(1) Do take time and use patience when breaking in a new glove. Don't resort
to quick-fix treatments like soaking it in a bucket of water or lubing it up with glove oil and then use a car
to back over it in the driveway. Likewise, avoid all of the "Hot-Glove" oven bake methods that essentially
cook your glove. These quick-fix methods will shorten the life of your glove or ruin it entirely.
remove your glove from the bat or equipment bag following each use, wipe off the dirt and grit,
and store it on a shelf with a ball or Glove Guard
in the pocket. Don't
leave it dirty and stored in the bat bag between seasons and uses.
use Lexol leather care products
for annual cleaning and periodic conditioning of your glove between seasons, games, and practices.
Use the following procedure to keep your glove in top playing condition.
(a) Use a light brush to remove dust and grit,
(b) Apply a small amount of Lexol leather cleaner with a damp sponge to the glove pocket, fingers,
and back to clean the leather,
(c) Use a clean damp sponge to rinse and remove the cleaner from the glove,
(d) Let the glove air dry slowly and apply Lexol leather conditioner to the pocket, fingers and back, rub
it in. Store the glove or play catch with it as usual,
(e) tighten the laces in the fingers and web following each season and only use square and overhand knots to
tie each of the laces off.
Don't use an over abundance of saddle soap to clean your glove (it will make it sticky and gooey forever).
Don't use any of the petrolium based glove conditioners like vaseline, Rawlings Glovolium,
or the vaseline-like glove conditioners sold by Nokona and Wilson. Likwise, avoid using oil conditioners like
neatsfoot and mink oil, and especially boiled linseed oil. These products will make your
glove heavy (glovolium, neatsfoot oil, and mink oil), sticky so it attracts dirt and grit
(vaseline-like products), or ruin the leather by making it hard and brittle (boiled linseed oil). I
really believe Lexol leather conditioner is the best product on the market, but other lanolin-based products will also get
the job done without ruining the leather in your glove.
(4) Do wear a batting glove under (inside) of the fielding glove during games and practices. This
will help keep the inside of the glove palm from getting saturated with body sweat and salts that will dry the leather
out over time.
(5) Do let your glove air-dry slowly when it has gotten wet during a game or practice.
Don't put it in the oven or microwave, or over a heating vent to speed the drying process.
This will cause the leather to crack and become brittle. Be sure to apply a small amount of Lexol leather conditioner
to the leather once it has dried to maintain its flexibility.