Cleaning Leather Equipment
In order for your leather equipment to perform as well and as long as you want, you need to spend some time maintaining them.
- When you’re done using them, wipe off any excess sweat, oils and dirt. Otherwise these contaminants break down the leather and foam that your gloves are made out of.
- Wipe down the inside with a mild cleaner/disinfectant. Febreeze can even be used to help combat odor.
- Store them in a cool, dry place. If you leave them in a closed-up, humid gym bag or locker, mildew and bacteria will form.
- You can also use a variety of leather cleaners; standard leather wipes, saddle soap or even condition them with mink oil. Otherwise, the leather can dry out and crack which shortens the life of your equipment. All of these products can be purchased at grocery stores. Saddle soap and mink oil can be found in the shoe care aisle.
- Finally, wash your hand wraps frequently (every two weeks at least). This will help you care for your gloves. Letting your wraps get stinky just transfers that to the inside of the gloves. They are your first line of defense in maintaining the inside of your gloves.