In recent years the use of powder-free gloves has been on the rise thanks to factors like production efficiencies and personal preference. Powder-free gloves currently comprise the majority of the market share. This can be attributed to the fact that they are versatile for a large number of applications.
For example, powder-free gloves are preferred in the automotive industry. The use of powdered gloves in automotive applications can cause powder particles to be released into the air and cause contamination. This powder can weaken glass shields when installing windshields and windows. It can also cause particle contamination when painting, finishing, or sealing. This makes powder-free gloves the best choice for the automotive industry.
An additional benefit of powder-free gloves is the mess-free use. Powdered gloves often leave contaminants not only on working surfaces but also on users’ hands and clothing.
There are several ways powder-free gloves have historically been made. Initially, the gloves were made from powdered glove formers, as the gloves were easy to remove. The gloves would then need to be rinsed to remove the powder residue. As the demand for powder-free gloves rose, manufacturers innovated more efficient ways to create powder-free gloves. One process includes using chlorination to remove any residual powder. And more commonly polymer coating is used. This coating is applied to the interior of the gloves while they are on the former, which makes it easy to remove the gloves without the use of powder. This is the most common process within the manufacturing of nitrile gloves.