How to oil an old baseball glove?
For some people, taking care of a worn and used baseball glove is a tedious task. Given that decent gloves are available today at an affordable price, they opt to buy a new piece instead of maintaining their existing ones.
Of course, I have no contention if this is how you treat your gloves and mitts. But if I were you, I would try my best to keep all my baseball equipment in their top condition, regardless of the extent of the abuse they sustained.
I like conditioning old baseball gloves because they have experienced being broken in. This means that by just a little work, you can restore their flexibility and responsiveness. The process is not a waste of time, unlike what other people think.
So can you do this task correctly? Read on to find out.
How To Oil An Old Baseball Glove?
Interestingly enough, oiling a glove can be a tedious errand for first-timers. Whether your baseball glove is new or not, the process has to be done with extra care and attention.
Step 1: Look For A Baseball Leather Oil
One would say that petroleum jelly should work well in your baseball glove. Well, if there’s no available leather oil, then you can use this agent instead. But keep in mind that its effects are not as good compared to oils prescribed for leather products such as your baseball glove.
When choosing a leather oil for your baseball gloves, always prefer those made from natural ingredients. They don’t harm the fabrics of the leather while softening them. Oils that have strong chemicals might cause discolorations and damages, so you might need to be extra careful in using them.
I recommend that you follow the instructions listed on the label of the leather oil you bought. In this way, you’ll not misuse the oil and ruin your leather glove eventually.
Step 2: Remove The Laces
Now that you have reliable leather oil, it is time that you work on your baseball glove. The first thing you need to do is remove the laces attached to the webbing and pocket. There are several ways you can do this. In fact, there are a plethora of YouTube tutorials on how to unlace your baseball gloves.
You can manually remove the leather laces from the baseball glove. But if you have noticed evident signs of damages to the laces, then you are also free to cut them using scissors. Once these leather laces are worn already, there’s no point in keeping them. The best thing that you can do is to replace them with new ones.
Most baseball glove repair kits have replacement leather laces on them. You may want to get those kits or buy separate strips from your trusted sporting store or manufacturer. Make sure that the new laces you buy have the proper length and width to encompass the size of your glove.
Step 3: Clean The Baseball Glove
You should never oil a leather baseball glove without cleaning it first. The dust and debris can interfere with the oiling process. At the same time, they can cause unwanted blemishes and stains on the surface of the baseball glove.
Fortunately, cleaning a baseball glove isn’t that difficult. You simply need a clean cloth and dip it with a leather cleaner. Use the cloth to wipe all the parts of the gloves, including their interior. Don’t forget to wipe its finger stalls, as well as the glove’s webbings. You should never exclude the wrists, too, as well as the pocket, since it receives most of the dirt.
The ideal leather cleaner should have a safe formulation. Again, cleaners with all-natural ingredients are your safest options here. But you can always try synthetic cleaning solutions as long as they have a tested-and-proven reputation of not harming leather products.
Now, many of you would ask if water is a safe alternative in cleaning your leather glove. For me, you should just discard the idea. You see, water may appear harmless. However, it doesn’t have a good interaction with leather. Leather that has been soaked in water becomes stiff over time. It is one of the reasons why your glove becomes less flexible if got drenched by rainwater or your sweat.
As much as possible, you should never expose your baseball glove to water. If it does, then you should oil and dry it properly to avoid irreparable damages.
Step 4: Dry The Baseball Glove
Needless to say, leather cleaning products can still make your glove wet-but without the unwarranted repercussions. Hence, the next thing that you need to do is to wipe it dry. Simply take a dry cloth and wipe its surface. Just don’t squeeze the glove, as it might cause wrinkles.
Once you are satisfied, leave the glove for at least twelve hours for air-drying. A healthy amount of light and air can optimize the drying process.
Again, don’t commit the mistake of using hair dryers and heaters to dry your baseball glove. Similar to water, heat and leather don’t go well with each other. Natural drying will do. Don’t let your impatience ruin your precious glove. And given that your glove is already old, there’s a guarantee that its structural durability is not as good as it used to be.
Step 5: Oil The Baseball Glove
Once the baseball glove is already dry, you can now start oiling it.
Make sure that you follow the instructions of the baseball glove oil that you are using. Ideally, you should pour small amounts of oil so that your glove won’t become greasy. Furthermore, you should never pour the oil directly into your glove or mitt. Instead, apply it to a clean cloth.
Start wiping the oil in various parts of the glove. Make sure that you prioritize the pocket so that it will become flexible again. The areas between the forefinger and thumb should be oiled, too. Rub the cloth gently but thoroughly until you can create a nice coat. Don’t let any oil residues remain on the surface of the glove.
Once you are satisfied with your job, you can leave it in a closed space for drying. Choose a cool, dry room for this process. By letting your old glove sit overnight, the oil will integrate into the leather’s fibers.
If you want your baseball glove to retain its former glory, then you might want to apply oil conditioners on it, too. Similar to leather oils, these conditioners assist in making your glove extra soft and responsive. Furthermore, some conditioners can provide an extra layer of protection to your beloved baseball equipment.
The best way of applying these conditioners is through the use of a sponge or cloth. Follow the directions of usage so that you can get your expected results.
Oiling your baseball glove can maintain their game-ready performance, regardless of how much you use them. These oils can lengthen the lifespan of your leather equipment and ensure that they will not lose their suppleness. Hence, learning how to oil an old baseball glove is an essential skill that you should master. At the same time, you should do this diligently!
Of course, just because you have money doesn’t mean that you can just chuck off your old baseball gear. That’s impractical and harms the environment. As a baseball player, you should be responsible for the things that you use inside the diamond. In this way, you can maximize their value and performance.
That’s it for the meantime. If you have other related questions, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comment section below!