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How to clean and care for leather gloves

Updated February 21, 2017

Leather gloves are worn during cold weather temperatures, keeping the hands warm and protected. Leather is typically expensive, so when you have a pair of these gloves, you want to keep them clean and looking like new. Using harsh cleaning products discolours and damages the leather; instead, use mild cleaners specially designed for use on leather.

Wipe the gloves with a dry cleaning rag every couple of weeks, or use a damp rag if you notice any sticky residue.

Flip the gloves inside out to clean the insides of the gloves, wipe down with a damp rag and allow to air dry before turning the gloves right-side out.

Spray a mist of leather cleaner and conditioner onto a cleaning rag and rub this into the leather gloves. This product is available at leather shops as well as many shoe stores. The combination of cleaner and conditioner gets rid of any residue while restoring the necessary moisture to the gloves.

Store the gloves in a drawer or similar enclosed area when not in use, to prevent damage to the gloves. This also reduces dust and dirt build-up.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleaning rag
  • Water
  • Leather cleaner and conditioner
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Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.