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Baseball and softball gloves are an important part of being a great player. It isn’t enough to just buy a glove, wear it on the field, and hope it gets the job done. You need to break your glove in, take care of it, condition it, and help maintain it so it extends beyond just a single season. And it isn’t just about the cosmetics of a new glove - properly caring for your fielding glove will ensure you realize if it’s in danger of breaking down when you need it the most.
In this baseball and softball glove care guide, we'll discuss
Proper softball and baseball glove care is essential to ensuring your glove lasts longer than just one season. Keep in mind that most gloves are made of tough and durable organic leather, but they’re vulnerable to deterioration if not properly maintained. Going through an entire season not caring for your glove will turn your investment into one that’s guaranteed not to last long. And let’s face it, once you spend the time it takes to break in your glove, the last thing you want to do is have to start the whole process over again.
If you don’t know any better, you may think cleaning a baseball or softball glove is as simple as wiping off the excess dirt that builds up, but if you want to learn how to clean a baseball glove or softball glove the right way, there are some tools that you can use to help.
Glove cleaning tools include:
The process to clean a glove is simple and can be completed as follows:
Cleaning the inside if your baseball or softball glove isn’t all that different from the outside. One key difference though is to make sure you check for and prevent mold growth. Simply buff any mold growth away. After, rub the glove oil you’ve selected over the inside area of the glove.
One of the greatest mistakes a player can make is not knowing how to store a baseball glove properly. Sometimes players just toss their glove in a closet or in the garage, or they leave it in their bat bag for long periods of time. Taking care of your glove the proper way, both during the season and during the off season, will ensure it’s ready to go when the next spring rolls around. Follow these ultimate baseball glove storage tips to keep your glove in the best condition:
It’s worth noting that keeping a glove in the bed of a truck or trunk of a car and exposing it to extreme sun and heat can contribute to the breaking down of the leather and laces quickly. If you notice a lace has begun to rip or crack, you will want to re-lace the glove before using it in a game again or else you risk it breaking, possibly leading to injury. If you do need to re-lace your glove, check out our how to repair your glove guide.
Every baseball player has suffered through a dreaded rain delay at some point. But what happens to your leather glove after sitting in the rain? If not properly dried off, it can cause damage to your glove.
Here are the steps to properly dry a baseball or softball glove:
There are a variety of products that can help you clean your glove. Whether you need glove oil, glove conditioner, a glove wrap, a glove mallet, or a complete glove care kit, we’ve got you covered.
There you have it! Your glove should feel brand new. If you want a bona fide new glove, come check our huge selection of baseball and softball gloves and read some of our other guides. Be sure to share this guide with your friends!
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