Laundering

Washing gloves very often results in significant savings, especially if you are using high quality leather, Dyneema® or Kevlar® gloves. Superior will gladly assist you with any questions and provide you with information on laundering. Contact our customer service department for tips, especially the do’s and don’ts of glove laundering. We will also provide you with information you need to locate the best launderers in your area. Professional glove launderers will know how to wash any type of glove. Here is a rough guideline that may be helpful.
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Kevlar® Gloves and Sleeves:

Kevlar® is inherently cut-resistant, meaning that cut resistance is unchanged over the lifetime of the glove in spite of repeated laundering. Kevlar® can be washed over and over, with no effect on shrinkage, weight loss or changes in tensile strength. Kevlar® is resistant to many chemicals and solvents, with the exception of strong acids, bases and oxidizers. Kevlar® must never be bleached. However, oxygen ‘bleach’ can be used in place of chlorine bleach
Detergent Wash

  1. Use approx. 5lbs commercial laundry soap or detergent per 100lbs Kevlar®
  2. Use Hot water: 170°F/75°F
  3. Wash for 20 minutes
  4. Rinse with hot water
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 if necessary
  6. Rinse in cold water
  7. Tumble dry for 35 minutes at 155°F/70°C

Dry Cleaning

  1. Pre wash using perchloroethylene for 5 minutes
  2. Drain
  3. Wash for 20 minutes using perchloroethylene and 12 oz of anionic surfactant/100lbs of Kevlar®
  4.  Tumble dry at 140°F/60°F or less

 

Dyneema® Gloves and Sleeves:

Dyneema® can be washed, dry-cleaned, and bleached, all without affecting the specific properties of Dyneema®. However, Dyneema® does have one limitation: temperature. It will not withstand temperatures—wet or dry—over 291°F/144°C, so keep this in mind.

  • Standard detergents, ammonium, sodium hydroxides, hydrochloric acid, etc, are not known to affect the performances of the Dyneema® fiber.
    This enables you to wash and re-use the gloves many times
  • Use cold water only: 104°F/40°C or less
  • Tumble dry low or no heat

 

Proban® Gloves and Sleeves:

Fabrics treated to be flame retardant are limited to a set number of launders, which can sometimes lead to a delay in laundering in the hope the garment will last longer. However, not washing fabrics such as Proban can pose an even greater danger by actually rendering them flammable due to a buildup of oils and other contaminants that hinder the flame-resistant treatment.

Do not use pure soap when laundering Proban, as deposits left behind after washing again increase flammability. Bleach cannot be used, but oxygen-based bleaches are fine as long as temperatures do not exceed 75°F.

 

Leather Gloves:

  • It is generally recommended that Leather gloves be dry cleaned. Soap and water removes the natural oils present in the Leather, causing them to stiffen and become brittle

 

Nylon Gloves:

  • Use warm water: 105°F/40°C
  • Wash with a regular detergent
  • Tumble dry at low or no heat

 

Wool Gloves:

  • Use cold water only: 70°F/20°C or less.
  • Use a mild detergent and gently wash
  • Tumble dry at low or no heat

 

Cotton/Polyester Gloves:

  • Use warm water: 105°F/40°C
  • Wash with a regular detergent
  • Tumble dry, medium heat

 

Coated Gloves:

  • Use cold water: 85°F/30°C or less
  • Use a mild detergent
  • Tumble dry low or no heat
  • Bleach is not recommended

 

 

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