As a goalkeeper, having high quality, well-maintained gloves is essential for performance and safety. But with frequent use, goalkeeper gloves can get dirty, sweaty and develop odors that need to be cleaned out. Learning how to wash goalkeeper gloves will extend their life and prevent the growth of bacteria.
How exactly should you wash goalie gloves to get them fresh and clean after games and practices? In this blog post, I’ll explain the steps and best practices for washing goalkeeper gloves correctly. From pre-treating smell and stains to drying out the gloves properly, you’ll learn techniques to keep your gloves in excellent shape all season long. I’ll also recommend some glove-friendly detergents and cleaning tools. With the right washing routine, your gloves will feel and perform like new. So lace up your boots and let’s dive into the fundamentals of goalie glove care and maintenance!
What are Goalkeeper Gloves?
Goalkeeper gloves are gloves worn by soccer or hockey goalkeepers to protect their hands and enhance grip while catching and handling the ball or puck.
Some key features of goalkeeper gloves include:
- Padding – Thicker padding on the palms and fingers to absorb impact and protect the hands from injury. The padding material is often latex foam or triple density foam.
- Finger Protection – Individual finger stalls allow for dexterity and control while also protecting each finger. Some gloves have spines or rolls on the fingers to aid in catching and gripping.
- Wrist Support – Many gloves have an elasticized wrist band to keep the glove secure on the hand and provide wrist support. Some may also have a wrap-around wrist strap.
- Grip/Latex Palm – The palm is coated in a latex, rubber, or grippy material to create friction and allow the goalie to catch and hold on to the ball/puck. The palms may be flat for all-purpose use or have textured grip.
- Cut/Style – Goalie gloves come in different cuts, including roll finger, negative cut, and flat palm. The style affects freedom of movement and catching/handling ability.
High quality goalie gloves require special care and maintenance to keep them in good condition. Properly washing gloves helps remove dirt, bacteria, and odors while extending the life of the gloves.
Why Should You Wash Goalkeeper Gloves?
Here are some key reasons why it’s important to properly wash goalkeeper gloves:
- Remove dirt and debris – Gloves accumulate dirt, mud, grass stains from continuous usage on the field/ice. Regular washing breaks down and removes this buildup.
- Eliminate odors and bacteria – Sweat, body oils and heat breed odor and bacteria inside gloves. Washing with detergent sanitizes and freshens up the gloves.
- Preserve grip – Soap and water help restore the tackiness of latex palm, improving grip and ball control. Built up residues make palms slick.
- Extend glove life – Cleansing gloves of chemicals from grass, turf and body oils/salts helps prevent materials from breaking down prematurely.
- Avoid skin irritation – Sweat and bacteria can irritate skin on the hands. Washing gloves helps minimize skin abrasions, rashes or infection.
- Improve performance – Fresh, clean gloves provide better comfort, tactile sensitivity, flexibility and contact with the ball/puck.
- Remove staining – Blood, grass, turf and sweat can stain gloves over time. Washing helps gloves look newer for longer.
- Rinse cleaning agents – It’s important to rinse out all soap or detergent to prevent irritation or degradation of glove materials.
- Dry thoroughly – Prevent mold growth and maintain shape by air drying gloves fully after washing.
Making glove washing part of a regular equipment maintenance routine extends the life of an expensive investment and allows goalies to perform at their best.
The Essential Guide to Goalkeeper Gloves Upkeep
As an avid soccer player and goalkeeper, proper maintenance of my goalkeeping gloves is essential to ensure top performance. Here are my tips for effectively washing gloves to keep them in great condition:
First, I highly recommend washing gloves by hand. The machine washing and drying process can degrade the latex palm and interior glove materials over time. For the wash, use a small amount of delicate laundry detergent or glove wash and cool water in the sink. I’m a big fan of the detergent called reusch Re:Invigorate Glove Wash – it’s specially formulated to gently clean gloves while preserving the latex grip.
Gently massge the detergent into the latex palm and interior of the gloves. This lifts dirt from the fabric and restores the palm’s tackiness. Carefully rinse with cool water until soap residue is removed. Avoid soaking the gloves for too long. For stubborn stains on the latex or dirt deeply embedded in the gloves, I advise using a soft bristle toothbrush to gently scrub.
Once washed, the gloves should be shape and air dried only. Lay the gloves with the fingers up on a towel. I put mine near a vent to speed up drying time. Do not machine dry goalkeeper gloves or use direct heat – this can cause the latex to crack or fabric to shrink.
Properly dried gloves will feel soft and supple again. The palm latex should feel recharged and lightly tacky to the touch. If the latex seems to be losing grip, apply a thin layer of glove grip enhancer.
With this simple hand washing routine after every match and practice, you can keep goalkeeper gloves fresh, bacteria-free and ready for optimal grip and performance all season long. Let me know if you have any other goalkeeper glove care questions!
