How to safely remove “used” disposable gloves

The subject title of this post my seem to be very elementary at first but the Covid-19 virus pandemic has created a tremendous amount of confusion when buying and using PPE safety products like masks and gloves.

Actually, the title is far from elementary. It’s a major public safety issue for those not trained or used to wearing disposable gloves like food handlers or healthcare personnel. I’m not saying you should not wear gloves but to incorrectly use disposable gloves will make them a useless safety procedure and even cause more harm and spread this devastating invisible virus.

We are selling a lot disposable gloves and masks to our customers around the world looking for defensive measures against the Covid virus which is great. I am also seeing a lot of people out and about and shopping while wearing gloves which is also great. But, sadly, I am also seeing that most people aren’t wearing or discarding their gloves properly which negates the whole purpose of wearing the disposable gloves.

For example, most untrained people don’t take off their gloves quick enough, thus further contaminating themselves and others around them including the items they touch. Additionally, you should never reuse disposable gloves. I’m sure you’ve seen food handlers frequently dispose and change gloves between functions or healthcare workers frequently dispose and change gloves from chore to patient. This is to avoid any cross contamination of any type. The same thing applies to you to avoid the Covid virus bug.

So, the point I am making here is to dispose of the gloves as soon as you are done shopping at the grocery store or other venue. Disposable gloves are very inexpensive and take up very little space in your purse or pockets so I suggest carrying a couple pair on your various trips.

To shop safely, I suggest social distancing, do not touch your face (this is one reason you see people wearing a face shield in addition to a face mask), frequently sanitize and wash your hands to avoid any possible contact with the virus.

If you want to wear gloves as an added preventive measure, the guidelines below are recommended in order to safely remove your disposable gloves.

  1. Grip the outside of one glove at the wrist without touching your skin.
  2. Peel the glove away from your hand by pulling it inside out.
  3. Hold the removed glove in your other “gloved” hand.
  4. To peel off the second glove, put your bare fingers inside the glove at the wrist.
  5. Turn the second glove inside out, pulling it away from your hand, while leaving the first glove inside the second.
  6. Discard the gloves away in a trash container immediately.
  7. Wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer immediately after removing your gloves.

Once you try the above method for the first time, you will laugh and smile at how clever and easy it is and want to show others as well. It’s almost like a magic trick but a very helpful one.

Also, don’t forget to tell them the Glove-Guru taught you how to remove used disposable gloves.

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Joe McGarry

The Glove Guru

Should I buy Powder-Free or Powdered Disposable gloves?

This old question about buying Powdered Gloves vs. Powder-Free Gloves has recently become a new question again by consumers due to the current catastrophic virus pandemic. This new virus has created a new increased demand for protective disposable gloves by new users. Most people think it’s a user issue regarding a friendlier glove but, funny enough, the powder issue is due to a necessity that came about a long time ago originating with the manufacturing. It brings back fond technical memories to me when I got into the glove business over 30 years ago.  

When disposable gloves were first developed, they were either made from solutions of latex or vinyl. Now, picture a long assembly line that moves with artificial porcelain (mandrel molds) hands hanging from a track. As these mandrels move along, they dip into big vat full with a special liquid solution containing powder. Then they move to another vat containing the latex solution. Next, they travel through a heat chamber which essentially evaporates (dries) the liquid from the latex. The gloves are now cured and ready for removal from the mandrels, inspection and packaging.

To remove a cured glove from its mandrel mold, the mandrels were coated with powder solutions prior to the dipping process in order to make it easier to remove the cured glove from the mold. Without the powder solution coating on the mandrels, the cured gloves would stick to the mandrels casing them to be defective when removed. Therefore, the powder practice became an intricate part of the manufacturing process. This was especially the case with latex gloves. It should be noted that powder ended up partially coating the outside of the gloves due to powder dust caused by the gloves  being removed from the mandrels.

What everyone discovered was that the powder process also made the latex gloves easier for users to slip the gloves on or off. This was because a residue of the powder solution remained inside each glove after they were made. This powder residue made the inside of the gloves slick eliminating a lot of glove breakage when putting them on.

In the late eighties many manufactures even used flavored powder coatings which were popular to the dental industry. A few also manufactured some latex models without powders due to allergic issues caused by the powder. The flavored models eventually were discontinued since they created excess saliva from patients which hindered many dental procedures. Powdered models are still popular but to a less degree due to good vinyl and nitrile glove models which are easier to slip on and off. It should be noted that latex had its own disadvantages to about 20% of the population due to allergies from the proteins in the latex. This is a separate issue from  problems caused by the powder as noted below.

