Cotton gloves offer you both comfort and protection for your hands. Most cotton gloves are fully breathable and stretchable, and they are economical enough for general protection in non-critical areas. Gloves and work gloves were originally invented to protect the wearer against things such as cold and heat, physical damage from friction, abrasion, chemicals and disease, etc. Generally, work gloves were intended to guard the hands from touching things that they should not ideally come in contact with and to keep the wearer’s hands warm and dry or cool and dry.
Cotton is an ideal material for gloves as it is a soft fiber which grows around the seeds of the cotton plant. The fiber is usually spun into thread and then used to make a soft and breathable textile which is used for many types of work clothes. Cotton is a valuable material as only about 10 percent of its raw weight is lost in the processing method. After small particles of wax, and protein, etc. are removed from the material, what’s left is a natural polymer of cellulose. This cellulose is formed in a way that gives cotton its unique characteristics of strength, durability, and absorbency.
Cotton is grown in warm climates and it has been grown in India and Pakistan for over 6,000 years. Many years ago in America, the growing and harvesting of cotton was often performed by slaves. However, most cotton is now harvested mechanically. The cotton industry is sometimes controversial as it generally depends on chemicals such as fertilizers and insecticides. However, some cotton farmers are now using an organic type of production to manufacture organic cotton products.
The choice of work glove material is usually determined by kind of job that you will be performing. For instance, cotton gloves are most preferred when working with materials that should not be dealt with or touched by bare hands. For example, while dealing with electron microscopes, where touching any part inside the high vacuum system of the microscope with unprotected hands will leave behind evidence of fingerprints, thus reducing the performance of the column instrument. Similar situations in which gloves should be used are in handling other delicate objects photo negatives and chocolates where even the slightest mark of skin oil or a fingerprint can be quite detrimental.