How to Care for Your Bicycle Gloves
Your Handske Gloves arrived clean in a Ziploc bag and nothing feels better than slipping on new gear and looking fresh to death on the Sunday ride. But let’s face it: mud, dust and wiping sweat of your face probably makes them look less attractive by the end of the day. Here are some valuable tips on how to keep your Handskes in top shape.
Do not marinate
Like your jersey and any product containing lycra, it is not good to have your gloves hang out in your gear bag or the back of the truck. Sweat contains a lot of salt and salt destroys fabrics. As soon as you come home from the ride, make kit cleaning part of the recovery process.
Pro tip: if you don’t have a chance to wash your gloves immediately, jump in the shower with all your gear on. Rinse your kit and leave it to drip dry until you can do a proper wash.
Our labels say Hand Wash Only for good reason. Machines are rough on gloves.
Use a mild detergent and warm water, if it is too hot for your hands, it is too hot for your gloves. Carefully rub the gloves together to remove stains. Rinse the gloves and squeeze out the water without wringing them. Then leave them to hang dry.
If you do have to machine wash…
Use a laundry bag for small items (Tip for men: if someone in your household washes expensive bras, you probably already own one. Ask questions). Turn the gloves inside out to protect the print. Use a program for delicates and cold water. Go easy on the spin, high RPMs put a lot of stress on your gloves.
Do not mix fragile items with heavy items. Zips and rivets in jeans will wreak havoc on your synthetic gloves. Mix the gloves with the cycling jerseys and bibs, shoe covers with heavy zips can go in the next load with the jeans.
Do not use it! Dryers use a lot of heat and the synthetic leather palms and lycra parts of your Handske gloves are no fans. Excessive heat dries out the leather, making it stiff and fragile for your next ride. Elastane (the stuff that makes your spandex stretchy) dries out and breaks after frequent use in the dryer. Hang your gloves to dry in the shade instead.