Winter is coming.
As window cleaners begin to get prepared for the colder months, the orders for gloves are beginning to role in.
There are really two primary things to keep in mind when selecting winter gloves: temperature and flexibility. In the cold weather, it’s imperative to keep your hands protected from both the elements and the water so that they are warm and dry enough for you to work safely and efficiently. However, you’ve also got to be able to move your hands and control your tools.
Most winter gloves are made from Neoprene , a synthetic polymer resembling rubber that is often used to make wet suits, and that is resistant to oil, heat, and weathering. It’s also commonly used in many weather-resistant products, including gloves for window cleaning. Neoprene stays flexible in colder temps, which allows for a better range of movement.
Here are some of our customers’ favorite winter gloves:
High rise window cleaners tend to like Youngstown’s Waterproof Winter Plus Gloves. These offer superior durability and allow for better motion. They are also completely waterproof and windproof to keep hands warm and dry.
For regular window cleaning, the Can Do’s will do!
These are handy, insulated, waterproof gloves that are easy to pull on and off while detailing windows or working with water fed poles.
The Can Do glove features a heavy-duty grade of hook and loop pad, which is attached to the cuff of the glove. Simply touch the two pads together, then slide your hand out of the glove.
Some gloves – like these from Unger — offer curved fingers to reduce fatigue. They also come with Velcro wrist straps to keep cold air and water from getting inside the glove. Having a non-slip textured palm also helps with controlling tools while cleaning.