Care and fit: Keep your leather gloves for a long life

Leather is a remarkable natural material with protecting and insulating properties. But different leather suit different types of gloves. From weather to the size itself, it has to be threatened carefully to maintain and endure its original appearance.

1) Dry your gloves at room temperature, avoid open flames, heaters, tumble- driers and ovens

The gloving leather is drum dyed for a delightful color depth but the lack of a sprayed color finish implies that it is also sensitive to humidity or rain. If your gloves do become wet there are some possibilities that dark stains may appear, especially for brighter colors. Hair sheep is the most sensitive, while peccary, deer and elk tolerate it better. We simply recommend you to take off your gloves while it is raining. They can be dried flat at room temperature if wet. Keep them away from any source of heat, as the leather can dry out and become stiff.

Dyed leather may stain clothing when wet, so don’t place a wet glove on other garments. Choose a model with a natural leather color if you do not want to risk bleeding.

2) Gloves dry best in an upright position

Some models come with a carabiner clasp that, apart from keeping the gloves together and don’t risk losing them, also is useful when drying.

Additionally, Use several pair of gloves for a wider variation. Our advice is therefore that where possible you should allow a day between wearing and alternate with other gloves.

3) Grease the leather regularly and it will resist moisture, wear and tear better

Moisten the leather a little first. Use a polishing cloth and rub in the grease until the leather is saturated. Do this in the evening and the grease is absorbed during the night.

We primarily recommend leather balming sport gloves in goatskin and cowhide. Some leathers can be sensitive to it. Dress gloves and other leathers such as deerskin and elk leather may get mottled from leather balm.

4) We do not recommend washing leather gloves frequently

In case you are planning to wash them, put on the gloves and wash with soap and lukewarm water. Squeeze out the water gently without twisting to avoid possible damage. Models without several layers or leather can be machine-washed at 40°C or less.

5) Handle with care if the glove “flows”

After a little while, the glove will “flow”, which means that the elasticity is transferred to the glove’s length rather than its width. This is entirely normal. To achieve its original fit, simply stretch the glove over the edge of a table. Hold the fingertips of the glove with one hand and the cuff opening with the other. Then stretch gently with the upper hand against the edge of the table. Repeat for the other fingers. Start at the bottom of the finger and work out to the fingertip with four or five strokes. Finally, do the same with the thumb. The elasticity of the leather will return to original condition created by the glove cutter during the cutting process.

It is important to remember that no leather is “perfect” as it is a material that is not produced but rather made by nature. Every skin has its own structure and characteristics in the form of marks and occasional irregularities. Handling the unique properties of each piece of leather is perhaps the most important aspect of the cutter’s work and craftsmanship.

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