Everything You Should Know About Gloves
Gloves are garments or pieces of clothing that have been made specifically to cover the hands. These garments always come with separate openings or sheaths for each of your fingers.
One of the core features of gloves is their versatility. These amazing hand-covering accessories can be used for dozens of operations.
This piece will discuss certain types of gloves, how to make gloves, and includes tips on how to clean boxing gloves and leather gloves.
Types of Gloves
Over the years, gloves have become some of the best hand protection garments anyone can get their hands on.
The versatile nature of these hand-coverers has made them quite useful in almost every industry. This section of this piece will discuss some of the glove types available.
Arguably the most popular glove type, leather gloves have been designed for a wide range of industries. They offer unique qualities that some other glove types may be lacking.
Leather gloves have become the ideal glove for almost every industry because of the unique features of leather. Generally, leather is one of very few materials that resists sparks, offers a comfortable grip, and is capable of offering protection against abrasive and sharp objects.
Even when these gloves are exposed to hot temperatures, leather still offers maximum protection against wear and tear. However, if exposed to too much heat, leather gloves may begin to shrivel.
Unsurprisingly, most of the boxing gloves available today are made from high-quality leather.
Coated Fabric Gloves
Otherwise referred to as “multi-purpose gloves,” coated fabric gloves are designed to offer you an increased level of resistance and puncture. In addition, these fabric gloves offer you an improved or higher chemical resistance when compared to other fabric gloves.
When it comes to fabric gloves, there are a couple of coatings you can choose from — PVC, latex, polyurethane, and nitrile.
Although popular, this glove type has been found to be less flexible, especially in the winter season.
It is important to remember, while the coated fabric glove type offers protection from chemical substances, they should not be used in place of various specialized gloves.
Aluminized gloves are basically heat resistant gloves that are suitable for all forms of welding operations. These gloves can also be used in foundry and furnace jobs.
Unlike other glove types, aluminized gloves are made with insulative properties, which is why they are capable of offering protection even in areas with temperatures up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Impact and Vibration-Resistant Gloves
Recently, there has been an increase in the number of people affected by “vibration to the hand.” In fact, reports have revealed that HAVS (Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome) is now a topic all safety professionals must discuss.
HAVS has been identified to have negative effects on workers. For example, this syndrome can result in loss of the touch sensation and is capable of affecting blood flow to the fingers.
These impact and vibration-resistant gloves have been designed, fortunately, to reduce the effects of vibration on the hand.
They simply work by first absorbing the energy emanating from an impact, then gradually reducing the vibration that reaches the hand. In this way, these gloves help to protect you from harm.
This glove type is ideal for individuals who work in industries where energy is consistently transferred to their hands.
As the name implies, these gloves have been made to efficiently protect you against chemicals and other harmful liquids.
There are a ton of these chemical-resistant gloves you can get your hands on at the moment.
- Rubber Gloves – These gloves are mainly used for extended chemical contact. In addition to offering you protection from chemicals, these rubber gloves help protect you from steam permeation.
- Neoprene Gloves – Ideal for all extended contact with acids, fuel, alcohol, bases, gasoline, etc.
- Nitrile Rubber Gloves – One of the most versatile chemical-resistant gloves, nitrile rubber gloves are “general-use gloves” that can be used by anyone for any task.
While there are tons of more glove types out there, we have only discussed some of the most popular ones.
How to Make Gloves
While you may have searched “how to make fingerless gloves” on the internet a few times with no satisfying answer, this section provides a simple, step-by-step guide on how you can make not just fingerless gloves, but regular gloves as well.
The trick to actually getting this done is gathering all the essential materials you will need for this task.
Some of the materials you will need include, but are definitely not limited to, the following:
- Fabric, or any material of your choice
- Measuring tape
- Fabric marker
- Sewing machine
Step 1 – Create the Glove Pattern
First, you will need to trace an outline of your hand (or that of another person) onto a piece of paper. With all of your fingers spread apart, pick up the pen and start tracing.
Try to keep your pen close to your fingers as you trace. If you prefer fingerless gloves, then stop tracing at the point of the finger where you want the glove fabric to end. If not, trace all the way around your fingers.
- Once you’ve successfully traced your fingers, draw the glove sleeves to your desired length.
- With scissors, carefully cut out the traced side of the paper. It is important that you do this slowly and carefully to prevent cutting out parts of the traced pattern.
