How to clean a Baseball Glove? 3 Different Ways to Clean It

It’s really necessary for a baseball player to keep his baseball glove always neat and clean. With some easy steps, you can clean your baseball glove. The main thing is you have to remove the sand, graven, dirt and grit from the glove and then applying necessary cleaning agents. With a brush or rub, u can wipe away the dirt and then you can start cleaning with agents. Now finally you have to apply conditioner for the glove to clean property. Then wait for the necessary time while it gets dry and ready for you again.

It is really so easy to clean a baseball glove if you know the proper way to clean a glove. Besides, there is a big difference between a dirty glove and a clean glove.

Why do you need to keep you glove clean?

Whether you have a Mizuno GPP1150Y1 or a Wilson A2000 1786 no one likes your glove when it is full of dirt, grit and especially it is full of stink. Besides a dirty glove sweat much and you will feel more warmth with a dirty glove. A great mistake people always do after a season that they threw away their glove with full of dirt onto their closet until the next season. They don’t know that they are shortening the life of their glove. To keep your glove more durable cleaning is a must for you. Moreover who likes a dirty glove? However is comfortable or not in your hand you will always feel uncomfortable with a grimy one. People think it’s very hard to wash or clean a glove. But definitely, it is an easy task to keep it clean. So why won’t you keep your glove clean for the next match?

Some necessary apparatus and cleaning agent: Leather cleaner, soap, clean water, leather conditioner, hand brush/ clean cloth etc. These things are generally used to clean a baseball glove.

3 Different methods for cleaning a glove

First Method

Scouring the glove
Use a starchy brush to put away the visible dirt and invisible sands. Do it until it looks a little cleaner and must check out the palm and the top side of the glove

Dispel the laces of the glove
If you can dispel the laces it will be easier for you to clean your glove. As the gloves laces are laced very tightly, it might be a tuff work for you but removing laces you can get good advantages to clean

  • If you can’t skip this step
  • You can use piercing apparatus if you decide to cut the laces
  • Keep in mind the cutted laces are not re-useable.

Apply measurable cleaning agent
You can use any good cleaning agent to clean your glove. Apply a little bit of the agent to the glove and carefully rub that on the glove with a limited motion. Keep cleaning it for a short period of time

  • Don’t use too much cleaning agent
  • After using cleaning agent you need to wait as the command of the manufacturer. It can be a few hours or a day.
  • You have to obey the direction of the cleaning agent.

Apply conditioner as the command
Finally, you have to apply the glove conditioner to the glove. Put them even inside the glove and rub a little to every corners and finger. For more information read the way to use write down to the agent box.

  • Don’t overuse the conditioner.
  • You must follow the instructions.

There you can clean your glove following those steps.

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Second Method

Using rubbing alcohol and water
According to the instruction of The University of Missouri Extension Service, you need to make a mixture of 1 cup rubbing alcohol and 1 cup water as the cleaning agent. You need to dip a soft clean cloth into the mixture and pulling out the cloth make sure the cloth in suitable moisturization. The rub the cloth to the whole gloves until the visible dirt gets disappeared.

  • Aware of proper measurements of alcohol and water.
  • Don’t rub for a long period of time that could be harmful for the glove.
  • Aware of the condition of the cloth like its over moisturized or low moisturized.

Drying up the glove properly
It’s really essential to drying up the glove. It generally takes a few hours to dry up a baseball glove. In a various way you can complete this step. Using electric fans you can make it dry or naturally with the outside air and sun you can make it dry.

  • Always check out if every part of the glove gets dried. Sometimes the inside space of a glove remains undried. If that happens use fan to make that portion dry.

Wash again with sudsy water
You have to follow this only then if you find molts and dirt into your glove after it gets dried. Wash the glove properly with sudsy water like you are repeating the first process.

  • After drying up if the glove looks clean then skip this step.

Applying conditioner
Wait until the glove is fully drying up. After fully drying up you need to use a leather conditioner to complete the final step. Rub the whole glove especially inside the fingers and start from the palm.

  • Don’t use conditioner which isn’t for baseball glove..
  • Follow the instructions while applying.

There you can clean your baseball glove properly with this method.

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Third Method

Dirt renovation with soap
At first, gather some pieces of clean clothes and apply mild soap to one of them with proper moisturizer. Rub the glove slowly with the cloth till when you feel the cloth get dirtied. Change the cloth when you get the past one dirtied and again continue the process with 3/4 cloths. This process will eliminate the grit and grime of the glove

  • Don’t keep doing this for a long period of time.
  • Aware of the moisturizer of the cloth.

