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How to Shrink Leather Gloves

Updated February 21, 2017

Leather gloves are expensive, so it makes sense to get as much wear out of them as you can. But wearing a pair of leather gloves that is too big can be uncomfortable. If you have an old pair of leather gloves that are too large, shrink them to make them fit better. Once you have shrunk those leather gloves for a more comfortable fit, simply condition them to make them as soft and supple as a brand new pair.

Heat a pot of water on the stove until it starts to boil. Remove the water from the heat and allow it to cool for about 5 minutes.

Dip the gloves in the hot water until they are fully submerged. Take the gloves out of the water and lay them flat on a solid surface.

Plug the hair dryer in and go over the gloves with the dryer on the hottest setting. Continue until the gloves are dry.

Try the gloves on to see if they are now the right size. Once the gloves fit properly, use mink oil or leather conditioner to soften the leather, since the hot water can leave the gloves somewhat stiff.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair dryer
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Based in Pennsylvania, Bonnie Conrad has been working as a professional freelance writer since 2003. Her work can be seen on Credit Factor, Constant Content and a number of other websites. Conrad also works full-time as a computer technician and loves to write about a number of technician topics. She studied computer technology and business administration at Harrisburg Area Community College.