup.
Posted on: June 12th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
People try too hard to make things perfect, often neglecting the little details that actually matter. I’ve been on a mission for a new apartment lately and have seen more model homes than I can keep track of! They all have the perfect furniture set up to make the space really pop; I don’t pay too much attention to the furniture because my own will look very different so it really doesn’t affect my decision.
While walking all over one particularly massive apartment complex I couldn’t help but notice that most every door had 2’x3’ Carpet Logo Mats with the property management company’s logo in the center. That to me spoke more about the complex than the pretty décor inside their models. Aside from the fact that most of the door mats were crooked, the logo mats logo’s were all very faded and dirty. That to me says they don’t have much pride in their company. Because I know how much one of these outside door mats cost , $84.99- and that’s not even the discounted volume cost!
I was very put off. The monthly payments are not exactly cheap and I would assume that money goes toward the upkeep of the facility. Seeing something that is so easily, and inexpensively, fixed not be rectified makes me feel they’re more about making money than the satisfaction of their residents. I know it sounds petty, but it’s little details like that that people like me notice. Don’t just take pride in the things you think your customers will notice. It’s the little things that count!
Posted on: April 12th, 2013 by Stag
Oh ya, oh ya! Spring is here! I got my new Spring kitchen mats with the flowers.Â Speaking of flowers, with flowers beginning to bloom and things coming back to life a smidge, comes the (for me) inevitable allergies. So armed with my navel sprays, cough drops and a horse-sized amount of antihistamines; I prepare for my days. Â Allergies are a cruel mistress, you see as George Carlin once said â€œâ€¦almost being sick is worse the actually being sick.â€ Â Allergies have all the tell-tale characteristics of your average flu; cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, headaches and confusion and just general malaise. Yet for all thatâ€¦youâ€™re not â€œreallyâ€ sick. It is some limbo between staying home and cuddling up to your body pillow as you watch season after season of your favorite mindless trash tv shows, and being at work and being productive.
Thanks, to the almighty Zeus for acetaminophen, Pseudo epinephrine, and menthol for giving me the strength and wind in my lungs to survive yet another Spring. Â If not for that, I would definitely be posted up in a corner somewhere, nested in my body pillow and wearing a sinus mask and eye mask; yes both at the same time! Â I become somewhat of a pre-Madonna when I donâ€™t feel well, as do most people I know. So when comfortable things are close or readily available I double up!
I certainly plan on bunkering down once I wipe my feet on my door mats and arrive home tonight. Sinking into the couch,Â and drown my sorrows in antihistamines till that sweet, sweet relief of sleep washes me over once more and I drift â€“ nay, plummet into that land of nod.
Posted on: March 21st, 2013 by Stag
Now that Spring is practically upon us, I find myself taking several trips down the â€˜ol memory lane. In my much younger years I would visit with my family in Minnesota, with my grandfather particularly. He being the archetype â€˜50â€™s manâ€™s man; we would build everything with his hands. He worked at the local beer manufacture called Hammâ€™s Beer Company. If you are from anywhere east of the Mississippi river you may have heard of it. He also had a small hunting cabin in South Dakota. Visiting this cabin was always my favorite. It was something that he and I would do together, just the boys in the woodsâ€¦with guns.
I vividly remember the location, the smells, the way the light hit the trees and the cabin. It was truly beautiful. We would spend hours walking in the woods and looking for any game in the area. Even though we never really found much in the times that we went, it was always a great time. It seemed to be more about just getting away and being out in the middle of nowhere. It was as if we simply used the excuse to go hunting as the reason to be there. The cabin however was always my favorite part. It was so clichÃ© and seemingly typical of a â€œhunting cabinâ€. It was a log cabinâ€¦literally; my grandfather had built it in the 1930â€™s with his father, and had been used in our family since, even still today. The fire place was stone, and the walls were laden with trophies of he and his fathersâ€™ conquests over the years.
Near each and every door, from inside to outside you would find wildlife rugs of some sort. There was a great variety of them, from entry mats donning Malards, or door mats with Wolves and Deer. It was as if they had collected them over the years to don the cabin with Bears and Turkeys and any other kind of imaginable wildlife scene mats. I always felt that it fit to the cabin and every time that I see an indoor mat with a nature scene it makes me think of that cabin and the Springs that I spent in the wild Dakotas.
