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post #1 of 9 Old 08-10-2007, 05:49 AM Thread Starter
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Question about glove care.

OK. My suit is all mesh, so I can toss it into the washer once it gets a little funkey, but WTF do I do with gloves? I have 2 gloves, and both are mesh with leather palms. My concern is the leather in the gloves. After my wife washed two leather wallets, I know full well that water and leather do NOT mix. So how do I get the skuzzyness out of them? Any tips?

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I've washed leather gloves in akll kinds of ways, including the washing machine.

I usually put them on and wash them like my hands.
Let them air dry slowly, then oil them with a leather oil treatment (Dubbin, mink oil, 3-in-1 on my work gloves :lol: )

They have put up with this for many treatments.

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Using the advice from my neighbour, a long standing furniture an upholsterer I've cleaned a few pairs of leather gloves. His suggestion, which seemed to work well was:
1) wash (machine) as either normal or delicate and if possible, with a larger load of clothes - supposedly this helps protect a lot of the tumbling that can open up stray stitching etc). Alternatively - handwash using mild detergent and cold wash and rinse
2)air dry - perferably layered in a towel of something for a few hours to draw out most of the moisture on outside, then stuff kleenex, paper towel etc into fingers loosely to draw out inside moisture (I used bargain bin microfibre cloths for this as I have tons)

I found that extending the drying process really did stop shrinkage and have had no issues - just apply favorite leather treatment after and should be all set. I've used this approach on bike, snowmobile and dress gloves -no problems so far.

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Wash the gloves? Blasphemy.
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Saddle Soap

Has anyone considered saddle soap ? This is a long-time accepted cleaner of leather goods. Sold in the shoe section of most Wal-marts.
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Has anyone considered saddle soap ? This is a long-time accepted cleaner of leather goods. Sold in the shoe section of most Wal-marts.
I use that for my Redwing 980s as part of my boot regimen. Saddlesoap, polish, oil every couple months, keeps my feet dry and happy.

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I have never used saddle soap before. I was hoping that there was a simple way of washing them.

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I have never used saddle soap before. I was hoping that there was a simple way of washing them.
It doesn't get simpler than saddle soap. People have been using it since well before the invention of cars and bikes for (you guessed it) saddles.

A lot less complex than a washing machine, and does a better job.
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