Baseball equipment necessitates proper care and maintenance, and it has a direct impact on a player’s performance. When it comes to baseball glove care, you should be aware that the majority of these gloves, regardless of position, are made of leather.
Batting gloves have leather on the palms to help players grip the bat better. Therefore, knowing how to clean batting gloves is essential to keep its unique feature intact for many games.
Read on to follow the right method.
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How to Clean Baseball Batting Gloves
Cleaning batting gloves, like most baseball glove maintenance, requires paying extra attention to the leather sections and the velcro enclosure, which absorbs dirt and sweat.
Here’re the important tools necessary for cleaning:
- A dry leather brush (or any brush with small and soft bristle)
- An alcohol-free and leather-safe deodorant/disinfectant
- Mild, alcohol-free, and non-fragrant soap and water
- A soft sponge
- Mircofiber towel for drying the gloves
- Glove hanger/rack
- A leather conditioner
Step 1: Remove loose dirt
We always need to remove loose dirt as much as possible before getting into deep cleaning. In fact, baseball players should always try to get rid of loose dirt after a rigorous play, even if they do not plan on washing the gloves afterward. It’s a simple yet essential everyday maintenance.
- Clap your gloves together so that all the dust and dried mud falls off. You can shake them up and down, then turn them inside out and do the same.
- Next, brush away any loose dirt that you can’t get rid of in the previous step. You should brush the glove surface gently where you detect trapped mud. There is no need to be aggressive because the next steps will eliminate the hardened stains.
Step 2: Clean the gloves
Some people choose to clean the stains with detergent, while others simply spray deodorant to remove sweat odors and disinfect the gloves.
If required, do both; just make sure to treat the stains first with soap, wipe and let them dry, then deodorize the piece.01 Clean the stains with mild detergent
If you get a palm stain in a baseball glove, remove it with either a commercial leather cleaner or a homemade solution. The most important thing to remember, regarding whichever cleaner you use, is not to soak your batting gloves in water.
For a quick homemade cleaner, mix several drops of detergent with a bowl of lukewarm water. Then, use a soft sponge to apply the lathered mixture onto the glove stains and rub gently.
To clean the inside of a baseball glove, you can turn the piece inside out, and rub the dampened sponge onto its surface. Just make sure the sponge is not dripping wet.02 Disinfect and deodorize batting gloves
You can just disinfect gloves with a commercial deodorant for leather batting gloves with no hard stains. This step is essential to clean stinky batting gloves. Also, for easy application, you should opt for a disinfectant for sports gear in a spray bottle.
Just bring out the agent, spray the piece thoroughly, then turn the glove inside out and do the same. This method is recommended for all-leather equipment, such as Bruce Bolt baseball gloves.
Step 3: Dry the gloves
After you clean the piece with soapy water, make sure to bring out a soft microfiber towel to dab the glove dry. Then, leave the glove to dry naturally without being exposed to direct heat, even sunrays.
If the glove is too wet, you can gently squeeze the excess water out. However, do not wring it.
If you have just disinfected the glove, just leave it to dry, you can always hang it on a glove rack.
Step 4: Condition the gloves
After you clean your leather baseball glove, it’s time to condition it to prevent the piece from drying out.
You can opt for a safe formula specific to batting and other baseball gloves. The conditioner should be non-waxed and non-drying to prevent hardening and clogging of the leather pores in the glove palm.
How to Clean Synthetic Batting Gloves?
If you have a synthetic batting glove, cleaning can take less effort, even though the glove fabric is rather sensitive. Here are the important steps and tips you should follow:
- It’s recommended to wash synthetic gloves in the washing machine. However, always check the instructions attached to the gloves first before washing.
- Choose cold water, mild detergent, and set a delicate-cycle level to wash the gloves.
- Dry the gloves naturally without exposing them to direct and high heat.
- Stay away from all kinds of bleach and abrasive cleaning agents.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you get the sweat smell out of batting gloves?
You can get the sweat odor out and keep batting gloves from smelling with the following methods:
- Use a slightly damp sponge to wet (not soak) the glove inside then sprinkle and rub baking soda onto its surface, especially the liners.
- Simply use a damp paper towel (not soaking wet) to wipe the oils and sweat inside the gloves.
Are Nike batting gloves machine-washable?
Nike claims that you can wash their durable batting gloves in the washing machine. The brand’s models, such as the Force Edge, are machine-washable. Still, read the instructions/label that came with the glove to be sure.
How to wash cricket batting gloves?
To remove dirt and stains from your cricket batting gloves, use the same steps you used to clean baseball gloves. It is necessary to remove loose dirt before treating hard stains with detergent and lukewarm water.
Remember to keep the gloves away from excessive heat and to care for them with conditioner. You should also avoid washing your cricket batting gloves in the washing machine. Also, avoid using oil-based or liquid cleaning products.
Now you know how to clean batting gloves, either they are made of leather or synthetic. And yes, you can clean your Franklin batting gloves, Bruce+Bolt, or Marucci batting gloves following our guide. The steps and cleaning products are pretty much the same for any glove brand.
Just remember that your gloves need frequent maintenance, so do not wait until they are full of hard mud and stains to start caring for them.
Rogers is a hardcore baseball enthusiast. He joined Nations Baseball as a writer to share his knowledge and help others realize their passions for the sport. Roger is striving towards becoming a coach at his local baseball club.