After a hard week on the slopes, it’s inevitable that your ski gloves will have gotten wet and a little sweaty. Giving them a little TLC when you are home to freshen them up will ensure they are ready for the next ski trip. Just like your jacket and ski pants, your gloves will need cleaning, and if they are water resistant gloves they might also need re-proofing.
Below we explain how to wash ski gloves but always check inside for a label which may give you any particular washing instructions.
If possible, remove the liners from your gloves. As they are directly next to your skin the liner is likely to be most affected by sweat (more on how to wash these later). Do not remove the liner of your gloves if they are not intended to be removed and do not turn your gloves inside out.
Never use laundry detergent to wash waterproof items as it will strip the fabric of its repellent capabilities. Regular detergent can also stick to the pores in the waterproof membrane and can trap water inside making the membrane less effective.
If your ski gloves have leather palms, thumbs and fingers you should not wash these in a washing machine or submerge in water (see Leather Ski Gloves for more details).
If you also need to reproof, re-proofing sprays are a fast and effective way of restoring your gloves’ water resistance. As you do not need to waterproof the inside of your glove a spray on proofer is the best option. After washing make sure that you have covered the entire outside of the item with the spray and have not missed any areas.
Below are washing instructions for how to wash ski gloves:
You can also hand wash your ski gloves if you’d prefer. To do this fill a basin with lukewarm water and add the cleaner. Gently rub the gloves to remove any dirt or stains. You might want to keep your hand inside the glove when washing so they keep their shape.
Silk glove liners are the most popular type of liner as they are extremely warm and so lightweight that you barely notice them inside of your gloves.
Like most leather items leather ski gloves need special care. Do not wash leather gloves or gloves with leather palms, thumbs and fingers in a washing machine. Below are washing instructions for your leather ski gloves: