I'm not crazy about using chemicals, but I dislike the bugs that eat my garden and I like garden equipment that runs! Just the smell of chemicals needed to kill bugs or weeds is enough to cause me to wrinkle up my nose. I'm sure some would burn, blister, scar, and stain my hands if I handled them or got them splashed on my hands without the protection of gloves. I hate the greasy feeling from cleaning the garden grill and I don't want redwood stained hands when I stain the deck. So specialized gloves can protect your hands from chemicals like herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, paint, stains, thinners and the like.
KatzGardenGloves has a selection of chemical resistant gloves suitable for lawn and garden chores. Many of these gloves are also suitable for a variety of household chores as well. Match the type of gloves you need to the type of chemicals you are using:
Latex provides good resistance against tearing, cutting, or abrasions. It has good gripping and tactile characteristics and temperature resistance, but should not be used near open flames. It is great for water-based solutions and is well suited for general cleaning chores. Heavier styles resist paint thinners, strippers and strong cleaning agents. Latex or rubber coated fabric styles provice resistance against sharp edges. Latex is not effective against oil, grease, petroleum product or derivatives of these products. One item of concern is that some people are allergic to latex and should use other products or have a liner between their hands and the gloves..
Nitrile provides resistance to many chemical solvents and also resists cuts and punctures. It is very flexible and performs well in a wide range of tempertures against caustics, kerosene, terpentine, oils, greases, acids, naptha, alcohol, herbicides, and pesticides. It is commonly used when painting.
Vinyl/PVC is great for short-term protection against many caustics, fats, acids, oils, and petro-hydrocarbons. It also provides protection against alcohols. It provides protection in a limited temperature range between 25° F and 150° F. PVC is not recommended for use with non-petro hydrocarbons and ketones. Vinyl gloves are less flexible than latex gloves and are easier to tear. They are great to wear when cutting hot peppers to avoid getting the oils on your hands and then later into your eyes, nose or mouth if you rub them unintentionally. They are inexpensive and disposable.