After years of getting all my gloves dirty — then tearing my hands up moving furniture or other “clean” items bare-handed — I finally learned to buy a separate set to keep as “clean” gloves.
Since I use them much less than the “dirty” ones, I generally don’t waste money buying expensive gloves for “clean” service. In fact, for furniture moving (read: general-purpose work gloves), I usually make a stop at the dollar store or Harbor Freight, especially when they’re running a sale on a five or ten-pack.
In fact, if you find a multi-pack deal, it’s also a good idea to have a stash of cheap-ass work gloves around for friends who hang out at the shop and are willing to pitch in. At $1 or even less a piece, it could mean the difference between moving something bare-handed by yourself or with gloves and help!
(Thanks to Chris Harley for the great CC-licensed photo.)