I like to try new work gloves every now and then, and picked up these Mechanix original-style gloves a while back. They’re lighter than some of the other work gloves I use, but comfortable, and easy to spot on a benchtop.
I recently got them very dirty, as in so mud-drenched that they dried and stiffened. I could still wear them, but not as comfortably.
Did you know that you can wash work gloves? I might have come across this little detail in the past, but now it finally became relevant.
There are plenty of work gloves I wouldn’t want anywhere near an everyday clothes washer. But some outside dirt that I typically wash out of my jeans anyway, maybe with some sawdust also caked in?
Most of my work gloves only collect loose dust or debris over time, which can usually be shaken off. When they get dirty, who cares, it’s just surface dirt, grease, or grime. But in this case, the wet dirt fully penetrated the entire glove, greatly impacting its feel. Maybe hand-washing the gloves could have done the trick?
I was checking prices, in case I needed a second pair (and did buy another one in yellow), and MACHINE WASHABLE screamed out at me.
So, I gave it a try, and here we are.
I washed my work gloves, and… they feel like new.
I can’t detect any shrinkage, there doesn’t seem to be any visible wear, and the gloves are as comfortable as they’ve ever been.
I feel that I might be the last person in the world to have thrown work gloves into the wash, but perhaps not, hence the motivation behind this post.
Do you wash your work gloves?
I like this style of medium-duty Mechanix work gloves, particularly their comfort and durability so far. If you want a pair of your own, they’re fairly affordable at under $20.
I should mention that not all work gloves are washable. I have a pair of Milwaukee insulated cut-resistant gloves that are quite dirty and in need of cleaning, but there’s no mention of them being machine washable. Checking with Milwaukee confirmed it that washing those gloves is not recommended. I’m guessing that the grip material, lining, or construction might have to do with things. I’ll definitely get another pair of those gloves for next winter, though, as they were quite good and offered a lot for the money. Maybe I can hand-wash my gloves with reasonable results.
In other words, don’t automatically assume that all work gloves can be machine-washed.
Certain types of gloves – perhaps leather? – might also be more resilient to mud and other types of permeating dirt or grime.