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Thin-Mil Butyl Gloves

These chemical-resistant butyl gloves are washable for re-use and will help you conserve and save on single-use glove replacement costs

As coronavirus spreads around the world, millions of people are being told to practice good hand hygiene which includes proper hand washing and hand sanitizing. But the hands aren’t the only things need to be kept clean. Researchers have learned that the viruses such as covid can remain on surfaces such as cardboard, cell phones, copper, shoes/sneakers, formica, tablets, computer keyboards and more from several hours to several days or weeks!

Sanitize and Disinfect

Infectious disease experts say regular cleaning of surfaces with effective disinfectants is another infection control weapon to combat the spread of the viruses. Disinfectants are substances or preparations that kill off or inactivate micro-organisms on surfaces, including skin and mucous.  While sterilization aims at destroying all microbes completely, disinfection aims to kill off pathogens or reduce their numbers by damaging them irreversibly, so that they can no longer cause infections. 

The choice of disinfectant is typically based on the microbiological spectrum of action (e.g. bactericide, virucide, fungicide, sporicide) and the area of application. To disinfect surfaces and instruments, aldehydes, phenols or quaternary ammonium compounds are commonly used.

Because of the risks associated with exposure to chemical disinfectants and contaminated surfaces, it’s recommended that personnel wear appropriate P.P.E. to prevent exposure to infectious agents or chemicals. P.P.E. can include gowns, coveralls, disposable gloves, eye protection, masks and eye shields.

Selecting the Proper Hand Protection

Gloves of different materials are used depending on the activity but they all have one thing in common: They protect the hands from contamination, injury and pollutants when used as intended. In addition to the purpose, the choice of glove is also based on the type and level of risks, exposure and skin compatibility.

Gloves that are exposed to mechanical stress such as tear resistance, elasticity and abrasion are important. When handling sharp and pointed objects, perforation resistance is important. Where gloves come into contact with chemicals, impermeability and resistance are essential! Where there is a risk of infection, tactile properties and tear resistance are important in addition to impermeability.

The protective integrity of gloves is closely linked to material, wall thickness and conditions of use. Gloves can be damaged by high stress, instruments, chemicals, long wearing  times,  sweat,  grease  or  water  –  often  without  even being noticed. Therefore a regular change of gloves, as also recommended by the WHO and the CDC, is very important in order to prevent performance failure that leads to infection.

Will You Be Deep Cleaning?

To evaluate the chemical resistance of gloves, you have to distinguish between degradation, penetration and permeation. Degradation is a physical impairment of the glove material due to the effect of chemicals.  Penetration is the passage of substances through macroscopic holes. Permeation is the passage of substances in the molecular range (i.e. the molecules are absorbed by the outer surface, diffuse, and are then released onto the skin on the inside). Or, you can make an easy decision in hand protection and just opt to buy butyl gloves!

Conserve Those Single-Use Gloves & Save!

Guardian™ Butyl 5-mil GlovesButyl outperforms the heaviest of single-use type nitrile gloves and nothing matches butyl’s permeation (hold-out or chemical seeps) and degradation (physical changes that happen to a glove).


The reduced-mil style gloves (5-mil and 7-mil) are flexible, soft to wear, look and feel like a single-use nitrile glove, but be assured, butyl is a protective beast!


In fact, one pair of butyl gloves can translate to using several thousand pairs of heavy gauge disposable type nitrile gloves. You don't need to dispose butyl gloves after use - simply wash, rinse clean and hang dry!


Butyl gloves are highly resistant to many chemicals such as solvents, skydrol, MEK, highly corrosive acids (nitric acid, sulfuric acid, hydrofluoric acid and red-fuming nitric acid), strong bases, keytones, aldehydes, esters, acetone, alcohols, nitro compounds, water vapor gases (chlorine gas or hydrogen cyanide), lithium, peroxide, rocket fuels,  concentrated alkali, mineral acids, aggressive cleaning agents and more. Butyl gloves also resist oxidation, ozone corrosion and abrasion, and remain flexible at low temperatures.

Butyl gloves are commonly used in agriculture, pesticides, oil/gas, salons, emergency response, manufacturing, forensics, chemical mixing, medical research, laboratories, automotive and it has been the hand protection standard the US Armed Forces (USAF), General Services Administration (GSA),  Homeland Security (HSA), Department of Energy (DOE) and US Domestic Preparedness. These gloves are also commonly seen incorporated to protective encapsulated 'space' suits such as DuPont's Tychem® Series.

 We have a butyl glove for every scenario! Here are some of our butyl selections:

  • Variety of mil-thicknesses
  • X-Small through X-Large hand sizes
  • Curved or fitted hand styles
  • Rough textured or smooth finish
  • Variety of styles - Butyl Gloves, Butyl Surgical Fit Gloves (hand specific sizes), Butyl Glovebox Gloves and neoprene style gloves.

Guardian butyl gloves set the standard for superior hand protection, comfort, utility, dexterity and design every time. They do everything that the North®, Ansell®, MCR and Showa Best® brands do, but Guardian™ Gloves are made in Willard, Ohio USA by American workers who care about your personal safety!

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