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How to care for your gloves.

Updated: Nov 12, 2023

Good advice for a long glove life


a worn pair of hestra gloves and a pot of leather balm

Hestra gloves are made to last. A little love and care will help them last even longer. Good for you and the environment.

Balm the glove regularly.

Grease the leather regularly and it will resist moisture and wear and tear better. Leather balm can make the leather darker, therefore we recommend trying it on a hidden surface first. To apply leather balm, moisten the leather and use a polishing cloth to rub the balm in until the leather is saturated. A small amount of balm will go a long way. Dry the gloves at room temperature avoiding any direct heat source.

Gloves made from goat leather and cowhide need to be balmed. Bear in mind that sport and dress gloves should be taken care of in different ways.

We do not recommend any other balm or impregnation products than Hestra's own leather balm.


Replace the lining.

When the lining is worn out, replace it with a new one rather than replacing the whole glove. If it is dirty, wash it! Wool linings should always be hand washed. Many other linings can be machine washed, but you should always follow the care label.


How to wash and dry your gloves

We do not recommend washing leather gloves frequently. Water can make the leather dry and decrease the life span. If you need to wash your leather sport or dress gloves, follow the steps in the guides below. For gloves made of other materials please follow the care label.

1. Leather should never be machine washed. To remove stain, use a damp cloth and high fat soap to get rid of the dirt.

2. Gloves dry best in an upright position. Some models come with a carabiner that keeps the gloves together and is useful when hanging your gloves to dry.

3. Remove liners when washing your gloves. This speeds up the drying process and allows you to wash the liners separately. Please note that wool liners must be hand washed and dried on a flat surface. If your gloves do not have removable liners, do not turn them inside out. The liner, insulation and membrane can be difficult to put back into place.






a man walking in a forest wearing a green coat hat and gloves



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