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 Post subject: Rawlings Glove Maintenance Question
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 9:32 pm 
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Hi,
I'm playing with a new tan HOH custom and I want to treat it right.
Playing on a lot of dirt infields and it's getting pretty dusty, so I'm wondering what the best practice for cleaning the glove is, or if that's even recommended.
And then when do you use conditioner? From what I've read I want to stick to wax conditioners right now, right? So like the Wilson stuff?
I've also like to pick up some oil (Glovesmith?) for the laces. It's a new glove so dry leather isn't an issue, but at any point do people use oils as preventative maintenance? Or just steer clear unless it becomes necessary down the road?

If there's a succinct resource out there for how to baby your new glove, I'd love if someone could point me in the right direction. So far I'm just soaking the Board up. Incidentally, I ordered the custom just thinking I was coaching Little League, but wound up finding a senior league and it's been thoroughly playable despite being basically brand new.


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 Post subject: Re: Rawlings Glove Maintenance Question
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I have some Synovia saddle soap that I use on my leather shoes...


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 Post subject: Re: Rawlings Glove Maintenance Question
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Should I use a shoe shine brush to remove dirt after a game? Couldn't hurt, right?


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 Post subject: Re: Rawlings Glove Maintenance Question
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:34 pm 
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mjohnso9 wrote:
Should I use a shoe shine brush to remove dirt after a game? Couldn't hurt, right?


Not a bad idea. I would definitely use a brush to get dirt loose, then maybe some Glovestuff (http://www.sandalady.com) every now and then. Glovestuff is lanolin based and won't hang around and make the glove saturated, heavy, and attract more dirt. Oil and Petroleum will.


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 Post subject: Re: Rawlings Glove Maintenance Question
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Here’s what I've always done.

1) Brush off surface dirt after use, if necessary.
2) Thorough cleaning with Lexol cleaner after season (interior and exterior).
3) Condition with Wilson Pro Stock after cleaning (allowing glove to completely dry first).


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 Post subject: Re: Rawlings Glove Maintenance Question
Unread postPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 10:23 am 
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For me, Lexol cleaner at the end of the season (I don't use a lot (more water than soap), and DO NOT scrub -- be gentle).

Then after the glove dries I give it a light coat of Obenauf's LP (it is a beeswax sealer that will help keep the leather from drying out). Don't forget the lining as sweat is the worst thing for a glove and the Obenauf's is a waterproofer.


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