Football requires a lot of equipment, from helmets and shoulder pads to cleats and more. Gloves are not necessarily required gear on the field, but they are often used by players who need to catch the ball, such as wide receivers and running backs. Of course, these are the same players who get pummeled regularly, sending them to the ground where every item of gear—gloves included—inevitably gets smeared with grass stains and mud.
To keep your gloves looking and smelling great, you’ll need to wash them frequently. Here’s how to clean your football gloves so they stay in great shape.
Need to wash your gloves so you can get them back on the field as soon as possible? Follow these simple steps:
If the manufacturer’s instructions recommend against using the washing machine, your only option is to wash your gloves by hand. And in fact, even if your gloves can be machine-washed, hand washing is still a good choice, because it is a gentler approach that can help give the gloves a longer life.
To hand-wash your gloves, follow these steps:
It’s important to wash your gloves correctly, but you also need to treat them right when they aren’t being cleaned. After each practice or game, take a moment to ensure your gloves have a chance to dry out completely. You don’t want your sweat to remain in the gloves for hours after you’ve taken them off, because that will make them harder to clean later.
One handy trick is to bunch a small sheet of newspaper inside each of the gloves after you’ve taken them off. The newspaper will wick moisture away from the gloves, drying them more quickly and limiting any unpleasant smells. When your next practice or game rolls around, just remove and discard the paper, and you’ll be ready to go.
If possible, start your football season with two pairs of gloves, rather than just one. With two pairs available, you can rotate back and forth, giving each pair a chance to dry completely between uses. This gives you the freedom to wash one pair of gloves even if you have a game the next day, knowing that while that pair is drying, the other pair is available for use.
Gloves aren’t the only football garments that need to be washed properly. Here are some quick links to help you wash the rest of your football gear:
Keep a bottle of WIN Detergent on hand so you always have the right detergent to clean your football gloves—and the rest of your gear—properly. WIN Detergent is designed specifically to treat synthetic materials commonly included in sports uniforms and activewear. Try a bottle and smell the difference for yourself!