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Why Floor Mats Can Save Your Life

Posted on October 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

As the working man’s vehicle has changed over the years, many make it a way of life to personalize their ride. Beyond the additions of mud flaps and toolboxes, the interior to our vehicles is where we spend countless hours driving and it is our home away from home.

To combat the harsh weather conditions in the Southern Northwest United States, Jim Dantun is now a firm believer that quality floor mats are a necessity. “On rainy days, which happen too often up here, I’m in and out of my truck all day doing deliveries. I have had a set of Husky Liners in my Silverado since I bought it and I didn’t know they would help me out in bigger ways than just keeping my floors clean. My partner has always joked around saying I spend too much time and money on my truck, but on one of our runs, he was stepping out of his truck and slipped out, breaking his pelvic bone and collar bone. If he had some mats to help him with his wet step out, his problem would have been solved. He told me that his boots were wetting from dropping off packages and he rushed out of his ride and slipped from the cab to the ground. Maybe Husky should know that their mats can really do more than they would think.”

I researched floor mats and the benefits that I found for them are that they:

o Protect against unpleasant stains that harm the appearance and value of your vehicle

o Stop spilt sodas, fumbled coffees and mishandled snacks from staining your carpet

o Provide year round protection against even the most severe weather conditions

o Trap mud, water, road salt and sand before it gets ground into your flooring

o Prevent wear, snags and rips caused by foot friction

Here’s a quick list of some of the most common flooring foes:

o Mud, moisture and grime that are tracked-in on shoes, and then ground deep into your carpet

o Sticky sodas, boiling coffee and on-the-go meals drenched in condiments that spill, stain and become permanent additions to your floorboards

o Foot friction caused by entering, exiting and shifting about in your seat

o Gum on your shoes that transfers to your flooring and dries into impossible slabs of minty concrete

o Crud, muck and filth that catch a ride on our shoes and end up smearing all over our nice, new and expensive vehicle interior

All-Weather vs. Carpet Floor Mats

Constructed from heavy-duty rubber, pliable vinyl or thermoplastic, all-weather floor mats put-up an extreme defense against mud, snow and other shoe-born grime that inevitably finds its way onto your floorboards.

Whether you work out of your vehicle or just play in it, the all-weather floor mats give you a virtually indestructible barrier between your carpet and the world. Not only that, they are also incredibly easy to clean – just give them a quick bath with a hose, and they’re as good as new.

Stitched together from durable nylon and Berber yarns, carpet floor mats are soft to the touch, but put up a hard line of defense against your floorboard’s enemies. Not only do these floor mats replace the ones that came with your vehicle, they’re thicker and heavier to provide added protection and a longer life-span. On top of color selection, you can further personalize your floor mats by embroidering either logos or your own personal catch-phrase.

Who Makes Them

Two well-know floor mats, Husky Liners and Weathertech Floor Mats, are semi-custom-designed. What this means is that these particular floor mats fit well in your vehicle as well as in various other makes and models.

Just as GM and Ford reuse the same floor plan in multiple cars, trucks and SUVs, so Husky and Weathertech follow suit. These floor mats are anything but the dreaded one-size-fits-all floor mats that many retail shop are trying to pawn off on its unsuspecting customers. They are still guaranteed to fit exactly, and the manufacturers have over 50 patterns to match your floor with great accuracy. I plan on following in Jim’s footsteps (pun intended) as apposed to his work partner’s and looking forward to getting a set of new floor mats…. 🙂

Truck Floor Mats or Auto Floor Mats – Make a Great Holiday ‘Adult’ Gift

Posted on October 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

Finding a meaningful gift is sometimes impossible during the holiday shopping season. Are you running out of gift ideas that the recipient will appreciate and won’t have to worry about returning the gift? The answer is Truck Floor Mats or Auto Floor Mats make the perfect gift for anyone on your list with a luxury car, sports car, sedan, van, SUV, pickup truck, virtually for any type of vehicles.

Today’s interior auto floor mats or floor liners are superior aftermarket products that provide extra protection for your vehicle’s floor against spills, crud, mud, slush, grime and daily foot friction. Floor mats are a great, thoughtful gift because the recipient will think you every time they get in and out of their vehicle, many times throughout the day. You may even get the extra appreciation when the kids spill their fast food fries followed by the spilled pop – all of which is no big deal because the gifted floor mats or floor liners you gave as a gift, protected their vehicle’s interior and clean up was a breeze.

You’ll be amazed how easy is to give a meaningful gift this year, to even that most difficult ‘hard to buy for’ person on your list. To help you with a flawless purchase, before you buy floor mats be prepared to have the following information ready:

  • Vehicle’s year
  • Make and model
  • Basic vehicle layout (bench seats versus buckets)
  • Shopping online for custom, fitting floor mats, floor liners and cargo liners will also save you time and avoid the mad mall shopping scene. Easy search terms like “rubber floor mats”, “truck floor mats”, “car floor mats” “all weather floor mats” will aide in finding e-commerce sites selling quality floor protection products.