There are a ton of patterns available on the internet for you to choose from if you’re having a hard time learning how to draw the gloves or if you’d like to skip the step above.
Step 2 – Sew the Glove
Assuming you’ve successfully traced out the pattern without cutting off any important parts, the next thing to do would be to start sewing. But before that, you need to arrange the fabric to be used.
- Start off by folding the piece of fabric or material you have. The folded part should be more than enough to sew the glove.
- Then, you need to carefully pin the traced pattern to the folded fabric or material. Pins should be attached at the edges and center of the paper to secure the fabric.
You may have to use more than 8 pins if you are to efficiently attach them to the material.
- Either with a fabric marker or a pen, carefully trace the edges of the paper pattern onto the fabric. If you decide to use a pen for this, ensure that it is visible as you will need to see the line before sewing.
- Now, carefully remove the pins from the paper pattern and attach them to the fabric or material you’re making use of. These pins should be attached appropriately on the fabric, as they will help to keep it together.
Assuming that you’ve followed those steps, you can start to sew a stitch along the lines of the fabric. Remember that you traced the paper pattern onto the fabric? Now you can sew a simple and straight stitch along the traced lines.
It is important that you do not sew around the opening of the gloves! You need that opening to put your hands into.
Step 3 – Finish the Glove
Once you’ve successfully sewn the traced lines, the next step to take is to cut out the excess fabric. You will need to be extremely careful to prevent cutting out the parts that have been sewn.
- For the opening of the glove, fold it over, then sew a simple and straight stitch over it.
- Once that has been done, you can turn over the glove and try it on.
How to Measure Hand Size for Gloves
One of the challenges most people have faced when it comes to getting the best or warmest glove is how to measure for gloves. Since we do not know our glove size like we do our shoe size, one will need to carefully measure his/her hands to get the right size.
While measuring for glove size may look easy, some have had a hard time doing it. If you’re one of those, then this section is specifically for you.
How to Measure for Gloves
When it comes to getting the right glove size, finding the right inch number is important. Here’s how you can go about it.
- First, you need to measure around your hand. To do this, you need to wrap a tape measure or fabric tape around your hand. Like always, try to use your dominant hand when measuring. This means that if you’re right-handed, use your right hand to measure your left, and vice versa. Ideally, the fabric tape should be wrapped over the top of your hand down to the widest part. With a pen or pencil, record the exact size of your hand in inches.
- Second, measure the length of your hand. To do this, spread your fingers. Then, using the tape measure, place it at the tip of your middle finger (the tallest finger) and extend it to the base of your hand. Once that is done, record the length of your hands in inches.
- Now that you have two figures in inches, the next step to take is to round up the larger figure. Here’s how that works — assuming the measurement around your hand is 7.5 inches and the length is 8.5, you simply need to round up whichever figure is larger, which here is 8.5. In this case, your glove size is 9.
Since most glove manufacturers sell gloves in different categories — small, medium, large, etc., you can convert your size using any of the glove size charts available on the internet.
How to Clean Gloves
Cleaning gloves is as important as owning them. Without proper care, they may become too ragged to be used for various activities.
As mentioned earlier, there are tons of glove types available on the market, and each of them made with different materials. For you to efficiently clean your gloves, you need to understand the type of material used.
To help you out, this section of this piece will discuss how you can clean some of the more popular glove types.
How to Clean Boxing Gloves
As the name implies, boxing gloves are gloves that have been designed primarily to protect a boxer’s hands and face from injuries while in the ring.
These boxing gloves tend to get dirty easier because of sweat and other bacteria that find their way inside. Regularly and carefully cleaning these boxing gloves does not just keep them clean and bacteria-free, but increases their overall lifespan.
Made with leather, boxing gloves are quite tricky to clean properly. Fortunately, this piece will share a step-by-step guide on how to clean boxing gloves efficiently at home.
Step 1 – Clean the gloves
For starters, you need to get your boxing gloves out of your bag as soon as you get home from the gym. We’ll explain why this is important.
Generally, when you wear your boxing gloves, bacteria from your hands immediately get transferred into the gloves. Once there, these bacteria begin to feed off the sweat from your hands and bad odor is created. Since there is limited air inside your gym bag, it becomes a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
If you can, it is advised that you leave your boxing gloves out of your bag entirely, even when heading to the gym.
- Once your gloves are out of your gym bag, immediately wipe with either a clean cloth or towel. This is done to remove the excess moisture.
