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  • Glove Club Has Expanded to Play.com

    Here at The Glove Club we are proud to announce that we have expanded the platforms on which we offer our products to our customers, and it is now possible to buy many of our most popular products on play.com, as well as from ourselves. We hope that this venture will allow our customers greater freedom for buying our products at their convenience, and also enable us to gain a wider customer base.

    Play.com is a well trusted website which is regularly used by a wide demographic of people, to shop for a range of products. The company is best known for selling electronics and entertainment such as CD’s, DVD’s and video games, but in the last two years has significantly expanded, to offer a wide range of products, including home and garden, and office supplies.

    To begin with we are selling our most popular products through the play.com domain, focusing on our multi-purpose products which are equally useful in the home and in business, industry and the healthcare sector.

    Our most popular products include nitrile gloves, which we offer in a wide range of sizes, styles and colours. Nitrile gloves are extremely useful to a wide range of people, and are continually increasing in popularity in both the personal and business market. This type of glove is particularly useful for those who suffer from latex allergies, and due to this, many businesses prefer to stock these. Nitrile as a material is much stronger than latex, making these gloves ideal for use when cleaning or using any kind of hazardous materials or chemicals.

    We are also offering a comprehensive range of our popular latex gloves through play.com, and these remain some of our bestselling items across the business. Our latex gloves are medical grade, making them extremely high quality, and suitable for all uses, whether within the healthcare sector or not. Our very popular powder free latex gloves are ideal if you are looking for a multi-purpose glove providing both excellent grip and protection, and they have in fact been our biggest seller for several years.

    Not only are we offering our most popular multi-purpose gloves through play.com, but we are also offering additional products including masks and dust sheets, as well as the cleaner air purifier, which removes allergens, bacteria and smells from any environment.

    Visit the play.com site today to have a look at the selection of useful products we have on offer.

  • Evade Flu With Five Simple Steps

    Flu virus

    Flu season is well and truly upon us and most people are aware of the fact that staying healthy is a matter of practising really good personal hygiene.

    The flu virus is passed on relatively easily and although people often mistake instances of the common cold for strains of flu, it’s certainly widespread enough to warrant taking the necessary steps to protect yourself against it.

    The fact is that there’s no easy fix for flu. You can’t take antibiotics for it and you have to make do with plenty of rest, drinking lots of water, taking over-the-counter relief for fever and discomfort and generally sitting it out. Since you can’t rely on a medicinal cure, it’s obviously better to try and avoid getting flu in the first place and then to avoid passing it on if you start coming down with something nasty.

    You’re lucky if you have a natural immunity to flu, which may very well be the case, but it’s still ill-advised to put yourself at risk. New strains appear every year and you’re not guaranteed to have immunity to all of them. Play it safe and use the following guidelines to keep flu at bay this winter.

    1. Wash hands and surfaces

    The very best way to avoid contracting the flu virus is to wash your hands properly as frequently as possible over the winter period. That doesn’t mean giving your hands a somewhat apologetic rinse under the cold water tap every so often. It means using hot water and soap and really giving your hands a proper scrub. Get hold of some hand moisturiser too, so that you don’t get the associated discomfort of such a stringent hand-washing regime.

    If you use communal areas and bits of equipment at work, then make sure you invest in some anti-bacterial wipes. Cleaning your work surfaces is an important part of a better hygiene strategy and it takes some of the pressure off when it comes to hand-washing.

    2. Be aware of how the virus is transferred

    The flu virus usually gets into your system via the mouth. It’s not something you’ll absorb through the skin. As such, it makes sense to evaluate the way you behave on a daily basis to prevent the flu virus from finding its way to your mouth. People are rarely aware of how often they touch their faces during any given day. Monitor where you put your hands and try to avoid touching your face before washing your hands.

    When you consider how often you handle items that other people have handled – things like money, hand rails, telephones, cutlery and crockery, stationery, door handles etc. – it becomes apparent how important it is to be vigilant.

    3. Be responsible in terms of waste management

    Now, there’s every chance that you’ll pass on the flu virus to someone else if you contract it. However, you can limit the chances of this happening by being more responsible when it comes to waste management. Blowing your nose and then disposing of the tissues properly sounds like a fairly small-time tactic in the fight against flu, but small-time tactics are the most effective.

