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How to Clean Suede Work Gloves

Posted by lisabc NM Z5 HeatZn5 (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 17, 07 at 15:22

How do you clean suede work gloves that have had garden soil worked into them? I've tried washing some other ones just like I wash my hands and hanging them up to dry in a shady spot, but that made them stiff. Thanks! Lisa~


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RE: How to Clean Suede Work Gloves

Hello, Lisa...Love those gloves! Leather and suede wash well(by hand) in a salt solution with a mild soap. Cold water only. Have used Pears soap (from Dollar tree) as well as glycerine soaps. Rinse water gets a few drops of olive oil. Dry from hangar clips. Massage or knead gloves when partially dry. I sometimes put those one piece old fashioned clothes pins in each finger til partially dry. I wash my one suede jacket with cold water (plus dark jeans) and a pound of salt on gentle cycle in the washing machine about once a year. Toss in dryer with dark towels on air dry for 10 minutes and hang up. Knead as for gloves. Hope this helps.


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RE: How to Clean Suede Work Gloves

one question, WHY?

they are work gloves and should be used for work, not for looks. to me the dirt gives them character!


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RE: How to Clean Suede Work Gloves

I'm terrible about getting dirt inside my gloves and grinding it into my finger tips. So once in awhile I put them on my hands, wash the outside with mild soap, turn them inside out and put them back on and do it again. Then I rinse well and leave them wrong side out till about half dry. Turn again and knead a little and they are just fine. They seem to last longer by doing this, probably because the dirt doesn't wear away the finger tips as quickly.


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RE: How to Clean Suede Work Gloves

  • Posted by lisabc NM Z5 HeatZn5 (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 26, 07 at 4:03

Thanks for all the great tips!

I found a great way to clean suede work gloves. I threw them into the washer with the jeans. They came out fairly clean. I hung them to dry with clothes pins with a hook on the top. I squeezed them gently ever few hours so they wouldn't get stiff.


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RE: How to Clean Suede Work Gloves

davidandkasie ~ the softer leathers such as suede or goatskin become very stiff as the dirt grinds in, which makes them uncomfortable to wear. Also, I wash my gloves everytime I pull up poison ivy -- I know, I know, use the plastic bags -- but sometimes, I just forget and yank, which puts the PI sap on the gloves. A quick wash and then I can slap skeeters without getting a PI rash.


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RE: How to Clean Suede Work Gloves

Does anyone have a measurement idea of how much salt to use in the salt solution previously listed? Also would saddle cleaner work on swede gloves? Please let me know- I have sveral gloves to clean! thanks! FYI- It reached into the 90 mothers'day in minnesota! Go figure- we seem to be missing out on springs and falls now!


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RE: How to Clean Suede Work Gloves

i have never had a problem with them getting stiff. i agree with washing them after handling PI, but i use mine so much that they never get stiff.

if you really want to keep them soft, use baseball glove conditioner.


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RE: How to Clean Suede Work Gloves

I never had a problem with my gloves getting stiff either. At least not when I lived in a clay soil area. When I moved to sandy loam soil it was a totally different story. Darn gloves set like cement overnight! Doesn't matter if you use them every day it depends on your soil.
Thanks for the tip on washing I was thinking about using them as a garden sculpture but now I can get my favorite gloves back!


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