Q: I need a "Cut Proof" glove, are your gloves "Cut Proof"? A: NO GLOVE IS CUT PROOF!Even
metal mesh. We offer gloves that are designed
specifically for the restaurant / food service and food processing industries
which are highly cut resistant. These gloves offer the highest level of
comfort, dexterity, touch sensitivity and cut resistance. When the proper
glove is matched to the application, and the gloves are worn as directed,
CUTS WILL STOP! We offer several Spectra® and Spectra® / stainless
steel wire core gloves as well as stainless steel metal mesh gloves to
match most restaurant / food service and food processing applications.
Q: How do I know which glove is right for my application? A:NO ONE GLOVE IS RIGHT
FOR ALL APPLICATIONS! With over 30 years of experience
in manufacturing and selling cut resistant gloves, we are able to offer
suggestions based on experience. For Example: If your operations include
food preparation and light trimming or portioning only, you will be able
to use a lighter Spectra® knit glove with the highest level of dexterity,
fit, touch sensitivity and comfort. If your operations include food preparation
and some portioning, or your operations have a higher degree of risk and
you feel that you would like a little extra cut resistance, then a medium
weight Spectra® or a medium weight Spectra® and stainless steel
wire core glove is the recommended choice. Either of these gloves offer
the maximum cut resistance while still providing excellent fit, dexterity,
touch sensitivity and comfort. In food processing and slaughterhouse operations,
where dexterity, fit and touch sensitivity are not a critical issue, and
where the maximum level of cut resistance and puncture resistance is required,
metal mesh is the preferred glove. All gloves should be thoroughly tested
in your specific application to assure proper glove selection. For specific
recommendations and to set up a workplace test, please call us.
Q: How long will the gloves last? A: Glove life depends on several factors. First and perhaps the most important
factor in extending glove life, is KEEPING THE GLOVES CLEAN. The gloves
should be washed as often as possible in a washing machine, dishwasher,
or sink. Disposable over-gloves will also extend the life of the gloves.
Secondly is the FIT: Gloves should be snug but not tight. Fingers should
extend all the way to the tip with no fabric left over. Remember these
gloves are a knit product, they will stretch to fit. If a glove is too
big to start with, it will always be too big. Fingers that are too long,
in all likelihood, will be cut and worn out before any other part of the
gloves. The third factor is: APPLICATION. The more abrasive or abusive
the application is, the shorter the life of the glove. Much like a pair
of shoes worn only indoors and on carpeted surfaces will last longer than
a pair of shoes worn outside on pavement.
Q: Should cut-resistant gloves be used for protection
against cuts from powered/mechanical equipment like powered saws and drills? A: NEVER! All manufacturers of cut-resistant gloves will not suggest the
use of knitted cut-resistant gloves for protection against powered devices.
Gloves are typically tested for use with non-powered blades and sharps
only. The use of a glove with powered equipment could
potentially harm an individual. If the moving blade catches the glove,
it could result in a person’s hand being pulled into the moving machinery. Moving machine
parts have the potential for causing severe workplace injuries, such as
crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, or blindness. Safeguards
are essential for protecting workers from these needless and preventable
injuries. Any machine part, function, or process that may cause injury
must be safeguarded, especially when the operation of a machine or accidental
contact with it can injure the operator or others in the vicinity. These
hazards must be either eliminated or controlled.
Q: How do I know what size glove I should wear and
does it really matter? A: Yes, size does matter! Correct sizing is very important not only for
comfort, dexterity and touch sensitivity, but for greater efficiency and
productivity. A correctly sized glove will last considerably longer than
a glove that is too large. Gloves should fit snuggly but not tight, with
the fingers all the way to the end of the glove. The glove fingers should
be slightly short, as the glove will stretch to fit as it is worn. Gloves
with fingers too long will have a tendency to get the fingertips cut because
the user is not able to feel that the knife is hitting (trapping) the fingertips
as they work. Trapping a fingertip that is too long will result in the
gloves wearing out prematurely. For proper fit and sizing, please see our
sizing chart located in the hand sizing chart tab.
