How to clean the inside of a baseball glove?
It’s not surprising anymore if your baseball glove gets dirty from time to time. After all, baseball is a sport where there’s a lot of dirt and debris involved. Every time you are on the field, you are practically exposed to the elements. All of your equipment, including yourself, will end up sweaty and filled with grime and dirt that have to be cleaned.
For your baseball glove, this messy problem is something that you cannot just shrug off. Once the dirt gets inside, it will gradually ruin the structure of the leather, effectively reducing its quality and performance.
Of course, if you want to make sure that your baseball glove remains in its top shape, you have to clean it religiously. Here’s how you can do it.
How To Clean The Inside Of A Baseball Glove?
Follow these 5 steps:
- Wiping The Interior Using A Clean Cloth
- Washing The Glove With Soap
- Rinsing The Glove
- Drying The Glove
- Conditioning The Glove
The things that I am going to teach you work well with any type of baseball glove material. It will work whether the glove’s interior is tailored from leather or faux fur. As long as you do it properly, you can expect that your glove will be clean as new again.
Here are the things that you need to do when cleaning the interior of a baseball glove.
- Mild soap
- Warm and cool water
- Leather conditioner
- Clean rags
Once you have gathered all these things, you can start grinding the dirt away from your baseball glove’s interior!
Step 1: Wiping The Interior Using A Clean Cloth
The first thing that you need to do here is to clean the interior using a dry cloth. You should wipe it thoroughly so that you can eliminate the dirt and debris on its surface. You should also wipe the interior to strip off sweat and moisture. When doing this, make sure that you wobble the glove, too. In this way, the dirt that is hiding on the finger stalls will drop.
Since there’s a need for you to wipe the finger stalls, too, you need to place the cloth on top of a screwdriver or any tool that has a similar shape. In this way, you can drive the cloth into the hard-to-reach areas within the stalls.
Step 2: Washing The Glove With Soap
Next, you should proceed in washing the glove using a mild soap or similar cleaning agents. When picking a cleaning solution, make sure that you don’t use those that have strong chemical contents. You should also avoid using soaps that have anti-bacterial or artificial scents on their formulation. They can produce adverse effects on the inner glove material.
Follow the instructions of the cleaning agent so that you won’t overuse them. Typically, you will only need small quantities of mild soap to make it work for you. Mix it in a bowl filled with warm water. After that, stir it thoroughly for a couple of minutes.
Now that you have a cleaning concoction, it is time to plunge another clean rag into it. After drenching the rag, squeeze it so that all the excess solution will fall off. After that, you can already start wiping the glove’s inner palm. Do this thoroughly but as gently as possible. You don’t want to damage the inner glove material while cleaning it.
Similar to the dry-cleaning process, you should also affix the rag to the tip of a screwdriver so that you can also rub the finger stalls. Again, do this as carefully as possible.
Step 3: Rinsing The Glove
Once you are done with the washing part, you can already start rinsing the baseball glove. To do this, you simply need to pour cool water into a clean bowl. Plunge another rag into the water and squeeze the excess water from it. You need to make sure that the cloth or rag you use will have minimal dampness. In this way, it can effectively rinse the cleaning agent that you used in the glove.
Using cool water is essential when rinsing baseball gloves. Specifically, it helps the glove to climatize as naturally as possible, which, in turn, prevents the inner glove material from shrinking.
Start rinsing the inner palm, then follow each of the finger stalls. Do these tasks as gently as possible to avoid unwanted damages.
Step 4: Drying The Glove
Proper drying is a crucial part of cleaning a baseball glove. You see, if there are water residues or moisture left on the glove, it can cause mold growth on its interior. At the same time, it can cause shrinkage of the inner glove’s material. Particularly, water and moisture are bad for leather components.
Use another clean rag and wipe the glove thoroughly. Rub all parts, ensuring that you won’t miss any hidden spots. After wiping the glove manually, put the glove in a room with proper air circulation. Alternatively, you can also hang the baseball glove in front of a fan.
Drying a glove will take at least a couple of days to be completed. Hence, you might want to plan things ahead of time so that your training, practices, or games won’t be disrupted.
Step 5: Conditioning The Glove
A baseball glove’s performance is quite dependent on how “broken” it is. If a glove has been broken successfully, you’ll experience its full potential. Every time you wash and dry a glove, there’s a tendency for it to become stiff. Because of this, you need to condition it again by applying a baseball glove conditioner or oil. These products ensure that the glove material (except for plastic) remains soft and flexible).
In fact, you should condition your glove every time it gets wet. Otherwise, you will end up having a rigid, hard-to-close baseball glove.
Make sure that the conditioner that you use doesn’t produce slimy residues. For the interior of the glove, you can opt for those conditioners on spray containers since they are easier to use and apply.
For the rest of the glove, you can apply the conditioner in a clean rag and start rubbing it to the glove’s body.
If you don’t have access to baseball glove conditioners, your next best alternative is petroleum jelly. It is effective enough when it comes to breaking in any baseball glove.
Can I Machine-Wash A Baseball Glove?
The short answer is no.
Machine-washing a glove seems to be the most convenient way of getting it cleaned. It is hassle-free, too. But doing this will cause irreparable ruins to the baseball glove. Keep in mind that leather should never be exposed to water for an extended period because it doesn’t have a quick drying time. Moreover, once the leather dries, it is susceptible to shrinking.
How Frequent Should I Clean A Baseball Glove
You have the freedom to clean it whenever you want. However, if you want to maintain the glove’s game-ready structure and quality, you need to clean it regularly.
How regular? Well, I suggest that you do it after each time you use it. For its interior, use a clean rag and wipe it thoroughly. In this way, you can strip off the sweat and grime on the surface. Basically, you are doing the first procedure I listed above.
For deep cleaning, you may want to do it once a month, depending on how many times you use your baseball glove. You should clean a baseball glove if you notice that it has a lot of grime and dirt on its structure. If you feel that the finger stall is somewhat uncomfortable for your fingers, then it is a sign that your baseball glove requires some cleaning already.
If you don’t clean your glove, you are risking its lifespan. That’s not a good thing, especially if the glove is quite expensive.
Learning how to clean the inside of a baseball glove is essential to maintaining its quality. Keep in mind that this particular baseball equipment has to be clean first before you can experience its full potential in the field.
That’s it for the meantime. If you have other inquiries, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comment section below.