- To efficiently wipe, you need to wrap the clean cloth around your hand, then shove inside the glove to wipe out the moisture.
- After you’ve successfully wiped the inside of the gloves, mix a vinegar and water solution into a bottle. This solution will help disinfect and sanitize the inside of your gloves. It is advised that you avoid harsh solutions as they may damage the inside of the gloves.
- Now, spray the vinegar and water solution on the outside of your gloves and clean properly.
Since most of the boxing gloves you will currently find on the market are made from high-quality leather, you will need to condition them if you want them to remain in top shape.
- You should apply a suitable amount of conditioner or leather oil on the outside of the gloves, then use a clean cloth or paper towel to work the conditioner around the gloves.
- Do this in a circular motion until you’re sure every part of the glove has received the right amount. Once you’ve done that, use a clean cloth to carefully wipe out any excess conditioner or oil that may be left on the gloves.
Step 2 – Dry the gloves
Bacteria in gloves live mainly off of the moisture and sweat that are trapped inside. So, leaving the gloves to dry off will help to completely remove any excess moisture and sweat, thereby removing bacteria.
To dry your gloves, you need to carefully open them up completely. Once that is done, you need to stuff the inside of the gloves with newspaper or any other paper you may have.
Fold the newspaper into balls and stuff them inside the gloves until they are full. Doing this will help absorb some of the extra sweat and moisture lurking in hard-to-reach areas of the glove.
If you do not have the time to let your gloves dry out naturally, a blow dryer is your best option. When using a blow dryer, it should be on the cool setting to prevent damage of any sort.
Depending on the quality of your boxing gloves, you should be able to blow dry for at least five minutes.
Step 3 – Neutralize bad odor
As mentioned earlier, bacteria feeding off of your sweat and moisture may cause the inside of your gloves to smell bad. Part of the boxing gloves cleaning process is completely neutralizing bad odor.
The most efficient and popular neutralizer you can get your hands on is baking soda. It is an ideal odor removal tool. When your gloves are dry, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on the inside of the gloves. Once you do that, try to let them sit for at least two hours or more.
Always remember that your boxing gloves should never be left to dry under direct sunlight, as this is capable of damaging them.
How to Clean Leather Gloves
While many of the boxing gloves currently available are made from high-quality leather, there are other leather gloves out there that differ completely from these boxing gloves. The differences between these gloves go beyond how they were made and what they are used for – they also involve their overall cleaning method.
Are you having a hard time cleaning your regular leather gloves? If yes, then this section will share tips on how to clean leather gloves properly.
Method 1 – Clean with a clean cloth
- To clean leather gloves with a cloth or towel, you need to dampen the cloth. You simply need to place the towel under running water, ensure that it has taken in the right amount, then squeeze out the excess water from the cloth.
- Once that is done, you will need to use a soap or cleaning solution to create a lather with the wet cloth or towel. If you can, you may decide to get some of the specialized leather cleaning solutions.
- Using the cloth, wipe the gloves carefully and thoroughly. Special attention should be paid to the dirtiest parts of the gloves.
You may have to repeat the process until the gloves are as clean as you want them to be.
Method 2 – Clean with running water
This is arguably the best leather glove cleaning method around.
- You simply need to put on the gloves, place them under running water for about three seconds, then use a mild soap to rub all over the gloves.
- Lather the soap for at least three minutes until the specks of dirt are completely removed from the gloves.
As mentioned earlier, your gloves should not be dried under direct sunlight. You should place them in a cool place on a dry towel or cloth.
Uses for Gloves
Gloves are versatile hand-covering garments that have been designed for almost every industry. Some of the most common uses of gloves, regardless of their type, include the following:
- First aid – Gloves are used as protective tools worn by first aid workers to protect them from contracting some of the illnesses patients may have.
- Cafeteria – Chefs make use of poly gloves to help keep their meals bacteria-free. These gloves ensure that dirt and sweat from the hands of cooks do not find their way into the meals prepared.
- Security guards – Gloves are worn to protect security guards and other security experts from contracting various forms of illnesses while carrying out their jobs.
- Packaging – Gloves are worn by those in this industry to keep their fingers safe from injury.
- Construction and maintenance – High-quality and thick leather gloves are worn by these professionals to prevent injuries of any sort.
Caring for your gloves can be a difficult task for many people, but fortunately, this piece has discussed in full how to clean boxing gloves and leather gloves, as well as how to make your own gloves of any type. Enjoy!