How To Wash Inside Motorcycle Gloves?

Andrew Roberts

Andrew Roberts

I know we all have an affectionate relationship with our bikes and all the gear that comes along with it. Among these gear, one of the most crucial items is our trusty pair of motorcycle gloves. They protect our hands, provide grip, and add to the overall biking aesthetics. But let’s face it, they also take a good deal of abuse, and without proper care, they can accumulate dirt, sweat, and grime over time. Today, I’ll share my tested and trusted methods on how to wash inside motorcycle gloves effectively.

Before we proceed, let me emphasize that it’s essential to check the cleaning instructions from the manufacturer. Some materials, especially leather, need specific care. But if those instructions are missing or unclear, the following steps have served me well for years.

The Biker’s Guide to Washing Inside Motorcycle Gloves

1. Preparation

First off, you’ll need to prepare the gloves and the washing supplies. We’ll need lukewarm water, a mild detergent or a leather cleaner for leather gloves, a soft cloth or sponge, and a towel. You may also use a specialized glove wash, readily available online or at your local bike shop.

2. Cleaning the Exterior

While our primary focus is on the interior, cleaning the exterior of the gloves is also essential. Gently rub the exterior of your gloves using the cloth or sponge soaked in soapy water. For leather gloves, use the leather cleaner instead. Remember, we’re not scrubbing harshly here. Be gentle to avoid damaging the material.

3. Turning the Gloves Inside Out

Now, onto the main event. Carefully turn your gloves inside out. For some gloves, this might be a little tricky due to the built-in protective armor and padding. Take your time and be gentle to avoid tearing the lining.

4. Washing the Interior

Using the soft cloth or sponge soaked in your lukewarm soapy water, gently clean the inside of the gloves. Pay attention to areas between the fingers where sweat and dirt often accumulate.

5. Rinsing

Once you’ve adequately cleaned the inside, rinse the gloves thoroughly under lukewarm water. Ensure all the soap is out, as any residual detergent can irritate your skin or damage the glove’s material over time.

6. Drying

Never wring out your gloves as it could damage the shape and material. Instead, pat them down with a towel to get rid of excess water. Once done, hang them in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight and heat sources to air dry. Leather gloves, especially, can shrink or become brittle if exposed to heat.

7.  Conditioning Leather Gloves

If your gloves are made from leather, it’s advisable to condition them after washing. Once they’re dry, apply a small amount of leather conditioner. This will keep the leather supple and extend the life of your gloves. Always test the conditioner on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t discolor the leather.

8. Turning Right Side Out

After the gloves are completely dry, gently turn them right side out. It’s essential to ensure the gloves are thoroughly dry before using them again, as any moisture can lead to the growth of bacteria or mold.

By following these steps, you’ll ensure your gloves stay fresh and comfortable for longer, contributing positively to your overall riding experience. However, remember that gloves, like any gear, have a life span. Even with the best care, they will eventually wear out and need replacing.

Safe riding everyone, and remember, clean gear is happy gear!


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