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 gloves for your project.
Here are 3 steps to help you find your best work gloves.
1. Decide what you need the gloves for.
Before you can decide which type of glove 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 pull material. For example, if you use a hammer or gardening gloves and hand tools frequently, gloves with a rubber grip could provide additional security.
When you work with your hands a lot, you may develop blisters or even calluses. The right glove 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 a soft glove with a breathable material that fit your hand well.
Gloves can also provide protection from injuries as we’ll discuss soon.
2. Assess your risks
A primary function of work gloves is to reduce your risk of hand injury. Even with simple gardening, your hands could be affected by splinters, biting or stinging insects, and other small hazards. In most cases, lightweight gloves can decrease the risk significantly.
If you were 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 stream during your work?
To prevent cut and pinch injuries, for tasks like gardening, landscaping, carpentry cooking, metalworking, or other tool-related jobs, choose thick, durable gloves, possibly puncture-resistant gloves that can absorb some of the damage for you.
While tough, cut resistant gloves won't protect you from all injury They can help reduce the chance that you'll slice your hand while working. Look for a material with the right thickness and padding for your job.
Look for padded gloves with a chemical resistant material if you work with chemicals or tools that could cause burns.
If you're doing construction, heavy yard work, woodworking, or other jobs that use power tools, you'll need gloves that are impact resistant. These gloves will have extra padding on the palm and knuckle of the hand. This will help absorb the shock of a heavy blow keeping your hands protected from chafing, blistering, or bruising.
Jobs like gardening, plumbing, carpentry, painting, auto work, or the use of any chemicals will require liquid resistant gloves.
You need to find a glove that's watertight but still allows for a range of movement. If you don't need complete water resistant, you can also find materials that have been coated with a material that helps them shed water. If you're looking for concrete gloves for an outdoor job or construction work, you can find a special rubber coating that will let you handle substances like concrete, tar, or mortar.
Cold resistant gloves are lined with a material to provide insulation for your hands and trap heat inside the gloves. We have a great selection of winter lined gloves.
If you’re concerned about the effect that repetitive motion could have on your hands, look for gloves that go little further up your arm. Consider gloves with compression or support to reduce the strain on your hands and wrists.
3. Determine the right material
Our brand offers a variety of gloves and seven 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:
Cotton. Cotton gloves are great for beginners or casual gardeners. However, the 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. Our Iron Fencer Glove is our best seller.
Nitrile. Nitrile consists of a knitted material that’s coated with a liquid rubber. And 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.
Bonus Tip: 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.
Check out our sizing chart here.
Don’t forget to monitor your stock. May sure you have enough work glove options on-site so you and your team isn’t trading up or down sizes, risking injury.
Finding the best work gloves for you isn't as simple as taking a one-size-fits-all pair off the shelf and calling it a day.
You need to find a work glove that fits your needs and preferences while on a job whether you are looking for durability, dexterity, protection, or comfort.
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