Before using your new goalkeeper gloves for the first time pre-wash them and dry naturally. This will ensure you get the maximum grip when in use. During use keep the latex palms damp with water in order to get the best possible grip and durability. After use wash them and leave to dry naturally – leaving latex to dry out will make it brittle which will affect durability and grip.
Washing after use
To get the most from your goalkeeper gloves wash immediately after use in warm water (maximum of 30 degrees C) before allowing to dry naturally, do not use a washing machine. We would advise simply washing them by hand and not using any form of “scrubber”.
The sooner you can wash your gloves after a match the better. It means that the dirt doesn’t have time to dry into the latex and also reduces the chance of bacteria developing.
When drying your gloves all you really need is a towel and some pressure. Wrap the gloves in the towel and use either your hands (or even your feet) combined with your body weight to apply pressure to the gloves. Once the majority of the moisture has been removed, just air in normal room temperature until nearly dry. Avoid putting your gloves on a radiator or in a airing cupboard at all costs, this will damage the latex on your gloves.
Do not dry goalkeeper gloves
• on a radiator
• in front of a fire
• in a tumble dryer
• using a hair dryer
• using an iron
• using an airing cupboard
• in direct sunlight
• by “wringing” them out
All of the above can cause the gloves to lose natural moisture turning them dry and brittle.