Do you want your leather gloves to last longer and stay looking great? This guide will teach you everything you need to know from stretching to waterproofing. Let’s get started by protecting your gloves from the water.
You just invested in a new pair of leather gloves or driving gloves. How can you make sure they are protected from the weather? You need to waterproof them.
Keep in mind, leather is skin. It has natural weather resistance just like your skin. Your leather gloves can resist rain and the element, as long as you avoid soaking them in the river.
This doesn’t mean you can’t improve your leather gloves resistance to water and the elements. There are a variety of products improve your gloves natural resistance to the rain. Be a little cautious using these products. They may change the colour of your gloves, especially light coloured gloves.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If your gloves get wet, make sure you let them dry naturally. Never use heat to dry them. Tossing them in the clothes dryer or putting them on the radiator will cause the gloves to dry out and crack. It can even cause your leather gloves to shrink. It takes a little extra time for them to dry naturally, but natural drying is best.
After your gloves finish drying, rub a little leather crème into the leather to help the leather stay supple and soft. You can buy leather cremes at many local stores, including Tesco’s or John Lewis. Make sure to choose a neutral crème, not one with colours.
Leather needs to be cleaned cautiously, and only when there is no other option. Good quality leather can usually be wiped clean without washing.
The colour of your gloves can be damaged if you use harsh chemicals. The chemicals can even damage the leather. If you notice a little marking, you can use a product with gentle tanning and dying additives to restore the colour.
Here are the proper cleaning steps, if your gloves are marked up and need extra cleaning.
One of the most common questions we hear is, “how do I stop my leather gloves from stretching?” The answer is, “Your gloves shouldn’t stretch.”
Glove maker’s love leather. It stretches and recovers naturally due to leather’s natural elasticity, just like your skin. The leather stretches slightly when you push in your hand, then rebounds back to its normal size, gently gripping your hand.
The glove maker carefully selects the pieces of leather and then cuts it to create a glove with great elasticity. They carefully prepare the leather to keep its natural elasticity. That is why a good pair of leather gloves feel like a second layer of skin.
As you are probably guessing, the cheap glove may not be properly cut and prepared. That is why we suggest investing in a pair of high-quality leather gloves. They will last a lifetime instead of needing to replace them annually. Carefully choose your size so it fits properly. When a glove fit correctly, it will not stretch out of size.
Lined gloves provide a little extra cleaning challenge. The silk or wool lining provides added warmth but can become soiled. As we already discussed, you cannot submerge your leather gloves, so cleaning the linings is difficult.
What should you do? We suggest you do not try to clean the linings. If they become too dirty, take them to a professional dry cleaner. Ask them if they have experience with leather gloves.
With proper care, your leather gloves will last a lifetime.