How to Clean Leather Gloves

Leather gloves can come in a variety of styles. Regular cleaning will keep them looking their best. Follow the methods and steps in our guide How to Clean Leather to keep your gloves looking clean and new.

There are two main types of leather: finished and unfinished.

Washing Finished Leather

  1. Apply a gentle, moisturizing soap such as Dove with a clean cloth.
  2. Work soap into a lather.
  3. Wipe away lather with clean damp cloth.
  4. DO NOT use water to rinse the lather off of the leather.
  5. Polish with a dry towel.
  6. Let dry completely.
  7. When the item is completely dry, treat with a leather conditioner.


Washing Unfinished Leather

  1. Rub saddle soap into the leather with a damp cloth or sponge.
  2. Work soap into a lather.
  3. Remove lather with clean cloth.
  4. Allow to dry.
  5. When completely dry, oil the leather with a preservative such a mink oil.


Additional Tips and Advice

  • Always hang leather clothing on padded hangers, allowing them enough room in the closet to hang freely.
  • When storing leather handbags, stuff with tissue to help retain their shape.
  • Although at-home leather cleaning products are available, it is highly recommended that you have your leather apparel cleaned by a professional leather cleaner.
  • Never store leather in a plastic bag or other non-breathable cover as it will dry the leather out.
  • Avoid storing leather in very humid or very dry environments, and avoid placing in direct sunlight.
  • Never spray perfume or hairspray or other such products when wearing leather, as it may cause staining and spotting.
  • If you get any winter salt deposits from leather jackets, pants or footwear remove with a damp sponge; salt can damage the leather.
  • If a leather garment loses its flexibility, use a good leather conditioner to restore suppleness.
  • If the garment becomes wrinkled, allow wrinkles to fall out naturally by hanging the garment. If you absolutely must iron the garment, set the iron on “rayon” setting, place a heavy brown paper bag over the area to be ironed and iron very quickly.


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