Glove Care

Glove Care

Your gloves are important, make sure you look after them

How to Clean Goalkeeper Gloves and Maintain Them

Goalkeeper gloves will inevitably deteriorate at a quicker rate when in use more often. This is why it is important to keep your gloves in the best condition possible. On average, a goalkeeper can quite easily need three or more pairs of goalie gloves per season, due to the continuous wear on the materials.

However, not all goalkeepers are the same and the amount of wear will depend on average use, how well they are cared for, playing surface and technique. To make sure that you extend and maximise the lifespan of your goalkeeping gloves, you should employ the following tips before, during and after use.



Essential Maintenance Tips for Your Goalkeeper Gloves

Before Play: Pre-wash your new gloves before using them for the first time and allow them to dry naturally (consult the washing instructions below). This is to ensure that any preservatives from the manufacturing process are removed from the latex, it will activate the latex and make sure that you are getting the maximum grip out of your gloves when you use them. If you want absolute confidence that they are ready, a second pre-wash is always a good idea.

During Play: When your goalkeeper gloves are in use, occasionally dampen the palms of the gloves with water to get the best possible grip and durability from the latex palm. Latex is not designed to be dry. This is why you will often see pros on TV squirt water on them or even spit, to make the latex come alive.

After Play: After using your goalkeeper gloves, make sure that you wash them immediately and leave them to dry naturally. However, if you leave your latex to dry out too much, it will become brittle which will have an impact on durability and grip which is not what you want (our guide on drying further down the page has you covered!).

How to Wash Goalkeeper Gloves

1. If you want to make the most out of your goalkeeper gloves, wash immediately after use in warm water (a maximum of 30º C).

2. Rinse and soak the gloves in the sink and make sure that you rinse off all of the glove cleaner if you have decided to wash with a solution, as leaving a glove cleaner on gloves can potentially cause damage.

3. The gloves should be washed by hand, using your thumbs to scrub dirt off lightly - applying too much pressure can tear pieces of the latex. We do not recommend using a form of brush or scrubber for this reason.

4. It is not necessary, but applying a glove cleaner to the gloves will help ensure that all of the dirt is removed and make the process quicker. Ensure you follow the instructions of the solution you have purchased.

5. Leave your gloves to dry naturally, it should take around a day. For more information on the best way to dry your gloves keep reading.

How to Dry Your Goalkeeper Gloves

Once you have washed your goalkeeper gloves and are ready to dry them, we recommend applying pressure with a towel to your gloves to soak up excess water, before leaving them to dry naturally. Do not wipe or scrub them with the towel as this may tear pieces of the latex.

You can also hang them on a washing line or in the bathroom, but be careful not to leave them in direct sunlight or a humid environment.

Do not dry your gloves by using the following methods:

— On a radiator

— In front of a fire

— In a tumble dryer

— Using an iron

— Using an airing cupboard

-- In direct sunlight

— By ‘wringing’ them out

All of the above methods may cause a loss of natural moisture in the latex and in turn, make them dry and brittle. Be sure to follow our steps on how to clean your goalkeeper gloves to minimise your chances of error..

Latex Degradation

We only use the highest-quality latex sourced from Germany to offer the best possible grip in all conditions. However, latex is a very soft natural product that is subject to wear and abrasion over time, which cannot be avoided. At any point, latex can and will begin to show forms of wear and tear, it really can be as simple as an unlucky nick off the playing surface. And it can happen in your first game just as much as it can in your fifteenth.

Latex degradation will be affected by multiple factors including:

— Age of keeper

— Technique

— Playing surface

— How they were prepared

— Were the care instructions followed

— Volume of saves and how busy your defence is making you! — Luck

With all gloves, the better they are cared for the more life you are likely to get out of them. If your latex begins to show signs of wear then don’t panic. Wear and tear on your gloves is normal and expected - all of our gloves come with 4mm of material so will perform until there is no latex left on the palm.