Keep in mind that, today, disposable gloves are widely used in many industries outside of healthcare. For example, they are a required protective accessory (PPE) in the restaurant and food service industries as well as most manufacturing industries.

Today, I highly recommend powder-free gloves for many reasons.

First, they are less expensive. Yes, it is only a matter of pennies a glove but it adds up quickly with disposables.

Also, powder-free disposable gloves have been vastly improved technically over the last two decades and better materials and manufacturing processes make the gloves easier to slip-on and off and rarely break.

Additionally, powdered gloves add another element to contamination and allergy issues. Think of ordering a sandwich in a sandwich shop and they wore powdered gloves which added minuscule talc or powder to the bread or slices of meat or greens.

Another aspect is to know that the FDA has banned powdered gloves from the healthcare industry in 2016. The FDA claims the powdered glove models present an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury.  

(It should be noted that having an added element such as a powder or talc added to the gloves creates issues about the type and source of the powder or talc since most all disposable gloves are made outside of the USA.)  

I also predict that powdered gloves will become more expensive over time and eventually become harder to find. I don’t think powdered gloves will disappear from some markets such as manufacturing since some workers will insist on using them. However, powder gloves no longer offer any distinct advantages over powder-free gloves for the manufacturers or for the users.

In conclusion, powder-free gloves offer you a safer and more economical glove choice over their powdered counterpart.

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Joe McGarry

The Glove Guru

Catering gloves that work and still look great

Waiter using white glovess
Waiter using white gloves

Catering gloves that work and still look great

It’s that time of year again when special hospitality events start happening so we like to provide everyone with useful glove up-dates and recommendations.

Many of our high-end repeat customers like hotels and country clubs who we are always in contact with us are familiar with our recommendations. However, if you are new with us, we feel this information is helpful with your glove selection and purchase. By posting this brief on the Glove Guru Blog makes it a permanent archive on our web site for future reference.

I will cover catering serving gloves which are also referred to as food service gloves but this brief is focused on gloves used by waiters, waitresses, and workers serving platted food. I will include a link at the end of this post for those looking for other types of food service gloves.

Suggestion #1 – Use Cotton Gloves

Although our nylon gloves have the look and the feel like our high quality cotton gloves and are more user “size” friendly since they stretch, they are more slippery. That will cost you dearly in broken plates and lost dinners and this doesn’t account for the sound of broken glass and gasps among the crowd during a nice dinner event. Plus, our cotton gloves launder nicely for those that like to reuse them.  

Cotton serving gloves also have dual purposes, too. Besides looking good and keeping hands away from food, the cotton helps as a heat barrier for heated plates. This is a benefit for your employees, so wearing the gloves is useful to them as well.

Suggestion #2 – Consider Beaded Palm Gloves

Perhaps, many of you that are new to us didn’t even know these gloves exist but we’ve been selling them for over 2 decades now. They were always very popular with our honor guard and marching band users due to their enhanced gripping (think long parades carrying flags, rifles and musical instruments) but they gradually became the choice of fine restaurants and food catering companies for the same “gripping” reason once they learned that we made them.   We even make them in Black models so see next suggestion.

Suggestion #3 – Consider Black Models

OK.. We’ve all come to consider White Gloves the gold standard when it comes to hospitality and stellar service and I’m in full agreement. After all, White Glove Service has been a well-known motto for ages.

On the other hand, I’ve seen a slight increase among our very large catering companies to switch to Black models. They attribute the move to black gloves since they hide food stains better. I’m talking about very large banquet facilities here who serve hundreds of dinners at one occasion but it’s something to consider. After all, black is elegant, too.

Suggestion #4 – Glove Selection

Again, as always, we make it easy to find the best catering glove for your individual needs. We’ve even broken it down to make it simpler by having them in a few select glove categories.

I included a few links below to help you, so please check them out and please let me know if you have any questions. These links are also included in our left hand navigation panel for future reference and our robust search bar at the top of our home page is another good option for finding the right glove for your needs.

Useful Links:

White Catering Gloves

Black Catering Gloves

Food Service Gloves (All types of useful food service gloves)

Catering Gloves


https://www.gloves-online.com/
 
Catering Gloves have always been a large part of our business for many years.
Customers have often bought what they liked but had to scroll through our vast listings to find the models they desired. 
In order to make it easier, we’ve now added a new quick search link on our Home Page in our left hand navigation panel. We’ve even made it simple by breaking the options in the drop down menu down to two preferences.
Both links include the most popular glove models used by food servers including our popular dotted palm models which grasp plates without slippage and speed up serving time. 
The same gloves have always been listed under our Food Service Glove category under General Purpose gloves in our navigation links and that category also includes other gloves such as cut resistant and disposable gloves that are used in the food service industry. 

