Glove Care

Goalkeepers may sometimes go through up to 10 pairs of gloves a season and this can have a significant effect on their (or their parents) bank balance. Growing up, we too were frustrated at the length of time that some gloves performed at their best. BGK Gloves are designed to be durable and long-lasting, our Goalies have noticed the difference both on the pitch and in their bank accounts! It is important to remember that there are a number of factors that depend on how long a pair of gloves will last such as playing surfaces, weather and temperature, however there are a few things that you can do to ensure that your gloves perform better, for longer… 

To ensure goalkeeper gloves maintain their durability and performance, goalkeepers should follow these key care tips:

  • Pre-Wash Hands: Always wash hands before putting on gloves. This removes dirt and oils that can degrade the latex.
  • Avoid Abrasive Surfaces: Keep gloves away from rough or abrasive surfaces, like concrete or gravel, to prevent premature wear and tears.
  • Wet Gloves Care: After playing in wet conditions, gently rinse gloves in cold water to remove mud and debris. Avoid hot water as it can damage the latex.
  • Air Dry Only: Never use direct heat sources like radiators or hair dryers to dry gloves. Instead, let them air dry naturally or put them back in the glove back whilst they are still a little bit wet: always keep them away from direct sunlight.
  • Glove Wash Solutions: You may wish to use glove wash solutions designed for goalkeeper gloves. Mild soaps or specialized glove cleaners can help maintain the latex however be careful as standard soaps will damage the latex.
  • Store Properly: Store gloves in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight or extreme temperatures. Avoid folding or creasing the gloves.
  • Grip Renewal Products: Consider using grip renewal products or glove-specific treatments to revitalize the latex and extend the glove's lifespan.
  • Rotate Gloves: If possible, have multiple pairs of gloves to rotate during training or matches. This allows gloves to dry thoroughly between uses.
  • Inspect for Damage: Regularly check for any signs of damage, such as tears, cuts, or loose stitching. Address these issues quickly to prevent further deterioration.
  • Proper Handling: Avoid using gloves for activities other than goalkeeping, like handling the ball on hard surfaces, as this can wear down the latex prematurely.

Take care of your gloves, and your gloves will take care of you.


How to clean your gloves in 7 steps! 

Each of the #BGKunion are used to cleaning muddy gloves and throughout the years we have tried many different ways of cleaning them such as using the washing machine, soapy water, glove wash products and everything else in-between. We have found from these years of trial and error that the best way in which to clean your gloves is also one of the simplest… 

Step 1: After your game or training you will more than likely go in a shower. Well now, your gloves will come too! 

Step 2: Before you clean yourself, Soak the gloves under the shower and gently wipe away any excess dirt. If your gloves have stubborn stains or dirt on the palm or back-hand, hold them under the water and wipe your fingers over these areas . Be careful not to be too harsh to avoid damaging the latex, slowly you will see the dirt disappear and the gloves original colours return. 

Step 3: Once you're happy that they are clean, gently squeeze the gloves to drain all excess water. Try to avoid twisting or wringing them as this can damage the latex.

Step 4: Now put your gloves out of the shower and continue to clean yourself as normal.

Step 5: Once you’re dry, wrap the gloves inside a towel and gently stand on them to drain any excess water. Your gloves should now be a little bit wet but not dripping. 

Step 6: From here, you can either put them back in the glove back ready to be used again. Or if you prefer your gloves to be completely dry, place them somewhere they are not going to get too hot - we have found that by keeping gloves slightly wet, the latex performs better and also lasts substantially longer. 

Step 7: Wear your gloves and repeat the process - your hands will thank you. 

Remember to clean your gloves after every use, especially if they're exposed to mud or dirt. Proper care and maintenance will significantly extend the life and performance of your goalkeeper gloves.