    Get bin bags and sacks for all waste of this kind and make sure you get rid of it quickly instead of letting it all hang around. In family homes, this is really important because not everyone has to get the flu virus even if one person falls prey to it. The same goes for workplaces where the transfer of the virus is so easy.

    4. Don’t put yourself at risk

    If you work in close contact with people then you need to protect yourself by wearing latex or nitrile gloves. Doctors, nurses, dentists, care workers and so on are always at risk because of the jobs they do. It’s very likely you’ll be offered a flu jab if you do this sort of job, but gloves are still advised because they stop you from forming part of a chain in the transfer of the flu virus from patient to patient.

    5. Get the jab if you’re vulnerable

    The flu jab is not just for those who work in healthcare. It’s also for other vulnerable groups, like the elderly, pregnant women and people who suffer with conditions like asthma. Free flu jabs are offered to vulnerable groups, but if you feel run down or have doubts about your immune system then you can pay for the flu jab too. It may be a worthwhile investment, especially if you live and work in close quarters with other people.

    In short, it’s all about protecting yourself and protecting others. Simple tactics work the best and if we all look after ourselves and each other we stand a better chance of limiting the impact of flu in the coming weeks and months.

  • The Advantages of Nitrile Gloves

    Nitrile gloves are one of the most widely used protective gloves in many select situations. Whilst there is not necessarily a ‘best’ choice of protective glove that will suit each and every state of affairs, Nitrile gloves undoubtedly exhibit many intrinsic advantages that makes them well balanced for many areas of work. Here are some of the reasons why they have seen such widespread use in recent years.

    One of the principles concerns when using latex gloves usually stems from some people’s allergic reaction to the substance. In such a situation, Nitrile gloves are a suitable alternative, and keeping a broad stock of them often prevents the problem from ever arising. Nitrile gloves also benefit from a lengthy shelf life, meaning they can be kept in bulk storage for a substantial length of time.

    In terms of durability, Nitrile gloves tend to excel. They are highly resistant to chemical damage, and are also relatively difficult to puncture when compared to some alternative materials. This longevity allows them to be worn more than once in the right circumstances, with only hygiene concerns typically causing them to be abandoned.

    Nitrile gloves have an innate resistance to friction, meaning that they are far easier to don and remove than many other glove types; which can often stick to the hands. This flexibility results in them maintaining a generally comfortable fit, and they can also be worn beneath another pair of gloves to create waterproof hand-wear. Naturally impermeable, Nitrile gloves also resist water absorption, making them incredibly convenient for anyone working in a damp environment.

    Although Nitrile gloves are less suited to certain applications, their many benefits mean that they are the product of choice for other professions. The negation of latex allergies and the increased puncture resilience makes them ideal for the dental industry, while a resistance to heat and chemicals has seen them becoming unexpectedly popular in the automotive market.

    Here at Glove Club we have been manufacturing and selling a comprehensive range of Nitrile and other disposable gloves for many years. All of our products are certified to a top quality medical grade, meaning that they can be used for the highest number of utilities possible. Also supplying a huge variety of other related products, our merchandise sees use in myriad different environments, so be sure to contact us if you would like to find out more about any of our services.

  • Flu jab availability should set alarm bells ringing

    Flu jab If you’re of quite an observant nature then you’ll have noticed that surgeries, clinics and some of the major supermarkets have started offering flu jabs in the last few weeks. This can mean only one thing: flu season is upon us and it’s time to ramp up your attitude to hygiene and infection control in order to stay healthy.

    What are the risks?

    Flu jabs are free for at-risk groups like asthmatics and the elderly but it’s possible to pay for a flu jab if you are concerned about contracting the virus over the autumn and winter period. As anyone who has ever suffered with flu knows, the virus is powerful enough to lay even the most resilient people low for upwards of a week and some strains can even be fatal.

    However, promoting a more sensible attitude to flu is not about scaremongering – it’s about assessing the risks and modifying behaviour so that you and your family have the best possible chance of avoiding flu this year.

    Even though flu affects a lot of people each year, many more people escape the virus altogether, some of them by fluke, some of them because of immunity and some of them because they have been completely pragmatic about their daily lives. The key to good infection control

    Greater pragmatism comes in handy because good infection control is often simply a matter of washing your hands at every opportunity, not touching your face unnecessarily, carrying a pack of tissues around with you, disposing of those tissues properly and maintaining excellent hygiene standards on your desk, around the office, in the home, in the car and so on.

