How do I look after my leather gloves?

Because quality and durability are our priorities, we offer our customers gloves made from the best possible materials. In fact, we are particularly demanding about the origin and nature of our leathers.

Although these are carefully selected and treated to produce high-performance, resistant PPE, they still require the greatest attention on your part. Indeed, the maintenance of your gloves is essential and will make them last longer.

Here are our tips from the pros on how to care for your washable or non-washable leather gloves.

Leather and its properties

Lamb leather, cow leather or goat leather… To take on the shape we know, this noble material must first go through several stages of processing.

Indeed, a hide only becomes leather after a tanning or tannery operation.

This key stage consists of making the hide rot-proof and resistant.

After this stage, the leather is generally split in its thickness to obtain the leather grain (the upper, softer part) and the leather crust (the lower, rougher part).

fter the leather has been split in its thickness, it is fulled to nourish it, soften it, dye it and give it water repellent properties and improve its resistance to heat.

A finishing stage can then be applied to the grain or crust to give it a certain appearance and strengthen it:

  • Nubuckthe leather grain (full grain or sawn grain) is lightly sanded to obtain a smooth, delicate and velvety feel.
  • Velvet: this is a patina that gives the leather crust a raised appearance and allows the material to become more beautiful over time.

As you can see, depending on its quality and finish, leather requires a lot of care to last over time. And for good reason, it is a living material that does not withstand all treatments.

All the best practices for maintaining leather gloves

First of all, you should know that quality leather only lasts for a long time if you give it the necessary care. Otherwise, the material loses its suppleness and can become cardboardy.

Here is how to care for your leather gloves to keep them in shape and strong:

1. Maintaining washable leather gloves

If your leather gloves are not very dirty, then simply scrub them with a small, soft brush or a damp sponge. If the instructions for use or the packaging indicate that hand washing is possible (see picto) you can rub them under cold water with soap. To ensure that your gloves retain the shape of your hands, put them on when they are still wet.

For dirty leather gloves, prepare a solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% water. Spray the solution on your gloves and leave for a few minutes. Then gently rub your gloves with a damp cloth. Finish by gently patting your gloves dry.

Then spray your gloves with a mixture of glycerine, water and black soap to protect them.

Let your gloves dry and nourish them by applying cream to the leather and rubbing gently with a soft cloth.

In case your leather gloves are stained, you can remove the stain with a glycerine soap.

If your gloves are greasy but not stained, eave a little terre de Sommières on them overnight. In the morning, shake off your gloves: they will be as good as new.

2. Maintaining non-washable leather gloves

Non-washable leather gloves require special care. This is why you should not use water to clean them.

To care for them properly, first brush them with a soft brush to remove dirt and then wipe cotton wool with a little make-up remover mixed with white vinegar on the leather.

Put on your two gloves and then focus on the stains and dirt.

Once your non-washable gloves are clean, apply a leather cream with a microfiber cloth. To polish the leather, apply a natural, colourless shoe polish.

3. What not to do when maintaining your leather gloves

Here are all the things you should avoid doing to preserve your leather gloves and limit their wear:

  • Expose your leather gloves to the moon or sun for too long, or you will end up with discoloured, cracked or dried out material. The same applies to heat sources.
  • Put your gloves in the washing machine or iron them (according to the instructions for use). 
  • Scrub your leather gloves with a sponge, hard brush or sandpaper. Do not exfoliate leather as this will remove its soft texture and colour.
  • Strip the leather with acetone or polish remover.
  • Do not follow the cleaning instructions for leather with a special finish (Nubuck, velvet, etc).

The different types of Rostaing leather gloves

At ROSTAING, we offer quality leather gloves that are durable and responsible.


How do I look after my leather gloves?

Our TRADITION model is made of bovine flower. Both light and resistant, it is perfectly suited to planting, digging and weeding. This reference protects the wrist and benefits from a water-repellent treatment to create a barrier to humidity and not to harden after drying.


How do I look after my leather gloves?

Our FRENCHIE model is one of our greatest prides! Made from recycled leather scraps from French companies, it is our first 100% leather reference made in France.


How do I look after my leather gloves?

The RONCIER glove is made of cowhide leather.  

This model is particularly suitable for clearing brush. It can also be used for pruning large thorny plants such as Pyracantha.

Its thick, puncture-proof leather and its flexible, resistant cuffs will allow you to work without any scratches.


How do I look after my leather gloves?

These two trendy models made of goat grain leather are appreciated for small gardening jobs such as pruning, planting or weeding.

The very supple leather of the MISS & MISTER gloves provides great comfort. Finally, their maintenance is made easier thanks to an anti-stain treatment.

All these references of leather gloves are washable for a longer life of your protective gloves!

To find out more about our leather glove ranges, consul our 2021 catalogue

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