GLOVE CARE GUIDE
INNER & STRUCTURAL CARE
Wash out sweat and salt build-up from the lining a few times a year using a small amount of diluted soap (hand soap is fine) and warm water. Alternatively, you can use diluted vinegar or saddle soap with water. Rinse thoroughly (it will take a few rinses to get all the suds out) and gently squeeze out the water, working from the tips of the fingers downward. For gloves with knuckle molding like the Full X-Glove, you may want to stuff each glove with a dry washcloth or paper towels. When the gloves are just barely damp, put them on and make a tight fist. Release and remove the glove, but try to keep the slight curvature from your fist and let it finish drying in this shape, in order to get the best fit. Lay on a towel (use a dark towel in case of color bleed) and let dry for 2-3 days for best comfort.
Always let your gloves lay open and dry after a long or hot ride. Try not to fold the wrist closed or put them in a bag or enclosed container shortly after your ride. This will help keep the leather dry and prevent odors.
Do not put gloves in a machine dryer as it will cause the leather to break down faster. When drying wet gloves, try to keep them out of direct sunlight or strong heat. One tip: take a wire hanger, bend the wings upward, and set the gloves on the ends to keep them propped up and open.
For chronic odors, keep a odor-eliminating shoe insert rolled in each glove when not in use. Do not use powders like baking soda as they will settle into the leather and be difficult to completely rinse out.
OUTER & COSMETIC CARE
Use a commercial leather conditioner to keep your gloves soft and enhance the color. You may also use grease or oil if your gloves often get wet and dried. Only condition your gloves a few times a year; too much conditioning will wear down the leather. Use less conditioner on the palms so they don't lose grip.
Wipe your gloves clean regularly. Abel Brown gloves are made to be worn, and by nature gloves will get oil, grease, and mud on them. A few marks adds character to your gloves, but cleaning mud and debris off with a damp cloth will preserve the color and integrity of the leather longer.