“ Brand: B&Q / Type: Garden Gloves „
I was In B&Q the other day and spotted these gardening gloves for women. We already had some gardening gloves at home but they were mens size and although I use them a lot they do not fit me properly and the fingers are so big in them that it was hard to pick up things that were small, so I decided to give these gloves a try.
The price of the gloves is £3.98 and they say on them that the finger tips are made from tough nitrile. This feels a bit like rubber so I wondered how they would feel on my hands. I have medium sized hands although my fingers are quite chubby but these gloves fitted on ok and did not feel tight or anything. They felt quite comfortable really and I could move my hands and finger about ok in them.
I tried them out in the garden and found they were brilliant for things like doing the pots and tubs and pulling out a few weeds from the flower beds. They kept my hands clean and saved me getting black dirt under my finger nails like I usually do when I am planting things. The gloves were comfortable to use and I could use my fingers to dig a hole in the soil without having to worry about getting it all over me.
These gloves are fine for this kind of gardening but they are no good for heavier things like pruning the rose bushes or anything like that as the prickles go right through the gloves. I will have to keep a look out next time I got there for another pair of more heavy duty gloves to use for this kind of work but for general tidying up and pottering about these weeding gloves are brilliant.
I've enjoyed pottering around in the garden ever since I was a young child, particularly as my Dad would spend much of his time outside where he would grow his own vegetables and tend to his beautiful flowers. It was inevitable that I would follow in his footsteps, particularly as I adore the taste of home grown food and I also wanted to achieve his successes and be proud of the fact that the meal on our table was down to my sheer dedication and hopefully green fingers. I've previously been one for undertaking outdoor tasks with my bare hands, particularly as every pair of gloves that I had worn felt rather cumbersome and would restrict my grip.
Unfortunately, I paid the price as time and time again I have suffered with broken nails and many cuts, particularly as the previous owners of our house seemed to have dispensed a considerable amount of broken glass within the soil. Several months ago I was delighted when my husband presented me with a pair of Ladies' Weeding and Clearing Gloves, which are made exclusively for B & Q and this review discusses my experience with wearing them.
APPEARANCE OF THE GLOVES
I initially felt a little disappointed when I was informed that I had a present and a pair of gardening gloves were handed to me, but of course my hubby had my own interests at heart and wanted to protect my hands. Unfortunately, due to his disabilities he is unable to undertake manual tasks and simply hates watching me slave away, but more often than not I really do not mind, as I can lose myself in the garden, as I find it so therapeutic. The gloves are available in one size only, which were perfect for me, as I would describe my hand size as average. However, I am of the opinion that those with larger hands will experience no difficulties, as the gloves are expandable whilst providing me with a perfect fit. They are two toned with a grey upper section, which is manufactured from nitrile and a pink nylon shell. I had never heard of the word nitrile before so following a quick google I learned that it is a form of synthetic rubber, which is resistant to chemicals and high levels of heat. The gloves appear particularly small, but easily allow me to slip my hands inside, as the wrist area is expandable.
LET'S TRY THE GLOVES IN THE GARDEN
My biggest grumble with wearing gardening gloves was the fact that I was unable to easily pull out individual weeds, as I felt that I had no control of my fingers due to the bulky gloves that I had previously worn. However, these gloves fit extremely snugly and enabled me to obtain a good grip when I needed to pull up weeds, pieces of broken glass and re-pot my plants. I found it a rather difficult to grab hold of small seeds when I was planting my tomatoes and carrots, so I temporarily removed them for this purpose. Unfortunately, the very end of my garden had become somewhat neglected and on Tuesday I decided to clear and dig the area in readiness for my runner bean plants, which will be ready for planting in around six weeks' time.
I was faced with rather a large area of stinging nettles and attempted to remove them and had the assurance that due to the toughened nitrile finger ends that I would not get stung. However, whilst I removed the majority with no trouble at all, one of the nettles managed to find its' way through my glove and stung the base of my little finger as well as stinging the lower part of my bare arm. Ouch! As I hadn't been stung since I was a child I couldn't remembered the appearance of a doc leaf, but as I had so many weeds from which to choose I tried each and every one of them! Anyway, back to my gardening gloves. There is a label on one of the gloves where we are advised of their material together with the warning that they are for minimal risk only. I have to say that I am extremely pleased with my gloves and although I didn't use them on each and every occasion when they were initially given to me they are now always protecting my hands when I'm undertaking outside tasks.
It was previously such a nightmare having to remove the earth that had caked under all of my long nails, but this task is now a thing of the past. A real positive with these gloves is that my hands do not become hot and sweaty unlike other gloves that I have worn in the past. I cannot recommend these gloves highly enough, but one thing that surprised me when I looked on the B & Q website is that the majority of their gloves are designed for women! As these gloves are hard wearing and protect my precious hands they receive 5 stars from me. I haven't removed a star due to the stinging nettle incident, as this has been the only occasion that I have experienced a problem. B & Q are so confident that you will be pleased with these gloves, as they offer a full money back guarantee.
I have never washed these gloves for two reasons; one is that there are no washing instructions and the other is that they don't seem to get very dirty, particularly the rubber section. If I need to remove any dirt I simply use an antibacterial wipe. My only grumble with the gloves is that they leave a horrible rubbery aroma on my hands, but this is easily removed with a good hand wash.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Ladies' Weeding and Clearing Gloves are exclusive to B & Q and can be purchased for £3.98 and are available in one size only, which in my opinion would fit all.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.