J4K Glove Care
It’s a question that we ask at every coaching session, ‘When was the last time you washed your gloves?’ And it is amazing the amount of goalkeepers that have never washed their gloves or didn’t know they had to!
These are our most important pieces of equipment!
It is likely that the goalkeepers may not know how to wash their gloves, so here’s a little lesson in glove care. After all, keeping the gloves clean improves the grip, removes some of that horrible sweaty smell and most importantly, extends the life of the gloves.
When are your gloves at their best? Correct, when they are brand new!! So ideally we want to try and keep them this way as much as possible. Top tip: You should even wash your gloves before you first wear them… This will help activate the grip on the palm!
How often should you wash your gloves? In an ideal world, you should wash your gloves after every training session or game.
So, how do you wash the gloves? Lukewarm water and a small drop of washing up liquid will do the trick just fine! Leave your gloves into soak for up to 10 minutes, this will start to get the dirt off of the palm. After soaking, massage the washing up liquid into the palm (there are special glove washes out there, but washing up liquid is just fine). You can do this using bare hands or a soft small sponge. Be careful with this so that you don’t rip the palm.
Rinse off and repeat until you are happy.
If you feel you don’t have time for this, I often suggest washing your gloves when you are having a shower! The process is roughly the same.
The most important part of this stage is the drying, especially in the climate we have in the UAE! The best way to let your gloves dry is indoors and let them dry naturally. If you put them out in the sun to speed the process up, this will damage the glove and the latex will become crispy and you’ll be buying a new pair very quickly!
Ideally you should have a separate pair of gloves for training and matches, as during training you will have much more wear on your gloves meaning they will not be of the highest quality for your matches, which is obviously when you will need your gloves at their best. If this is not the case and you wear the same gloves for practice and games, then proper glove care is even more important.
Hope these tips help & as always, if you have any questions, get in touch with us!
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