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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Work Gloves

Whether you're cleaning up your property after a storm, starting a garden, or remodeling your home, you need to protect your hands. While using the correct techniques and tools for the job can reduce your chance of injury, you should also prioritize choosing the right work gloves for your project.

In this blog, we provide five steps to help you find your best work gloves.

1. Assess Your Needs

Before you can decide which type of gloves you need, you first must determine exactly what you'll use the gloves for. Will the gloves help provide a stronger grip, simple comfort as you work, or protection from potential injury?

If you need to keep a firm grip on your tools, consider gloves with a specialized palm material. For example, if you use a hammer or gardening hand tools frequently, gloves with a rubber grip could provide additional security.

When you work with your hands a lot, you may develop blisters and eventual callouses. The right gloves can minimize the impact on your hands, keeping you comfortable as you work. Work gloves can also be helpful for women with manicured nails who want to prevent breakage or chipping. For this purpose, look for soft gloves with a breathable material that fit your hand well.

Gloves can also provide protection from injuries as we'll discuss in the next section.

2. Assess Your Risks

One of the primary functions of most work gloves is to reduce your risk of hand injuries. Even when simply gardening, your hands could be affected by splinters, biting or stinging insects, and other small hazards. In most cases, lightweight gloves can decrease these risks significantly.

If you are looking for heavier duty work gloves, think about the types of injuries your hands could sustain. Are you vulnerable to lacerations, crush injuries, pinch injuries, burns, impact damage, or repetitive motion strain during your work?

To prevent cut and pinch injuries, choose thick, durable gloves that can absorb some of that damage for you. If your work creates the possibility of weight or impact-related injuries, choose gloves with padding and a liner to minimize the severity of a potential injury. You may also want to opt for padded gloves with a chemical-resistant material if you work with chemicals or tools that could cause burns.

If you're concerned about the effect that repetitive motions could have on your hands, look for gloves that go a little further up your arm. Consider gloves with compression or support to reduce the strain on your hands and wrists.

3. Choose a Reputable Manufacturer

Work gloves are an important investment, especially if you do the job in question frequently or for a living. Only consider gloves made by a reputable brand and sold in a new or like-new condition by a supplier you trust.

If you need specialized gloves, check if a potential manufacturer has a history of making protective garments for workers like you. For example, if you need to handle a lot of corrosive chemicals, see how well gloves made for lab workers, fabricators, and cleaning staff from this manufacturer have been rated.

4. Determine the Right Material

Most brands offer a variety of gloves in several different materials in order to provide the right fit based on your needs and risks. Choosing the right material means your gloves will last longer and better serve their purpose.

Common glove materials include:

  • Bamboo. This natural fiber is highly breathable, helping keep your hands cool even when working in warm conditions. Bamboo gloves are suitable for most gardening and for light hand work.
  • Cotton. Cotton gloves are great for beginning or casual gardeners. However, this material won't hold up against excess soil exposure, so you may need a second pair if you plan to do any hand tilling.
  • Leather. Natural or treated leather is often the material of choice for heavy duty work gloves.
  • Nitrile. Nitrile consists of a knitted material that's coated with a liquid rubber. Nitrile gloves are great to enhance your grip, but are mostly used for lighter work since the material is fairly thin.
  • Rubber. High-quality rubber is appropriate when you need gloves that are waterproof or chemically resistant. However, rubber gloves can reduce dexterity so they shouldn't be used for precision work.

If you do many different work tasks, you may need more than one pair of gloves to protect your hands.

5. Find the Correct Fit

If possible, try on several glove choices before making a decision. Your gloves should feel natural on your hand without a lot of space at the tips of the fingers, around the palm, or around the wrist.

Gloves that are the right size stay on more securely and provide better overall protection as you work.

 

Use these guidelines to give yourself vital and fundamental protection as you work. Find high-quality work gloves and other protective clothing products from Central Farm and Garden.