Date of publication: 
13 Nov 2023

How do you look after your gloves?

In today's article, we will provide a practical guide to help you look after your goalkeeper gloves. Here are some important points to consider when looking after your paws.

Drying after training or a match

Let's start with the fact that gloves should be wash after each use. However, if you don't have the strength or time, or if you have training the next day and a full wash of the gloves is not possible then try to at least dry them. After every training session or match it is a good idea to dry gloves as soon as possibleto avoid bacterial growth inside the glove. If there is sand, mud or other forms of dirt on the gloves, the drying process should be preceded by washing the gloves. It is a good idea to ensure that drying takes place naturallyavoiding areas of excessive sunlight or heat sources that may damage the latex surfaces.

Hand washing

Goalkeeper's gloves do not wash in the washing machineas this can lead to damage to the latex and other components. Instead, gentle hand washing in room temperature water without the addition of detergents is recommended. After washing, dry the gloves from excess water by wrapping them in a towel.

This step can be preceded by squeezing gloves (remember to never do not wring out the gloves, but only get rid of the excess by squeezing the wet paws).

After a few minutes, remove the gloves from the towel and dry them at room temperature.

Protection during the game

It is important to use goalkeeper gloves only when playing on the pitch. Avoid using them for other activities that may cause too much stress and damage to the latex.

In addition, in order to prolong the life of the latex foam and consequently prolong the life of the gloves themselves, try to avoid landing on your hands when falling after an intervention. Not only does landing with palm support increase the risk of wrist injury, but it also affects the wear and tear on the latex by bringing the foam into more frequent contact with rough surfaces, i.e. grass, turf or artificial turf.

Also remember to slightly moisten the inner part of the gloves, i.e. the latex foam, before each game. By moistening the foam before the game, the abrasion process of the foam is reduced, which also affects the life of the product.

Inspection and maintenance of goalkeeper gloves

Regular inspection of gloves allows for early detection of any damage and prevention of larger problems. Check gloves for cracks, abrasions or asymmetrical wear, especially on the palms and fingers. If necessary, use special preservatives to keep the latex in good condition.

Remember, however, that the best way to maintain goalkeeper gloves is to wash/wash them regularly. Not only does it affect the longer use of the gloves, but it also ensures that the gloves will not smell bad.


By caring for your goalkeeper's gloves according to the above tips, you will ensure that they stay in the best possible shape for longer. Remember that proper glove care allows your gloves to remain fully functional and therefore perform better on the pitch.

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David Imach
My entire childhood and teenage years were marked by my 'standing in goal'. A professional goalkeeping career ultimately did not become my destiny, but a huge passion for the reliable equipment for the most important defender on the pitch remained.

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