How to Wash Isotoner Gloves (All Types)

In short: Hand wash Isotoner gloves in cold water with no bleach. Do not tumble dry, iron, or dry clean. However, genuine leather Isotoner gloves should be dry-cleaned only.

As durable as Isotoner gloves are, you need to clean them periodically to keep them in good shape. In this article, you will learn how to wash Isotoner gloves, including leather ones.

Most Isotoner gloves can be hand washed

Generally, all you need to wash Isotoner gloves is to hand wash them in cold water with a mild detergent without bleach. Do not tumble dry, iron, or dry clean. These instructions apply to:

  • Faux suede and microfiber gloves
  • Microfiber gloves
  • Microsuede and Berber gloves
  • Nylon and fleece gloves
  • Spandex gloves
  • Tech stretch gloves

However, leather Isotoner gloves must be dry-cleaned. If your Isotoner gloves are made of the above materials, here is how to hand wash them the correct way:

1. Remove visible dirt

The first step toward cleaning your Isotoner gloves is to remove any visible dirt that might have clumped up on them. Dust them off with a dry, clean toothbrush or another soft bristle brush.

If you do not have a soft brush available, use your fingers so the material of the gloves does not get damaged. Removing any visible dirt will prevent them from circulating during washing.

2. Hand wash with cold water and mild detergent

Add some mild detergent to a small bucket of cold water. Always use cold water for both washing and rinsing Isotoner gloves. At most, the temperature of the water should be 30°C.

Mix the detergent with the water with your hands until the solution becomes sudsy. Dump your gloves into the bucket, then scrub them thoroughly but gently.

Use only your hands to clean the gloves. Do not use anything harsh on your gloves, like a stiff brush of heavy-duty detergent. Your fingers are enough to clean Isotoner gloves.

3. Clean the interior thoroughly

Most people make the mistake of only washing the exterior of their gloves, but not the interior. Be sure to clean the interior thoroughly when the gloves are inside the bucket.

Turn both gloves inside out and scrub the surface with your fingers. Scrub them thoroughly but gently, using only your hands to clean both of the gloves’ interiors.

4. Spot treat stains (if there are any)

If there is a stain in a certain area, be sure to remove them during washing. Use a dab detergent to break apart stains. Rub the detergent into the stained area with a soft-bristled brush. 

5. Rinse with cold water, then air dry

After you have washed the Isotoner gloves in detergent, rinse them with cold tap water. Then, wring out the water as best as you can (gently) and hang the gloves up to dry.

Never put your Isotoner gloves in the dryer or you will risk shrinking them. Do not stretch your gloves out to dry, especially spandex gloves, but instead just let them hang naturally.

Leather Isotoner gloves must be dry-cleaned only

All Isotoner gloves can be hand washed in cold water, except for leather gloves – they must be dry cleaned only. Just take your Isotoner gloves to your favored dry cleaning business.

Dry cleaning launders fabrics using a chemical solvent containing little or no water. It cleans the surface of materials but does not penetrate the fiber like water does in a washing machine.

Unless your leather Isotoner gloves get really dirty or you spill something on them, taking them to the dry cleaners once or twice a year is more than enough to keep them in good shape.

Taking them to the dry cleaners is very convenient, however, if you don’t want to take them to the dry cleaners, here is how to clean leather Isotoner gloves yourself:

1. Remove stains (if there are any)

If your Isotoner gloves have stains, use white vinegar and water solution (equal parts of each) to remove them. Take a cotton ball coated with the solution and dab the stain.

Once the stain has been removed, dab the solution off with a soft microfiber cloth, then allow the gloves to dry. During this process, be sure to not let the gloves become soaked with liquid.

2. Apply leather cleaner and conditioner

Before washing your leather Isotoner gloves, it’s important that the soap you choose is not formulated with harsh chemicals, which has the potential to shorten their lifespan.

Harsh soap also washes out the natural oils in the leather, which will make the gloves stiff and uncomfortable. Use this leather cleaner and conditioner combo that is super convenient.

With a damp cloth, lather up the leather cleaner on the gloves, making sure to get the soap in between the fingers. Then, use a clean damp microfiber cloth to wipe off the soap completely.

The microfiber cloth should also help to provide a nice sheen to the leather.

Then, apply the leather conditioner to a microfiber cloth and work it into the leather. You may need 2 or 3 coats depending on the condition of the leather of your gloves.

3. Allow your gloves to dry

Once clean, allow the gloves to dry lying flat at room temperature. However, pull them on a few times to allow the leather to stretch and take on its original shape.

Do not place them in an area with direct sunlight or extreme heat. The leather material can stiffen and become brittle when moist leather dries too quickly.

Bottom line

Now you know how to wash Isotoner gloves, including leather gloves. Most Isotoner gloves can be hand washed with cold water, except for the leather ones, which should be dry cleaned.