    You can also do yourself a real favour by making sure that your body is in the best position possible to fight illness over the winter. Get plenty of sleep and make sure your diet is full of vitamins and minerals. A poor diet and a frantic lifestyle can seriously undermine your efforts to stay in shape. Wider concerns

    The real worry for some is that bird flu viruses will also return to the fore during flu season and experts concede that this is a possibility. That’s why greater vigilance is always recommended at home, in the workplace and when travelling.

    Hospitals, clinics and surgeries play their part by upping the ante with relation to hygiene supplies, cleaning regimes and the use of disposable gloves and face masks, but people will be advised that it’s best to stay away from these places when symptoms of flu arise. Once you have contracted the virus, it’s all about containment and protecting other vulnerable individuals, so keep this in mind through the season.

  • Nitrile just got Nice: medical Gloves are now Candy Scented

    Because Nitrile is cheap, and wear and tear resistant it is favoured by professionals in the medical and dentistry practice. They offer slightly less comfort and dexterity than latex, but they are highly puncture resistant, so when working with sharp apparatus such as needles and scalpels, Nitrile are guaranteed better safety.  It is estimated that 6% of people have latex allergies which can range from a mild rash to an anaphylactic shock. Although the medical practitioner using the gloves may not have a latex allergy, they don’t want to risk harming a patient, so Nitrile gloves are now more widely used in medical procedures.

    Nitrile gloves can even be made to look good, as they’re now available in a choice of colours; check out our selection of Disposable Nitrile gloves  which are available in nearly every colour of the rainbow. Like all materials Nitrile does have its disadvantages; according to DentistryIQ many dentistry patients complain that Nitrile gloves smell unpleasant, they have quite a potent chemical smell. Now an American dentistry supplies company has created scented nitrile gloves aimed at paediatric dentists and orthodontists. The gloves are from a range of children’s dentist supplies called “Kulorful”. Ironically they only come in blue, but they allegedly smell like cookies, sweets and ice cream. Children will be able to relax and even enjoy their trip to the dentist as they are transported to a wonderful world of sweet treats and will stop worrying about the possible painful dentist procedures.

    Scented dentistry gloves have only been released at the start of this month so only time will tell if they will take off and if they may be extended to general purpose gloves. It’s certainly a well-intended plan to stop kids from hating the dentist, but most professionals won’t want to be haunted by wafting aromas of cake when they’ve got a tricky job to do. In the meantime, check out range of colourful all-purpose Nitrile gloves, that will help you get the job done safely and won’t leave you feeling hungry!

  • What’s the fuss about Microfibre?

    These days, no matter how specialist the place you are cleaning might be, there are still many cleaning products and cleaning cloths to choose from. Since the early 2000s, microfibre cloths have become increasingly popular for cleaning due to the fact they are durable, reusable and can even be washed. Microfibre is now even used to make some sports clothing, and also for towels as it dries quickly. So what makes microfibre different? And is it the best way to clean?

    How is microfibre different?

    Microfibres are synthetic materials made from a mixture of polyester and polyamide. They work well through a combination of factors, including their chemical makeup, structure, surface area and electrode charge.

    Most j-cloths are made from polymers that bind well with water, so they’re good for washing up, but they don’t bind to fatty substances. The polymers in microfiber are split, so that they are long and extra thin and can bind to fatty molecules.

    The microfibres are separated from a thicker arrangement by high pressure water, resulting in fibres that are 200 times thinner than a strand of human hair. The result of weaving the fibres means miniscule pores are left inside each strand. The makes an asterisk type structure which can trap dirt and suck up water.

    Another reason that dirt is drawn into a microfibre cloth is that it is positively charged. Dirt and dust particles are negatively charged, so dirt is literally attracted by the cloth which then holds on to the particles even if you wave it around.

    A study at the University of California’s Davis Medical Centre showed that a cotton mop with water and detergent removed 30% of germs on a hospital floor, whereas the same process with a microfibre mop removed 99% of bacteria, including hard-to-kill bugs such as E. coli.

