Cleaning My Leather Gloves

I like to wear gloves.

My blue gloves are from Lands' End and I had them for about 10 years.
My blue gloves are from Lands’ End and I had them for about 10 years.

My everyday blue leather gloves with cashmere lining are filthy.

The fingertips of all my gloves seem to get dirty.
The fingertips of all my gloves seem to get dirty.

I think they get grimy from driving.

Peck & Peck long kid gloves.
Peck & Peck long kid gloves.

I also have a vintage pair of greige kid gloves that belonged to my mother which go perfectly with my trench coat. To tell you how old they are, they’re from Peck and Peck which went out of business in the 1970s.

I used the leather lotion on the left to loosen the dirt on the gloves.
I used the leather lotion on the left to loosen the dirt on the gloves.

To clean them, I put on a pair of the gloves and rubbed leather cleaner/conditioner lotion into the dirty areas, especially the fingertips.

Leather conditioner cleans leather.
Leather conditioner cleans leather.

Then I rinsed them with clean water and added a small squirt of blue Dawn which I rubbed around and then rinsed off.

The leather will dry a little stiff but that works out upon wearing.
The leather will dry a little stiff but that works out upon wearing.

I just let the gloves dry naturally.

The fingertips of all my gloves seem to get dirty.
The fingertips of all my gloves seem to get dirty.
They're much cleaner after only one washing. I washed them twice to get them as clean as possible.
They’re much cleaner after only one washing. I washed them twice to get them as clean as possible.

They are much, much cleaner and ready for cooler weather.

Do you wash leather? Silk? Wool? Cashmere? Or send it out?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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