The inner side of goalkeeper gloves is made of delicate material, so washing with other things is out of the question. It is recommended to wash gloves by hand so as not to accidentally ruin them in the washing machine. If your gloves are said to be machine washable, taking some precautions will help you protect them from excessive wear and tear. The use of additional preventive measures will reduce wear and tear to a minimum, as well as remove unpleasant odors.
Method 1 of 3: Wash your gloves by hand
Step 1. Prepare the glove tub
Close the drain hole in the sink and turn on warm water. As the sink fills with water, dilute 15 ml of mild liquid detergent under running water. Stir in the detergent and water, then turn off the tap.
- If your gloves stink a lot, add a couple of dentifrice tablets instead of soap.
- Do not use hot water. High temperatures can harm some of the materials used in goalkeeper gloves.
Step 2. Clean your gloves
Dip them in the sink and leave them under water. Let them soak up the soapy water until they are completely wet. Then rub them under water with your fingers. Pay special attention to the areas that are most stained.
- Try putting on gloves and cleaning them as if you were washing your hands.
- Do not use brushes or abrasive materials to avoid damaging the inside of the gloves.
Step 3. Rinse them
Remove the plug to drain off dirty water. Then put the stopper back in place and refill the sink, only this time with cold water. Dip the gloves in cold water and rinse them to remove any soap residues.
Step 4. Dry them
Once the soap has been removed from your gloves, squeeze them over the sink to remove as much water as possible. Leave them to dry on a flat surface, attach them to a clothesline, or hang them on a clothes dryer. Remember:
Excessive heat can damage the gloves. Do not use a dryer or try to dry them with other heat sources such as a hair dryer
Method 2 of 3: Washing in the washing machine
Step 1. Read the instructions for the care of the gloves
Please note that the design of the gloves varies by brand and model. Check the manufacturer's recommendations for washing. While some gloves are machine washable, others are hand wash only. When in doubt, wash by hand.
Step 2. Turn the gloves inside out
Since the outside of the item is exposed to much more stress during the wash than the inside, protect the inside of the gloves by turning them inside out. It also reduces the chances of damage from snagging, friction or wear.
Step 3. Slip them into a pillowcase
Top-load washing machines have a tougher wash cycle than front-load washing machines. If your machine is top-loaded, protect your gloves by placing them in a pillowcase or similar, and then tie them tightly. Front-loading machines are less of a glove hazard, but if you want to play it safe, pack them too.
Step 4. Set up a delicate cold wash cycle
Please be reminded that depending on the material, heat can damage some areas of the gloves. Adjust the wash and rinse cycle. Then turn on the delicate wash cycle for a more gentle wash. Add a mild laundry detergent.
Step 5. Dry your gloves
Start a wash cycle. When the wash is over, place your gloves in the sun or hang them on a clothesline. Do not use a dryer as it is likely to ruin the inside of the gloves and / or other items.
Method 3 of 3: Reduce Wear, Hole, and Odor
Step 1. Wash less often
Whether you wash your gloves in the machine or by hand, each wash will wear out a little bit of your gloves. To reduce the impact of repeated washes, wash your gloves as little as possible. Wash your gloves once a week or every other week, unless they are in dire need of cleaning.
Step 2. Ventilate them after each use
Since you won't be washing your gloves after every use, don't leave them in your bag or cabinet. Take them home and hang them on a clothesline or drying rack to ventilate them. Allow the airflow to dry out sweat and other moisture to avoid odor build-up.
Step 3. Absorb odors with absorbent materials
Even if you ventilate the gloves after each use, at some point the sweat residue will start to give off an unpleasant odor. To avoid this, fill them with materials that absorb odor. Here are some household items you can use:
- Used tea bags
- antistatic agent;