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Rubber gloves made from natural rubber have been with us since the end of the 19th century, to address a longstanding need for cleaner practices and barrier protection.The key characteristics of elasticity, flexibility, strength, resilience and heat resistance made rubber an ideal material for gloves at a time when industry, agriculture and fishing were burgeoning sectors, employing large numbers of workers. In early days, the lack of technology limited the potential for rubber gloves to heavy industries, where dexterity was, perhaps, not overly important, but the benefits were widespread, and research and development has led to a vast range of rubber gloves for use in industrial and domestic environments.
Rubber Gloves Awareness
During the 20th Century, increased awareness of infection, viruses and toxicity demonstrated that rubber gloves had a critical role beyond just protection from abrasions and cuts. Nowadays, few homes would be found without gloves for use in domestic chores, and usage in lighter industries is now almost mandatory as Health and Safety Standards become more rigorous, and worker protection gains the recognition it warrants. It would now, for example, be almost impossible to imagine a food industry – from harvesting through processing and distribution – operating without the basic safety measure of rubber gloves.
Household Gloves & Industrial Gloves Use
Household rubber gloves have been used for washing dishes and cleaning in the home since the 1960s. Many different designs of gloves have been available in a multitude of colors but traditional designs are yellow or pink with long cuffs. While these still remain the most popular patterns today, gloves can be obtained that range from wrist-length to those that are shoulder-length. There are even gloves that are pre-attached to shirts and bodysuits for added protection.
Rubber gloves are best worn with a skin tight fit which, while still allowing for the hands to breathe, makes it easier to hold objects and manipulate them. The palms and fingers usually have a raised pattern which helps provide a good grip when handling objects. Wearing gloves protects the hands from harsh detergents and other cleaning products which are used in the home and elsewhere.
These gloves are traditionally used by people cleaning in the home and are popular with professional cleaners and for clearing up in shops, cafes and other public places. The thickness of the gloves and the long cuffs provide excellent protection for all general cleaning tasks and are useful for all chores where the hands need to be put into water, and provide protection when vacuuming, dusting, and polishing.
The most common material used for making household gloves is latex, a form of rubber. Unlined gloves feel better on the skin and provide a greater ability to manipulate things. They are available in a wider range of colors and cuff lengths.
Latex Gloves and industrial gloves are used in the food service Industry for minimizing contact with ready to eat foods. Generally, foodservice employees are required to wash hands before starting work or putting on single-use gloves.
Rubber Gloves are sometimes used in childcare during the diapering/ toileting process to protect the caregiver from coming in contact with the child’s fecal material/urine. Fecal matter in particular as it is known to carry many diseases. Many caregivers use gloves while touching the child’s buttocks or genitals when wiping or applying creams.
Led by companies like TK Bosaeng Glove, Asia’s leading natural latex glove manufacturer, the rubber glove industry has responded impressively, with a heavy commitment to research and development. At TK Bosaeng Glove, we now offer an extensive range of OEM gloves and branded gloves, all made from natural latex, for a multitude of uses. As well, we have the capability and flexibility, in our modern Thailand-based facilities, to produce tailor-made products for individual clients. We are committed to manufacturing consistently high quality rubber gloves at very competitive prices, backed by a highly efficient global logistics network that ensures we deliver quickly and effectively. If you wish to learn more about how we can help, feel free to visit our website at www.tkbosaeng.com, or contact us at marketing @tkbosaeng.com