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  • Writer's pictureSinar Saredah

How To Clean Leather Work Gloves (with steps)

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1. Clean the Exterior of the Leather Work Gloves

To clean your leather work gloves, start with a gentle soap and a damp microfiber cloth. Test the soap on a small section of the glove to ensure it doesn't cause damage or discoloration. Gently rub the sudsy cloth on the gloves to lift dirt and stains, and then wipe them clean with a damp cloth. Avoid vigorous rubbing to preserve the natural oils in the leather. If necessary, repeat the process for stubborn dirt.

Leather work gloves are built to be durable and will last a long time.  Caring for leather gloves will help them last even longer.  But let’s not throw them in the washing machine.  Here is how to wash leather work gloves to keep them looking fresh and clean.

2. Wash the Gloves Under Running Water

Alternatively, clean your gloves by wearing them and running them under cold water for a brief period. Apply soap gently and rinse thoroughly. Be cautious to prevent the liners, especially in winter gloves, from getting wet.

3. Drying it

After washing, lay the gloves flat and gently pat them dry with a towel. Allow them to air dry, avoiding direct heat to prevent shrinking or cracking. During the drying process, periodically put the gloves on to maintain their shape and prevent shrinking, ideally 3-5 times.

4. Clean the Insides

For the interior, turn the gloves inside out and apply a vinegar and water solution. Let them sit before patting them dry. Ensure they're completely dry before turning them right side out. Consider using leather conditioner to keep the gloves supple, but always spot test first.

Special Considerations for Different Leather Types

Be mindful that different leather types, like welding or suede gloves, may have unique care instructions. Always refer to the manufacturer's guidelines or conduct research to clean these gloves appropriately without causing damage.

Regular Maintenance for Leather Work Gloves

Regular glove maintenance is crucial. Clean your gloves after each use, especially if they've been exposed to dirt, oil, or grime. Periodically apply leather conditioner to keep the leather soft and supple. Store your gloves in a cool, dry place away from sunlight to prevent damage and drying out.

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