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Latex Vs Vinyl Gloves in Childcare Settings

Latex vs. Vinyl gloves? Powder or powder-free? What is the best choice for a daycare center? The answer may depend on several factors, so it can be helpful to educate yourself on the differences between the types and which best suits your childcare situation. Your daycare supplier can help you make the right choice for your needs.

Latex are known for their good fit as well as their superior barrier protection. They are also very durable. The only downside of latex is that some people have developed a latex sensitivity or allergy and cannot use them.

Latex is made out of natural rubber. As it is processed, more chemicals are added to help the latex become more elastic. Some people are allergic to latex and others develop sensitivity when wearing over a long period of time as a part of their job, for example, a healthcare worker. It also matters where you buy. A quality manufacturer, such as Ammex, uses the least amount of sensitizing chemicals as possible in making their latex gloves.

Vinyl gloves are a popular alternative to vinyl gloves because they are latex free and inexpensive. They are usually made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride.) Vinyl is not quite as durable as latex and has slightly less barrier protection. Vinyl gloves are usually less expensive than latex.

Gloves are powdered to help them slide on easier. Cornstarch is generally used as the powder. They are less expensive than powder free, sometimes 30 percent or more. The problem with powdered gloves is that the powder can go airborne while putting them on and taking them off, and can be inhaled. Especially with latex, this could be a problem because the latex proteins could be inhaled.

Powder free gloves have become more popular, for both latex and vinyl. Powder free latex tend to be less likely to cause an allergic reaction. However, they are more expensive. Manufacturers state that powder free gloves involve extra steps in the manufacturing process.

There are also different thicknesses of gloves. For many childcare center duties, an economy 3 mil grade will meet your needs. Other tasks may require a more durable glove. Remember that gloves come in different sizes, from small to extra-large.

Once you have educated yourself on the different options, your next step would be to contact a knowledgeable daycare supplies company, like PureFUN!, to help you choose the correct gloves for your center.



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