A great way to think of glove texture is thinking of a mountain range. If the glove has lots of texture, then it has deep “valleys”, which allows a greater amount of liquid to pass through and across the glove. Oddly enough, gloves with deeper “valleys” give the glove a better chance to make contact with a surface of an object.
The three categories of texture that a glove can fall into are smooth, micro-roughened, and aggressively textured.
A smooth texture is defined by having virtually no roughness at all. Most vinyl gloves have a smooth texture. These types of gloves work great in industries like food prep and service as well as salons.
The next type of texture is micro-roughened, which is actually the most popular type of texture on nitrile and latex gloves. The surface of micro-roughened gloves looks as though it has been lightly sanded, which provides a good amount of additional grip to these gloves. Micro-roughened gloves, are widely used in medical offices because wearers are able to easily grip tools.
The final category of disposable glove texture is aggressively textured. This texture is typically described as a diamond raised texture and has to be produced on a thicker material than other disposable gloves. This enhanced texture and greater thickness increases the grip and protection for wearers. This type of textured disposable glove is best suited for industries where workers need to grip nuts and bolts or other tools that could be slippery.
It is important to have these options of glove texture, so that even when you cannot control the environment, you can help combat the circumstances with proper grip and protection.