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Published:  June 2022

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What is Acetone?

Acetone is a colourless solvent that can break down or dissolve other materials. In the household, people may come across acetone in products such as nail polish remover or paint remover. Industries also use the chemical to remove grease from wool, reduce the stickiness of silk, and make protective coatings for furniture and cars.

While the chemical is relatively safe to work with in small amounts, it does have the potential to cause irritation when exposed to the skin or when working with it for a prolonged period of time. Choosing the most suitable glove is therefore essential when it comes to providing the user with the correct level of protection.

What is MEK?

Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK), like Acetone, is a colourless liquid used in many industrial production processes, such as processing resins, coatings, and mixtures; as well as manufacturing plastics, inks and dyes.

Just like Acetone, proper safety measures need to be taken when handling this substance and any exposed skin should be covered by the appropriate PPE. Chemical Resistant gloves, chemical splash goggles, and face protection are highly recommended when handling both Acetone and MK.

What Glove Should I Use?

Our recommendation when handling Acetone and MEK, is the UCi Ketodex Chemical Resistant Glove.


£17.74 incl VAT p/pair

The Ketodex is a lightweight unsupported glove constructed from a unique formulation that provides exceptional chemical protection against a wide of solvents and Ketones, including MEK and Acetone.

Here is a full list of chemicals that the Ketodex has been tested against:

  • Methanol
  • Acetone
  • Acetonitrile
  • Dichloromethane
  • Carbon Disulphide
  • Toluene
  • Diethylamine
  • Tetrahydrofuran
  • Ethyl Acetate
  • -n-Heptane
  • Sulphuric Acid 96%

The Ketodex has also been tested to EN ISO 374-5:2016, the standard intended to protect the user against bacteria and funghi.

What not to use?

It is highly recommended to avoid Nitrile glove when dealing with these substances. Nitrile, by nature, offers a lower breakthrough time when used with Acetone, compared against alternatives. Therefore, it is not recommended to use Nitrile when handling Acetone, as the material rapidly deteriorates when exposed to Ketones, pu


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