Come Back Strong with a Redefined Sports Program

The 2019-2020 school year didn’t end how anyone expected going into it, but it is finally in the books. In the wake of conquering such an uncertain end there is a surplus of opportunity for every school to return at the top of their game, namely with their athletic programs. Extracurricular activities like sports were hit hard by the pandemic, so what better way to make it up to the student-athletes that missed out on their season by updating equipment for the upcoming school year when the students will hopefully make their return. 

Out with the Old 

When it comes to reviving your sports program after a global pandemic, maximizing safety is a sure way to regain the peace of mind of students and parents. For day to day use of your school’s athletic equipment, protective padding and strong flooring go a long way when freshening up your school while also making your facilities safer for all students.  

In the case of sports like cheerleading, wrestling, and gymnastics, your old existing mats with years of abuse and human contact might not cut it in a time where you want to inspire as much confidence as possible when protecting from dangers both seen and unseen. Replacing your battle-hardened impact absorption mats will help you make the most out of the return of athletic programs while also demonstrating your commitment to cleanliness in a changed world. 

In with the New 

Your school should start next year on the right foot, so We Sell Mats is here to help your returning sports programs be the best they can be. Our USA made cheerleading and wrestling mats are sure to impress returning athletes, and as always, our gymnastics equipment is trusted by gymnasts across the country. Cleanliness is likely to be a major concern for students, faculty, and parents; to meet those concerns, our line of mat cleaner efficiently neutralizes all sorts of germs, viruses, and bacteria. 

Check out more ways to spruce up your school. 

Fitting a Special-Ed Classroom that Meets Their Needs

Special education is about much more than just teaching, it involves a degree of care, patience, and communication that is wider than the scope of most teachers. Likewise, this increased range of fulfillment extends to the room in which special needs students are taught. A good special education classroom is well-equipped to tackle duties like motor skill development, physical therapy, and sensory disorders in tandem with a daily lesson plan. 

While schools are in limbo in the wake of a global pandemic, it may be the opportune time for schools to consider additions to their special education facilities in order to come back strong. 

Make the Room Meaningful 

Because special education classrooms need to cover so much extra ground and are often on a limited budget, versatility is crucial when making necessary additions. Granted it’s of manageable dimensions, gymnastics equipment can serve a multitude of uses in a special ed classroom. Gymnastics shapes and tumbling mats offer surfaces for physical therapy as well as an alternative seating option for students with different mobility limitations and sensory aversions. 

Get Started with Your Classroom Refresh 

If now sounds like a great time to make a difference in your special ed classroom and in the lives of your students, then We Sell Mats is prepared to help with a wide range of gymnastics shapes, tumbling mats, and foam flooring tiles. Along with tumbling mats, foam flooring is a great choice for when learning shifts away from tables and on to the wide-open floor for a change. Additionally, if any of your students are a part of a higher risk group for COVID-19 or other germs, our Husky Vinyl Mat Cleaner can add an extra layer of safety when the students finally return. 

We Sell Mats works hard to ensure that our products improve the safety of life’s everyday adventures and we appreciate the noble work that special education teachers do. Check out more ways to inspire your classroom. 

A Workshop that Can Handle Anything You Throw at It

In every serious workshop, safety is the number one priority. With heavy machinery, power tools, and large-scale projects surrounding the hard-working craftspeople that inhabit them, the stakes are as high as it gets within the walls of nearly every type of workshop. Considering such high stakes, it is the responsibility of those that outfit workshops to be mindful of workplace safety and get creative with ways to minimize accidents and injury. 

Grip Where You Need It Most 

Perhaps the most crucial element of your workshop facility to fortify is the floor. Between oil from vehicles and dust from carpentry shop floors can develop dangerous slippery areas, dramatically increasing the possibility of an accident. Plenty of non-slip surfaces exist such as soft-compound rubber or carpet, but when it comes to the tough environment that even your average workshop presents, a more rugged material like PVC is easy to clean and sure to stand the test of time. 