Black cotton gloves sales surge with food servers


https://www.gloves-online.com/catalog/food-service-gloves

For years we have served the food service and hospitality industry with our popular white cotton gloves which are widely used by waiters and waitresses. 
This past year, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in sales to the same customers for black gloves. I’m told that this is due to cost savings since the black gloves generally hide any staining from the food and still look elegant. 
Our black cotton models come in standard versions and dotted versions for gripping and are available in wrist length and 12” length. All are unisex sized. 
See link below for our whole line up of Food Service Gloves. 
 

Whizard Stainless Steel Metal Mesh Cut Resistant Gloves

http://www.gloves-online.com/whizard-stainless-steel-metal-mesh-gloves


We’ve sold these gloves for over a decade now and they remain one of our most popular cut resistant gloves – and when I say cut resistant, there is no glove that is absolutely cut resistant like these. This is why many professionals in the food service industries among other industries turn to these gloves as the finale safety remedy. 
We stock three (3) versions in sizes from XXS to XXL and they are ambidextrous. 
Read more about these gloves at the following link:

How to make rubber gloves

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9PMs_N33fU


This is a short video which demonstrates how rubber gloves are made.  The process hasn’t changed much over the last 20 years except for the types of solutions. 
It’s part of my glove history and I thought it would be interesting for the average lay person to see. 
You may want to also see our range of disposable gloves used in healthcare, food service, and industry.

Link: Disposable gloves

Why Allergies Might Someday Mean the End of Latex Gloves



This story appeared in my in-box a few days ago and although it’s not new news, it’s a topic that I’m an expert on since it is how I got into the glove business 25 years ago. 
Latex allergies and the use of latex gloves have been a problem for decades and only gets worse over time due to repeated exposure. Link to story by ABC NEWS. 
The healthcare industry has largely migrated to Nitrile gloves to avoid user and patient exposure to latex but the food industry has lagged far behind. Now it seems that some states have even passed laws prohibiting the use of latex gloves in food handling and more are working on getting bills before state legislatures. 
As a matter of fact, we even discontinued offering latex gloves as part of our Food Service Glove line. We’ve even managed to switch most of our Food Service Glove customers to vinyl gloves which are also half the cost to latex gloves. 
We also offer glove liners for workers who continue to wear latex gloves in other industries. 
Also see link about “Problems with Latex Gloves” on our web site.
If anyone has any questions or needs any assistance on this topic please let us know. 

Food Service & Restaurant Gloves


Over the last 25 years, people are always curious when we tell them we are in the glove business. Most never think that gloves play an important role in our daily lives beyond just providing warmth during the winter months like this year in particular or safety for construction and manufacturing workers. As a matter of fact, we even have two (2) different web sites due to our vast glove inventory – 1 for our Consumer gloves and 1 for our Industrial gloves
A perfect example of our diversity is our Food Service & Restaurant Glove selections. These include gloves such as Cotton Beaded Server Gloves, Cold (Freezer) Resistant Gloves, Cut Resistant Gloves, Glove Liners, Heat Resistant Gloves, Kitchen Utility Gloves, Single-Use Disposable Gloves, and even Stainless Steel Metal Mesh Gloves (shown). 
You can view these gloves at the following links:
This is also a reason that we refer to ourselves as the world’s largest glove store so let us know how we can glove you. The only thing better than our vast glove selection are our prices. 

Food Service Gloves – No More Bare Hands

http://www.gloves-online.com/products.php?cat=157


Starting January 1, 2014, many states across the USA have made revisions and additions to their Food Service Sanitation Rules by their Public Health agencies. These revisions are derived from the 2009 FDA model food code to allow more science based regulatory inspections.
Most important is a well needed rule regarding “Bare Hand Contact with Ready-To-Eat Foods” (RTE).
Example Rule (15A NCAC 18A.2600):
Food handlers will not be allowed to touch RTE foods with their bare hands to prevent contamination of food that is not cooked or food that will not be cooked again before serving. The use of utensils such as deli tissue, spatulas, tongs, single-use gloves, or dispensing equipment will be required.
During my cursory research, this rule (in some states) also includes bar tenders handling ice and drink garnishes such as fresh fruit. I can just imagine how excited some macho bar tenders will feel about having to wear disposable gloves on ladies night.
In any case, we are prepared to service those new customers needing single-use disposable food service gloves. You can see these gloves at this link: Food Service Gloves