Latex has been a leading material in the disposable glove industry for a very long time. During the years 1980-2000, Latex had the best cost/performance ratio to any material available. Latex is both durable and easy to manufacture. Times have changed since its reign, but latex is still a very prominent element when it comes to making disposable gloves. Especially, in the cleanroom.
1. Natural, Organic Material
Latex is not an article that made in a lab like Nitrile or PVC. Instead, it is gathered by "tapping" a tree and collecting the latex that falls from it. You gather it the same way that maple is gathered for maple syrup, by putting a tap into the tree trunk and waiting for the latex to fall from the tree naturally. Because this is a material that is not human-made, it can very expensive, especially because there is a growing global shortage of latex.
2. Highly Concentrated
Because Latex is a natural material, that means that it is also highly concentrated. While Nitrile and PVC are suitable alternatives in the proper conditions, they do leave room for error. Nitrile and PVC have been shown to have fillers in them to make up for some of the lack of material. Latex is a pure material so a filler cannot be added. With that being said, Latex does have fundamental particles that Nitrile and PVC do not.
Valutek Latex glove is rather comfortable due to its elasticity and textured fingertips. This makes it a great glove for delicate situations. While the palm of the glove is smooth, the fingers are textured to allow for easy gripping in both wet and dry situations, making it a preferred glove for operators.
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