Hockey Glove Care and Maintenance

Brandon

Brandon at IW Hockey
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How To Properly Take Care of Your Gloves:
I struggled with smelly hockey gloves for years and for a very simple reason, laziness. I simply did not take proper care of my gear and ended up spending more money on hockey gloves than I should have. It always starts off with a slight odor, then they get hard and crusty, and before you know it you have holes from the deteriorating fabric. I would frustratingly throw them away and then go out to buy a new pair. It sadly took me way too long to realize how important glove (and gear) maintenance really is. It did take me some motivation to turn things around; I was tired of my hands smelling for literally two days after a game, my roommates couldn’t go into the basement without holding their breath, and my wallet was getting lighter than ever.

This biggest turning point for me was when I went back to my brother’s house after we played a game and he started taking out his gear and hanging it up neatly on his gear drying rack, while my gear sat in the trunk of my car as usual. I loved what I saw and immediately purchased one the very next day. It was the beginning of my consistent gear maintenance. I’ll share a few tips so you don’t have to suffer the same consequences I had.

Now when it comes to properly taking care of your hockey gloves, drying them out immediately after a game or practice is just the start. Prevention is the number one factor in successfully expanding the lifespan of your gloves. The very first step is to remove your gear out of your hockey bag as soon as possible after a game or practice. Sometimes all we want to do is drop the bag down and head straight to the couch. Perhaps it’s an in and out situation and you’re off to the next errand of the day. No matter the case, take your gloves out and let them air dry. It doesn’t have to be on a gear rack, you can use anything around the house. If the floor is all you got, make sure the palms are facing up. Gear racks are amazing though and can help consolidate and organize your gear until the next game. The one below is called the Grit Sports Equipment Rack, and it keeps the gear off the floor!

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The second step is to simply spray them down with a gear deodorizer. Forget Febreze or any other household air freshener, I’m talking about one that is specifically designed for sports equipment. Captodor, Mold Monster, Scenturion, and Beek’s Reek are to name just a few. Gloves build up nasty bacteria, which if not taken care of will eat away at your gloves making them stink, become crusty, and deteriorate. I spray mine down after every single use and it has seriously worked wonders. You don’t have to saturate them but you do want to make sure they receive a good spray. I will usually put one glove on, spread my hand out, and spray down the palm two or three times. Then I will give one or two sprays directly inside the glove. These two simple steps have allowed my gloves to last longer than ever.

Another preventive measure is to wash your hands before you get dressed for the game. Hands carry bacteria from throughout the day; so before you play and sweat it into your gloves, wash your hands thoroughly. These three steps have done wonders for myself and should really help you out too. If you are experiencing some smell, there is a great product called, Clap Balm, which is a hand deodorant that is specifically designed to eliminate the stench from gloves. It’s been tested by players in the NHL, OHL, and NCAA and been proven to work. Keep this inside your hockey bag, apply it straight after a game and leave the stink at the rink.

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Perhaps you’re already into the stink zone (the one that lasts days after a game) and looking for guidance on how to get rid of it? Well, it's time to wash your gloves! If you’ve never washed your gear before, it can be a little nerve-wracking but believe me, it’s OK. I will usually wash my gloves once or twice a season, even if they don’t stink. I’ll throw in my gloves when I wash my towel, jerseys, socks, base layer etc. It’s important to wash with cold water on a gentle cycle, finished by the spin cycle. Do not use bleach and do not put them into the dryer! Using a sports gear detergent works the best but your at home detergent will work too. One I really like is the Captodor Sport Laundry Detergent. Always let them air dry naturally or beside a fan with palms up. Drying them in the dryer will give you hard, crusty palms and prematurely breakdown your foams, protection, and materials.

It’s really simple! Remove, spray, air dry. Following these steps will not only manage odor control but also increase the lifespan of your gloves. When the bacterium builds up, it produces that foul odor that lingers for days on your hands and starts to breakdown your gloves.

Now my way isn’t the highway. I want to know what works for you! We are all in this together so let's share with each other methods used to battle stink!
 

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I have a broken wrist bone because mine are to small... keep getting slashed by the men. 😔 does not keep me from playing baby! I wrap it up and keep on playing! Would be nice to get a new pair so this doesn’t happen for the third time.. lol #womenhockeyplayers ❤️🥅🏒 has to take a picture on top of my very own net in my hockey basement! Plus my fingers are going out... ☹️
 
#9
Hey there, gang! My old pair of Bauer Vapor APX gloves have seen better days. Could definitely use some upgrades. Having your fingers and thumbs go right through the palms is bloody annoying. Ugh...

