Goalkeeper Glove Care
How To Look After Your Goalkeeper Gloves
How long your goalkeeper gloves last depends on how you look after them. From pre-washing your gloves, dampening your gloves while wearing, to washing immediately after a match and not putting your gloves away dirty in your bag, all will determine how long your gloves last.
Also how you dry your goalkeeper gloves has a dramatic effect on how long your goalkeeper gloves last. So please follow the instructions below, and check out FREE ADVISE and watch our videos that show you how to look after your goalkeeper gloves.
Pre-Wash: Before you even wear your gloves, you should soak your gloves for a few hours in a bowl of water, with NO chemicals, just water. This dissolves the invisible film that protects new gloves, and will make your gloves ready for action.
Dampen Your Gloves While Using: This is so SO important and were a lot of keepers (and parents) get this wrong. You MUST dampen your gloves before you start your game/training AND keep the gloves damp throughout, until you have finished. If you wear your goalkeeper gloves dry, especially on dry surfaces, your gloves might not even last a full game. So it is vital to keep your gloves damp throughout.
Wash Straight After Use: Another massive mistake keepers make is after they use their gloves, they put in their kit bag dirty and do not take them out again until next use. So in the meantime, all the dirt on the glove will eat away at the soft latex. So it is important to wash your goalkeeper gloves as soon as you can!
Store And Dry Correctly: Please Do NOT dry your gloves on a heater or leave in direct sunlight, otherwise the latex might go hard, and will render the palm useless. You must dry at room temperature out of direct sunlight.
These are a few tips to help you make your goalkeeper gloves last longer.
Also, most goalkeepers and parents do not realise this, but the more expensive you pay for your goalkeeper gloves, the shorten their life span. This is normally because the latex on the more expensive gloves are very very soft, so will obviously wear away quicker.
This is why we recommend any goalkeeper who plays on poor surfaces, or especially artificial services, not to wear expensive gloves. We advise to maybe come down mid level, or even training level gloves because the palms are normally more durable, so will not wear away quickly.
And we ALWAYS advise our goalkeepers, if you are playing anytime on poor surfaces, where there is a lot of soil, sand and grit, and the grass is bear, always opt to wear a cheaper more durable pair of gloves, because a poor surface will destroy an expensive pair of gloves with a soft palm.