How to clean rubber gloves?

Q: I’m a construction worker and I need to buy some PPE for my work, I’d like to know how to clean rubber gloves.

– Salom Jambeinge

A: Take off your gloves first and wash your hands with soap and water. Soak the gloves inside out in the soap and water mixture for a few minutes. Hang the gloves to dry in a well-ventilated area. Make sure they are completely dry before folding and putting them away.

Cleaning rubber gloves, like those used for cleaning or dishwashing, is a simple process. Here’s how you can do it:

Materials You’ll Need:

  • Mild soap
  • Warm water
  • Soft cloth or sponge
  • Towel

Cleaning Process:

  1. Rinse the Gloves: After each use, rinse the gloves with warm water, making sure to open up the fingers to remove any soapy water or cleaning solutions trapped inside.
  2. Wash the Gloves: Apply some mild soap to a soft cloth or sponge, and gently clean the gloves. Pay special attention to the fingertips and any textured areas, where dirt and grime can accumulate.
  3. Rinse Again: Rinse the gloves thoroughly to remove any soap. Make sure to rinse inside the gloves if they’ve been in contact with cleaning solutions.
  4. Dry the Gloves: After washing and rinsing, shake off the excess water and pat the gloves dry with a towel. Then, allow them to air dry completely, ideally hanging up and not in direct sunlight.
  5. Store the Gloves: Once fully dry, store the gloves in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can degrade the rubber over time.

For a deeper clean or disinfection (such as for gloves used in healthcare), you may need to use a bleach solution or other disinfectant. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions or your workplace guidelines for cleaning and disinfection.

Remember, even if gloves look clean, they can still harbor bacteria or viruses. Always wash your hands thoroughly after removing your gloves to ensure your hands are clean.

Have a question about personal safety equipment, work clothes, and the PPE industry? Anbu Safety writer Arlen Wang will find answers to the queries. to submit a question send an email to: info@anbusafety.com

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