Ingredients/Tools for Washing Goalkeeper Gloves
|Mild Laundry Detergent
|– Gentle cleaning power to lift dirt and oils
– Typically inexpensive and easily accessible
|– May dry out latex palm over time with frequent use
– Not specially formulated for glove materials
|Glove Wash Spray
|– Made specifically for goalkeeper gloves
– Won’t degrade latex palm grip
– Enhances grip and tackiness
|– More expensive than regular detergent
– Must purchase specialty glove wash product
|– Excellent for scrubbing stains
– Reaches crevices and deeply embedded dirt
|– Bristles could damage latex palm if scrubbed too hard
|– Helps dissolve and activate detergent
|– Heat can degrade glove materials and latex palm
|– Gentle on glove materials
– Preserves palm latex grip
|– May need more scrubbing for tough stains
|– Loosens stuck-on debris and dirt
|– Over-soaking can damage glove materials
– Promotes mold if gloves stay wet
|– Most gentle cleaning method
– Full control over detergent and temperature
|– More time consuming than machine washing
|– Quick and hands-off
– Deep cleaning from agitation
|– Machine heat and friction can damage gloves
– Reduces glove life considerably
|– Preserves shape and materials
– Allows thorough drying
|– Slow process; takes hours to fully dry
|– Quickly and thoroughly dries gloves
|– Extreme heat damages latex and materials
– Shrinks gloves; ruins shape
Table of Equipment to Work With How to Wash Goalkeeper Gloves
|Mild laundry detergent or glove wash
|Specially formulated to gently clean gloves without damaging latex palm and materials
|For scrubbing stains and heavily soiled areas of the glove
|Sink or large bowl
|For hand washing the gloves with room to move and massage detergent
|For drying gloves to retain shape and absorb moisture
|Glove drying rack
|Shaped rack to air dry gloves to retain form
|Glove grip enhancer
|Recharges latex grip; apply after washing
|Glove shaper balls
|Placed inside gloves while drying to maintain finger and wrist shape
|Vent or fan
|Circulates air to speed up drying time if hanging gloves
|Protective glove case
|For storing clean gloves; prevents tearing or damage in bag
|Detergent scrub brush
|Optional for tougher stain removal and agitation
The key is using only mild hand washing with cool water and air drying to clean gloves while avoiding damage from heat, friction and harsh chemicals. Investing in the proper specialty equipment helps maintain glove integrity and performance.
How to Wash Goalkeeper Gloves: A Step-by-Step Guide
- Mild laundry detergent or soccer glove wash
- Sink/tub for handwashing
- Glove drying rack
- Fan (optional)
Fill sink or tub with cool water and add a small amount of mild detergent or soccer glove wash. Be sparing with detergent to avoid over-sudsing.
Fully submerge the gloves in the detergent solution, gently massaging to work the detergent into the fabric and latex palm. Focus on heavily soiled areas.
Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to gently scrub stubborn stains on the palm and glove exterior. Take care not to abrasively brush the latex.
Rinse the gloves thoroughly under cool running water. Repeat rinsing until no traces of soap remain.
Lightly wring out excess water from the gloves. Be careful not to twist or warp the shape.
Insert glove shaper balls/wooden dowels into fingers to help retain form. Place gloves palm-side up on a drying rack or towel.
Allow gloves to fully air dry naturally. Do not machine dry. For faster drying, position a fan to circulate air over the gloves.
Once completely dry, gloves should feel soft and supple. Apply a thin layer of grip enhancer to the palm if needed.
Store cleaned gloves in a protective case away from direct sunlight and inspect regularly for wear.
Following these steps keeps gloves fresh, sanitary and ready for optimal performance. Wash gloves regularly but avoid over-washing to extend glove lifespan.
F.A.Q Section: How to Wash Goalkeeper Gloves
How often should I wash my goalkeeper gloves?
You should wash your gloves after every use to remove dirt, sweat, and bacteria buildup. For heavy use, wash them at least twice a week. Wash immediately if gloves get heavily soiled.
What’s the best way to wash goalie gloves?
Hand wash in cool water using a small amount of mild detergent. Never machine wash or use hot water which can damage gloves.
Should I use a washing machine to wash my gloves?
No, machine washing can degrade gloves due to heat and friction. Always hand wash to be gentle on materials.
What temperature water should be used?
Use cool water when washing gloves, avoiding hot water which can melt glove latex or damage materials.
Can I put my gloves in the dryer after washing?
Do not machine dry goalkeeper gloves. Always air dry them naturally to avoid damaging from heat.
How do I dry gloves quickly after washing?
Air dry gloves palm-side up on a rack or towel. Position a fan nearby to speed up drying time.
What detergent is safe for washing gloves?
Use a mild laundry detergent or detergent specially formulated for soccer gloves. Avoid harsh chemicals.
How do I get rid of bad odors in my gloves?
Wash regularly in mild detergent. Baking soda or lemon juice can help remove stubborn odors.
How do I soften my gloves if they get stiff?
Apply a leather or glove conditioner. Rub firmly but avoid over-saturating the gloves.
How do I get them to regain grip?
Washing removes oils that reduce grip. Apply a thin layer of grip enhancer after washing.