Sneeze Guards During Covid 19 and Beyond

Covid 19 has brought about several changes to average people in the world, namely masks, face shields, social distancing and sneeze guards. A number of studies have been carried out to see how each of these products is effective. First, we will start with the studies on coughs and sneezes. This is something I never really thought about before Covid and in a way it’s a little disgusting to know but here goes:

A cough can travel as fast as 50 mph (over 80km/h) and can expel almost 3,000 droplets in just one cough. By the way, the droplets are made up of mucus, phlegm and other wonderful substances that come out of us and carry viruses, germs etc. (I told you it was disgusting).

A sneeze is even faster because when we sneeze it can come out at a speed of up to 100mph (over 160 km/h). It can expel up to 100,000 droplets or 33 times more mucus, phlegm etc. than a cough. Those are a lot of germs and viruses that are flying around when we sneeze.
Masks, face shields and social distancing are all good at preventing us from inhaling the droplets. Some are better than others. When social distancing cannot be achieved such as at a pharmacy, at the bank with the teller, with the cashier at the grocery store, receptionist, or employees that work side by side etc. the solution is sneeze guards.

Sneeze guards are most effective when used alongside other proven methods including enhanced cleaning and good hygiene practices. You want to clean those sneeze guards at the end of the day (I hate to think of what might be on them after many people have been by and spoke, coughed, or sneezed). Make sure to use the appropriate cleaning products when cleaning them, wear a mask and gloves and dispose of everything and wash your hands once you are done cleaning the sneeze guards.

I read that apparently one germ can multiply more than 8,000,000 times in a single day. This is why sneeze guards are so useful for protection against sneezes. They help to protect you from Covid but also from the flu and perhaps even the common cold.

You can choose from plexiglass or sneeze guards constructed of polycarbonate. Polycarbonate is harder to scratch and provides excellent resistance for long term use. It can be leaned on and won’t break as easily as plexiglass, but both provide good protection against germs and viruses.

There are many manufacturers of sneeze guards and some companies have had to recreate themselves to survive the economic impact of closed businesses. One of those manufacturers is IEG, creators of the Flexi-Felt floor protectors who also manufacture sleds and toboggans. They have a CNC machine and took advantage of it to begin manufacturing sneeze guards. They already offered the hands free for health door openers and with their 3D printer they also began manufacturing face shields. By doing this they provide essential equipment to the market and are able to survive the economic downturn.

If you still don’t have sneeze guards but are thinking of getting them, you should. Even if the Covid is significantly reduced or eliminated, sneeze guards will remain in place to protect clients and employees from other viruses and germs. It is the new normal.

Are face shields necessary during the Covid 19?

We all know that we should wear a mask when we cannot maintain social distancing during the Covid 19 but do we really need to wear a face shield?

There are varying opinions but I found this information regarding face shields. “The face shield offers some benefits because it covers the entire face, the eyes in particular, whereas a mask will only cover the mouth and the nose,” said Dr. Loureen Downes, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Florida Gulf Coast University.

Face shields can also be easily cleaned. Their disadvantage is that you cannot store them in a purse or pocket.

Don’t know where to find them? IEG, creators of the Flexi-Felt floor protectors now sells face shields, sneeze guards and hands free door openers.

SNOW = FUN

Fall is here, but some cities are already seeing snow. Most of us dread the arrival of winter and snow but for young children snow is a winter wonderland. IEG, the creators of the Flexi-Felt floor protectors, have created a sled that has a classic look mixed with a modern suspension and a toboggan for those children that are a little old for a sled. Both are great for young children to enjoy the snow and have fun. They are a super idea for a Christmas gift or an anytime gift for parents of young children.

Locker Organizer or Shelves

I just took a tour of what’s available on line to help my daughter organize her locker and what I found was surprising (or rather lack of things I was hoping to find was surprising). She needs a couple of shelves so that she can properly place her books, binders, shoes and other stuff she needs without having to empty part of her locker every time she needs something.

I found single plastic shelves with metal legs. They look kind of flimsy given the load of stuff she has for school. Also, they’re only sold as one shelf.

There’s another thing that’s made of material and hangs down but I’m not sure if everything would move to the center of this thing or stuff would fall out as she’s pulling out her books or binders or whatever.

I’m pretty good with tools (well sort of, stuff never comes out quite even) but even if I wanted to build her something who has the time?

One of my friends told me that he came across some wooden shelves that are very strong and guaranteed 5 years and the kicker is that you don’t need tools, nails, screws or glue to install them. Also, unlike that famous company that sells furniture that takes an hour to assemble, these shelves take less than a minute to install. They are the Eco-Shelf. Also, because they’re made of wood, they’re biodegradable so they have minimum impact on the environment.

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They’re also available in 2 or 3 shelves so she has her choice and she can place them at various heights depending on what she wants to place on the various shelves. They should make her life much easier.

Here’s how one looks installed.

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Why didn’t my Flexi-Felt adhesive pads stay on?

People hear that the Flexi-Felt is a great product and will stay on no matter what? They aren’t a miracle product, but they are excellent when installed properly and used as they were intended.

The first thing many people do wrong is to not clean the bottom of their chair legs properly. I’ve done myself using the products that go on windows for hanging strings of lights or Halloween decorations. I put it on without cleaning the surface and less then an hour later what I put up is on the ground. You HAVE to clean the surface properly to remove all old glue, dirt and grease. Do a final wipe with rubbing alcohol to remove any oils that may be on the surface (the products that remove old glue contains oil which will interfere with the new glue holding on). Only then can you apply adhesive pads. Let the pads set for a while so that the adhesive has time to bond with the surface.

