Powder free, disposable, 8 mil nitrile gloves with a long cuff (small size is 4 mil, medium cuff). There are three types of safety gloves most often used for handling dyes and fabrics: latex, vinyl, and nitrile. We've worked with all three for twenty years in the dyeing business and below are some of our reasons for offering only Nitrile.
Latex: Natural rubber. Positives - moderate protection against chemicals; soft, flexible, and comfortable; more puncture resistant than vinyl. Negatives - Risk for allergic reactions; low protection from chemicals and easily degraded by exposure to chemicals; can develop a tacky surface.
Vinyl: Positives - allergy free; cheap material. Negatives - loose fitting (easily slide off while working with fabric); easily punctured (frequently dyed fingers.); not so durable (wear through quickly); short cuff (no arm protection.)
Nitrile: Positives - all the advantages of latex without the risk of allergic reactions; more chemical resistance to acids and bases than latex; more puncture-resistant than latex or vinyl; comfortable during lengthy periods of wear; have a longer life than latex or vinyl. Long cuffs extend protection beyond hands and wrists. Negatives - We aren't aware of any and haven't experienced any.
Although these Nitrile gloves are advertised as disposable, we commonly use the same pair for more than one dye session. (One time, we used the same pair of medium gloves for a month of almost daily dyeing.) We're not offering a guarantee for that kind of performance for every glove; but just to suggest you can try using them repeated times. After each dyeing session, we just wash our hands with the gloves on; then remove them carefully and let them air dry (overnight). The next morning we find them like new again, and so we keep using them as long as they keep going or when we just decide to change out gloves.
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