Vinyl Is the Best Buy in a Difficult Disposable Glove Market

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Disposable gloves are costly, with prices rising every day. For those seeking economies in this difficult market, vinyl gloves are worth your consideration. They are the most readily available and face the fewest manufacturing constraints.

In this era of COVID-19, personal hygiene is at the top of everyone’s mind. Demand for disposable gloves has consequently gone through the roof.

Problem is, so have prices.

Inventory is difficult to come by, and distributors are faced with tough choices: Do they continue to sell more expensive gloves, or take a sabbatical from carrying a product that their clients undoubtedly are clamoring for?

Nitrile gloves are always in the highest demand. Nitrile is the best all-around material for puncture resistance and chemical protection. It also has comfort to rival latex without any of the latex proteins that can aggravate sensitivities.

Third option is the value-added choice

There is another option: Vinyl is a versatile glove material that provides a comfortable fit, good tactile sensitivity, and resistance to common chemicals and cleaning solutions. And it delivers real value.

Vinyl is a synthetic material made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) monomers, with plasticizer added to make it flexible. (Without it, the PVC would be rigid, as it is when used to make pipe.) It’s inexpensive to create, making it a cost-effective alternative for applications that require frequent glove changes.

Less elastic than nitrile and latex, vinyl has a loose fit and a smooth, comfortable feel. Because it has no latex proteins, it will not cause allergic reactions to natural rubber.

The easiest material to come by

In the current market, vinyl gloves are the most available. Manufacturers face the fewest constraints in terms of raw materials.

Vinyl gloves are a great fit for food service, where preventing cross-contamination is serious business. Step two in prevention—immediately after “all employees must wash hands before returning to work”—begins with gloves.

They are also a low-cost solution for applications from janitorial and sanitation, to plumbing, to beauty & salon, to auto detailing.

Sometimes, a bargain is just a great deal

Too often when “value” is attached to a product, it’s easy to think “cheap,” an inferior item sold at lower cost. With vinyl gloves being manufactured better than ever, though, value means you don’t have to sacrifice quality for savings.

Whether industrial or exam grade, vinyl gloves deliver good barrier protection for light- to medium-duty jobs involving common cleaning solutions, hair dyes, and other non-hazardous materials. In medical grade they protect against bodily fluids, bloodborne pathogens,  and environmental contaminants.

All signs point to glove prices remaining high well into 2021. If you have never considered vinyl a viable alternative, this might be the time to start.

Learn more about vinyl gloves from AMMEX to see if they fit your needs.

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