From how to prevent your leather gloves from stretching to waterproofing them, this is an in-depth guide on how best to care for your leather gloves. This read will help you get the most out of your leather gloves, allowing you to enjoy them as long as possible.
Waterproofing Leather Gloves
Let’s cover the basics. Is there anything you can do to waterproof your leather gloves when they are new to better protect them from the elements? It is worth noting that leather is, in fact, a ‘skin’. As such, it has a natural resistance to the elements, especially water. Your leather gloves will be just fine (do not swim in them, though!).
That said, there are a few high-street brands that make products specifically designed to enhance your gloves’ natural resistance to the elements, especially rain. These products are useful. However, they can compromise the aesthetics of your gloves, especially if your gloves’ colour has light hues.
It is important to remember that regardless of whether you applied a layer of protection or not, if your gloves become very wet, never use external heat to dry them. Do not place near a radiator to dry; do not dry with a tumble heater or fire. Instead, leave them to dry on their own. This prevents material from drying out and developing unsightly cracks. Let them be; they’ll figure it out.
After drying though, we suggest that you rub in neutral leather cream to ensure they retain their softness. You can find high-quality neutral leather creams from local stores, including Tesco’s and John Lewis.
Cleaning Your Gloves Properly
Like anything made of quality leather, washing or cleaning leather gloves is an endeavour to be undertaken with utmost care and caution.
For starters, the colours are always delicate owing to the fact that the skins are “full blossom”. Dyeing and tannin additives are natural substances and colour corrections can be done. However, when you wash or clean your gloves with abrasive chemical additives, you can damage your gloves.
So, how do you clean any light marks that your gloves may have? The following steps will work perfectly:
• Dissolve pure soap flakes (such as Lux) in lukewarm water.
• Using a cloth, gently wipe down your leather gloves, paying special attention to the marks. Do not use a sponge that crumbles.
• Never submerge your gloves fully in water and never wash them in a washing machine.
• Allow the gloves to air dry. While they are drying, put on the gloves a couple of time to ensure that they regain their fit.
Preventing Stretching of Leather Gloves
The question of how to prevent stretching of leather gloves is a prevalent one. That said, our answer has always been: “You should not have to.” Leather has unique natural properties. It has natural elasticity and recovery properties. As such, your hand can pass through the narrow parts of the glove and immediately after, the glove reforms to surround your wrist and hand perfectly.
When it comes to fit and stretching, it all boils down to the glove cutter’s skills, especially when it comes to selecting the right piece of leather for each part of the gloves and preparing the leather properly to ensure it retains the right amount of elasticity.
With this in mind, our advice at Chester Jefferies has always been to invest in a high-quality pair of gloves that will last a lifetime. Select the right size for your hands. By doing this, you will never have to worry about the gloves stretching and deforming.
How to Clean Leather Glove Linings
The vast majority of gloves are lined with wool or silk for that extra bit of comfort and warmth. Unfortunately, since leather should never be submerged into water, cleaning or washing the wool or silk lining is rather tricky.
As such, we advise gloves owners against cleaning the gloves lining. More often than not, you end up damaging the gloves. That said, should you need to clean the gloves, we suggest you take them experienced specialist dry cleaners.
Doing so reduces the chances of destroying your gloves. Importantly, it ensures that your gloves last a lifetime.