Vinyl gloves are the workhorses of the disposable glove world. They may not be sexy, but they get the job done.
If your glove customers are cost conscious above all, vinyl should be your first recommendation. There are three industries in which they are a perfect fit under most circumstances.
Janitorial/sanitation. The profile here calls for frequent glove changes. That means a thinner glove with a loose fit so it goes on and off easily. Vinyl is not form-fitting like latex or nitrile, so it’s easy to change gloves in a hurry when they become soiled or experience a rip or puncture.
Vinyl gloves are always 3 mils thick, so they don’t offer the barrier protection of heavier nitrile or latex gloves. They are fine for working with cleaning solutions and non-toxic chemicals, however. You can see which substances are recommended for vinyl by downloading a Chemical Resistance Chart at our Sales Support page. Just log into your account at the Online Portal and navigate over.
A good deal for food service
Food service. From making sandwiches to busing tables, vinyl’s affordability and versatility are a great complement to any restaurant—especially since margins in the food industry are razor-thin and pinching pennies is considered an art form.
For an all-purpose glove at a great price, it’s hard to beat X3 Industrial Clear Vinyl Gloves (GPX3). The user gets dependable hygiene maintenance and barrier protection. Because they contain no latex proteins, there are no worries about allergic reactions.
Considering that the trend in food service is to move away from latex either because of legislative requirement or a desire to better serve public health, vinyl is the way to go. This glove is one of AMMEX’s top sellers—and for good reason.
Better gloves deliver better margins
Vinyl also delivers a greater margin for distributors than polyethylene food gloves, about which—let’s be honest here—nobody has a lot of nice things to say.
Beauty & salon. Whether your customers are working with hair, nails, or skin, vinyl gloves are an easy answer to protecting hands from potentially hazardous products.
While not offering the level of chemical protection that nitrile does, their more favorable price point makes them a natural choice for applications requiring frequent glove changes. Some nail technicians prefer latex gloves because of their superior fit, but prolonged exposure to latex can lead to latex allergies where none existed before. There is also concern that latex gloves will aggravate customers’ existing allergies.
Opportunities abound for selling vinyl
There are also plenty of other outlets for vinyl gloves: painting, auto detailing, quick-lube operations and, as long as the coronavirus lingers, any job that involves human contact, from retail to public transit.
In a perfect glove market, nitrile would be cheap and plentiful. Because we have to work with the market we have, however, we sometimes have to make cost concessions, which is where vinyl comes in.
For most light-duty industrial applications, vinyl gets the job done, at a price that keeps customers happy.