By Jose Caloca
Disposable gloves - Choose the right glove for you
This year has brought a new garment to use regardless of the season of the year: gloves. We are not talking about those to use during the cold days, but those to protect us from COVID-19.
Although professionals in the health area are still debating whether or not it is advisable to use this item, it is important that you know what they are, the different types and how they can help you reduce the risk of contagion.
Did you know that there are gloves of different colors that can be combined with your daily clothes? This way you can maintain your style, even when you are protecting yourself from the virus.
So, without giving you any further preamble, we invite you to read this article to learn more about this accessory that is here to stay. Any questions or comments, remember to leave it at the end.
What is a disposable glove?
A glove is a cover for the hands to protect them from liquids, toxic substances and germs. Therefore a disposable glove are those which are used only once and then thrown away.
What are they used for?
Disposable gloves are generally used to protect the hands from materials that could cause some affection. For example, in the healthcare sector, doctors wear gloves to avoid contact with the patient's fluids. While in construction they use it to take care of possible cuts with some material.
Disposable gloves are also considered as personal protection equipment. For this reason, it is increasingly common to see passers-by wearing disposable gloves and its usage has widely spread around the globe.
You often hear that more and more restaurants and businesses are starting to use nitrile gloves, that's because people are increasingly aware of how bacteria and viruses can spread through food hygiene and your hands.
How you put on disposable gloves
It is important to maintain hygiene and care when putting on a glove.
- Wash your hands with soap prior touching a glove
- Take one of the gloves and put it in one hand
- Take the remaining glove
- Put the glove on your other hand.
How to remove gloves?
After you have finished wearing the gloves, you should:
- With the hand you feel comfortable the most with, take the fist of the glove from the other hand
- Pull down. Make sure that the inside of the glove does not make contact with your skin.
- Roll the glove you are removing into a ball and pick it up with the fingers of the other hand that still has the glove.
- Insert the index and middle fingers of the ungloved hand under the glove. Without touching the outside of the glove.
- Pull down hard until you have wrapped the glove ball.
- Take the gloves and throw them in a rubbish bin.
- Wash your hands with soap
Can you reuse disposable gloves?
No, they are designed to be used once and thrown away.
What are the different types of gloves?
Depending on the work environment and the security you want to ensure, you can decide between the following:
Nitrile disposable gloves
They are made with synthetic rubber and are ideal for those who suffer from a latex allergy. They are very sensitive, a quality that allows you to manipulate things with ease. Also, they have high resistance to puncture.
100% nitrile is normally used by surgeon as it possesses thinner texture than nitrile-blended gloves or latex gloves while being durable. This allows medical practitioners to feel the skin of the patients easily.
Nitrile gloves are normally medically graded with EN455 certificate.
Latex disposable gloves
Although they are made with natural materials and have good resistance to substances and germs, they are highly allergens. In turn, they have a good adaptation to the touch, they are even used mostly in the surgical area.
Vinyl disposable gloves
They are the most affordable in the market and resist risks of lesser degree. Extensive tasks are not recommended. And its sensitivity is not as optimal as latex or nitrile gloves.
Nitrile-Vinyl blended gloves
Nitrile-vinyl blend is the best option for many businesses and restaurants due to the combination of both advantages- strength in nitrile and the affordability of vinyl.
Nitrile-vinyl has a thicker texture than 100% nitrile while keeping the durability, this is great for businesses who are handling food and covid-patients.
Our nitrile-vinyl gloves are medical grade and are suitable for medical use and those who are looking for affordable price.
What is the difference between each?
The main differences are:
1) Nitrile and vinyl are not allergens
2) The nitrile ones resist the perforation of some object
3) The vinyl ones are ideal to use when working in low risk environments.
4) The vinyl ones are more affordable for most of the people.
To better understand the qualities of each one, we leave you this comparative chart:
When to use disposable gloves
Although its use is not a mandatory measure in many countries, it is necessary to know how to wear them in specific places:
When you are in public
Firstly, remember immediately to discard the gloves when coming home or to your workplace. Also, try not to handle as many things with gloves as possible as they might have interacted with many germs and viruses while outside.
If you feel safer when traveling, keep in mind that you should be with them throughout the journey and take them off when you arrive at your destination. Keep in mind that you have to wash your hands with soap once you put on and remove the gloves.
In the workplace
Depending on the type of job you have, you can stay with them throughout the day, or when you get to your workplace.
For example, if you work in an office and use public transport, you can take them off when you get to your workplace so as not to contaminate the things on your desk with microorganisms that are outside. And when you go out, put on a new pair of gloves.
You don't need to wear any of the above-classified gloves at home because it's a safe place. If you need to interact with infected objects or hazardous substances, then it is advisable to use gloves.
However, you can also use nitrile or nitrile blended gloves to handle raw food for hygienic reasons.
When are gloves not needed?
According to many hygiene measures applied in the European Union, medical personnel have a duty to use disposable gloves, while other people do not have the obligation to do so.
Also, it is important to know that it is still debated whether it is advisable to use gloves as a personal protection measure, since some professionals in the area argue that it could only increase the contagion rate, since the moisture of the skin, the concentration of calories and sweat creates a perfect setting for generating microorganisms. In addition, on average people touch their faces at least 60 times. Hence, it is preferable to go without gloves and wash your hands frequently.
Other ways to protect yourself without using gloves
A confortable a widely used solution is to use a hand sanitiser, they are mostly alcohol made which make them hard to transport in airplanes and don’t give the best care to your skin, nonetheless, at MaskZ of Sweden we count with a pocket Sanitizer for hands and mobile screens which is alcohol free. It is essential to wash your hands with soap frequently, respect social distancing and use a mask when leaving home. Also preferably, leave home as little as possible, avoid attending social gatherings and be in places with little air circulation, that is, closed places.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do disposable gloves have a shelf life?
No, they were designed to be thrown away once used. Although its life could be extended if you decide to disinfect it each time it is used, however, it is not fully advisable this technique.
What are the strongest gloves?
Nitrile and latex for their resistance and adaptability to each hand according to the size of each person
Do you need to wash your hands after wearing gloves?
Yes, note that inside the glove a hot and sweaty environment is generated, ideal for the germination of viruses and germs. Therefore, it is recommended to wash your hands before and after using them
What are the safest disposable gloves?
Nitrile because it not only protects your hands and gives you sensitivity, it is the most resistant when you want to prevent it from being pierced with an article or thing. While the latex is not designed to resist punctures.
Can you sanitize rubber gloves?
Yes, although it may not be recommended by some experts and a debate spins around this question. It is important that you be gentle when removing the gloves to prevent them from tearing. Also, wash them with soap and water, and be very careful. Of course, this option is valid if you did not touch any toxic material.
Are there any disposable gloves for kids?
Not as accessible as disposable gloves are used mostly by adults. For this reason, size S, the smallest, is designed for hands that are approximately 19 cm long.
In what sizes do the gloves come in?
Depending on the provider they can be S, M, L and XL. In addition, there are presentations in which the measurements are expressed with the circumference of the hand or by length
In what colors can you buy disposable gloves?
Those made of latex are usually cream-colored, while in nitrile there is much more variety: pink, blue, black, purple, among others. Remember, regardless of the color, they will all give you the same security, resistance and comfort equally.
Can you recycle the gloves?
Yes, although you should not because the purpose is to dispose of it and because you must do a very rigorous cleaning after you use them. Also if you decide to reuse them, you must take into account the conditions in which you store them and be aware of the wear that the glove will suffer, as much as you want to use the same glove as many times as you want, you will not be able to do it because excessive use could make you more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19.