When the heat and sweat accumulated during the long hours of intense double session football practices (or actual games) mount, your football receiving gloves will certainly take quite an expected beating. Whether as a result of your own sweat and perspiration or because of relentless contact with dirt, grass, and any other playing surface imaginable, your receiving gloves will require continual tending to in order to ensure that they maintain usability. Even though you can certainly use smelly gloves, washing your gloves properly will help eliminate staunch odor that may become apparent by teammates in the huddle, as well as, ensure a longer extension of glove life.
Manufacturers of football receiving gloves are vast, with different types of glove products that all claim to be the best. While prices will vary for gloves dependent upon how they are marketed, it is important to take notice of how the manufacture suggests that your gloves be washed. Because of different materials used, the manufacturer of your set of football receiving gloves may strong caution against machine washing due to the fact that the material used could shrink or the gripping itself could wear away. Because you will rely on your glove's gripping to help you catch footballs, it is certainly not a good thing if your machine washing ends up hurting your gloves rather than helping them.
Things You Will Need
- Football Receiving Gloves
- Cold Water
- a Bucket
- Mild Soap or Detergent (Dish Soap or Bar Soap)
- Clothes Line
Step 1In order to maintain their effectiveness, football receiving gloves must maintain their gripping as much as possible. Throughout the life of your receiving gloves, inappropriate and improper washing can definitely take a toll on the life of your gloves. Just as natural wear and tear from usage can cause your gloves to gradually break down, the same can happen if you don't wash your gloves the right way.
Bear in mind that if your gloves are no longer usable, they very well may be past the point of no return. You can generally tell this has occurred if your gloves either don't fit or the stickiness gripping has faded to the point of ineffectiveness. Whether as a complementary backup set, a set that you use specifically for football games, or an entirely new pair of receiving gloves altogether, many serious football players find it necessary to obtain a second pair of football receiving gloves.
Step 2Whether you take your gloves off, or keep them on, in this step you can either run your gloves under a cold water faucet or rinse them off in a bucket full of cold water. After an intense practice or football game, your gloves will more than likely have clumps of mud, dirt and grasses embedded into the nether region crevices of your football receiving glove. Much like the act of washing your clothes in cold water, cold water is generally preferred for cleaning your receiving gloves because the material wont expand nearly as much as if you used hot water. When certain materials in your glove expand, the drying process may cause them to collapse, while making your glove tighter by essentially shrinking. For clothes or for football gloves, using cold water to wash them is typically your safest bet.
Step 3While running water will have the speed and momentum required to help get large chunks of dirt off your gloves immediately, washing your gloves in a cool water sink or bucket is preferable after you do a quick rinse. When washing your gloves in a sink or a bucket, you can add a drop of detergent or a gentle rub of a bar of soap to either the surface of your gloves or into the actual sink or bucket. Too much soap or detergent can be overkill and can take forever to wash off, while too little soap or detergent can be ineffective at breaking down the dirt and mud stains. Generally speaking, you should put a squirt or two of detergent on both of your football receiving gloves.
Step 4In this step, you will want to massage and clean your gloves against both the water as well as your other glove. Because of the toughness of the materials used, you can actually use one glove in order to help serve as a tool to clean the other glove. Rubbing both gloves together, while washing, can be much more effective than just trying to clean your gloves with only your hands. Be sure to maintain a degree of gentleness when rubbing your gloves together.
Step 5When you use mild soap or detergent as indicated, your gloves will become very consumed by a plethora of soap suds. After cleaning your football gloves with cold water, be sure to rinse them off with cold water as well. Your glove washing should be done with the sole intent of removing as much soap as possible. Because the soap will naturally bind to the dirt and mud, rinsing your gloves under a flow of cold water will help to remove quite a bit of the soaps suds and dirt particles. You can rinse your gloves under cold water for how ever long you deem it necessary until you no longer see soap or dirt. The water should gradually run more clear as you rinse.
Step 6A towel will come in handy in order to pat your newly washed football receiving gloves. Instead of just allowing your gloves to maintain water moisture, your gloves should certainly be dried as thoroughly as possible. If you choose to let them further air dry on a clothes line, you will find that gravity will also play a role in pulling moisture away from your gloves towards the ground.
Besides his mind and agility, one of a football receiver's greatest assets is his hands. With the right pair of receiving gloves, a receiver can have even greater confidence in himself and his ability to catch critical catches. In a sport where each play is important, proper and effective care of a receiver's gloves is absolutely imperative in both helping to eliminate unnecessary smell and odor, as well as, to further enhance the stickiness and general life of your gloves.
Tips & Warnings
Because it can lead to incredible shrinkage, be sure to resist the temptation to use hot water when cleaning your football receiving gloves. While it may initially make sense to use hot water, using cold water will be your most safe bet. Even with this knowledge, however, it is also important that you adhere to the washing instructions as published on the product's package by the manufacturer. When potentially a combination of many different fabrics and materials are used in the creation of a football receiving glove, you will be sure to find instructions and directions regarding how your gloves should be taken care of in order to ensure maximum effectiveness over their lifetime. You will find that, if you wash your gloves the way they are supposed to be washed, they will maintain the stickiness that you will rely on in both games and practices.
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