As a skier or a snowboarder, you’re bound to end up with your hands in the snow at some point. That’s why most skiers and snowboarders prefer to wear gloves while skiing or snowboarding—to keep their hands at the right temperature and dry enough.
But what is the proper way to wash and dry your ski gloves? In this article, we’ll go over how to clean and store your ski gloves so they stay in good condition for the next time you wear them.
Rough On The Hands?
You can never tell with ski gloves whether you’ll end up liking them or not; they can look quite goofy, but they can also look perfect on your hands. If you have large or small hands, if the former fits you perfectly while the latter makes you look like a munchkin, then you might end up with a new pair of gloves in your closet.
Choose The Right Wash Agent
When it comes to washing your ski gloves, you have two options: you can use soap or waterproofing spray to clean them. You’ll want to use soap for most fabrics, and waterproofing spray for the synthetic fabrics (like polyester and acrylic). Soap is quite easy to use and will leave your gloves smelling great, but it won’t offer much protection against the elements. On the other hand, waterproofing spray will keep your gloves dry and functional no matter what the weather throws at you.
In addition to choosing the right wash agent, you’ll want to remember a few other tips while washing your ski gloves:
Use The Right Hose
Just like when washing your car, you’ll want to use the right hose to get the job done. Soap hoses are great for gentle cleaning and don’t need to be replaced often. They’re also very affordable. But if you need to scrub your gloves thoroughly or remove water that is built up while on the slopes, then you should opt for the higher volume hoses that are made for industrial use.
Scrub With Vigor
If you’re using a sponge sponge, make sure to scrub your gloves with vigor in an attempt to remove all the dirt. Don’t worry, it’s not like scrubbing your toilet; you don’t have to go overboard and lose a limb. Just make sure that you do some gentle rubbing in an attempt to remove the dirt. You can also add a little bit of detergent to the mixture to make it easier to remove the dirt. Never scrub your gloves with steel wool or other abrasive materials as they can damage the surface of the leather or synthetic materials, respectively.
Air Dry Your Gloves
When you’re done washing and drying your ski gloves, don’t leave them wet or stored in the direct sunlight. Both of these things can ruin the natural oils that are contained within the leather or synthetic materials, respectively. Instead, leave them on a hanger or a towel and put them in the shade for a few hours until they’re dry.
In addition to the above tips, you should always follow the instructions that are provided with the product you’re using. In some instances, you may need to use a different type of soap or waterproofing spray than what is suggested by the manufacturer. Don’t worry, though, as there are many different products out there and many different ways in which you can use them, so long as you learn how to use them effectively you’ll be able to keep your gloves in good condition. In the meantime, have fun and don’t freeze to death.