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How To Clean Your Leather Work gloves?

To keep your leather work gloves in good condition, it’s important to clean and care for them properly to prevent damage. One essential aspect is to avoid excessive use of water and soap, as leather may not resist these harsh elements well. Different types of leather, such as smooth aniline or Nappa, may respond differently to the cleaning process described here. Suede or nubuck gloves with a rough or nappy finish require a gentle method of care to maintain them properly.

Why care for work gloves

Pair of cold-resistant grain leather drivers gloves with Thinsulate liner.

Work gloves are not just accessories; they’re shields against a barrage of variety soils, stains, oils, dust, paints, chemical products, and more. Cleaning these gloves isn’t just a task; it’s essential to inhibit the proliferation of bacteria and maintain good hygiene for the wearer. Depending on the type of use and desired comfort, materials like leather, nitrile, latex, kevlar, among others, offer unique benefits. I have worked a lot with leather gloves. Cleaning them regularly makes them last longer and keeps them effective at protecting against hazards. From simple dirt removal to stain treatment, caring for work gloves is an investment in safety and durability.

How To Care For Your Leather Work Gloves

When it comes to caring for leather work gloves, my experience has taught me that proper maintenance is key to preserving their strength and flexibility over time. Avoid using chemical products as they can strip the natural material of its properties. Instead, opt for natural products like soapy water for cleaning. For suede gloves, use a specific product designed for suede to prevent damage. Remember, while some gloves are washable, others, like leather and nubuck, are non-washable and require gentle rubbing with a damp cloth. By taking good care of your natural leather gloves, you ensure they remain comfortable and antifungal for extended use.

Pretreat Heavy Soil

When dealing with heavy soil on your leather gloves, a strategic approach can make all the difference. Begin by gently wiping off any mud splatters or transferred soil with a dry microfiber cloth. For stubborn stains, create a mixture of equal amounts of warm water and distilled white vinegar. Dampen a clean microfiber cloth with this solution and carefully dab at the stained areas on your gloves. Avoid saturating the leather and instead focus on the specific spots needing attention. After treating the stains, allow the gloves to dry naturally. Once dry, use a soft-bristled brush to clean off any remaining soil or residue. This method not only effectively treats heavy soil but also ensures your leather gloves remain in top condition for longer.

a pair of yellow leather gloves and shower bottle in a blue bucket

Remove Ink Stains

To effectively remove ink stains from leather gloves, it’s crucial to act swiftly. Begin by dabbing a cotton swab with isopropyl alcohol and gently rubbing it over the ink stain. Avoid vigorous rubbing as it may damage the leather. The key is to work slowly and patiently, allowing the alcohol to lift the ink without harming the leather. If the ink stain persists, repeat the process until the stain is transferred to the cotton swab. Never attempt to throw away the gloves at this stage; with the right care, fresh ink stains can often be successfully removed. Remember, prompt action can prevent the stain from spreading further.

Prepare a Cleaning Solution:

To clean your leather gloves effectively, start by preparing a gentle cleaning solution. Warm water works best for this, as it helps to loosen dirt and grime without damaging the leather. Avoid using hot water, as it can cause the leather to shrink or become stiff. Next, add a small amount of mild liquid soap or Castile soap to the water. These soaps are gentle enough to clean leather without causing any damage. Avoid using saddle soap or any harsh cleaning products, as they can strip the leather of its natural oils and cause it to dry out. Once you have your cleaning solution ready, dampen a microfiber cloth with the soapy water. Avoid using a bar or gel soap directly on the leather, as it can be too harsh and may leave residue.

Gently lather the cloth with the solution, ensuring it’s not too wet, as excess water can damage the leather. Start by gently wiping the surface of the gloves in a circular motion, focusing on areas with visible dirt or stains. After cleaning, use a clean, damp microfiber cloth to remove any soap residue from the leather. Avoid soaking the gloves or submerging them in water, as this can cause damage and affect their shape. Finally, use a dry cloth to gently tin the leather and remove any excess moisture. This process helps to restore the leather’s natural shine and condition, leaving your gloves looking clean and well-maintained

Clean the Exterior of the Gloves:

Absorbent towel in hand, gently wipe the leather surface of your gloves to remove any visible grime. Use a soapy cloth to target stubborn soil on the fingertips and wrist area. Avoid over-saturating the leather; instead, clean well with a light touch. Rinse the cloth regularly to prevent soil from being transferred back onto the gloves. If needed, reapply soap to tackle persistent stains. Remember to turn the gloves to clean the other side thoroughly.

Clean the Interior of the Gloves:

To effectively clean the interior of your leather gloves, start by turning them inside out, revealing the often overlooked areas that harbor dirt and bacteria. This step is crucial for maintaining hygiene and prolonging the life of your gloves. Next, repeat the cleaning steps used for the exterior, ensuring a thorough cleanse. For lined gloves, especially those with faux fur or shearling, gently wipe down the interior with a soft cloth dampened with a mixture of distilled white vinegar and water. This solution cleans gloves, controls bacteria and odor, leaving them fresh and comfortable to wear. Taking care of the interior is as important as the exterior, ensuring both hygiene and longevity for your leather gloves.

Rinse the Gloves:

After cleaning your leather gloves with a damp microfiber cloth to remove any sudsy residue, it’s crucial to rinse them thoroughly to ensure no excess moisture remains. Pay special attention to the seams and areas between the fingers where dirt and grime can accumulate. Gently wipe the gloves with a clean, damp cloth to remove any lingering soap or dirt, ensuring they are free from any excess moisture before allowing them to air dry. This process helps maintain the integrity of the leather and prevents damage from harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaning methods.

Air-Dry the Gloves:

To properly clean leather gloves, especially after being exposed to moisture or dirt, begin by gently absorbing excess water with a soft, absorbent towel. Avoid using heat sources and instead, place the gloves in a cool, shaded area. Take a moment to check for any visible stains or areas that need special attention. If necessary, use a damp cloth to gently wipe the surface. Then, turn the gloves inside out to help them dry more efficiently. Allow them to air dry for at least eight hours to ensure they retain their shape and stretch. Once dry, turn them right side out and gently reshape them to ensure they fit smoothly on your hands. This method not only dries the gloves effectively but also helps maintain their leather quality for longer use.

What not to do:

what not to do

Leaving leather exposed to direct sunlight or moonlight can cause damage. It’s important to follow the washing and maintenance instructions provided. Avoid washing leather gloves in the washing machine and instead clean them using a suitable solvent.



Caring for your leather work gloves is crucial to ensure their longevity and effectiveness. Regular cleaning not only extends their lifespan but also maintains their ability to protect against various hazards. Keep your gloves comfy, antifungal, and in good shape for longer by using gentle methods and natural products. Taking good care of your leather work gloves will make them last longer and keep you safe while working.

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