A Guide To Proper Glove Use

Gloves are an essential safety tool when it comes to cleaning. They should always be worn when cleaning to prevent the spread of germs, bacteria, and viruses as well as protect workers from potential chemical exposure. It’s essential to remember though, that gloves only work effectively if the right type are used and they are worn properly.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss the importance of gloves, the types of gloves available, how to put them on properly, and more.


Why Wear Gloves?

The importance of gloves can’t be stressed enough. They are a necessity for custodians and cleaners; protecting the hands from harsh cleaning chemicals or bacteria that can be found on surfaces in hospitals, schools, businesses, and other public places. Gloves also help to keep your hands safe from injuries such as cuts and punctures.


Types of Gloves

There is not a standard type of glove that works for all situations; they come in a variety of types depending on their use. They can vary in material, flexibility, and thickness and it’s important to know what type of glove should be used for the appropriate situation. Latex, vinyl, and nitrile gloves are most common. Latex gloves are typically thin and suitable for general cleaning while industrial-grade rubber is thicker and may be more appropriate for situations where chemicals are present.

Gloves should be made with a material that can stand up to whatever cleaning solution or chemical you will be using; if you’re unsure about what type of glove to use, always ask!


Right Fit for Gloves

In addition to selecting the correct type of glove, it’s equally important to ensure gloves are the right size. They need to fit correctly to be effective and provide the required protection.

Gloves that are too tight may cause discomfort or injury when worn for an extended period. They can also limit blood flow through your fingers making it more difficult to grip or hold onto things. Gloves that are too loose will not provide the appropriate protection and may fall off easily, exposing your hands.

As a general guide, gloves should fit snugly but not be so tight that they’re uncomfortable, and you should have enough room to move your fingers freely.


Tips To Ensure You Are Wearing Gloves Properly

It’s crucial to put gloves on correctly, particularly if you are wearing them for protection. Here are some tips to ensure you are wearing gloves properly…

1.       Thoroughly wash hands before putting gloves on.

2.       Always select the appropriately sized gloves.

3.       Pull glove cuff towards wrist to cover as much skin as possible and secure glove.

4.       Check to make sure there are no holes or tears.

5.       When removing, never touch the outside. Use the inside and the opposite glove to remove.


We hope this guide has helped you understand some of the basics of proper glove use to keep everyone safe from harm when cleaning.

If you’re looking for more info about gloves in the workplace reach out to have a conversation!