What are Nitrile Gloves and Why Use Them?
Because so many people suffer from latex allergies, nitrile is favored since it is made of synthetic rubber.
Even if a tattoo artist him or herself doesn't have a latex allergy, one of his customers may – there is a trend away from latex because of allergy issues.
There is also a trend away from powdered gloves to powder free. Does it really save that much time to put on a powdered glove? Every time you don a powdered glove, a little bit of it gets in your lungs, and also on whatever substance you're using. Another common misconception is some people thinking they get latex allergies when they use powdered nitrile gloves. What happens is the corn starch used for the powder dries out the hands, and dry hands are confused with a latex allergy.
Nitrile also has the advantage of being stronger than latex – up to 3 times more puncture resistant!
Although you give up some strength and flexibility with nitrile, it's 3 times more puncture resistant than natural rubber gloves. When you're dealing with sharp needles, you don't want to take any chances.
Due to improved manufacturing techniques, nitrile is closing the gap significantly with latex regarding comfort and dexterity.
It used to be that there was a big difference in tactile sensation between nitrile and latex gloves. While that is still partially true, manufacturing techniques continue to improve, and the difference between latex and nitrile isn't as great as it once was.
All this, combined with the price stability of nitrile, has end-users steadily migrating from latex to nitrile.
"Never bet on latex." Since nitrile is a man made product, the production is not as subject to the whims of Mother Nature as latex. NDR (Nitrile butadiene rubber) is used in many different products – aeronautical application, footwear, any kind of molded goods, adhesives, sealants, sponges, foam, and also gloves. The price of latex is incredibly volatile. Nitrile prices are a lot less volatile, and production techniques continue to get better.
Nitrile is now our most popular glove choice!
With allergies, price stability and improved manufacturing techniques, nitrile will be taking more of the market share from latex moving forward.
Check out our assortment of nitrile gloves.