PVC and other durable yet grippy surfaces on the floor can improve upon your shop’s existing safety standards in countless ways in professional and home workshops alike. Place them under vehicle inspection bays for a durable, easy-to-clean worksurface with loads of grip. For woodworkers, a grippier floor in the working zone of tools like table saws and jointers allow for added peace of mind when running such large dangerous equipment for years to come. 

Get Your Shop Ready for the Job 

No matter the size or nature of your workshop, We Sell Mats is prepared to accommodate with durable coin-top PVC floor tiles and custom-order rubber flooring in a wide range of styles for use under vehicles and heavy machinery. For applications around power tools that require maximum grip, our rubber-topped foam mats provide a softer base with a strong layer of rubber. 

We Sell Mats acknowledges the skilled tradespeople that have been working throughout every stage of the pandemic as an essential service and we are happy to help in bringing your shop up to task with safe flooring options. Check out more heavy duty options for the workplace. 

A Safe Summer Camp, is a Fun Summer Camp

Unfortunately, this isn’t a great year for summer camps as most of them have already been suspended in the interest of safety. On the bright side now may be a good time for camp organizers to prepare for when the campers finally return.  

Perhaps the top priority is maximizing camper safety, an ever-growing concern for parents. Often at times, camp organizers are forced to work with an aging facility built before modern safety standards, thankfully, there are easy ways to bring your camp into the 21st century without sacrificing fun. 

Ideas for Promoting Safety in an Aging Facility 

In a 2018 report on illness and injury sustained at summer camp conducted by Cureus, the most common location for sustaining injury was wherever sports activities took place. Crack down on sports injuries at camp by investing in portable padding, ideal for obstacle courses and rock climbing. 

In the same study, they discovered that the second most common location for sustaining injuries was in and around cabins. Placing a protective layer on the floor surrounding bunks is an easy way to prevent injuries in the case of a camper falling from the top.  

Stock Up for Next Summer 

While perhaps the best way to keep your campers safe is to keep a close eye on them and encourage safe behavior, stocking up on impact-absorbing surfaces allows you to maximize peace of mind for parents and guardians. 

We Sell Mats offers several products that would be right at home in your summer camp, including folding exercise mats that are easily deployable under obstacle courses and even make a great surface for sleeping bags in a pinch. 

For camper lodging, our wide range of interlocking foam tiles make furnishing cabins simple while prioritizing safety. We hold our products to the highest standards for safety and we are confident they will help your camp have a fun and injury-free summer. 

Outdoor Comfort at Half the Cost

As even the most novice camping enthusiast knows, sleeping conditions out in the wilderness aren’t quite as luxurious as they are at home, but it’s part of the experience, right? However, as campers grow in experience, they discover how harsh the ground is on their joints, impacting the enjoyment of camping. 

In an effort to combat long-term injury, more and more adventurers are electing to prep the ground beneath their sleeping bag with a camping pad in their tent, allowing campers to enjoy the great outdoors for years to come.  

While camping pads may seem like a dauntingly broad category, considering all options is how seasoned campers maximize their outdoor comfort. 

Smart Shopping for Scenic Sleeping 

When purchasing a camping pad, it’s easy to mistakenly pay extra for a “specialized” pad from an outdoor brand or retailer. In reality, pads that are sold as specialized for the outdoors are the same big pieces of foam, with the same level of padding as more affordable alternatives like fitness mats. 

Mats designed for activities like gymnastics and home-exercise are great for camping because they feature foam made to absorb pressure from joints and a moisture-wicking vinyl cover that is extremely durable. 

Stock Up for Your Next Expedition 

If you’re looking to revolutionize your outdoor sleeping experience, then We Sell Mats is here to help you find that perfect fit for your next adventure. Our selection of folding exercise mats features options for half the price of “specialized” pads from outdoor retailers. The folding design of our exercise mats make it easy to stow them in your exploration vehicle of choice or on an external-frame backpack when they aren’t in your tent. 

In this age of social distancing, it is a great time to go camping and We Sell Mats encourages campers of all experience levels sleep healthy and comfortably out in the wilderness. Check out more ways to soften the impact of camping. 

