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Goalkeeper Gloves Care

Updated on August 2, 2012
Puma PWC-C 2.12 goalkeeper gloves
Puma PWC-C 2.12 goalkeeper gloves | Source

Keeper Gloves Buying Guides

Here are a few goalkeeper gloves buying guides...

Goalkeeper Gloves Buying Guide for Soccer Players by internpete

Soccer Gloves: The Benefits & Uses by missmelinda

Goalkeeper Gloves Uses

Goalkeeper is the most unique position on the pitch. Unlike the other positions, goalkeepers are allowed to use their hands and body to catch and deflect incoming shots, crosses and passes that enter the penalty area. Due to the nature and physicality of the position, the goalkeeper is equipped with special gloves used to protect the hands while enhancing the goalkeeper's ability to catch and parry.


Care is needed to extend the life of goalkeeper gloves. Washing is vital to preserve the natural latex foam used on the palm and fingers of the gloves. Minor repairs are also needed to squeeze a little more life out of the gloves. Replacement gloves will be required after a while. Extending the life of the gloves by washing and repairing is worth the time by saving money and keeping the gloves ready for the next diving save.

Washed (left) and dirty (right) goalkeeper gloves
Washed (left) and dirty (right) goalkeeper gloves | Source
Reusch Glove Wash
Reusch Glove Wash | Source

Washing Goalkeeper Gloves

Goalkeeper gloves are made with latex and naturally degrade over time. Latex should not be washed with detergents or hand soaps. These are usually too harsh on natural latex material that is used on the palm, fingers, and thumb of the gloves. Special glove wash solutions are available in sporting goods stores and online. Glove wash is specifically designed to use on goalkeeper gloves to clean and preserve the natural latex within the glove. Gloves used for matches should be washed after each match, while training gloves should be washed after every 2 to 3 training sessions.

Washing Instructions

  1. Fill a sink or bucket with room temperature water.
  2. Dunk the gloves into the water and gently squeeze the water out. Repeat this several times before applying glove wash. Rinsing prior to washing helps free up dirt and dust stuck in the tiny pores of the latex.
  3. Apply a few drops to the palm and fingers of the glove. Glove wash doesn't lather as much as hand soap and detergents, so do not add more and more until a thick lather appears.
  4. Work the glove wash into the gloves. Add an extra drop or two as needed, because the glove wash is easily absorbed into the latex.
  5. Rinse the gloves in fresh water. The gloves should be noticeably cleaner already. Repeat steps 3 & 4 as needed. Remember, the gloves will never be clean and white like new gloves. Washing is more about removing the dirt and grit, and not about trying to make them appear brand new again.
  6. Let the gloves dry in an area with good air circulation. Do not let the gloves dry palm-against-palm. The latex may stick to the latex on the other glove, and peeling them apart can cause damage once dry. Good air circulation is key because it prevents mildew from growing in and on the gloves.

"Shoe Goo" is a type of shoe glue that is great for repairing tears.
"Shoe Goo" is a type of shoe glue that is great for repairing tears. | Source

Repairing Goalkeeper Gloves

The nature of the goalkeeper position causes quite a bit of abuse on goalkeeper gear, especially the keeper's gloves. Goalkeeper gloves feature soft latex foam palms and fingers. Latex foam is optimal for catching and parrying an incoming ball. However, latex foam isn't very durable and will wear and tear naturally. A small amount of shoe glue can repair tears in latex foam goalkeeper gloves, but this is only a temporary fix. Eventually the gloves will need to be replaced, but a few small repairs can squeeze a couple more matches out of the lifespan of the gloves.

Repair Instructions

  1. Apply a very small drop of shoe glue into a tear. A tiny drop is all that is needed, because latex foam is very absorbent and too much glue will harden areas around the tear and may cause more damage during future use.
  2. Spread the glue evenly along the tear. A slotted screwdriver is useful to spread and press the glue into the edges of the tear.
  3. Press and hold both sides of the tear together for a few minutes. Releasing both sides before the glue begins to cure will cause a weak repair. Using a heavy book or clothespins to hold the repaired area together will work as well.
  4. Let the glue cure for several hours, or overnight if possible. Some brands of shoe glue will cure in under an hour. Read the glue instructions to avoid using the gloves before the glue sets.
  5. Practice a little catching and throwing with the gloves on to check how well the repair holds. A tear on an area that flexes often, such as the knuckles and palm, may require more glue or replacement gloves.

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    • seh1101 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sean Hemmer 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Glad I could help! The Reusch glove wash works great for me. As for cleats, I heard that putting them in a Ziploc bag and throwing them in the freezer overnight works. I have yet to try it though. I usually just spray some shoe deodorant stuff and leave them on the porch.

    • chrissieklinger profile image

      chrissieklinger 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I had no idea they sold cleaner for goalie gloves, bought some and can't wait to get it and use it. Now if they could only find a way to make cleats not smell so bad!

    • CCahill profile image

      CCahill 

      6 years ago from England

      Yeah its one of them things you'd be a bit nervous about washing them incase the washing machine wrecked em, the Reusch Glove Wash sounds pretty specialised so i'd be quite confident in it

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      Peter V 

      6 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      Great hub! I'll be including a link to yours! I would always put off washing my gloves until they really, really needed it. Voted up!

    • CCahill profile image

      CCahill 

      6 years ago from England

      Rot awh haha that's gross :D

      Its all about the Hubpages Karma ;)

    • seh1101 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sean Hemmer 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks, CCahill! I left my gloves in my car after a match and I think they started to actually rot, considering it was mid-summer. I definitely learned the hard way when it comes to caring for them.

      Pete's article is definitely useful and I hope to get both articles linked. Thanks for the tip!

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      CCahill 

      6 years ago from England

      Hey nice advice, my experience of Goalie gloves is they always smell and look well worn :D

      You should read Petes guide on gloves https://hubpages.com/sports/Goalkeeper-Gloves-Buyi... might be worth linking your two articles together

      Voted up

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