Posts Tagged ‘drainage mat’
Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
I was taking a tour of my friends new restaurant last week and It’s amazing how the right mats can make you so much more efficient. The restaurant isn’t open yet, but we were there for a soft opening and I got to watch all the servers and chefs in action.
To give you a better visual, let me talk about my first job as a host. The restaurant I worked at was always busy and I definitely wore more than a host hat, so I was constantly running around. There were drainage mats in the bar area and by the dishwashers, but no other mats in the entire place. You wouldn’t believe how much having to watch where you step slows you down.
After a few months of working there I had trained myself to not even pick up my feet in the kitchen; I and the cooks literally slid around because you were less likely to slip. In the server’s station, where if there was down time the host would make salads, I would do a little dance to adjust my legs and move my back and alleviate pain. I was young so I didn’t realize something was wrong and I just adapted.
Fast forward to last week and the environment in my friend’s restaurant was like night and day compared to my first experience. The back of the house (or kitchen) had non-slip drainage mats in all the walkways and there were anti fatigue mats in the server station. The servers, who are practically running around the front of the house (or dining area) were able to move into the kitchen at the same pace with no worry about slipping.
The anti-fatigue mats around the areas where you’re stationary, like salad prep table or silverware rolling stations do more than help pain. I know, because I’ve been there, that people will put off side work or complete it lazily; therefore lacking in quality because it’s uncomfortable and irritating to stand on your feet especially if you’ve been running around for 4-8 hours.
You can bet money that one of the first things I’m going to equip my restaurant with someday is quality mats. Whether you need anti fatigue mats or a drainage mat ours are affordable and high quality, I won’t have to replace them for years and I’ve seen first-hand how they can improve employee productivity and speed.
Posted on: February 25th, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
It’s now the middle of February and much to my horror, we are experiencing 89 degrees here in Los Angeles. While this happens, most of our Northeastern counterparts suffer in what can only be described as near-nuclear winter. Yeah, yeah, “we’re so lucky to be in California” and “you wish you were here” and “bet you’re real glad to not have to deal with the cold”. Well, it’s not so pretty here, actually. We are suffering from a record drought and in case many of you didn’t know this, Los Angeles is an artificially irrigated city. Meaning, we laugh in the face of nature by leaching Owens Valley of it’s precious water for close to a century. All so that we can have traffic jams and Justin Bieber run amok. The upside to this, however, that the summer will be BRUTALLY hot for us in the San Fernando Valley. Which means, the girls of summer. Lots and lots of bathing suits, beach goers, and pool parties making use of our drainage mat to make sure drunk party-goers don’t lose their footing on wet cement and slip into the water before they can take their iPhones out of their pockets.
I know this all makes me sound like a Grinch, but I’m really not. I actually enjoy the summer. Well, not really. But it’s only because summer isn’t summer in Los Angeles. Summer, as I’ve mentioned, now occurs in February here in the good ol’ city of angels. The months between May and August are simply referred to as “fires’’” around here.
Posted on: July 15th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
There’s that saying that says you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. Well the same applies to your employees. You can do everything in your power to make sure you have the proper safety equipment, but unless you inform your people how to use them properly you may still be in for a lawsuit.
I’ve blogged a few times about the lack of anti-fatigue or a drainage mat at school and was a little surprised when I walked into class the other day and noticed there were non-slip drainage mats in the dishwashing area. Problem is, my classmates seem to not know how they work. I tried telling them to stand on the mat or make sure the mat is in it’s proper place; the response I received was “I’m not paying attention”. I guess that’s a valid excuse, but as an employer how do you ensure your staff is being safe?
There are a couple of options. You can make sure the non-slip anti-fatgue mats or drainage mats you purchase fill the entire space, that way people would have no choice but to stand on a safety surface. Additionally, and this is something I had a customer recently do for her bar, you can purchase matting with “safety borders”. Safety borders draw attention to the mat so there is less risk for trips, but in the case of my classmates and my customer’s bartenders, they will draw attention to the mat for the purpose of actually using it.
Our Tru-Tread Anti Fatigue Mat is my favorite option when it comes to anti fatigue mats because not only does it have drainage holes, it offer protection against fatigue and can be bought in sections (with connectors) to create odd shaped areas. This is perfect for ensuring total area coverage and the most safety for your staff.
Posted on: May 15th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I know I’ve talked to you about anti fatigue mats several times before. Hopefully you remember all about the benefits such as relief of back pain and pressure on the joints. I’ve talked to you about how safety fatigue mats help prevent work related injuries which can save an employer thousands of dollars. I’ve also pointed out all the benefits you may not realize you’re getting, like less fatigue in your normal life.