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ENTER HERE TO WIN!!
Are your gloves beyond any hope of survival? Have they lived a good life but it’s time to say good-bye? Submit a photo in the comments below of your nasty pair of mitts for an extra chance to win a brand new pair of your choice and Captodor Toiletry Bag Kit. The kit comes with a 3-in-1-shower gel, odor spray, and hand hydro-gel with the included toiletry bag. Winner will be announced March 3! (Must be in the US).

How To Properly Take Care of Your Gloves:
I struggled with smelly hockey gloves for years and for a very simple reason, laziness. I simply did not take proper care of my gear and ended up spending more money on hockey gloves than I should have. It always starts off with a slight odor, then they get hard and crusty, and before you know it you have holes from the deteriorating fabric. I would frustratingly throw them away and then go out to buy a new pair. It sadly took me way too long to realize how important glove (and gear) maintenance really is. It did take me some motivation to turn things around; I was tired of my hands smelling for literally two days after a game, my roommates couldn’t go into the basement without holding their breath, and my wallet was getting lighter than ever.

This biggest turning point for me was when I went back to my brother’s house after we played a game and he started taking out his gear and hanging it up neatly on his gear drying rack, while my gear sat in the trunk of my car as usual. I loved what I saw and immediately purchased one the very next day. It was the beginning of my consistent gear maintenance. I’ll share a few tips so you don’t have to suffer the same consequences I had.

Now when it comes to properly taking care of your hockey gloves, drying them out immediately after a game or practice is just the start. Prevention is the number one factor in successfully expanding the lifespan of your gloves. The very first step is to remove your gear out of your hockey bag as soon as possible after a game or practice. Sometimes all we want to do is drop the bag down and head straight to the couch. Perhaps it’s an in and out situation and you’re off to the next errand of the day. No matter the case, take your gloves out and let them air dry. It doesn’t have to be on a gear rack, you can use anything around the house. If the floor is all you got, make sure the palms are facing up. Gear racks are amazing though and can help consolidate and organize your gear until the next game. The one below is called the Grit Sports Equipment Rack, and it keeps the gear off the floor!


The second step is to simply spray them down with a gear deodorizer. Forget Febreze or any other household air freshener, I’m talking about one that is specifically designed for sports equipment. Captodor, Mold Monster, Scenturion, and Beek’s Reek are to name just a few. Gloves build up nasty bacteria, which if not taken care of will eat away at your gloves making them stink, become crusty, and deteriorate. I spray mine down after every single use and it has seriously worked wonders. You don’t have to saturate them but you do want to make sure they receive a good spray. I will usually put one glove on, spread my hand out, and spray down the palm two or three times. Then I will give one or two sprays directly inside the glove. These two simple steps have allowed my gloves to last longer than ever.

Another preventive measure is to wash your hands before you get dressed for the game. Hands carry bacteria from throughout the day; so before you play and sweat it into your gloves, wash your hands thoroughly. These three steps have done wonders for myself and should really help you out too. If you are experiencing some smell, there is a great product called, Clap Balm, which is a hand deodorant that is specifically designed to eliminate the stench from gloves. It’s been tested by players in the NHL, OHL, and NCAA and been proven to work. Keep this inside your hockey bag, apply it straight after a game and leave the stink at the rink.

Perhaps you’re already into the stink zone (the one that lasts days after a game) and looking for guidance on how to get rid of it? Well, it's time to wash your gloves! If you’ve never washed your gear before, it can be a little nerve-wracking but believe me, it’s OK. I will usually wash my gloves once or twice a season, even if they don’t stink. I’ll throw in my gloves when I wash my towel, jerseys, socks, base layer etc. It’s important to wash with cold water on a gentle cycle, finished by the spin cycle. Do not use bleach and do not put them into the dryer! Using a sports gear detergent works the best but your at home detergent will work too. One I really like is the Captodor Sport Laundry Detergent. Always let them air dry naturally or beside a fan with palms up. Drying them in the dryer will give you hard, crusty palms and prematurely breakdown your foams, protection, and materials.

It’s really simple! Remove, spray, air dry. Following these steps will not only manage odor control but also increase the lifespan of your gloves. When the bacterium builds up, it produces that foul odor that lingers for days on your hands and starts to breakdown your gloves.

Now my way isn’t the highway. I want to know what works for you! We are all in this together so let's share with each other methods used to battle stink!
These are about 13 years or more old, a friend has done my palms 2 times now ha. they are dry rotting away now. I definitely need a new pair asap!
 

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