    Microfibre vs. Cotton cleaning tools

    Cotton Microfibre
    Highly absorbent of water-based mess Water isn’t absorbed too easily
    Only smears grease, but does not remove it Fatty stains and dirt bind to the fibre
    Can be washed, but some stains remain Washes good as new
    Dries slowly due to molecular structure Dries fast due to open porous structure
    Has a neutral charge and therefore pushes dust around, rather than catching it Can attract dust like a magnet as they have opposite electronic charges
    Gets saturated very easily Can absorb up to 7 times its own weight
    Detergents are necessary to clean most dirt Detergent isn’t necessary as the fibres “grab” the dirt particles

     

    Video Demonstration of Cotton vs. Microfibre

    So whatever you’re cleaning, microfibre cloths and porous cleaning cloths may be the answer to removing stubborn stains, and achieving effortless cleaning. Porous polyester cloths can be used dry to clean mirrors, glass and shelves, or used wet to remove dirt and stains. It will save money on detergent, time on drying and also effort because surfaces should stay cleaner for longer.

     

  • Top 5 areas to target to uphold hygiene standards in your practice

    When it comes to maintaining a really healthy environment in a medical practice of any kind there are a number of areas that you need to target. With a proactive attitude to hygiene, there’s no reason why standards at your practice shouldn’t reach the very highest level and this can only be good news for your patients, your staff and the reputation of your business.

    So what particular areas do you need to look at in order to make sure everyone who uses your practice is completely safe?

    Surfaces

    The surfaces are an obvious place to start. The cleaning staff are likely to spend time disinfecting all the visible surfaces in your practice to make sure they are safe to use. It’s best to make sure that you have surface wipes, cleaning solutions, floor cleaners and so on that are actually intended for use in environments like GP surgeries, dental surgeries, care homes and so on. Staff and patients touch surfaces countless times in a given day so cleaning them properly acts as your first defence against spreading illness.

    Patient contact

    Of course, doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals have to come into contact with patients on a daily basis. It’s only right that they are able to protect themselves and their patients by preventing the transfer of illness through that contact. This means investing in a few simple solutions that aid the process of diagnosis and examination. Things like disposable gloves, protective aprons, masks, paper rolls and so on come to mind. These products are all about making sure patient contact is perfectly safe for everyone involved.

    Medical equipment

    Medical professionals are not limited to their own five senses in performing examinations. They also have access to innumerable tools of their trade that help them work out what’s going on and in some cases set it right. Medical equipment of this kind is really important and it’s vital that these accessories are kept clean. However, they can’t just be given a wipe and a rinse. They have to be sterilised properly. This means investing in the proper sterilisation apparatus. It also means that storage after sterilisation has to be looked at and refined.

    The atmosphere

    It’s important to make sure that the atmosphere of the practice is maintained. This means keeping the air clean, fragrant and breathable. It’s only fair for staff and patients to experience clean air when they are using your practice. Air purification units or alternatives like the Cleanaer system are all about keeping the atmosphere fresh without having to rely on chemicals.

    Waste management

    Without proper waste management, your practice could never really be described as hygienic, safe or responsible. It’s very important to separate the different kinds of waste that are relevant to the work you do in order to take hazardous waste out of circulation. Clean signage, a range of bins and a dedicated waste disposal contract are fundamental in the healthcare industry.

  • The History of Latex Gloves and Why They Are Still Vital

    The history of latex gloves begins back in 1890, when William Stewart Halsted asked the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company to make a glove out of rubber which could be dipped in carbolic acid. The importance of sterilisation in medical procedures had recently become known, but when he sterilised his nurse’s hands with carbolic acid they found that she was sensitive to the chemical. Continue reading

  • Protection For Healthcare Professionals

    As a health care professional it is hugely important to have the correct equipment to safeguard both you and your clients. The use of disposable gloves, aprons and other essential infection control supplies help prevent the spread of dangerous contagions such as MRSA. It is your duty to ensure that the care you provide meets the medical standards as set by The Health and Social Care Act 2008 and to do so the best way is to make sure that you have high quality equipment at your disposal.

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  • Professional applications for disposable gloves

    Latex and nitrile gloves are more widely used than people sometimes imagine. While doctors and dentists are expected to use them all the time, there are other industries, sectors and roles that demand the use of disposable gloves on a daily basis.

    Latex gloves are incredibly useful hygiene products but it’s wise to have a stock of nitrile gloves too because latex allergies are fairly common. So who other than dentists and doctors need to be provided with disposable gloves so they can do their jobs properly?

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