Have I taken my own advice? Nope. I’ve been in school for 5 weeks now, and still no sign of a drainage mat or even in areas where drainage is not needed rubber non slip mats. It’s definitely time to get my own little inexpensive 2×3 anti fatigue floor mat so I can stand on it. I have more aches and pains in my hips and back than I’m used to. It’s unbearable! You know the saying that says “Those who can’t teach”? Well that’s me; with all the information (and access to products) I have, you’d think I’d have optimized my life. I live in a delusional world where bad things don’t happen to me. I like to believe that while muscle stiffness and body aches are something everybody feels, I’m immune. Or if something does happen I pretend it won’t last long; probably hurting myself more. I don’t know why I feel this way, because obviously my lack of a proper anti fatigue flooring is really taking a toll. Don’t be like me- if you’re on your feet a lot, I really suggest getting proper flooring. It’s one of those things that I personally look at as added, unnecessary, comfort which isn’t worth $13.99. It’s definitely not a luxury. As a necessity, $13.99 is really nothing compared to somewhere between $10,000 and $125,000 for hip replacement surgery.
Posted on: April 23rd, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I just finished my first week back as a student and even with all the distractions of homework and studying I canâ€™t get mats out of my head.
Iâ€™m learning to be a chef, with the hopes to run my own establishment someday, and safety in the kitchen is the number one thing weâ€™re taught. There are so many little things I have to remember like placing knives a certain way, or wearing the proper non-slip shoes and making sure food is stored at proper temperature etcâ€¦Â The first thing I noticed, while being lectured on the importance of non-slip shoes, is the kitchen had no drainage mat. NONE! Maybe since weâ€™re not actually cooking just yet, they feel theyâ€™re not necessary. Iâ€™ve been all over the school learning where different supplies are, and Iâ€™ve seen everything you can possibly imagine for a kitchen- except a drainage mat.
Itâ€™s really odd that we spent almost a week learning about being safe and they donâ€™t seem to have the very basic (and essential) products you would find in every professionalÂ kitchen Iâ€™ve ever been in before, like safety mats!Â For less than a tuition payment I can outfit the whole kitchen with enough drainage mats to protect every studentâ€™s station.
I understand why shoes are important, but when youâ€™re standing in the same place for hours, I think good anti fatigue mats, safety mats and drainage mats would be a better option. Iâ€™m going to wait a few more weeks before I start telling my Chef his kitchen is ill-equipped!
Posted on: April 13th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Guess what people!? Iâ€™m going back to school! Donâ€™t worry though, Iâ€™ll still be here to help you guys!
Iâ€™ve been out of school for about ten years, and am really nervous to go back. Not only am I like Grandpa student, itâ€™s kind of expensive.Â Iâ€™ve done the usual thing and received some grants, a scholarship and a few loans but I really need to get my spending under control if I want to be able to actually finish school!
My major will be culinary management so Iâ€™ll spend my days here with you guys and my nights standing on anti fatigue mats, cooking and learning what it takes to run my own restaurant. Iâ€™ve only gone to orientation, but already I feel like I got a little ahead of myself when I thought I knew what it takes to actually run a successful business. Iâ€™ve only ever really been an employee and Iâ€™m beginning to realize that we [employees] tend to think we know the how and why of everythingâ€¦ and thereâ€™s so much more.
We took a tour of our classrooms and the kitchens, and aside from the drainage mat I saw along with the non slip mat and anti fatigue mats I couldnâ€™t name a darn thing. Thatâ€™s when I got my idea of how I could help my school costs. Since I have access to a few of the material needed in a kitchen, maybe I can work out something with the school.Â I need to find out how much they pay for the industrial kitchen mat they have, then beat that price and ask them to put half of the money they saved toward my tuition! Yet again Iâ€™m a genius. Make some sales for the company and help my future. Ha Haâ€¦ in a perfect world that would be awesome.
Posted on: April 5th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
You knowâ€¦Â Living in California, we rarely and randomly get rain. On more than a few occasions itâ€™s started raining after a night out dancing and Iâ€™ve made a joke that it was my fault. Since Iâ€™m Native American I would say I must have accidentally done a rain dance.
I used to think I was joking, but now I feel there might be some truth behind it. It has to be a combination of dropping to the ground and moving your arms in a specific motion. I came to this conclusion last night after I spent 2 hours cleaning my floors. I shampooed the carpets, waxed the wood floors and cleaned the grout in my kitchen. I saved the task of cleaning the laundry room floors (where the dogs enter from outside and spend most their time) because theyâ€™re the worst and takes the longest.
