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Why should I wear gloves?

The skin secretes oils and metabolic wastes, including various salts and urea, and these react aggressively with some materials causing irreversible damage. For example, fingerprints can cause corrosion on metal.

To protect the objects from these secretions, gloves should be worn when handling most objects. A range of gloves is available, and the type of gloves chosen will depend on the type of object being handled (and on personal preference).