Q: "Do you have HACCP Color coded gloves available
and why should I be using them” A:Yes. We manufacture all our Spectra® Spectra Guard™ glove
styles in the recognized HACCP colors. Available in light, medium & heavy
weight glove styles in the following colors: RED (Meat), BLUE
(Chicken, Turkey), GREEN (Vegetables),BROWN
(Bakery, Breads). Gray and
white are also available. Using HACCP color coded gloves will help prevent “Cross
Contamination”. Easy identification prevents accidental handling
of cooked and uncooked foods or uncooked meats and other food items. All
Double D Knitting and Glove Inc., Spectra® and Spectra® /stainless
steel wire core gloves, contain DoubleGuard™ Antimicrobial Protection,
as an added level of protection in safe food handling and preparation.
Q: Do I need to wear a disposable over-glove? A:You should! A disposable over-glove should be worn to add additional
protection from “cross-contamination”. In addition, the wearing
of a disposable over-glove will keep the glove cleaner and allow the user
to change operations without necessitating the washing or changing of the
cut resistant glove. In addition, wearing an over-glove has shown a 20%
increase in glove life because the gloves stay cleaner for longer time
Q: Can your gloves be washed? A:Yes! All Double “D” Knitting
and Glove Inc., Spectra® and
Spectra® -/stainless steel wire core gloves are easily washed. All
our gloves are machine washable, dishwasher and dryer safe. All gloves
are safe in all sanitizers and are bleach safe. (Bleach is not to be used
around any area where food is being prepared) Gloves can be safely and
easily washed by hand in a standard or 3 compartment sink. All knitted
Double “D” Knitting and Glove Inc., Spectra® and Spectra® /stainless
steel wire core gloves contain DoubleGuard™ Antimicrobial Protection
that will last for the life of the glove. Washing will not affect the performance
of the antimicrobial protection.
Q: Do I need a glove for each hand? A: NO! Generally, cut resistant gloves are
worn opposite the knife or other potentially dangerous utensils. However,
when changing or cleaning slicer blades, 2 gloves are always recommended
to prevent any injuries. All our gloves are ambidextrous and can be worn
on either hand.
Q: Why do I want or need antimicrobial protection
in my cut resistant gloves? A: Double “D” Knitting & Glove
Inc. believe any glove that is to be used in or around food should have
an antimicrobial agent in every cut resistant glove. This is particularly
important in restaurant / food service settings where proper cleaning of
gloves always presents a problem. We recommend always using the recommended
washing procedure. DoubleGuard™ Antimicrobial offers an additional level of protection
that lasts the life of the glove. DoubleGuard™ antimicrobial agents can prevent, reduce & eliminate
bacterial growth on the surfaces of the gloves.
Q: Do cut-resistant gloves offer good puncture resistance? A: NO! Cut resistant gloves made of Spectra® are a knitted product.
The gloves are manufactured to provide protection from cuts and lacerations
from sharp items like knives and slicing blades. These gloves will provide
very little, if any, puncture-resistance from a pointed item like a knife
tip, needle or other sharp pointed objects. If needle puncture protection
is needed contact us for the proper glove for your application.
Q: How long will DoubleGuard™ Antimicrobial
protection last? A:DoubleGuard™ antimicrobial protection will last for the life of
the glove. Unlike almost all other antimicrobials that are available in
cut resistant gloves, DoubleGuard™ is extruded into the polyester.
Other types of antimicrobials loose their strength after as little as a
single washing. DoubleGuard™ is NOT a topical treatment and will
not wash out. DoubleGuard™ is safe for all washing operations and
is bleach and sanitizer safe.
Please Note: The information contained in this guide is intended for general
information purposes only. This information is not a substitute for review
of the applicable government regulations and standards, and should not
be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers with specific questions
should refer to the cited regulation, the glove manufacturer or consult
with an attorney.