White leather gloves can quickly become dirty. Whether it is dirt, food or some other spot, dirty white gloves are unsightly. Care must be taken when cleaning white leather gloves not to compromise the fabric. Most leather gloves should not be put in a washing machine. Wash leather gloves by hand to keep them from losing shape and destroying the fabric.
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Things you need
- 3 lint-free rags
- Moisturising dish soap (for finished leather gloves)
- Saddle soap (for unfinished leather gloves)
- Leather conditioner
Put the gloves on your hands. Work on one glove at a time so you have one free hand to help clean.
Dampen a lint-free rag with plain water. Wring out the rag well.
Add two or three drops of soap to the rag. For finished leather gloves, add moisturising dish or hand soap. For unfinished leather gloves, use saddle soap.
Wipe down the gloves with the damp rag and soap to remove dirt and stains. Go over the gloves with a rag dampened with plain water to remove any soap and dirt residue.
Buff the gloves with a dry, lint-free rag. Apply a leather conditioner to restore moisture to the leather gloves. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for applying leather conditioner.
Tips and warnings
- For an alternative cleaning method, put your gloves on your hands and pour vodka over them. Rub your hands together to remove dirt and grime from the gloves. Take off the gloves and hang them in the sun to dry.
- Refer to the link in the Resource section for tips on determining if your gloves are finished or unfinished leather.
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