How to condition leather gloves?

Conditioning leather gloves not only helps them to look their best but also extends their lifespan by restoring natural oils, keeping the leather supple, and preventing it from drying out and cracking. Here’s a simple guide on how to condition your leather gloves:

Materials Needed:

  • Leather conditioner
  • Soft cloth
  • Gloves


  1. Clean Your Gloves: Before conditioning, it’s vital to clean your gloves to remove any dust, dirt, or grime. You can do this by gently wiping them with a damp cloth. Allow them to air dry completely before moving on to the next step.
  2. Apply Leather Conditioner: Leather conditioner is a product designed to restore the natural oils in leather. Apply a small amount of leather conditioner to a soft, clean cloth.
  3. Condition Your Gloves: Gently rub the conditioner-laden cloth over the surface of your gloves. Make sure to work the conditioner into the leather, paying special attention to any areas that are particularly dry or worn.
  4. Let the Gloves Absorb the Conditioner: After you’ve applied the conditioner, let your gloves sit and absorb it for about 20-30 minutes, or according to the conditioner manufacturer’s instructions.
  5. Buff Off Excess Conditioner: If there’s any conditioner left on the surface of the gloves after they’ve had time to absorb it, gently buff it off with a dry cloth.
  6. Dry Your Gloves: Let your gloves air dry away from direct sunlight or heat sources, which can cause the leather to warp or crack.

Remember to test the conditioner on a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure it doesn’t alter the color of the leather. Always follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer of your gloves, and use products that are appropriate for the type of leather of your gloves. Conditioning your leather gloves regularly will help keep them in good shape for years to come.

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