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Washing, Drying & Storing Golf Gloves Properly

Keeping golf gloves clean is a top priority for all golfers. It’s not just about aesthetics; a clean glove can improve your grip and, ultimately, your swing, according to Keiser University, College of Golf. But tossing golf gloves in the laundry with your socks and t-shirts is more complex than washing them.

You’ve got to be careful – a wrong move could ruin your favorite pair. That’s why I’m here to guide you through the process. With my tried-and-true methods, you’ll have your gloves looking and feeling as good as new in no time. So, let’s dive into the world of golf glove care.

Choosing the Right Cleaning Supplies

I can’t stress enough how vital the right cleaning supplies are when maintaining your golf gloves. You want to ensure your gloves are clean, but not at the expense of their durability. So, let’s plunge straight into some must-have items for proper golf glove care.

First, there are mild cleaning agents. Remember, harsh and abrasive cleaners can harm your gloves. Mild soaps or specialized sports equipment cleansers are ideal for washing your golf gloves, as they gently remove dirt and sweat without damaging the material.

To apply this soap or detergent, you’ll need a brush. But beware! Not just any brush will do. You’ll opt for a soft-bristled brush. It’s the best choice to scrub away the grime without scraping or scratching the surface of your gloves.

Once your gloves are squeaky clean, you’ll need to dry them. Never resort to blow dryers or heaters; these can shrink or warp your gloves. Air drying is the best option, so ensuring a suitable space is essential.

Lastly, keeping some leather conditioner on hand is a good idea—it’s not a bad idea. It’s a nifty product that softens leather, helping to prevent it from drying out or cracking.

Here’s a summary of what you’ll need:

  • Mild soap or specialized sports equipment cleanser: Gently removes dirt without damaging the glove
  • Soft-bristled brush: Cleans oil and grime without scratching or scraping
  • Air drying: Prevents shrinking or warping of the glove
  • Leather condition: Prevents leather from drying out or cracking

Follow these pointers, and you’ll have the proper cleaning arsenal. This will keep your golf gloves clean and prolong their life.

Preparing Your Golf Gloves for Washing

Getting your golf gloves ready for washing requires more attention than you’d typically give to your regular laundry. However, it’s worth the effort as these careful steps contribute towards achieving clean gloves that last longer.

First, deal with the dirt and sweat accumulated from your recent golf game. Your primary weapon here is your hands. Gently rub off the visible dirt and shake off any loose grass or particles. There’s no need for fancy equipment – your fingertips should do a commendable job.

Next, check for any stains on your gloves. Golf glove stains often come from marking pencils, food, or drinks during a game. For pencil marks, a regular eraser works well; it’s an old trick that golfers swear by. On the other hand, food and drink stains require a more calculated approach. Spot treatment with a mild cleaning agent before washing is a handy move. Remember to take extra care when handling your leather golf gloves during this process.

Managing moisture is also important before popping your gloves in the wash. Drying the gloves using natural air (not heat) before washing will help remove any lingering moisture that could damage your gloves in the wash.

Lastly, inspect your gloves for any damage or wear that might worsen during the wash cycle. If your gloves show significant wear, consider a replacement instead of cleaning.

So now, you’re all set for the washing phase. Following these steps, you’re halfway to achieving clean, fresh-smelling golf gloves with minimal damage! Remember, this routine saves not only your gloves but ultimately saves you money in the long run.

Hand-Washing Method

Hand washing tops my list when we think of dependable methods of cleaning our cherished golf gloves. It’s a gentle process that goes a long way in protecting the fabric structure.

Before diving into the how-to’s, it’s crucial to acknowledge the importance of water temperature. You’d be tempted to use hot water, thinking it’ll get the dirt out more effectively. However, golf isn’t different. Always stick to cold water. It’s easy to use the fabric, reducing the risk of deformation or shrinkage.

To begin, you will need your dirty gloves and a mild soap. You might be questioning: “Can’t I just use regular laundry detergent?” Despite the seeming logic in this, it’s advisable to stick with a gentle, mild soap. It’s less harsh on the leather, keeping your gloves soft and flexible. You also wouldn’t want strong fragrances clinging to your gloves!

