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The easiest and cheapest way to keep your glove costs down is to wash and clean them to extend their useful lifespan, plain and simple. Last week, we wrote an article on washing leather work gloves, so today we’re focusing on the dos and don’ts for washing string-knit work gloves. We also discuss string-knit gloves that contain other popular materials for specific tips as not all gloves should be washed or cleaned the same way.
Kevlar® is strong and durable and won’t shrink as much as other materials when it comes to laundering.
Dyneema® is the brand name for High Performance Polyethylene, which is also manufactured by Superior Glove under the names TenActiv™ and Superior Touch®. The advice below applies for all HPPE fibers.
Laundering and dry cleaning won’t have an impact on the cut resistance of a glove. Over time the tensile strength and cut resistance of a glove will decrease and its appearance will change. But DuPont™ states that gloves made with 100% Kevlar® won’t have a difference in cut resistance even after 10 consecutive cleaning cycles.
An effective glove laundering program needs a good control system. This ensures that dirty gloves are accounted for and recycled or replaced after cleaning. Simple measures like trading in used gloves for new or clean gloves can help in this.
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