Strikethrough is the term given when the outside coating of gloves appears on the inside of the glove. To check for strikethrough, the users should turn the glove inside out. They should only see liner material. If users turn any pair of MaxiFlex gloves inside out, they will only see liner material.
If they see any coating material on the inside, then the glove has strikethrough.
Strikethrough results in the coating coming into direct contact with the skin. This has discomfort implications, namely the gloves are less breathable, which results in heat build up, which results in the hands becoming sweaty and uncomfortable. Besides the discomfort issues, there are other important factors to consider:
Harmful contact - There have been tests relating to the manufacture of PU gloves which involves potentially harmful levels of DMF (Dimethyl Formamide), which is a well known toxic solvent.
Hand Safety - If a glove wearer works in an environment with moving parts and machinery and there is a risk of the hand getting caught and injured, it is important that the glove does not assist in this type of injury. If, for example, the tip of the hand gets caught in the machinery, then the person should still be able to safely pull their hand out of the glove and leave only the glove behind in the machinery. Gloves with strikethrough limit this from happening. To test, simply try pulling the glove off the hand from the fingertips of the glove. The easier this happens, the safer for the wearer in these applications.
MaxiFlex gloves from Safety Mate feature no strikethrough of the glove coating and a manufacturing process that is totally solvent-free and thus safer for the environment and for the users. Unfortunately, the use of solvents, such as DMF is used in the manufacture of gloves. Recently, customers started taking note of the potentially harmful consequences of their glove selection in order that the environment and their workforce are safer.