How to clean and take care of work gloves

Whether in daily life or in a work environment, you need to protect yourself, so having a complete set of personal protective equipment is an excellent choice. Among these, work safety gloves are particularly important. Therefore, how to choose the right work gloves is something you need to consider.

Additionally, understanding how to extend the lifespan of your gloves so that you don’t have to replace them frequently will help improve their cost-effectiveness. The maintenance methods for each type of glove vary depending on their material.

Materials

Cotton Gloves

Function

Cotton gloves are made from cotton and fabric materials, mainly used to protect the hands from injury during labor, especially when handling clean and fragile items or sensitive materials. They also provide warmth and can be used alone or as liners with other gloves.

Cleaning

Ensure to rinse them thoroughly after each use. These gloves can withstand a lot of water, so frequent washing won’t damage them. However, if you need to handle chemical plant agents, they might damage the gloves. Before further use, make sure to rinse the gloves completely clean, especially removing dirt from between the fingers. Next, machine wash the cotton canvas gloves with cold water to prevent shrinking. Avoid using a dryer; air dries them by hanging them up or laying them flat at room temperature.

Knitted Gloves

Function

Knitted gloves are made from various fiber materials using knitting technology and are one of the most popular types of gloves. They can meet almost any need, whether for practical use or fashion. Knitted gloves can be used for outdoor sports, winter warmth, safety protection, etc. They come in many colors and styles to suit your needs.

Cleaning

Though knitted gloves are easy to clean and can usually be machine washed, they must be handled carefully to prevent damage. Use warm water with a little mild shampoo to gently scrub them by hand, ensuring thorough cleaning. If concerned about the gloves being too soft, you can add a few drops of conditioner. Rinse thoroughly with cold water until no soap remains, then press out the water and lay flat to dry in the sun. Do not wring them out, as this can damage the fibers and distort the shape.

Leather Gloves

Function

Leather gloves are made from various animal skins and have been widely used for heavy labor for decades. Although they come in only a few colors, they are the most durable and long-lasting among all types of work gloves. Like knitted gloves, they achieve unparalleled perfection in both practicality and fashion.

Cleaning

The first step in cleaning leather gloves is to remove accumulated dirt using a dry, clean toothbrush or other soft brush (like a nail brush) to dust off the gloves. Be careful not to damage the leather. Then use a paper towel or clean old cloth to apply a bit of leather cleaning soap to the gloves, followed by a damp cloth to rinse off the soap. Do not use too much water, as this can damage the leather. This process may need to be repeated several times to remove stubborn dirt. Lay the cleaned gloves flat to dry at room temperature, stretching them regularly during the drying process. Do not dry them in high temperatures or direct sunlight.

Nitrile or Latex-Coated Gloves

Function

Latex/Nitrile-coated gloves are made by dipping cotton or fabric gloves into natural or synthetic rubber, giving them the properties of the rubber used. They offer higher strength, elasticity, tear resistance, chemical resistance, and excellent flexibility and comfort.

Cleaning

The cotton part of latex/nitrile-coated gloves can be cleaned with cold water and a little shampoo, similar to cleaning knitted gloves. The rubber-coated part requires a different method. First, rinse this part with cold water in a sink to remove caked dirt. Apply some dish soap to the latex or nitrile rubber and scrub it clean under running water. After cleaning, lay the gloves flat to dry. Do not squeeze or twist them.

Conclusion

Learning how to choose and maintain gloves is essential for purchasing gloves, as it extends their lifespan, reduces damage risks, and ensures you have durable gloves for years without frequent replacements.

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