Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rideau Ferry, Ontario, Canada
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.
Necessity may be the mother of invention, but desperation is it's father........... (Bell)