Secondly, adhesives do not bond well with rubber and some plastic products. You can try it, but you’ll find that they don’t always stay on.

Thirdly, a little pad won’t hold onto a tiny leg or a heavy chair. The adhesive that Flexi-Felt uses is designed to take shear forces but the adhesive must have sufficient surface to adhere to in order to grip properly. Too small a surface for the forces being exerted on it and it’ll slip off. Or, just plain to much force from a heavy piece of furniture (or furniture and a person) and of course the pad will move.

Next time your pads don’t stay on you’ll know why but what’s even better is to install the pads correctly to greatly reduce them from slipping off. The other option is to purchase the Flexi-Felt Clear Sleeve floor protectors. They stay on and are especially good for small furniture legs where the adhesive felt pads don’t work well.

Tight Wheels

By tight wheels I mean caster wheels that have a fender like on a bike that’s very close to the wheels. If you check your caster wheels, you’ll be surprised to find out that there are quite a number of different models of caster wheels.

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Figure 1
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Figure 3
In both figures 1 and 2 you can see that there is a normal amount of space between the fender and the wheels. In figure 3 the wheel is very tight to the fender. The reason that this is a concern is when you have these types of wheels damaging your floors. The Caster Cover is great for installing on the casters of both figure 1 and 2 but they simply cannot be installed on the casters in figure 3. If you find those types of casters damaging your floors your only option would be to replace them with either the expensive nylon casters or casters similar to the models in figures 1 and 2 and install Caster Covers.

Flexi-Felt In New Zealand

CTC Timber Floors in Auckland have a new service that provides concept boards and unique samples to their clients called Sample Workshop. New Zealanders will soon be able to buy Flexi-Felt in their own country from Sample Workshop which is a great fit for anyone looking to install new floors or refinish existing floors. I’m sure that the people at Samples Workshop selling the Flexi-Felt, will do a Tu Meke (awesome) job of selling the product. People in New Zealand will find that not only is Flexi-Felt great to protect their floors in their homes in town but also the floors of their bach (holiday home).

Flexi-Felt Adhesive Felt Pads for Walls

The pads are not specifically for the walls but rather to protect them. You bought some Flexi-Felt adhesive felt pads or one of Flexi-Felts handy economical house or apartment kits and have some pads left over but aren’t sure what to do with them.

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If you want to protect your walls and paint from damage, here are some places where they can be used:

Have a headboard against a wall that moves? Place adhesive felt pads on the points where the headboard touches the wall. If the felt pads are too big you can cut them to the correct shape and size.

Have heavy objects on your wall such as metal sculptors, mirrors or works of art that are beautiful but are marking the walls? Again, just place the Flexi-Felt adhesive felt pads on the contact points of the object and your walls are protected.

Have dining or kitchen chairs that are damaging your walls? Use the adhesive felt pads to protect the walls.

Have a front hall bench near a wall that the kids throw themselves on to put their shoes and boots on? Put your you know what (Flexi-Felt) on the edges of the bench and no more dings in the walls.

Hang a vacuum cleaner from the wall? Put adhesive felt pads on any parts that are near the wall so that when its placed back on the wall, just the felt touches the wall.

Take a look around your house and protect your walls from all the objects that can cause damage. If you plan on painting the walls soon, you can protect the walls now or wait until after the paint has dried properly before placing anything back on the walls. Put Flexi-Felt adhesive felt pads on everything knowing that your walls will remain in good condition for a long time.

White Plastic Nail-in Feet Protectors

Almost all the furniture that you buy these days have white plastic nail-in feet protectors. They also sell them in most hardware stores. Anyone thinking that these actually protect floors will soon find out that this is not the case. Many of them are just ½” in diameter.

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Basic physics tells you that the smaller the surface the greater the forces exerted on that surface. You have a person sitting and moving back and forth on that little half inch circle, it’s bound to cause damage to the floor over time.

So, if you have those plastic nail-in feet protectors, take them off and put on proper floor protectors such as the Flexi-Felt floor protectors. Make sure to cover the entire bottom of the chair legs so that the weight of the person sitting in the chair is distributed over the entire surface and not on just a tiny ½” circle.

Measure Measure

The title isn’t a typo. There’s a saying to measure twice and cut once. This applies not only to when you’re cutting wood, material or anything else. It applies to when you order stuff off the internet. Don’t you hate ordering something, getting it and finding that it’s not the right size.

You know the sizes of your and your family’s clothes and footwear, but do you know the exact size of your chair legs to buy floor protection? Or do you know the size of your child’s locker to buy them Eco-Shelves for their locker. In these cases, it’s very important to measure twice before you order, or you’ll end up with the problem of having to return them and re-order. Do it right the first time and save yourself the hassle and frustration.

Just an FYI: When ordering Flexi-Felt floor protectors measure the length and width of chair legs that are square or rectangular and the diameter for round legs. If the legs change size in the first inch from the floor, take the measurement at ¾” from the floor as shown below.
Tapered leg measured correctly three quarter inch from floor
For lockers, be sure to measure the inside of the locker, not the outside because the shelves must fit inside the locker.
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Your floor deserves more.