Glove life span varies from the fields you play on to the amount of sweat you produce. Here are a few tips!
Goalkeeper gloves are predominantly designed for use on natural surfaces like grass unless specified. Please note that if using a goalkeeper glove on an artificial surface such as artificial turf you will be placing a higher level of stress on the latex, therefore it will wear much quicker.
1) CARING FOR YOUR GOALKEEPER GLOVES
To get the maximum grip and life from your goalkeeper gloves you should take the following steps:
- Before using your new gloves for the first time pre-wash them and dry naturally in accordance with the washing instructions below. This will ensure you get the maximum grip when in use.
- During use damp the palms of the gloves with a small amount of water in order to get the best possible grip and durability from the latex palm.
- After use, before doing anything ensure you wash them and leave to dry naturally – leaving latex to dry out will make it brittle, affecting durability and grip.
2) WASHING INSTRUCTIONS
To get the most from your goalkeeper gloves wash immediately after use in warm water without giving the gloves time to dry naturally. We would advise simply washing them by hand and not using any form of “scrubber”.
Do not dry the gloves…
- on a radiator
- in front of a fire
- in a tumble dryer
- using a hair dryer
- using an iron
- in direct sunlight
All of the above can cause the gloves to lose natural moisture turning them dry and brittle.
3) GLOVE CARE TIPS
- When picking yourself up from the ground in training try not to use your palms. Instead, use your fists to push yourself back up, this ensures minimal palm/latex contact with the ground and helps avoid any unnecessary abrasion – particularly on dry or artificial turf. Using your palm will help you spring back up quicker, but you can minimize wear during non-game situations using the first method above.
- Wash your gloves after every game as soon as you can.
- When drying try rolling up a newspaper and placing this inside the glove. This will help keep the glove “open” and absorb any excess water. You could also help dry them by applying pressure with a towel before leaving to air naturally.
- Pick the right latex for your requirements: if you are playing on an artificial or very dry surface then you may want to opt for a glove that uses a latex with more durability such as “Giga Grip” or “Quartz” latex. If you are playing in wet conditions then you may prefer latex that is specifically made for such weather such as “Aqua” latex.
- Do not leave the palms touching each other when stored away.
- Store your gloves properly; store them in a cool and reasonably moist environment. You do not want the area or your gloves to be wet however as this can cause bacteria and mold to grow which can damage the gloves. Allowing a glove to completely dry out and be left for long periods will cause latex to become dry and brittle. We recommend allowing them to dry overnight naturally before being placed in a glove wallet.
- Do not store your gloves for any length of time without having washed them first.
4) LATEX DEGRADATION
Latex is a very soft natural product and as such is subject to wear and abrasion over time. Any latex can begin to show forms of wear from the first use with many variables at play (age of keeper, technique, playing surface, how they were prepared, were the care instructions followed). As with all latex and gloves the better you care for them the more life you will get.
If your latex starts to show signs of wear, don’t panic! Glove wear is normal, that’s just what latex does due to its natural properties, which provide the grip we keepers are so grateful for.