Better Knee Support Makes the Jobsite Work for You

For millions of American tradespeople, spending hours kneeling in low or tight spaces is a part of the job. Unfortunately, this often comes at the expense of their knees, which accounts for nearly a fifth of lost-time injuries according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics. To prevent long-term knee damage and lower income caused by lost worktime, all tradespeople should consider investing in proper knee protection. 

Choosing the Right Knee Protection 

When it comes to safeguarding your knees on the jobsite, most tradespeople flock to knee pads and rolling protection. While kneepads are great for protecting against continuous impact whether you’re sitting, kneeling, or standing, they tend to restrict range of motion. Additionally, prices for kneepads can stretch upwards of $60, meanwhile rolling protection ranges from $55 to $260, making them both expensive options.  

An option that most people forget to consider when shopping for jobsite knee protection is a portable mat to be deployed anywhere that requires you to work on your knees. A forgiving surface like foam offers impact absorption and comfort without compromising a range of motion. A large foam mat also grants you the opportunity to move across several square feet of floorspace without the need for wheels. 

Mats That Are Up to the Task 

If you plan on using foam mats to protect your knees on the jobsite, the only place you need to shop is We Sell Mats. Not only does our EVA foam rival the padding of kneepads but even our thickest foam tiles will only cost $15 for 8 sq. ft of lightweight workspace. For heavy-duty applications, Vélotas Rubber-Topped tiles offer similar protection while also standing up to added wear and tear from rugged boots and tools.  

We Sell Mats thanks all of the essential tradespeople and workers getting the world through this tough time and we encourage all tradespeople to take jobsite safety seriously by considering the long-term health of their joints. Check out more padding options designed for the workplace and beyond. 

Keeping Kids Off of the Couch During Quarantine

With schools closed and sports programs suspended indefinitely, all the activities that kept kids moving seemingly disappeared overnight, resulting in kids spending more and more time on the couch watching TV and playing video games. Now that school and other programs are out of the picture, it’s up to parents to keep their kids active and occupied. By keeping kids off the couch in this time when it is easy to do so, parents can keep them on track for when things go back to normal and instill good habits that potentially last a lifetime. 

Staying on Track with the Help of a Routine 

What makes the self-isolation lifestyle jarring for a kid is that where there was once structure, it is now a free-for-all. Before quarantine, they’re days started with urgency bright and early, and with set times. Once they arrived at school, the trend continued as classes, physical activities, and leaving were on a consistent schedule.  

Now that they’re home, you have a wide-open opportunity to continue this trend and occupy your kids with meaningful regular activity. By enforcing a set wake up time every weekday, ensuring they’re on top of their at-home schoolwork, and encouraging daily physical activity. With the help of a routine, your kids have a much better chance at avoiding a day on the couch and making the most out of their time safe at home. 

Physical Activity Done Right 

In order to make the most of your kids’ new dedicated exercise time, we recommend that you equip a space that’s up to the task. With the help of interlocking foam mats, you can prepare any indoor area for exercise and at-home physical education. With the addition of gymnastics shapes like octagons and inclines, you can make the area in question a fun place to play any time of day, without the need for electronics. 

We Sell Mats wishes the best of luck to the parents and guardians across the country that are newly tasked with becoming teachers and coaches. Get inspired with more ways to promote an active quarantine life for the kids in your life. 

Getaway to Your Own Private She-Shed

During this time of quarantine, it can be hard to get some time for yourself if you live with children or loved ones. However, in recent years many women have taken to designing a place they can escape to in the form of she-sheds. While the term was coined in 1992, she-sheds didn’t gain popularity until 2016, since then they have grown extremely popular on social media and have become the go-to DIY project for women seeking their own personal retreat. While we are all stuck at home, why not outfit your old shed into the she-shed of your dreams for a deserved break from the quarantine stress in celebration of National Women’s Health Week (May 10-16). 

Tips for Transforming an Old Shed  

Before you go ripping out studs and shelves, make sure your shed is structurally sound and then ask yourself what the purpose of your she-shed is. Is it a private reading nook? Your new yoga studio? Perhaps it’s a workshop for even more DIYs! Regardless, visualizing the use of your she-shed will make for straightforward decision making and a faster turnaround. 

