Guide for Gloves Cleaning to fight COVID-19

  • Dr. Colm Moore of the Initial Washroom Hygiene exclaims on day-to-day activities alone, “gloves can encounter many potential contamination points – from holding handles on public transport and opening doors to using a phone or holding a dog lead.” A Good Morning America did a swabbing study of their own and found that some gloves were harboring coronavirus (Note: coronavirus is known as a cause to the common cold and this study was conducted before the coronavirus outbreak from Wuhan – a new type called 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCOV) or otherwise known as COVID-19). It has been common knowledge to us to wash our clothes regularly; gloves are no different, especially when worn or used frequently.

Leather Gloves

  • Use a little bit of oil-based soap, such as saddle soap, to remove stains from the outside (try using the bubbles from the soap instead of the water). 
  • After it dries, use a microfiber cloth to polish.
  • Use corn starch or baking soda sprinkled lightly on the inside. Corn starch will absorb the oils and baking soda absorbs the smell. 
  • To disinfect the inside, very lightly spray the inside with either rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.

Cotton Gloves  

  • Wash in a washing machine with cold water.
  • Do not dry to prevent shrinking.
  • If there are spots, use a spot cleaner and a brush to work out the stain.
  • Washing with oxygen bleach will save the color and protect the gloves.

Waterproof Ski Gloves

  • Generously spray the outside with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to disinfect.
  • Sprinkle the baking powder or corn starch on the inside. The baking powder will absorb the smell, the corn starch will absorb the oils.

 

Wool Gloves

  • Use warm water in a sink with a drop of gentle dish or hand soap.
  • Let it soak for a few minutes to allow the soap to work its way into the glove.
  • Drain the water; lay the gloves flat against the bottom of the sink and use fingers to press out water. 
  • Don’t twist or wring them out or they will warp.
  • Put the gloves in a towel and roll up to press the excess water out of the gloves.

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