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Health first when using contact adhesive

When you take on any home improvement projects it is essential to wear proper safety gear and also to take safety precautions when working with harmful or toxic products. As we move towards using safer products it makes sense to use those that don't put our health at risk. That's why we recommend using Pattex Contact Adhesives.

If you are looking to re-face rather than paint kitchen cabinets, or any cabinets for that matter, using Formica laminate allows you a variety of finishes. Formica laminate is applied to cabinets using Pattex Contact Adhesive.

For our projects on Home-Dzine and as part of our DIY Divas workshops, we use Pattex Contact Adhesive because the Toluene-free formulation spreads easily, bonds quickly and offers superior sticking power. It comes in handy when you need to bond materials together where other adhesives won't work. Pattex Contact Adhesive is also heat resistant and flexible once cured. You can use Pattex Contact Adhesive to bond china, leather, metal and wood, and a variety of other materials.





There are more than a few products on the market that contain Toluene,, a product that has potential to cause severe neurological harm when inhaled. A clear, aromatic liquid, Toluene is widely used in contact adhesives, but few people know that this product can be detrimental to your health.

Exposure to Toluene, even for a short period, can lead to light-headedness and headaches, but long-term useage of this product may lead to neurological disorders and affect organs in the body.

We use Pattex Contact Adhesive because it is Toluene-free and is a safe and effective product, which means it not only gets the job done - it does it without posing any risk to our health.

We asked Bronwyn MacLaurin , product manager at Henkel, to share a few safety tips for when using a contact adhesive:

  • Put on safety goggles, latex gloves and a dust mask when working with contact adhesives.
  • It is important to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for use and storage.
  • Read the packaging before you buy to check the safety and hazard warnings.
  • Work in a well-ventilated space. Contact adhesive works by releasing solvents, that are harmful if inhaled, especially if breathed in repeatedly.
  • Do not smoke, work near a naked flame or close to machines that produce sparks when working with contact adhesives.
  • Throw away an adhesive that has expired.

If you do come into contact with contact adhesives, follow these guidelines:

- Hand: Wash well with soap and water. Use a skin moisturiser afterwards.

- Eyes: Wash repeatedly with running water for at least  10 minutes. Cover the affected eye with a sterile bandage. Consult an eye specialist.

- Ingested: Flush your mouth and drink plenty of water. Consult a doctor.

- Excess inhalation: Move to fresh air and consult a doctor.

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