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How do I clean & care for my leather gloves?

Invest in a good pair of gloves

Buying a decent pair of leather or suede gloves is a good investment in a product, that with the right cleaning and caring, with last for years. The leather and suede gloves from Schwartz & von Halen are strong, durable and high quality gloves. With a little bit of care and a little bit of love, they will last even longer. That’s better for you and for the environment. We would like you to enjoy your leather and suede gloves as long as possible. In order to make that happen, we have written down below some useful tips and advice how to take clean and take care of them in the right way.
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Keep your leather and suede gloves clean with our cotton bag

We would like you to keep your gloves as clean as possible and neat as possible. The easiest way to keep them in a good condition after wearing, is to not just put them in your pockets or in your bag, but to put them in the cotton bag that you will receive for free with every order. In addition, by putting your leather and suede gloves in the cotton bag, you will keep them always together and won’t lose them. For an example of the cotton bag that you will receive at every order, please see the image at the bottom of this page.
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Cleaning your leather gloves

Since leather is very strong but also very sensitive, you should wash your leather gloves only when necessary. When your leather gloves too often, you can damage the leather and the leather might lose its original color and waterproof function. However, to keep the leather in top condition, it is good to clean your gloves once in a while by hand. Cleaning your leather gloves by hand, you can gently work the leather. Therefore, we advise to never put your leather gloves in the washing machine because leather cannot handle that. The best way to clean your leather gloves is to take a moist cloth (not too wet), and gently rub the leather while you are wearing the leather gloves. By doing this you will remove the dirt that is stuck to the leather, as a result the leather will keep its water resistant function. To keep your leather gloves in a good condition we recommend to clean your gloves once or twice a year. 
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Drying your leather gloves

After you cleaned your leather gloves, it is important to dry them. Since leather shouldn’t be wet too long, we recommend you to dry your gloves in a standing position. Leather gloves should dry at room temperature and therefore you should avoid the sun or an artificial heat source such as a heather or a hairdryer. In order to keep the original fit of your leather gloves, it is advisable to put them on your hands a few times during the drying process. By doing that, you will shape your leather gloves to the original fit.
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Care for your leather gloves with Rapide leather wax

The big advantage of our gloves in comparison with for instance wool gloves, is the fact that all leather gloves from Schwartz & von Halen are wind- and waterproof. In order to keep your gloves wind- and waterproof, we recommend to impregnate them with leather wax or leather gel from Rapide. The best way to impregnate your leather gloves with the leather wax is to put the wax on a cloth and rub it into the leather with a circular motion. Dry the leather gloves again after you applied the leather wax. When the leather wax is retracted into the leather gloves, you will notice that the leather is flexible and shiny again. You will also notice that the gloves are now much better waterproof than before. By impregnating your leather gloves with leather wax or gel from Rapide, you will keep your hands warm and dry during the cold and wet winter weather. Rapide leather wax and leather gel is soon available via our web shop!
With every pair of gloves or beanie that you order, you will get a luxurious cotton bag for free. The Rapide leather wax and leather gel are soon available.