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What is a Corrosive Chemical?

Chemicals that can cause damage to skin, eyes, and other body tissues are referred to as corrosive chemicals. Users need to take special precautions when handling these substances in order to prevent burns or irritations.

Many acids and bases are considered corrosive. Examples of corrosive acids include hydrochloric acid, hydrofluoric acid, and sulfuric acid. Potassium hydroxide, ammonium hydroxide, and sodium hydroxide are all corrosive bases.

CiboWares offers a wide selection of chemical resistant disposable gloves to protect users from potentially harmful chemicals. Nitrile gloves are the best choice for use with acids, as they offer excellent resistance against hydrofluoric acid 30%, hydrochloric acid 30%, and diluted sulfuric acid. For concentrated sulfuric acid, choose vinyl gloves. Vinyl also offers good resistance to other corrosive acids, but is best for use with sulfuric acid. Latex gloves have similar properties, providing fair resistance against hydrochloric acid 30% and good resistance to hydrofluoric acid 30%. They are also excellent for use with diluted sulfuric acid.

All three of our chemical resistant glove materials are perfect for handling ammonium hydroxide. Latex gloves are great for use with bases as they also offer excellent resistance to potassium hydroxide 50% KOH and sodium hydroxide 50% NaOH. Vinyl gloves offer similar resistance to potassium hydroxide, while vinyl offers fair resistance to the substance. Both nitrile and vinyl gloves provide fair protection from sodium hydroxide.

When working with corrosive chemicals, we recommend using our Black Rhino gloves, they offer quality resistance to oils and corrosive chemicals.

Still looking for the ideal pair of gloves for your needs? Read our Disposable Gloves Buying Guide to learn more about the reliable options offered by CiboWares.

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