    Some of the top automotive manufacturers for floor protection with products that provide protection, function and style are:

  • WeatherTech All Weather Rubber Floor Mats
  • WeatherTech Extreme Duty Floor Liners and Cargo Liners
  • Husky Heavy Floor Mats, Floor Liners and Cargo Liners
  • Nifty Catch-All Premium Floor Mats and Cargo Mats
  • Nifty Catch All Extreme Floor Mats and Cargo Mats
  • Mats and liners provide a custom fit to the vehicle’s interior dimensions. Custom fit floor mats and liners are achieved by today’s digital manufacturing capabilities that can match virtually every type of vehicle interior. Common materials used are carpet, rubber, or a high-tech poly-based material, each with different application strengths. For example, carpet floor mats are generally more common in warmer, drier climates. While all rubber or the poly-based materials in floor mats, liners and cargo liners are for all weather climates where moisture is prevalent.

    This year forget about giving gift cards or booze! Give something you’ll get a sincere thank you! Floor mats, floor liners or cargo liners make a great gift for anyone on your holiday list.

    An Adventure in Provincetown

    Posted on October 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

    Our first big outing on Cape Cod took us to Provincetown. Although many people joke about Provincetown and the sexual orientation of many of the residents, it is a beautiful place to visit . . . a long drive way up north on the Cape. Al talked about Provincetown and how it is the eastern most city in the United States. He also described the Pilgrim Monument more times than we wanted to hear.

    “The Pilgrim Monument was founded in 1892 as the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association–Cape Cod’s oldest not-for-profit organization. Its purpose is to commemorate the Mayflower Pilgrims’ first landing in the New World in Provincetown, in November 1620. Here the Pilgrims spent 5 weeks exploring the tip of Cape Cod, before they sailed on to Plymouth. They also drew up and signed the Mayflower Compact, which established the rule of law for the new land. The Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association built the Pilgrim Monument to honor the Pilgrims’ first landing in Provincetown. President Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone in 1907. In 1910, President William Howard Taft dedicated the finished 252-foot tower. In 1910, the Cape’s first building built to house a museum opened at the base of the monument, to educate the public about Provincetown’s role in Pilgrim history and American history.”

    On the way to Provincetown Al tried to get us to stop at the Marconi Station. “Marconi Station, on the Atlantic side of the Cape’s forearm, is the site of the first transatlantic wireless station erected on the U.S. mainland. From here Italian radio and wireless-telegraphy pioneer Guglielmo Marconi sent the first American wireless message to Europe — “most cordial greetings and good wishes” from President Theodore Roosevelt to King Edward VII of England — on January 18, 1903. The station broadcast news for 15 years.”

    As soon as you drive into Provincetown, you know that the town is old. Streets sometimes barely leave inches between the pavement and the houses that line them. I got the feeling that we could stick our hands out the car window and knock on the walls of homes.

    One of the benefits of older towns and villages are alleys . . . alleys not built for garbage trucks and too narrow to use for anything but walking or riding bikes. They are picturesque and interesting.

    We weaved in and around tourists. There was virtually no place to park. Luckily, the town has constructed parking large parking lots. We parked near the beach. The town as also built community bathrooms just a few yards from the parking lot to accommodate visitors to town. The bathrooms were roomy and clean. As you may have guessed, we began our walking tour of Provincetown at the bathrooms. I think many people do.

    We were off on an Al adventure. He had a favorite fast food establishment where he wanted us to have lunch. Al raved about their scallops. When we got up to the window to order, however, he was offended by the prices, which were more than he remembered. He took us off elsewhere to find a better value and a better meal. I think he regretted this decision for days . . . and perhaps still does.

    After looking into several restaurants, we settled on the Lobster Pot. There is a long path past the kitchen to the dining room which has windows and nice views of the beach on Provincetown. As we walked past the kitchen Al looked at a lobster salad roll and noticed celery as a prominent ingredient. Although assured by the waitress that this was not so, he and I ordered the rolls. They could have had less celery. Peg and Al ordered lobster bisque which was their standard operation procedure. I ordered half a cold lobster. The lobster bisque was excellent. The meal was okay, but not what we were looking for.

    After lunch we continued our walking tour. There were many great looking shops and buildings . . . as well as stores you would expect to find in any town in America. I stopped in at Ace Hardware. I found a great piece of hanging art. It was a whale suspended by wrought iron hooks. Only the $200 price tag stopped my purchase. Just down the street I found some earrings for Peg, which I did purchase. The opal stones matched the fire of her anniversary set of ring, bracelet, pendant, and earrings. The original earrings were heavier. These sparkled well too, but fit Peg’s ears better. We also found dark chocolate to snack on and many other things we could have purchased.

    Eventually, Peg needed to sit down and rest. She chose a nice bench along the main thoroughfare. She talked to a nice couple with matching huskies. Al and I continued up the street to his favorite oddball/surplus store. I wanted to buy the French Foreign Legion kepi, but could really think of no reason to buy other than I wanted it. Perhaps, if it had been the middle of summer with the sun beating down on me as I walked the dunes which surround Provincetown. Maybe not.

    The shops and stores were fun and exciting to visit, but the warm September weather weighed down on us. I can imagine what Provincetown is during the summer. It has to be absolutely packed with people. The breeze must keep every fairly cool, but I know that it must still be hot.

    On the way back to our car, we stopped in at a little ice cream and sandwich shop run by Russians (I gathered from their accents and small talk). The ice cream was good. We sat outside at tables. The umbrellas provided shade. We watched young boys and girls having fun and senior citizens heading for the tour buses. We finished our cones and walked less than a hundred feet to our car for a nice fall afternoon drive back to the central Cape.