So many of us love skiing and snowboarding! But this great fun comes at a price in form of wet ski gloves. You need them clean and dry so you don’t have to compromise on the pleasure of your skiing activities.
How do you dry your ski or snowboarding gloves and keep your hands warm when gliding down all of those fabulous slopes? Just follow our guide!
How to Dry Ski/Snowboarding Gloves?
Step 1 – Tie a line across a warm room in your house to hang your gloves and dry
Step 2 – Pat your gloves with a towel to extract any excess water inside
Step 3 – Hang your gloves’ liners and shells fingers up on the line and make sure they’re clipped. Also, remove any external layering and hang the pair to dry separately.
Step 4 – Check the pair often to see if they’re drying well. You could consider switching fingers so the part clipped on also dries better.
Tip 1 – You could add a clothespin for better clipping of the gloves.
Tip 2 – If your detachable is made of wool, consider drying it thoroughly with a towel for effective drying.
Tip 3 – If you choose to dry the pair with a blow dryer, follow the above steps and aim the dryer at each glove until completely dry. Do not forget to turn it inside out.
Drying Synthetic Gloves
When drying synthetic gloves, it is crucial that you maintain their external waterproof layer. Make sure that you pat the glove dry gently with an absorbent towel. You could either blow dry it with a glove blow dryer or do it the traditional way mentioned above. Synthetic gloves and ski masks usually need less care when compared to leather gloves.
Drying Leather Ski Gloves and Mittens
- Leather gloves or mittens should be handled with extra care as they could crack easily
- Avoid wringing or squeezing the gloves as this could upset the stitching of it
- Do not leave the pair under direct sunlight
- Hang each glove by its fingertips to dry
Drying Gloves Using a Boot Dryer
You can use a boot dryer but keep in mind that:
- It has a preset option for drying because the high heat setting for boots could damage the gloves
- It should preferably have an automatic setting for heat and shut off because that will help avoid the hassles of high heat
- If you’re using the portable version to carry around, make sure it has a USB connector, low noise, and it folds easily
Drying Gloves Using a Blow Dryer
You can also use your blow dryer since the heat produced is minimal and hence doesn’t damage the gloves. You could also consider a hair dryer because it produces even lower heat. Always see to that the dryer isn’t too close to the gloves for extra safety.
Drying Gloves Using a Heat Vent
This is a doable option for those who prefer shortcuts to warm gloves. The only step needed to be followed here is to ensure you wash the gloves well. Lay the gloves over the heat vent and keep a watch on them to have an all-round dry pair.
Drying Gloves Naturally
Setting your gloves out is the best way to make sure that your gloves are dry with no residual smell left in them. Do not try this in humid weather though because this could lead to fungal growth and infections.
Mistakes to Avoid
- Always test the heat before using nontraditional equipment such as boot dryers
- Avoid microwaves, ovens or radiators because they may react with the metal or material
- Do not strain the glove material in anyway, especially leather as it tends to form cracks
- Never dry you gloves close to an open flame or turn them inside out to dry
- Certain gloves may have color dyes that may bleed
After Wash Gloves Care
After washing your gloves it’s important that you seal the deal. You could always refer to your manufacturer’s instructions on after-wash care.
Here are a few tips:
- Synthetic gloves may need a water repellent spray
- Leather conditioners smooth out the gloves post washing
You’ve invested a lot of time and money on the right pair for yourself, they’re sure to return the favor. When done reading all the dos and don’ts above, go ahead and ski down the slopes without any worry.