Literally, less than an hour after I finished it started raining. Within that hour my laundry room floors looked disgusting. My dogs have this habit of lying in the dirt planter where the dryer exhaust is to keep warm. The problem is that itâ€™s in a planter and usually muddy.Â Iâ€™m not going to restrict my dogs from coming inside and I canâ€™t seem to keep them from lying in the dirt, I need a solution.
I was thinking of getting some type of outdoor mats and I knew it had to have holes so I first thought of a drainage mat, but then I thought it wouldn’t be that comfortable for my dogs.Â So, I thought about anti fatigue mats, but they would absorb too much water.Â Then, I got it!Â Our recycled rubber flooring Tuff-n-Easy tiles. The size of the rubber interlocking tiles will almost be a perfect fit and they come in a variety of colored fleck so it wonâ€™t look so blah. The only thing I would have to do is drill some holes for drainage.Â Â My dogs could lay where they want, and I wouldnâ€™t have to worry about them tracking in mud. Plus! The black surface will absorb heat and give them added comfort! If anybody has done this or maybe has a better idea, give me a call!
Posted on: December 14th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
The hardest thing I deal with, working in sales, is selling people stuff! I loathe nothing more than somebody trying to talk me into something. When you do that, it makes me feel like youâ€™re just trying to make a buck. Every once in a while I see an opportunity where I really want to help someone, but the only way to do that is to sell them one of our products and I donâ€™t know how to bring it up. This is my current dilemma :
Â My best friend is a Pastry Chef and sheâ€™s complaining about her feet and back and also almost tripping at work. I immediately am thinking, oh she needs anti fatigue kitchen mats.Â Turns out they have carpet runners all over the kitchen, which is horrible! Not even basic anti fatigue mats?Â I grew up in the restaurant industry and I know how wet slippery and gross the kitchen floors can get, so I understand why they have runners everywhere (Technically all employees should have â€˜non-slipâ€™ shoes, but realistically they donâ€™t).Â If youâ€™re a chef and youâ€™re on your feet, in the same spot, for 8-12 hours a day, you need more support than just a Â¼â€ piece of carpet.Â Plus carpet just soaks up gook and Iâ€™m sure smell like grease.Â Â Â
Â I really want to hook up my friendâ€™s restaurant with a good drainage mat, which will not only reduce slipping hazards but will also help the joints of all people involved but I donâ€™t know how to bring it up! Especially since sheâ€™s not the deciding party. Matsmatsmats offers a largeÂ selection of quality anti-fatigue mats.Â Â I have no doubt that we haveÂ the right non-slip floorÂ matsÂ that best suits herÂ needs and her bosses budget. What I should really do is gift her one and hopefully her bosses will see it, like it, ask her where she got it, and call me themselves. Yay product placement!
Posted on: November 15th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
Â Burgers. Yum! No one makes them better than In-N-Out. I feel sorry for all you non-California residents that have to deal with sub-par and derelict nutritional substance.Â If you have a life crisis, these burgers will make you whole again.
Â I actually donâ€™t even get meat on mine, theyâ€™re that good! I know it sounds terrible and hypocritical but, alas, I enjoy my animal-style grilled cheese knowing that somehow, somewhere, my decisions lets another bovine Betty get one more miserable day writhing in her filth… perhaps even on one of our livestock mats? Zing!
Â Seriously though, on a MUCH cheerier note, I couldnâ€™t help but notice that the kitchen workers were all standing on floor mats that look quite a bit like our Performa Non Slip Anti Fatigue Mats. Now Iâ€™m not saying that they are our Performa mats, but if it looks like it and it smells like it, then itâ€™s probably, er, it.
Â Moreover, I wouldnâ€™t dare suggest that In-N-Out burger give us official MatsMatsMats.com employee lunch vouchers in exchange for exceedingly good reviews on their menu items and a break on these awesome non slip mat and drainage mat used in the kitchen as safety-mats, but Iâ€™m just saying; In-N-Out is playing it safe and safety for employees is paramount when youâ€™ve got hormonal teenagers running the show and not sabotaging my meals with saliva expressionism. Not just the advertised ones, either. (Flying dutchman anyone?)
Â In any case, my lunch was a little more interesting (and creepier) knowing that our sphere of influence to just about every nook and cranny of my daily life. I can go into details and start naming potential sponsors (Trader Joes, Iâ€™m looking at you!), but Iâ€™ll refrain since I donâ€™t want to run out of stuff to talk to yaâ€™ll about.