Now that we’ve sorted out the essentials, let’s set out the washing part. Fill a sink or basin with enough cold water to fully submerge your gloves. Add a modest amount of mild soap and stir the water to form suds.

Next, put your gloves in the water and start a soft massage. Be gentle and get the soap into all the crevices and across the entire surface of the gloves. This should not be treated as a quick rub but rather a careful cleanse. Don’t forget to turn your gloves inside out to clean the inner part—those sweat residues deserve attention, too!

Leave your gloves submerged for 10-15 minutes after the massage and allow the soap to work its cleaning magic. After soaking, give your gloves another gentle massage and rinse thoroughly.

For drying, gently squeeze out excess water but fully avoid wringing. The friction created by wringing may damage the gloves. Sealing your gloves flat on a dry towel and patting the remaining moisture out is important. Always remember that your gloves should air dry naturally. Avoid placing them under direct sunlight or near a heat source to prevent shrinkage or hardening of the leather.

Machine-Washing Method

While the hand-washing method does offer the gentleness needed for golf gloves, many folks find the convenience of machine washing hard to resist. It’s not off-limits, but we’ll need to be careful here. Machine-washing golf gloves can be risky if not done right, potentially leading to shrinkage or even deformation.

What is the golden rule when machine washing your golf gloves? Always opt for a delicate or hand-wash cycle. These cycles are designed to simulate the gentleness of hand-washing, minimizing agitation.

Next, consider a specialized laundry bag or mesh bag. These simple, beneficial items protect your golf gloves from the rough-and-tumble nature of the machine wash. A laundry bag will buffer your gloves from direct exposure to the drum, insulating them from the worst.

Let’s talk detergents. Just as with hand-washing, it’s essential to pick a mild detergent. Steer clear of bleach—or enzyme-based ones. These strong detergents can cause fading, fabric deterioration, and other unwanted effects on your golf gloves.

Here’s the machine-washing process summarized for your convenience:

  1. Set the machine to a delicate or hand-wash cycle
  2. Place gloves in a laundry bag or mesh bag
  3. Use mild detergent

Avoid the temptation to throw your golf gloves in with your regular laundry. They deserve gentler treatment. You’ll also need to resist using the dryer. No matter how you wash your gloves, drying them remains the safest, most effective method. Remember, proper care will extend the lifespan of your golf gloves and keep them ready for game day.

Drying and Storing Your Gloves

Once your gloves come out of the wash, it’s time to think about drying and storing them. While it may be tempting to blast them with a quick heat wave in the dryer, heat disrupts the natural fibers of golf gloves, causing them to shrink and lose shape. Avoiding the dryer is well worth the effort, as preserving the life and comfort of your gloves should be the priority.

Another drying option is placing them directly under the sun. It seems logical enough. However, let’s remember that intense sunlight can bleach the color out of any fabric, and your gloves are no different. Direct sunlight can cause discoloration and brittleness in the material, ruining your gloves.

I recommend laying your gloves out to dry naturally. Place them somewhere with good air circulation, like a countertop or a breezy windowsill that doesn’t get direct sunlight. Remember to reshape your gloves while they’re wet to help maintain their original form. Your gloves will appreciate this gentle, natural drying method and pay back with longer usability.

Preserving the shape and form of your gloves even extends to how you store them. They shouldn’t be crumpled up and thrown into the back of your gear bag. Instead, they deserve care and attention like your other golfing equipment. A glove holder could be your best option here. It maintains the shape and absorbs any remaining moisture.

Regarding storage, keep your gloves somewhere cool, dark, and fairly dry, but not in an airtight container, as that may encourage mold growth. Always ensure they’re completely dry before storage.


I’ve walked you through the essential steps to dry and store your golf gloves properly. Remember, it’s all about keeping them away from harsh conditions like direct sunlight or the heat of a dryer. Let them air dry naturally and reshape them while they’re still wet. And remember storage. Your best bet is a glove holder in a cool, dark, and dry place. With these practical tips, you’ll not only extend the life of your gloves but also maintain their performance on the golf course. Stay tuned for more insights on alternative cleaning methods for different scenarios. Your golf gloves deserve the best care, and I’m here to help you provide them.

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