January 9, 2020 | Joe Geng |

3 Reasons Oilbloc™ Beats Your Oil-Resistant Gloves

Click the video below to watch our Oilbloc™ gloves go head-to-head with the competition!

Recent research has found that almost half of all incidents on drilling rigs are attributed to hand and finger injuries – half! Many of these are impacts, cuts or other injuries as a result of workers losing their grip while working in oily environments.

But workers in the oil and gas industry aren’t the only ones at risk – anyone who works in an environment where there’s a chance of oil spilling onto their hands should have the proper hand protection.

For protection against oil hazards, the proper hand protection is a pair of gloves that performs two duties: won’t allow oil to soak through to your hand (prolonged skin exposure to crude oil can cause a whole host of problems) and allows you to maintain your grip while working in an oily environment.

There are plenty of gloves on the market that claim to repel, resist, or completely block oil – but which ones actually do?

To find the answer, we’ll dig into the science behind oil-proofing and discover what makes the best oil-resistant gloves.


Designing and manufacturing oil-resistant gloves shares some similarities with gloves designed to resist water. In our feature article on the science behind modern waterproofing technology, we discussed the four different ways gloves could be manufactured in order to resist water: treatment, single layer, double layer, and triple layer.

The first process, treatment, also applies to creating gloves that can repel and resist oil. Treatment can include adding a chemical (typically in spray form) to the gloves in order to give them oil-resisting properties.

While applying an oil-resistant treatment is a quick and cost-effective method of making gloves oil-resistant, there are some drawbacks.

For starters, treatments tend to wear out quickly and their efficacy can lessen with use and washes. This means that each day you wear your oil-resistant gloves the less effective they will be – and their oil-resisting properties will deteriorate even faster if you try to extend their useful life through laundering.

Doesn’t sound like a particularly good investment, does it? Shouldn’t there be a better way to make gloves oil-resistant?

There should and there is – we call it Oilbloc™.


Oil-resistant leather gloves treated with Oilbloc versus leather gloves treated with something else

Oilbloc™ is Superior Glove’s proprietary treatment for creating oil-resistant gloves – but it is unlike anything else on the market for three distinct reasons.

Reason 1: Our Oil-Resistant Treatment is Applied Differently

You might be asking yourself, “if Superior Glove uses a treatment to make its gloves oil-resistant, isn’t that just another me-too product?” And you would be right if our oil-repelling treatment was applied the same way.

Instead of spraying oil-resisting treatment onto finished gloves – as other glove manufacturers do – we apply Oilbloc™ to our gloves during the tanning process, making the treatment as much a part of the glove as any other aspect.

Reason 2: Oilbloc™ Provides Superior Resistance to Oil

Because our manufacturing process is different and builds oil-resistance directly into our gloves, our oil-resistant gloves provide better protection than gloves treated after production.

Grip tests conducted in our lab show that gloves treated with Oilbloc™ deliver 34% more grip force in oily conditions than competitive gloves – that’s a difference that makes a difference!

Reason 3: Gloves Treated with Oilbloc™ Resist Oil Longer

In addition to providing better oil resistance, gloves treated with Oilbloc™ maintain their oil-resistant properties longer than gloves treated with an oil-resistant spray.

What’s even better – because the oil-resistant properties are tanned directly into the gloves, laundering doesn’t weaken the gloves’ ability to repel oil.

As an added bonus, gloves treated with Oilbloc™ are resistant to water penetration as well as oil.

Not only are gloves treated with Oilbloc™ going to provide better oil-resistance for a longer period of time, but the useful life of the gloves can be extended even further through laundering. You won’t get better value than that!

An animated GIF of the Oilbloc grip test


Curious to see how your oil-resistant gloves measure up to Superior gloves treated with Oilbloc™? Why not start a trial of one of our top-performing safety work gloves featuring Oilbloc™ protection at your facility and see the difference yourself!

A picture of Superior Glove's 378CKGVB, an oil-resistant glove treated with Oilbloc that also offers cut and impact protection
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About Joe Geng
Vice President of Superior Glove