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5 Ways to Clean Work Gloves

Even the best work gloves can get dirty; learn five easy ways to clean your work gloves.

You work hard and your work gloves do, too. With continual use, your best work gloves are bound to get dirty. With help from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can easily clean your work gloves and get back to doing what you love.

Leather Work Gloves

5 Ways to Clean Best Work Gloves
Even the best work gloves will get dirty. Learn five easy ways to clean your work gloves.

Leather gloves are some of the best work gloves, but they’re also the hardest to keep clean. Keeping your leather gloves in good condition will help them last longer. One of the best ways to do that is washing them.

1. Wash leather work gloves in cold water and saddle soap and lay them out flat to dry. Wringing the water out can misshapen them.  When they’re not in use, store them in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.

2. Another option is to brush off grime and dirt with a toothbrush. Next, wash the gloves in a cold bucket of water, with 1/2 cup laundry detergent and 1 tbsp. of salt. Using your hands, rub the dirt off with the soap. Rinse the gloves off in plain cold water. Gently squeeze excess water off the gloves in a downward motion. Hang the gloves up to air-dry with clothespins. Massage the gloves to keep the leather from stiffening and continue doing so until they’re completely dry.

Rubber, Nitrile, Neoprene and PVC Work Gloves

These slick-material gloves are the best work gloves to clean. Always be careful when cleaning these gloves off if you’ve been working with chemicals.

1. Before removing the gloves, wash them with soap and water. It’s best to wash them off with a hose or in a utility sink. After the gloves are rinsed off, remember to wash your hands, especially if you were working with chemicals. Hang the gloves up to dry. You’ll want to store them in a dry place to help prevent mildew growth.

Knit and Cotton Work Gloves

When you’re working in the garden or doing light yard work, your work gloves are bound to get dirty. Knit gloves–jersey, cotton and the like–can all be machine washed.

1. To wash cotton work gloves, first rinse them off under the hose. This will help wash off any caked-on dirt or grass. Once you’ve given them a pre-rinse, wash them with warm water in the washing machine. You can tumble them dry in the dryer.

2. For knit gloves, rinse them off under the hose. You can wash them in the washing machine, but with cool water. Hang them up to dry to prevent any shrinkage or damage.


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