Buff the baseball glove
After removing the dirt you need to use a dry and clean cloth or brush to buff the glove. No need to rinse out the soap using water or other liquid.

Using petroleum jelly
Petroleum jelly is a good equipment to condition the leather. Add petroleum jelly on the glove and rub carefully on the glove. You must look inside the glove whether the jelly has got into there or not. If not then put some inside the glove also.

  • Don’t rub it too quickly that changes the shape of the glove
  • Use it after reading the instructions.

Removing extra petroleum jelly
While applying the petroleum jelly unconsciously people put much amount of the jelly that shouldn’t be good for the glove. So use a dry cloth to remove excess petroleum jelly form the glove

Drying up properly
Finally, all you need to do is just drying up the glove completely. You can use the sunlight or the fans to complete this step.

  • Always check out inside the glove whether it is dried or not
  • If inside part keeps wetted then put it in front of a fan for a few time.

Here your glove is ready for your next game.

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The proper way to store your glove

When the offseason comes in winter young players do the biggest mistake is that they threw away their gloves carelessly. It’s really important for a baseball player to know how to clean and store their glove. Some people think only cleaning is enough to keep the glove safe and make it long lasting. But if you have no idea about the storing of glove then your cleaning is good for nothing but a willingly shorten the lifetime of a glove. Here we have some tips for maintaining that you can store your glove properly.

During the winter
During the winter you have to store your glove in a dry and cool place. It’s not essential that you have found a dry cool place. You can keep it into the room temperature but always be careful that it shouldn’t get wetted. Never keep it in a bag which is placed nearby a heater or don’t let it get rotten outside your house.

Always keep it dry
Inadvertent your gloves can get wetted during the game or inside the home. Don’t let it stand in the wet condition any time. Whenever it gets wetted use a dry cloth to dry up your glove. Rub a little with a dry cloth and then let it dry naturally. Soon you will see the glove get drying up. This can cause a temporary effect on the leather that the leather can get a little stiff but after using conditioner it will come to the regular condition. So always keep your glove dry.

Don’t spit in the glove
It’s a very bad and awkward habit to spit in the glove. It seems not much harmful but it causes harm to your glove. Firstly the material of the saliva can make your glove weaken. Secondly, it gets wetted and dirty. So never spit in the glove.

Do not heap up the glove with other equipment
It’s really a carelessness work to pile up your glove with other equipment. It changes the shapes and harms the webbing of the glove. Even you shouldn’t put any heavy metal on the glove that can create pressure over the glove. So always be conscious of this fact.

Reshaping and tightening laces
Before storing your glove it’s better to put a ball on the glove then you need to wrap the glove with a binder. Besides you have to look after the laces of the finger and web. Tie it again and make it tight.

Repair broken laces
You just need to check out all the laces whether all of them are okay or any of them is broken. If you found such broken lace then don’t waste time to repair it. Always repair the broken laces before storing your glove.

Things you should abstain from
There are variations in the equipment that are used for a baseball glove and others. Here are some tips you must follow them

Avoid conditioners for the leather of saddle or shoe
You must use the proper conditioner that is proper for the baseball glove only. Don’t use other conditioners because that may gunk up with the internal or external part of your glove. So avoid this types of conditioners.

Don’t overuse any cleaning agent
Overusing any cleaning agent can fill up the pore of the glove with the cleaning agent. So stay away from using more than necessary.

Don’t use dishwashing liquid or detergent
You can use soft soap or leather cleaner or homemade mixer of rubbing alcohol and water to clean the glove. But never apply detergent or dishwashing liquid in the glove. They contain a various harmful component that is harmful for your glove.

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Final Thoughts Clean a Baseball Glove

Here you can find the rules and regulations for cleaning a baseball glove. Things you have to do before cleaning is just to remove the dirt. People always do the mistake of neglecting the fact of storing. But this is also a very important fact to keep your glove safe. There are also given the way of storing a glove.

There are 3 methods described how to clean a baseball glove. The homemade cleaning agent formula is really easy but people generally use the popular leather cleaners which are sold in the market. I am also suggesting you to use a leather cleaner from the market. If you make any mistake while making a homemade agent then it could be harmful to your glove.

The most important is that you always read the instructions given in the agent packet and must acquire knowledge about your current glove that requires time to dry. Don’t use the forbidden products for the gloves and take care of all other sides.
So cleaning a baseball glove is very easy just follow steps written up and make your baseball glove 100% same for the next matches.

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