In general, it’s best to avoid washing leather gloves in a washing machine as it can cause them to shrink, warp, or become hard. However, if you really need to machine wash them, it should be done very carefully and only as a last resort. Here’s a suggested method, but remember that it still carries a risk of damaging the gloves:
- Preparation: Remove any loose dirt or debris from the gloves.
- Washing Machine Settings: Set the washing machine to a delicate or hand-wash cycle with cold water. Avoid any settings with high heat or high spin speeds.
- Detergent: Use a mild detergent. Special leather detergents are available that are designed to be gentler on leather.
- Wash: Place the gloves in a mesh laundry bag to protect them from getting tossed around too much in the machine.
- Drying: Do not use a machine dryer. Instead, reshape the gloves and let them air dry naturally, but not in direct sunlight or near a heat source which can cause the leather to dry out and crack.
- Conditioning: Once the gloves are dry, apply a leather conditioner to restore moisture and keep the leather soft.
Please note, that not all leather gloves can be washed, even with this method. Always check the care instructions provided by the manufacturer. When in doubt, it’s best to spot-clean your leather gloves or take them to a professional cleaner.
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