FaciliSafety Disposable Glove Buying Guide

September 01, 2020

Disposable gloves can provide protection against dangerous chemicals, viruses, and bacteria, including the virus that causes COVID-19. It’s important to know the differences between the type of gloves commonly available, as well as the options you can choose for added comfort, durability, and protection. The most common gloves materials are latex, vinyl, and nitrile, and each brings unique features and benefits. No matter which type of glove you choose, be sure to check for a good fit, make sure there are no punctures or tears in the material, wash your hands before putting them on, and be sure to properly remove and dispose of them when done.

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Latex Gloves

  • Made of natural rubber
  • High comfort, flexibility, fit, and tactile sensitivity
  • Offers protection from viruses and bacteria
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Nitrile Gloves

  • Made of synthetic material
  • High flexibility and durability
  • Offers protection from viruses and chemicals
 Infection Prevention Station with Waste Receptacle

Vinyl Gloves

  • Made of synthetic material
  • Cost efficient
  • High comfort
  • Offers protection from chemicals

Latex gloves generally provide the best elasticity, comfort and fit, offering users more precision with high tactile sensitivity. One drawback for many latex-glove users is the increasing rate of latex allergies, which forces many to choose nonlatex glove options such as vinyl and nitrile gloves.

Vinyl gloves are made from PVC and are typically the most cost-effective option. However, they are not as durable and offer no puncture resistance, and users who desire those attributes opt for higher-end nitrile gloves. At the end of the day, the choice depends on many factors, but the number one attribute to look for is the type of protection offered, whether from bacteria, viruses, or chemicals.

Powder vs. Powder-Free
Powdered latex gloves are usually coated with cornstarch or other powdering options to make them easier to put on and take off. Powder-free gloves reduce the chance of allergic reactions and leave no residue, but they are usually more expensive.

Chlorinated vs. Non-Chlorinated
If you choose to use powder-free gloves, you’ll have a choice between chlorinated or non-chlorinated gloves. Chlorinated gloves are treated with a layer of chlorine to make them easier to put on, and are more commonly used than non-chlorinated gloves, even though non-chlorinated gloves have a more neutral color and odor. However, chlorinated gloves do have a shorter shelf life (about a year), and can become brittle sooner if exposed to heat.

If you have any questions about which type of glove is right for your use, please contact FaciliSafety, and we can make informed recommendations.

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