Softball players know a glove is essential to the game and is the pride of any serious ball player. Like any piece of equipment, a softball glove requires care and maintenance to keep it in optimal condition. On the field, dirt, dust and sweat collect on the inside leather and may decrease the life of your glove. Keep your glove in excellent condition by cleaning it inside and out after every game or at least once a season.
Things You'll Need
- Soft cleaning cloth
- Soft drying cloth
- Mild soap
- Glove oil
Remove dirt and debris from the glove leather with a soft, dry cloth. Gently wipe the outside and inside of your glove carefully, paying attention to the inner palm area and finger holes.
Fill a bowl with warm water and mild soap. Dampen the cloth with the soapy water, thoroughly wring out any excess liquid, and gently wipe the outer and inner leather of the glove with a circular motion. Keep the cloth flat to wipe the inside of your glove's thumb, finger holes and palm area.
Take a clean, soft, dry cloth and wipe away the excess moisture. Ensure you have thoroughly removed all of the moisture from the inside of the glove to prevent mold growth.
Place your glove in a cool, dry place for at least a week, if possible. Check the inner leather of your glove periodically for mold growth. If you detect any growth, gently buff it away with a soft, dry cloth.
Rub a high-quality, professional glove oil of your choice into the outer and inner leather of your glove, after it is thoroughly dry.
Tips & Warnings
- Don't keep your glove at the bottom of your gear bag. Instead, store your glove in a dry place between games and practices.
- Keep a softball inside your glove to maintain the shape.
- Don't use scented soap to clean your glove.
- Don't soak your glove in water.
- Don't attempt to dry your glove in an oven or microwave.
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