Time is coming to put away your winter gloves, but before you do that you need to wash them.
On this subject we have read and heard a lot and this has generated many doubts and when you
hear about washing gloves the first thought that comes to mind is: "how do I wash them without ruining them?"
Don't worry follow gLOVEme's advice and you'll see it's really simple.
To put you at ease, let's start with a couple of fairly logical considerations:
1) The leather of gloves, like any other type of leather,to be tanned (a process to pass from raw leather to finished leather ready for use) and to be coloured (all leather is coloured, in its raw state it would be a beige grey colour) is immersed in water, inside barrels that work like a washing machine, from this we must deduce that WATER DOES NOT DAMAGE LEATHER
2- To wash anything you need a detergent and since it is leather you should use a mild detergent, bearing in mind that we are talking about winter gloves inside there will be a lining that will be cashmere, silk or lapin and these materials even more delicate than leather.
In a few lines we have already told you everything you need, namely WATER and SOAP, a delicate soap, for example the one you use for wool or silk and for more precaution get also disposable plastic gloves, those from the supermarket that you use to choose fruits and vegetables, these will be useful to protect your hands in case of skin discharges some colour.
At this point, put on your plastic gloves, put on your leather gloves, open the faucet and start washing them as if you were washing your hands, soap enough and rub gently into the dirtiest areas that normally are the palm and fingertips, then rinse thoroughly to get rid of all the soap.
Have you seen?
We told you it was easy.
1) You can’t wash two-tone gloves:
i. e. gloves that are made of two different colors, this is because wet skin sheds some color (remember that we advised you to use disposable plastic gloves) and the darker color would dye the lighter color.
2) Be careful to dry the gloves properly:
as we explained, water does not damage the skin, what can damage it is a wrong drying because you run the risk of drying, losing the natural moisture and softness, so be careful and also for this step follow the advice of gLOVEme.
Once washed, remove the gloves, place them on a terry towel and press them lightly to remove excess water (the gloves must remain wet, not soaked). Once this is done, take the gloves and pull them lengthwise, i. e. fingers and wrist of the gloves, then take another dry towel and wrap the gloves in it without wrinkling them. Now you just have to wait for the gloves to dry, it will take some time depending on the thickness of the lining even a couple of days, when the gloves are still slightly damp wear them to make them resume the shape of your hand.(this procedure should also be used when the gloves are very wetbut maybe because you ended up in a storm)
WARNING NEVER DRY THE GLOVES IN THE SUN OR NEAR A HEAT SOURCE, they would certainly dry sooner but the skin would dry irretrievably.
It took a few words but the process as you can see is really simple and does not present any risk to the gloves, so you can think of doing it even during the season when you normally use the gloves, without having to wait until they are too dirty because at that point it would be more difficult to clean them, and the accumulated dirt could ruin your gloves.