At the end of the baseball season, do you toss your baseball glove into the closet with your cleats, dirt and all, and forget about it until the next season hits? If you do, you’re not alone, because many players treat their glove this way. But before you throw your glove into the closet yet again, you need to know that you are also shortening the life of the glove. Here are some tips to help you clean and preserve your baseball glove, so it will serve you well for many seasons.
Always Clean It Well
The first step in protecting your glove from premature aging is cleaning it properly. Leaving the dirt from the field and even the oil from your hands on your glove when you store it will cause it to dry out early. Also, this grime can stain your leather. When you notice that it is getting dirty, and before storing it for the offseason, use a leather cleaner to get it into pristine shape.
Leather Honey Leather Cleaner is easy to use. Simply dilute 2 tablespoons of concentrated cleaner in a cup of water, and rub the cleaner onto the leather using a dry, lint free cloth. The cleaner will wipe away the debris on your glove. Then, allow it to air dry before using it or conditioning it.
Protect it with Leather Conditioner
Once the leather on your glove has dried from its cleaning, you need to do one more thing to protect it before storing it: Conditioning the leather restores the moisture that it has lost so that you can enjoy soft, pliable leather. This is crucial in a baseball glove, which needs to be able to move with your hand. Apply a coat of Leather Honey Leather Conditioner to your glove, and allow it to soak in for at least two hours. Wipe off the excess Leather Honey Leather Conditioner, and watch as the leather is renewed before your eyes.
Conditioning your glove makes it more pliable, so it is easier to use. It also makes it more durable. Leather that is dried out becomes brittle and can crack easily. Leather that is properly moisturized will last much longer. To get many years of use out of your baseball glove, it needs to be properly conditioned, and Leather Honey Leather Conditioner can help you do that.
After you have conditioned your glove, keep it so that it will remain moist during storage. Put it in a sealed container or bag, and store it in a place that is away from the sun. When you pull it out, a quick conditioning will make it like new and ready to use again. With this proper care every season, and with Leather Honey products to help, you can keep your glove in great shape year after year.