Make the most out of your time

Make the most out of your time

20.08.19 |

Time is arguably the most precious commodity anyone has.

Nowadays, it seems everyone is trying to squeeze as much out of their days as sometimes is inhumanely possible. With each passing minute, another item will be ticked off a list that seems to be getting longer instead of shorter. So how do we make the most of our time? Buy a DeLorean as they are ten a penny at the local car dealers or use what tools are accessible to us to squeeze that last few minutes out of the time you have available to you.   

In today’s blog, we are going to be talking about how using the right adhesive can save you time. We will then go onto how Gekko, which is a brand of Quin Global UK can save you time and help your knees in the long run. Gekko is the flooring division of Quin Global. So why not join us in finding out how you can squeeze that last few minutes out of your time. 

Make the most out of your time

Time is one of the most valuable tools available to any flooring contractor, and this is where using the right adhesive can save them time and worry. A unique feature of our tackifiers is the ability to lay down carpet tiles even when the adhesive is still wet.  This means they can focus more on running their business and not fret about whether they should be on-site, putting together a quote, visiting a new client, paying a trip to the merchant, chasing up a payment or making sure materials are on-site at the right time.
Traditional tackifiers have to be left for as much as 30 – 45 minutes to tack off if you don’t want a permanent bond.  Our tackifier is ideal for large areas and makes the installation extremely fast and efficient. It also means the operatives on the job don’t have to hang around waiting for the tackifier to dry off as the tiles can be laid into the wet adhesive and still have a releasable bond when it has dried. This saves a lot of time for the fitters.

What are the health benefits?

Our tackifier is a fantastic development for flooring contractors. As well as saving time and money, the Gekko spray system’s ergonomic design has significant benefits from a health and safety perspective.  The upright design means that the operator no longer has to kneel on the floor to apply tackifier. It is also 80% quicker than other products and is produced in a canister and dispensed via a wand gun to make it easier to use.

Surveys have indicated that for more than 40% of the working day, a floor layer is involved in a knee-straining activity.  One of the most common knee injuries as a result of this repetitive straining is Osteoarthritis which, as quoted by a government report, “Is characterised by destruction of the cartilage surrounding knee joints and various alterations to the bond and the joint space between bones.  The main symptoms include knee pain, knee swelling, stiffness and reduced mobility.”

What are the issues that floorers are facing at the moment?

So the universal request throughout this industry is: “Is there any way around this”?  An inherent part of laying a floor is the need to be on the floor to do the job, and even with what innovative minds might be able to develop, this is likely to be the case for the foreseeable future.  But we all have a responsibility to do what we can to improve the lives of these workers, whose finished product we take for granted.  The same government report lists five preventative measures, in two main groups, which are recommended for consideration;
The first group is about eliminating the risk through redesign, examples of which are:

  • Redesign of the carpet laying tasks, so that the work can be done standing.  Research shows this does reduce knee pain; however, its introduction required good collaboration between employers and workers.
  • Arrange the pathways and surfaces so that the risks of slipping, tripping falling will be reduced.

The second group of measures are about reducing exposure. This can be achieved through wearing personal protective equipment, and the literature suggests the following three options could be considered, although their effectiveness in reducing the incidence of OA is unproven.

  • Knee pads are useful for protection of the knee while kneeling on hard floor surfaces, but they do not mitigate the risks of extreme flexion of the knee.
  • Limb support devices can be an effective intervention against lower limb disorders in occupational workplaces or the aggravation of an injury, particularly against knee injury.
  • Manual handling aids can minimise lower limb injuries. But there is evidence that they may not be used. Also, the presence of wires and cables on the floor may make it impracticable.

Final Thoughts

As you can see with the right adhesive, you can squeeze those last few minutes out of your time. Our tackifiers give you that time back, as you no longer have to wait 30-45 minutes for the adhesive to tack off. The main health benefit is getting the operator off the floor as the upright design means they no longer have to kneel on the floor to apply Tackifier. This leads to less strain on the knees and a quicker application, now who wouldn’t want that.

So now we have given you your time back you can put those feet up and enjoy a well-brewed cup of tea and bask in the fact you have done the job and gotten a few extra minutes to enjoy that extra biscuit.
Interested in finding out more about Gekko have a look at their website here.

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