How to Clean or Wash a Golf Glove

Are you a golfer who just cannot stand the thought of not having your favorite golf glove ready and waiting on the shelf for those quick-draw shots?

If so, then this blog post is written with you in mind.

In this tutorial I will be showing you how to clean your beloved mittens and get them looking like new again!

This process takes about 10 minutes or less, depending on how dirty they are. And it's super easy too! Let's get started...

STEP #1: Get your golf glove(s) out of the closet.

STEP #2: Fill your sink with warm water and add some mild detergent and let 'em soak while you get the other stuff ready. I prefer to use my little plastic bathtub (pictured above) for this because it's easier to work with than a big ol' sink!

One thing I really like about using the bathing tub is that there's plenty of space around all sides of the glove. So if you have little pieces of dirt stuck along the edges or such, this will give you room to maneuver when washing your gloves!

STEP #3: Grab your brass bristle brush and scrub the mitts in circles as SOON as they are wet with soapy water. Be sure to go around all the finger holes and especially the wrist hole on your glove!

STEP #4: Rinse off any dark dirt or residue by dumping out some water from the tub and re-filling it with clean water.

You can repeat this process as many times as you need to until you feel comfortable that your glove is completely clean! When you're done, transfer your gloves back into a sink of fresh warm (not hot) water for a few minutes - just enough time for them to soak up a bit of moisture again. This will help them dry faster afterwords too :)

STEP #5: Grab a towel, fold it over itself several times, and lay it flat on a surface. Then lay your glove flat onto the towel and smooth out any bumps with your hand.

STEP #6: Take another clean, dry towel and lay it over the first towel so that it is touching your glove.  Now, take some heavy books  and place them on top of your gloves to help absorb excess water from inside!  

You can leave them alone for about 30 minutes - or until they are totally dry! Now you're done! Go ahead and throw those bad boys back on & get hitting some buckets!!

See more: How to Make Old Golf Grips Like New 

When to replace golf gloves

We all know that golf gloves are a crucial piece of equipment for the avid golfer.

However, if you play regularly, sooner or later your golf gloves are going to need replacing. A good quality glove can last anywhere from a few months up to 2 years depending on how often and how hard you use them. In my experience they tend to last for roughly 9-12 months before showing signs of wear. There are however some factors that will have an impact on the life span of your golf gloves:

How often do you play?

If you play once a week then it's likely that your glove lasts longer than say someone who plays every day.

How much do you practice at home?

This will also make a difference as those who spend more time practicing at home tend to hit balls harder which leads to quicker deterioration of the golf glove.  as someone who plays far more than you and so on.

How often do you clean your golf gloves?

I highly recommend cleaning your golf gloves at least once a week. This will help to remove all the sweat and grime that builds up from playing each day. If you don't clean them then this can cause a buildup of bacteria which leads to stinky, smelly hands!

Type of glove

This will have an impact on how long they last too. For example those who play with leather gloves tend to wear them out quicker than synthetic or mesh based gloves. This is because leather requires more time for break in before it moulds to the players hand nicely.

What material are they made from?

 If your glove is made from some cheap material then unfortunately you shouldn't expect too many rounds out of them. The cheaper the material is, the more easily they will deteriorate and need replacing - this can happen even if you play less than once a week!


Q: How long does the process take?

A:  It can take anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour depending on how dirty your gloves are.

Q: What else do I need besides gloves and a towel?

A: You will also need warm water, soap (baby shampoo works well), a bathtub or sink for soaking, and either a brass bristle brush or some old toothbrushes! I also like to use old washcloths, but soft cloth napkins will do too.

Q: How do I prevent the gloves from stretching?

A: To avoid stretching, DO NOT SWEAT in your gloves!! The sweat can make them stickier inside which stretches them out faster than normal wear-and-tear. You might also want to spray them with some silicone spray  to help them retain their form.

Q: What kind of soap should I use?

A: Any mild detergent will do, but baby shampoo works great! [As pictured above]

Q:How can I keep my golf gloves from smelling bad after cleaning them?

A: Try putting some scented dryer sheets (or a shot of cologne!) in each glove's pocket before you wash it. Also, the silicone spray that comes with this kit is very useful as well when you need a quick fix.  Spray your gloves liberally and let them air dry overnight. This stuff smells great and it's what helps to keep your gloves


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