“ Manufacturer: Burgon and Ball / Type: Kneeling Mat „
When I moved into my house the garden was basically a small jungle. There were literally weeds which came up to my waist and my cat would get lost when venturing out in the back garden. I was lucky enough that my mum came to help me do the garden and between us (and about a gallon of weed killer) we managed to get it looking a lot neater and tidier.
Unfortunately it takes time and effort to keep it looking good and that is where the Kneelo Kneeling Pad comes in. It doesn't do anything to make my garden look any better but it makes it more comfortable for me to do it and with this I can spend longer scraping up the bits of weeds that grow up around my patio edging without hurting my knees. Previously I would do the weeding and come in and have sore knees and scraped skin and this would make me less inclined to want to do the weeding as I knew that after a short time my knees would end up like this but now I can spend a lot longer on the weeding without any pain or discomfort.
I actually didn't buy my Kneelo as it was a gift from my mum to encourage me to go out and tidy the garden more as I had been moaning to her how uncomfortable and sore it was kneeling to get into all the nooks and crannies. She bought this and then told me that I would now have no excuse to not get out and do it on a regular basis. It hasn't turned me into a gardening God by any means and I still hate having to do it but it has definitely made it easier for me.
I have no idea where she bought it from but I am assuming ebay as she is a bit of an ebay fanatic. Looking about online it seems to be quite widely available and averages about £15 for one. It comes in several different patterns and colours and is made from a spongy foam and is covered in a neoprene fabric to keep the foam protected from water. It even comes with a handle so that you can carry it around with ease. The handle also makes it easier for me to store as I have it hanging up in the shed by the handle.
The pad is oval shaped and a good size for me to be able to get both my knees on it comfortably. It gives amazing protection from the hard ground which I found somewhat surprising as it isn't all that thick really and I thought that with my weight on top of it I would be able to feel the patio under it but the foam does an excellent job of taking most of the weight and absorbs the impact of the concrete on my knees.
It is also good for little bits of debris such as pebbles and stones. You can feel these jutting through but only slightly and they are not sharp or sore if you accidentally kneel on them. Because this was so good on my knees and gave such good protection I actually took it away walking with me as I thought it would make a good seat if I was anywhere that had a rocky ground and wanted a rest and it also worked really well for this purpose too and definitely made sitting down to have a drink much more comfortable and pleasant.
I suppose it would also be handy for jobs such as scrubbing the floors if you happen to have wood or laminate. I know my mum has one too and uses hers for cleaning round the house.
The neoprene does a good job of protecting the foam and keeping it dry and is so easy to clean. I tend to just brush most of the dried mud from the pad and then use a wet cloth to wipe it and this gets it back to looking as good as new. I am slightly worried that it might rip from a stone or something but so far so good and this hasn't been an issue even though it has been used on all sorts of terrains.
Gardening is still a job that I absolutely despise and would happily never do again if I didn't enjoy using my garden so much in summer but the Kneelo Kneeling Pad really does make it less of a chore than it might be otherwise. It is excellent quality and offers amazing absorbency for knees when kneeling on hard ground for prolonged periods of time. I have seen other kneeling mats and they don't compare to this one as the quality isn't as good and the foam they use isn't as spongy and doesn't offer the same level of protection.
£15 might seem a little on the expensive side for the kneeling mat but if you enjoy gardening or even if you are a reluctant gardener like me then this will seem like a small amount of money when after a morning of gardening you come in and don't have sore and bruised knees anymore. For me it is now an indispensable gardening item and will no doubt be used on lots of occasions when it comes time to spring tidy my garden to get it ready for the summer.
I bought a green foam sponge kneepad from a pound store and it lasted a while, it wasn't the most comfortable item to kneel on but it also was more comfortable than just kneeling on the ground. This did split and take on the shape of whatever I happened to be leaning on at the time. I was quite happy to use this though. That was until I was shown the amazingness that is the Kneelo Kneeler!!!
My step mother bought one of these off the internet and I scoffed when she told me she had paid £15 for something to kneel on. I however humoured her as I assumed the kneeling position in her garden!!! OMG was all I could utter, this was the most comfortable item I had ever come across. I ordered one of these from the internet, bagging myself a bargain in the process as I bought mine for a measly sum of £10.60!!
When it arrived it was the height of the sunny weather we had this year and never before has a kneeler worked so hard! I was out in my garden every day, weeding, tending to my seedlings, watching and nurturing my baby vegetables as they grew in my little garden allotment. I bought the Fuchsia kneeler, it was a hard choice though between the pink or the amazing Eucalyptus (blue) shade.
The kneeler is made with four layers, including a shock absorbing EVA foam and a waterproof neoprene (whatever that is!) It is a very light item and has a carrying handle; I also use this handle to hang my kneeler up in my shed. It is a nice size (50cm x 29cm), this allows you room to kneel without having to have your knees tightly squeezed together.
