Goalkeeper glove care is just as important as washing your socks, shorts, and jersey. By taking the time to wash your gloves you will not only make them last longer but they will actually remain stickier.
The little dust particles that get stuck to the palm of your goalkeeper gloves is what compromises the tackiness of the glove. Additionally, this dust is abrasive and wears out the latex on the palm. When you make the time to wash your gloves you remove those dust particle and bring back much of the gloves ability to grip.
Steps for Goalkeeper Glove Care.
- PRE-WASH YOUR GLOVES: There are chemicals on the gloves from making them. By pre-washing them you remove the chemicals and bring the palm latex to life making them super tacky.
- HOW TO WASH YOUR GLOVES: Hand wash your gloves only! Use a clear gel soap or mild bar soap. Avoid soaps with moisturizers or strong bar soaps like Lava. Wet you gloves with a stream of warm water. Put some soap on your finger tips and the rub it into the palm latex. Hold your goalkeeper gloves under the stream of water and work the soap around. If the gloves are extremely dirty you can do this twice. Rinse the gloves really well to remove all the soap.
- DRY YOUR GLOVES: Simply hang the gloves on a clothes line or clip them to a clothes hanger and let them air dry.
Additional goalkeeper glove care tips:
- You can wash the gloves with the finger saves in.
- Dry your gloves inside; don’t dry your gloves in direct sun light.
- Wash your gloves about once a week depending upon use and field conditions.
- Slightly damp gloves provide the best grip. Use some water before training or matches on the palms. The water reacts to the grip