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What are the main differences between boot covers and disposable shoe covers?

Monday, August 18, 2008

The most obvious difference between boot covers and disposable shoe covers is that one is for protecting shoes and the other for boots. Shoe covers, whether they are used in hospital settings or industrial facilities, are shorter and made to be slipped over the shoe. They can come with non skid material on the bottoms or none at all. Shoe covers are also very good at limiting cross contamination regardless of where they are used. Disposable shoe covers typically aren’t used for outdoor applications.
On the other hand, boot covers can take care of a multitude of jobs. They are made to fit higher on the leg to accommodate the height of the boot. These types of covers almost always have traction built into the soles of the boot cover. It is also important to note that depending on the material used in the construction of the boot cover, the life of the cover will vary.
What materials are used to make boot covers?
The two most common materials used for construction of boot covers are polyethylene and latex. Polyethylene boot covers are durable enough for one use and are clear in appearance. You can rely on their dependability, especially when they are used indoors. When used in a medical setting, these boot covers help to ensure that floor contamination is limited to the area it started in. While not commonly used in the operating room by medical professionals, boot covers are nonetheless vital for cleaning sterile, clean rooms in between uses.
The other commonly used material to make boot covers is latex. Much like the household gloves, these boot covers are usually yellow and very thick. If you are looking for a boot cover that can stand up to just about any harsh condition, this one is the one to order. You will notice that latex boot covers are more expensive than the polyethylene versions.

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