This is perfect for me as I am not getting any older and although I may only be 38, bending down is fine, staying there for a while kills my knees. This makes it easier as it is so spongy and comfy. It can get a little bit grubby while working in the garden but I have sponge cleaned mine and it has come up well. I also find this handy to use when I am scrubbing my kitchen floor or cleaning out my floor cupboards, rather than kneeling on the hard lino I kneel on this. It doesn't improve the job itself but it does make it bearable.
There is nothing better in this weather than being outdoors, topping up your tan (wearing a decent SPF!!) and tending to your Garden or in my case Allotment. As we, my Husband and I, live in a flat, we don't have a garden, we have a concrete walkway which we naturally place pots of flowers to make it a little prettier than it would otherwise look, but we have no grass, no fence, no trees and so on.
I have always loved growing things, it stems back to visiting my Granddad when I was much younger and going into his homemade Greenhouse and seeing all of his tomato plants in the sunshine and ever since I become a home owner, growing tomatoes is something I have always done. I love the smell of them, I love tomatoes but it wasn't enough to grow them and nothing else. I branched out and started growing potatoes in grow bags, cucumbers and so on. Then we were lucky enough to get our allotment plot and haven't look back since.
Whilst having an allotment has its plus points, most of which I have written about in plenty of other reviews, there are some downsides. We had our shed broken in to and with it went all of our tools that we had stored there, even my knee pads which I bought from a High Street Store, nothing high tech they were just really useful got stolen and because of that I recently bought a newer model and design of the knee pads I had from an online Gardening shop where I buy some of my seeds and what's more exciting is that they had a offer on the purchase price at the time and I bought two for £20. When it arrived through the post it had no extra packaging and useless box, it was simply a polythene bag which could be recycled.
When you are pulling out weeds, planting bulbs, planting seeds, digging out roots it is sometimes impossible to stand up and bend down the whole time especially when I suffer with a bad back anyway, I find it really painful and uncomfortable to keep doing it. So I was introduced to 'KneeloTM' a product which was recommended to me by a colleague who has a garden to die for.
I had never heard of a KneeloTM but after some searching online, I found out that the KneeloTM is marketed as being "Ultra-cushion kneeler with memory foam technology" So already the initial thought is thank god it will be comfortable. Then when my own Union Jack version arrived the accompanying blurb said:
"KneeloTM is comfortable, practical, lightweight and easy to carry. Generously sized, with contoured edges, KneeloTM allows you to work in cushioned comfort for prolonged periods of time. Whether you are gardening, decorating, scrubbing the floor or at a picnic, don't forget your KneeloTM"
So already I have everything I am looking for in one product and not only can I use it for gardening on the allotment but I can also bring it home because it is ideal for when I am cleaning and scrubbing the floor or skirting boards or wherever I need to kneel down or sit down.
To look at the simplest way of describing it is to me it looks like a toilet seat. It is rounded like a toilet seat except with the added bonus of having a section with a handle which allows carrying this KneeloTM a really simple task. It is also very lightweight to carry and the handle also makes it easy to store because I hang it on the coat hook which we have on the back of the shed door. It is also quite thin compared to the description given as to have thick it will be with the deep layer of shock absorbing EVA foam which is then surrounded by the cushioning of memory foam and then added to that this KneeloTM is then encased in a layer of waterproof but durable neoprene before it is finally wrapped in a quick dry, wipe clean, nylon cover, all of which is clearly described to you on the tags which are fastened to the handle of the KneeloTM . I had to look up what 'neoprene' was because I didn't know and it turns out to be synthetic rubber which you might find used on covers for items such as Macbooks, Kindles and so on, it's a protective cushion basically.
When it comes to using your KneeloTM you simply place it on the floor, ground or wherever you are using it and kneel or sit on it. I know that does sound really obvious but it is that simple. When I first used my KneeloTM TM over a month ago now whilst weeding on my allotment, I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it was to use. In the past I had bought a Garden Kneel pad from a High Street store for around £4 which was simply made of a sponge foam and whilst it was useful, it wasn't as comfortable as the KneeloTM and whilst it does cost between £14 and £20 online, which is a lot more, it is much more durable and comfortable. The one problem we have with the Allotment are bramble weeds which are really sharp and then we have a lot of stones and pebbles which make life really painful if you kneel on them, with the KneeloTM it solves all your problems because you kneel on them and you can't feel them as much. The plus side is also that as soon as you need a rest or a sit down, you can use your KneeloTM as a seat to sit on which again when using in this way proves to be really comfortable.
When your KneeloTM gets dirty, I have managed to hand wash it really successfully and allowed it to dry and it is as good as new and just as comfortable to use as it was beforehand. I love my KneeloTM not only do I use it to kneel and sit on down the allotment, but when I am cleaning the floor and skirting boards I use it to kneel and sit on as well and either way of using it provides comfort and support and I absolutely love using it for that very reason.