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Chemical-Resistant Gloves: Types, Tips and Tools

by Julie on February 28, 2013

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Chemical gloves are tricky, using the wrong glove could have serious consequences. So it’s important to match the right glove material with each application. Today on the blog, we’re going to dive into the world of chemical-resistant gloves and highlight what you need to know when choosing the right glove.

Supported vs. Unsupported:

Chemical-resistant gloves can be supported or unsupported.

  • Unsupported: This means that the glove was manufactured by dipping a porcelain form directly into a material or polymer and no supporting liner is used. Unsupported chemical-resistant gloves provide enhanced dexterity and tactile sensitivity.
  • Supported: This means that a material or polymer is dipped onto a knitted liner. Supported chemical-resistant gloves provide enhanced comfort, strength and durability.


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1. Latex:

  • Overview: Latex is a natural rubber with high elasticity compared to other glove materials. It withstands water, alcohols and some ketones but isn’t great with hydrocarbon or organic solvents. It’s not as popular as it once was because of allergies.
  • Applications: Janitorial, food processing, general maintenance.
  • Good For: Ketones and mild acids.

2. Nitrile:

  • Overview: Nitrile is used as an alternative to latex for those with allergies. Nitrile has good resistance to oils, fuels and certain organic solvents.
  • Applications: Auto assembly, petro-chemical, food processing
  • Good For: Oils, greases, petroleum products and some acids and caustics.

3. PVC:

  • Overview: PVC has good abrasion resistance and is effective against water and liquid solutions, detergents, and diluted bases and acids. It has limited chemical resistance to organic solvents.
  • Applications: General maintenance, fisheries, construction, janitorial and gardening.
  • Good For: Most acids, fats and petroleum hydrocarbons.

4. Neoprene:

  • Overview: Neoprene is flexible and has good abrasion resistance. Neoprene also has good sustainability around heat.
  • Applications: Automotive, degreasing, mechanical, janitorial, deep fryers
  • Good For: Some acids and caustics.

So there you have it. Still not sure which gloves to use? Click the button below to see our Chemical-Resistant Glove Selector Chart!
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I agree that Latex Disposable Gloves are made of natural rubber. These gloves are flexible and protect your hands from germs.

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