Dry leather gloves require care to maintain their shape, flexibility, and overall quality. Drying Leather Gloves Never use an external heat source to dry them! No heater or fire! You should always air dry at normal room temperature. Your gloves should be dried promptly to prevent them from cracking and drying out. Here’s a step-by-step guide to drying leather gloves:
- Remove Excess Moisture: If your gloves are wet, gently blot them with a soft towel to remove as much water as possible. Do not wring or twist them, as this can distort their shape and damage the leather.
- Reshape the Gloves: Gently stretch and reshape the gloves back to their original shape. Leather can stiffen as it dries, so it’s important to do this while they’re still damp.
- Air Dry: Let the gloves air dry naturally. Lay them flat or hang them up, ensuring they maintain their shape. Avoid direct sunlight, heat sources, or using a hairdryer, as these can dry out the leather too quickly, causing it to warp or crack.
- Turn the Gloves Inside Out (Optional): Once the outside of the gloves has dried, you may wish to turn them inside out to ensure the interior dries fully as well.
- Condition the Leather: After your gloves are completely dry, consider applying a leather conditioner to keep the material soft, and supple, and prevent cracking. Always test on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t alter the color of the leather.
- Store Properly: Store your gloves in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight to maintain their condition.
Always refer to any care instructions provided by the manufacturer, as specific types of leather may require different care methods.
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