Posted on: January 9th, 2013 by Stag
After the New Yearâ€™s festivities this last week, I would highly recommend to you as I have to my friends; to invest in new door mats! Needless to say, I most certainly drank far too much on New Yearâ€™s, as Iâ€™m sure many of us did. Due to my competitive nature, and my fellow New Yearâ€™s Eve-ers playing the oh-so fun game of Wizard (Definitely look that one up); I eventually found myself in a peculiar and somewhat uncomfortable situation later in the evening. Namely I found myself passed out on my friends welcome mats.
Now this front door mat was by far not the most comfortable or supportive of entry mats. Though seeing as though I was semi-conscious at the time this fact did not reveal itself to me till the early hours of the morning. Now I know what youâ€™re thinking, these are not made for that. Indeed, home doormats are made for the effective wiping of feet and overall upkeep and cleanliness of the home; agreed. However, I love things that are multi-purposed and if only my dear friends would have found some time to update their door mat to a more â€œaccommodatingâ€ mat perhaps I would have woken slightly more refreshed and rejuvenatedâ€¦still confused of course, but rested perhaps.
Needless to say the Wizard (yours truly) will be updating my own outdoor doormats at home in preparation for another such evening. Fore anything can be a resting place for a wary Wizard and every mat needs a home. So the time for updating those mats is at hands everyone. Trust me your neighborhood wizards will certainly thank you.
Posted on: October 31st, 2012 by Stag
As we are fast approaching the almighty holiday that is Halloween, Iâ€™m sure we have all given thought; if not preparation to our Halloween costumes.Â We have spent extended periods of time in our local stores perusing the candy isle, and if youâ€™re like me perhaps taking home some samples as well.Â But have you given any thought to your outdoor mats?Â Your front home doormat will be getting plenty of traffic this coming week.Â
Hordes of goblins, zombies, vamps, and ghouls.Â All on the hunt for candy and treats, tricking and treating up and down the block and all over your door mats.Â Whether you need a new mat now in preparation or another just in case, we have a massive selection to choose from.Â Â Entry Door Mats so durable that they could thwart off an army of the undeadâ€¦and look good doing it.Â 3D Impressions Home Door Mats that would distract those pesky zombies long enough for you to run and hide or if youâ€™reÂ brave, a Rubber Door Mat Weave.Â You can load up the weave with garlic to ward off those sneaky vampires, and then simply hose it off good as new once the sun rises.
No matter your foe, or your holiday needs; weâ€™ve got it.Â So to all those out there in the deep dark night this Halloween; have fun, be safe and Happy Holidays!
Posted on: October 24th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
Weâ€™re now entering our 8th month of summer here in So Cal. Â You Easterners probably think weâ€™re spoiled, complaining about the perfect weather, but too much of a good thingâ€¦ Plus, not having regular rain really makes us unprepared. Â Iâ€™m not even going to discuss the fact that people out here suddenly become crippled when it comes to driving in the rain. Â
I exaggerate, of course, but itâ€™s so perfect all the time that Iâ€™m not properly prepared when it does rain. Â I donâ€™t own an umbrella.Â I seriously lack proper footwear.Â Thank goodness I have proper entrance mats to clean off all the gook my shoes collect! Â I have hardwood floor, so cleaning up is no problem. Â But, I HAVE HARDWOOD FLOORS!! Â Water and ick canâ€™t possibly be good for it. Â The grains are starting to look a little darker next to my doors.
Â I had a customer call me the other day who was from Georgia. Â She said her door mats get so saturated with water, they are useless. Â She wanted something that would help keep moisture and dirt off her floors, but didnâ€™t have to be hung to dry every day. Â I suggested our Sponge Mat, which got me thinking about my own house. Â They look pretty nice and actually trap up to a gallon and a half of water per square yard! Â
The other thing I love about indoor entrance floor mats, well this one, is the grippers on the back. Â I already have a problem with my furniture slipping and sliding, and itâ€™s heavy!Â I think Iâ€™m going to get matching indoor entrance mats for my front and back door, which has a dog door on it and leads into my laundry room. Â My dogs coming in and out all day is really taking its toll on my tile. Â I would think since the â€œchannelsâ€ in the Sponge Mat can trap water, it stands to reason they can trap dirt and hair and dust (instead of my grout!). Â If I had it my way Iâ€™d have my whole house optimized in MatsMatsMats.com stuff.