How To Clean Mechanics Gloves

If you’re a mechanic, you know that your gloves can get pretty grimy. But did you know that there’s an easy way to clean them? Here’s how to clean your mechanic gloves and keep them looking like new.

What You Will Need

Mechanic gloves usually come in a set that contains one left-hand glove and one right-hand glove. Each glove has an inner lining made of a soft, absorbent material such as cotton or polyester. The outer layer of the glove is made of tough, durable materials such as leather or Kevlar.

You will need:

  • A sink or basin
  • A mild soap or detergent
  • A scrub brush (optional)
  • Water
  • A towel

Steps to Cleaning Mechanic Gloves

To extend the life of your gloves and keep them looking their best, it is important to clean them regularly. Below are the steps for how to clean mechanic gloves:

1. Remove any loose dirt or debris from the surface of the gloves using a brush or your hands.

2. If the gloves are very dirty, you can soak them in a bucket of soapy water for 10-15 minutes before proceeding to step 3.

3. Using mild soap and warm water, lather up the gloves and scrub them gently all over to remove any remaining dirt or grime.

4. Rinse the gloves thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue.

5. Hang the gloves up to air dry, or if you are in a hurry, you can dry them off with a towel.

Drying the Gloves

Once you have washed your gloves, it is important to dry them correctly. If you do not dry them correctly, you could end up with mildew or other problems. The best way to dry your gloves is to put them on and then sit in front of a fan. The fan will help to remove any moisture from the gloves and will also help to circulate air around them. You should leave the gloves on until they are completely dry.

Maintaining the Gloves

Once you have your gloves, you will need to take measures to ensure they last as long as possible. Abrasion and grime will shorten the lifespan of your gloves, so it’s important to take care of them. Here are some tips for prolonging the life of your mechanic gloves:

  • Wash them regularly. Depending on how often you use your gloves, you should aim to wash them every few weeks. Use a mild soap and cool water, and avoid using hot water or putting them in the dryer, as this can damage the material.
  • Store them properly. When you’re not wearing your gloves, store them in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. This will help prevent the material from deteriorating.
  • Inspect them regularly. Inspect your gloves regularly for signs of wear and tear, such as holes or loose stitching. If you see any damage, replace your gloves immediately.

Common Questions

Q: What are the most common questions people have about mechanics gloves?

A: 1. How do I clean my mechanic gloves? 2. What is the best way to store my mechanic gloves? 3. How long do mechanic gloves last?


Cleaning your mechanic gloves regularly will help to prolong their lifespan and protect your hands from dirt, grime, and other harmful substances. In most cases, a simple soap and water solution is all that you need to clean your gloves. However, for more difficult stains, you may need to use a more powerful cleaning agent. Be sure to read the care instructions that came with your gloves before cleaning them.

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