The Most Authoritative Guide To The Care Of Leather Gloves

Leather gloves are used for a variety of purposes such as welding, hunting, driving and protecting hands from the cold. Although these gloves play a vital role in our daily work, it is necessary to take good care of them. And If you bought a pair of leather gloves and you don't know how to take care of them, this article can help you solve these worries. Let your beloved leather gloves stay with you longer.

What kinds of leather gloves are different?

First, we will talk about various kinds of leather gloves. This is vital to know how to take care of your pair and take care of them.

Please take note that we are not talking about suede gloves, but smooth leather, designed and adapted for both weather protection and style. We are not talking about suede gloves.

Below are various popular leather glove types:

In addition, the lining points of the leather gloves vary. These comprise:

  • No lining
  • Wool lining
  • Cashmere lining
  • Fleece lining

Damage and injury to leather gloves

Now that you know the different types of leather gloves and hopefully you can recognize their own type, it's high time to discuss and how to avoid damage and injury.

Included in common damage to leather gloves are:

  • Leather gloves drying out
  • Growth of mold and rot
  • Chemical damage

How to avoid damage to your leather gloves first and foremost?

To take care of your gloves, and of course to prevent future damage or injury, we've come up with a series of helpful tips and guidelines to keep your gloves accident-free, fresh, smelling great, and of course, looking a million dollars.

Don't wash them in hot water; instead, wipe your gloves with a moist, warm cloth.

  • Don't expose your leather gloves to sunlight for long periods of time
  • Avoid direct contact with heat sources, such as hot surfaces and the sun
  • Don't wash your gloves in a washing machine - this can damage your gloves
  • Don't dry clean your gloves - this can also damage your gloves
  • Avoid completely submerging your leather gloves in water - also consider taking your gloves off on rainy days as this will prevent the build-up of mold or rot
  • Don't touch any corrosive chemicals while wearing leather gloves
  • Do not use any detergents that are not intended for leather gloves or are not friendly
  • Avoid drinking alcohol with gloves - this will reduce alcohol spillage onto the leather and also prevent leather glove contamination

How to purify your leather handles and treat them?

Now that we've discussed general tips and guidelines when caring for gloves, it's time to discuss how to care for and clean them - and even restore health if needed. Depending on the leather we have different ways of caring for it.

If your gloves are made of cowhides/goatskin/pigskin:

  • To remove exterior stains, wipe oil-based saddle soap on a microfiber cloth or paper towel.
  • Add a small amount of water to create a lather
  • Use soap suds instead of water to clean stains and dirty areas on gloves
  • Remove residue with a clean, damp cloth or paper towel
  • Let it air dry completely


  • Avoid using bleach or other harsh chemicals as they may cause discoloration
  • Do not use machine dryers, heat sources or direct sunlight to dry gloves

If your gloves are made of deerskin:

  • Use a mild detergent or soap and mix it with cool water in a bowl.
  • Take a clean white cloth and soak it in the mixture
  • Gently wipe the stains and dirty areas of the glove with the cloth
  • Squeeze the glove and use a large, clean towel to wipe off any excess water
  • Allow your gloves to air dry completely


  • Avoid wringing out your gloves as this can damage the texture of the gloves.
  • Avoid using bleach or other harsh chemicals 

If your gloves are made of sheepskin:

  • Use a mild soap and mix it with cool or lukewarm water in a bowl.
  • Soak gloves, then gently scrub to remove dirt
  • Rinse with water
  • Carefully squeeze out excess water
  • Let it air dry completely on a flat surface


  • Avoid using bleach or other harsh chemicals
  • Avoid twisting the glove as this will permanently distort the leather
  • Do not wash gloves in a machine
  • Do not expose gloves to heat sources or direct sunlight

How to disinfect and deodorize gloves?

Frequent use of gloves can lead to the accumulation of bacteria while creating an unpleasant odor inside. To eliminate these problems, it is necessary to disinfect and deodorize gloves after use.

  • Take 1 or 2 tablespoons of baking soda and sprinkle it on each glove, making sure it reaches the crevices of your fingers
  • Turn the gloves upside down, cover the glove opening and shake gently to distribute the baking soda evenly.
  • Let it sit for a few hours, then shake the powder out
  • Turn the gloves upside down and vacuum up any remaining powder.

How to store your leather gloves?

Finally, to store your leather gloves, we recommend keeping them in a cool, dry place away from direct heat and sunlight to prevent chemical damage to the gloves - as described in this article.

Make sure to store your gloves flat to prevent wrinkling or discoloration, and also to avoid getting them wet. The best place to store leather gloves is in dry cupboards, shelves and cabinets. Avoid dust buildup and always take care of them depending on how often you wear them and how long you leave them. 

Finally, I recommend that you rotate a few pairs of leather gloves and give them a break. You can pick up your favorite colors and styles at our GSG store.

If you have any other questions about leather glove maintenance you can contact us and we will be happy to help you solve your doubts.

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