Once you have a clear plan in mind, covering up the evidence that it was ever a place for old tools with a fresh coat of paint and new flooring to cover up hard plywood or concrete will make the space more inviting for continuous use. Now that your she-shed is coming together all there is to do is finish it off with lighting, decorations, entertainment, and comfy furniture according to your unique design plan. 

Shopping for She-Shed Essentials 

If you’re looking to save on outfitting the floor of your she-shed, then check out We Sell Mats for our interlocking foam tiles that come in a style that is sure to match your she-shed. For vibrant and sporty sheds, our multipurpose tiles are great for working out for their superior grip. Our carpet-top and wood printed tiles can give your she-shed a homey feel without the need for cumbersome rolls of carpet or wood flooring. 

We Sell Mats understands the importance of de-stressing during this difficult time and your very own she-shed may be the perfect place to do so this National Women’s Health Week. Check out more ways to furnish your home/she-shed. 

Thanking Those on the Frontline for National Nurses Week

For healthcare professionals, the COVID-19 pandemic has been especially difficult. In some hospitals, there just aren’t enough doctors and nurses to go around, and the rest are being spread increasingly thin. In these tough times, nurses across the country are heroically stepping up to battle the near one million coronavirus cases in the U.S. with dwindling supplies, putting themselves at risk in the process. This makes this year’s National Nurses Week (May 6-12) perhaps the most important in history as now more than ever, nurses the world over deserve appreciation and support. 

Being a Nurse During a Pandemic 

As you can imagine, a day on the front lines of a pandemic isn’t your typical shift as a nurse. In the areas that are being hit the hardest, it isn’t uncommon for nurses to be working twelve-hour shifts right now, protected by yesterday’s equipment, and fulfilling a doubled workload. While the situation may look bleak, in an interview with one Chicago nurse described being the last line of defense as “a humbling and fulfilling feeling words cannot even begin to describe.” 

How to Support Nurses 

Right now, the best thing you can do is stay home to lighten the load on nurses and our healthcare system. After that, donating protective items like nitrile gloves, face shields, and masks to keep hospitals stocked up with enough supplies for nurses to feel safe when working with patients. 

If you’re interested in seeing how our mats may be able to help nurses and other healthcare workers, then check out this other post. We Sell Mats sends our deepest gratitude to the nurses on the frontlines fighting this pandemic and we encourage everyone to reach out to the nurses in your life and thank them for everything they do. 

Staying Active While Staying Safe at Home

With the rapidly evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve witnessed several of our favorite local and national businesses temporarily close their doors in the interest of public safety. From restaurants, to sporting events, to schools, its easy to say that everyone has been affected by the pandemic in some way.  

Of the businesses that were forced to close, gyms and fitness clubs were some of the first to go. While making up for lost reps may not be the first thing on your mind in these uncertain times, finding ways to stay active during your self-isolation is the perfect way to keep from going stir-crazy. 

Living Room is the New Gym 

Just because you can’t go to the gym, doesn’t mean you can’t break a quality sweat. Luckily there are thousands of videos on the internet that can be viewed for free on a computer or smart TV to guide you through stationary workouts for any muscle group. Combined with yoga, your living room becomes the complete package for physical wellness. 

A common misconception of the new stay-at-home ordered lifestyle is that it isn’t safe to go outside, which fortunately isn’t the case. Going out for walk or run around the block adds the necessary cardio to your home-workout regiment, and the fresh air is a highly recommended way to stay sane during this challenging time. 

Gear-Up Against the Odds 

If a closed gym and self-isolation has shaken up your workout routine, then now is your chance to outfit your living room or other adapted home workout space with the best equipment. A top-quality folding exercise mat from We Sell Mats keeps you off of the unforgiving floor and is the perfect addition to your quarantine routine. Ours are made robust enough for any type of workout and conveniently fold up to stow away for when your living room goes back to being a living room. 

We Sell Mats is working around the clock packing and shipping orders to ensure everyone has access to a more comfortable home workout and we thank you for doing your part by staying home.