Tips for Choosing the Right Disposable Gloves

 Tips for Choosing the Right Disposable Gloves

It’s not uncommon, especially now, to find yourself in need of a pair of disposable gloves. While this may seem like a fairly simple task, choosing the right gloves actually requires some careful thought. Check out these tips for choosing the right disposable gloves to suit your needs and fit your hands.

Narrow down what you need them for

There are different types of disposable gloves for different purposes. Before you start your journey of discovering which disposable glove is right for you, you need to narrow down the purpose of use. If you’re in the medical field, you may need them to protect you or your patients from germ spreading and contaminations. If you’re going to a public place during the pandemic, you may need them to help keep germs and potential contaminants from getting on your hands, and thus your face. There are many different applications for disposable gloves, including cleaning or protecting your skin from harmful chemical contact.

Choose a material

Once you’ve narrowed down your purpose for using disposable gloves, you can then more accurately decide on which type of disposable gloves are best for your needs. Below is a brief breakdown of the most common disposable glove materials and their most effective uses.

  • Nitrile: Nitrile gloves are a great alternative to latex gloves for those with latex allergies. They are most often used in the medical field and for handling hazardous or biohazardous waste materials. They are very puncture-resistant and have a strong barrier against harsh chemicals and other substances.
  • Latex: Latex is one of the most common materials, if not the most common, for the manufacture of disposable gloves. These are ideal for medical applications as they protect well against bacteria and viruses. Many working in the medical field, custodial field, and in foodservice industries tend to use these.
  • Vinyl: Gloves made of vinyl are very common to find in industrial applications such as construction, transportation, and other similar industries. They are best for short-term usage, making them ideal for applications where gloves must be changed regularly. They are also quite cost-effective.

Decided on a size

After choosing a material, it’s time to find the right glove size. Even disposable gloves often come in the standard three sizes of small, medium, and large. If you’re considering buying disposable gloves for an office or a workplace, it’s important to invest in each of the sizes based on the most common sizes in your facility that will be needed. You can measure for your glove size by measuring around your palm and comparing the results with those described by the glove seller.

When choosing the right disposable gloves, check out our wide selection of supplies at American Screening Corporation, where we have products ranging from disposable gloves to urinalysis strips.

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