To get the best out of your game, you will require a decent baseball glove. It is quite hard to find baseball gloves which correctly suit. When you find a suitable glove, you may want to use it for several seasons. If so, then you will need to take proper maintenance of the glove frequently to keep it clean and useable.
How to clean a baseball glove? Baseball gloves are made from leather, and you may wonder which will be the perfect way to clean it. Below, we will discuss several methods of cleaning a baseball glove.
Using a Cleaning Agent to Clean the Baseball Glove
Start with scrubbing the glove with a stiff-bristled cloth or hand brush and clean any visible dirt and dust away from the glove. Try to perform this operation every time you use the glove.
Now you will need to remove the laces from the glass. It will allow you to get access to the dirt and debris which are in between the fingers of the gloves or under the area of the laces. It might be hard to remove the lace from some gloves. In such situations, you may skip this step. Never try to cut your laces, you might not be able to fix them again.
Now apply a leather cleaning solution in the glove. You will find in the shops which sell baseball related products. Take some drops of the solution on a clean cloth and then rub it on the glove gently. You can also rub the cloth in a circular motion. Wait for a few hours after applying the cleaning agent. To be assured about how much time you will need to wait, check the manuals of the glove. It should also be mentioned in the cleaning solution. Make sure that you are not over-using the substance as it can damage the glove.
Conditioning the Baseball Glove
Conditioning the glove helps it to clean and soften. You will find the glove conditioner in the shops which sale baseball related products. Using the baseball glove is almost the same as using the cleaning solution. Take some drop of the conditioner on a clean cloth and then start wiping the glove surface in a circular motion. For more specific information, check the user manual that comes with the glove conditioner.
Along with applying the conditioner on the body, make sure that you also applied it on the fingers, and interior of the glove. Once you apply the conditioner, wait for 24 hours. After applying the conditioner, the gloves will be restored and appear much flexible and easier to use.
Make sure that you are not overusing the conditioner, as it can attract dirt and debris. Moreover, don’t condition the glove frequently. Conditioning the glove twice per season is more than enough.
How to store the glove
Storing the glove properly is also essential before you store it. Scrub the golf gently with water and soap by taking the solution in a cloth. Make sure that the glove is not absorbing too much water while doing this. After that, let the gloves dry and put it in a cool place. Make sure that the temperature is stable. Never store the glove near the heater or kitchen. Excessive heat can make the glove dry out and make it stiff and unusable. Make sure that the storing place is also dry and free from water. Keeping the gloves wet will also make it stiff and less plaint. If the gloves get wet somehow, wipe off the water, and dry it naturally. If the gloves become thick, you can use a conditioner to soften it.