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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-02-2007, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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Glove Lifespan and Cleaning tips

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I have Moto GP Nitrous Gloves and like them, but I am concerned about how long I should use them before buying a new pair. I have had them for one season and in that time have worn them while putting 6000 miles on the bikes I've ridden. The white palms have turned black and they get really stiff after long rides. Last one we did last weeked as just shy of 600 miles and they were stiff afterwards.

What is the usual lifespan of full leather gauntlet gloves before they tear resistance would go down?

What cleaning tips does anyone have? I use leather cleaner and rub it in after riding long trips and occasionally as maintenence. I have heard of some vinegar solution that pulls out the salt from sweating but don't know who uses that. What part vinegar and what part water? Will my gloves smell like vinegar afterwards?

Is it wise to just buy new gloves each season since they only cost like $70-$100 dollars? Safety is #1 goal to me.
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i'm supposed to be cleaning my gloves? uh oh.

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i ride a lot and don't seem to get more than 2 years out of any style glove
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2 things i go by:

1 if they start getting stretched out and making your use of the controls clumsy

2 or if you feel them start getting thin in the palm area

that`s when i ditch`em. every glove is different. as far as cleaning? i`ve never cleaned gloves

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I like the Step five to clean out the urine. That maybe better for the pants when I hit some gravel in the corners.

Well the Vinegar thing I'm not really sure because this thing tells 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water and dab it, but everyone on here said to use a lot more water and soak it. I don't have salt stains, but from sweating I know there is a ton of salt in the gloves which will weaken the leather that I want to get out. Whomever has soaked it can you clarify how much water and how much vinegar?

Thanks.
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I like the Step five to clean out the urine. That maybe better for the pants when I hit some gravel in the corners.

Well the Vinegar thing I'm not really sure because this thing tells 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water and dab it, but everyone on here said to use a lot more water and soak it. I don't have salt stains, but from sweating I know there is a ton of salt in the gloves which will weaken the leather that I want to get out. Whomever has soaked it can you clarify how much water and how much vinegar?

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Fill up a sink or bucket, put in a little vinegar, maybe 20/1 ratio with water and just let soak for at least an hour. Slosh it around a couple of times. Then just use straight water to remove any vinegar that is still in there. It will make a difference on how the gloves feel.

It really doesn't matter how much vinegar is in there, just a little bit will work, it's a chemical reaction type of thing. The more you out the faster it work, but obviously you don't want too much vinegar or your shit will smell like a salad bar. A cup to a gallon is a good number, little less, little more it doesn't matter.

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I think the mink oil part, as well as *NOT* using heat to dry are the key points. Everything else is just cleaning the skins without damaging.

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Yep, Mink Oil...I put the gloves on, grab a glob of Mink Oil and just work it through the leather, then put some on my bare hands (just a little) to get the leather inside the glove. Don't use too much on the inside, or it'll make the gloves uncomfortable to use while riding for a little while.

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Thanks everyone will complete the cleaning process.
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Thanks everyone will complete the cleaning process.
Tell us how it works out.

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I soaked mine in vinegar and water. Not sure of the ratio, I just poured some in. I let them soak for 30 mins. I then soaked them in water and woolite and scrubbed them lightly.

Then I stuck newspaper in them to keep the shape, and changed it out when it became saturated. After they were dry, I put mink oil on them.

Almost felt new.
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i'm supposed to be cleaning my gloves? uh oh.
+1...crap I don't even clean my leathers...I buy the stuff cheap...discontinued

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