How to clean leather gardening gloves?

Q: I’m a construction worker and I need to buy some PPE for my work, I’d like to know how to clean leather gardening gloves.

– Salom Jambeinge

A: Cleaning leather gloves requires special handling. To clean them, use a pumice soap (such as lava) and scrub gently. Rinse, apply a leather protector, and hang the gloves on a line to dry. Leaving them on for a few minutes until they are completely dry will help maintain their shape.

Cleaning leather gardening gloves requires a delicate process to avoid damaging the material. Here are some steps you can follow:

  1. Remove Excess Soil: Knock the gloves together to remove any large chunks of soil or debris. You can also rub the gloves together to get rid of dried dirt.
  2. Spot Clean: Mix a mild soap or dish detergent with warm water. Dip a soft cloth into the solution and gently spot-clean the gloves to remove stains and dirt.
  3. Rinse: Wipe the gloves with a clean, damp cloth to remove any soap residue. It’s important not to soak the gloves, as excess water can damage the leather.
  4. Dry: Let the gloves air dry naturally in a well-ventilated area, but not in direct sunlight or near a heat source as these can cause the leather to dry out and crack. It’s also helpful to put the gloves on for a few minutes while they’re still damp to help maintain their shape.
  5. Condition: Once the gloves are completely dry, apply a leather conditioner or oil to keep the material supple and prolong its lifespan. Be sure to choose a product that’s suitable for your type of leather.

Remember, it’s always best to check the manufacturer’s care instructions before cleaning your gloves. Some types of leather may require specific cleaning methods or products. If your gloves are heavily soiled or stained, consider taking them to a professional cleaner.

Have a question about personal safety equipment, work clothes, PPE industry? Anbu Safety writer Arlen Wang will find answers to the queries. to submit a question send an email to: info@anbusafety.com

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