Ski glove manufacturers design ski gloves with layers of various fabrics to protect hands from moisture, cold temperatures and the wind. Whether you use a simple base glove or a liner and a glove or mitt-style shell, drying your ski gloves thoroughly as soon as the gloves become saturated with moisture, from use or washing, is extremely important. Wet ski gloves offer less protection against the elements and can acquire odors if re-used after only partial drying.
String a piece of cord or clothesline across a warm room to act as a drying line unless an inside clothesline already exists.
Prepare the gloves for air drying. Pat the gloves gently with a towel to remove the bulk of any dripping water and pieces of melting ice or snow, if applicable. If your ski gloves have a removable liner, remove it.
Hang the base gloves, or liner and shell, from the clothesline with the fingers pointing upward. Hang the base gloves, or liner and shell, by the attached carabiner clasp, if applicable, or with a clothespin attached to one of the glove fingertips; or, the top edge of the mitt. If the liner is made of wool, lay the wool liner on a white towel on a flat surface to air dry.
Check the gloves after about one hour. If you used a clothespin to hang your gloves, switch the clothespin to a different fingertip or different area of the top edge of the mitt-style shell, to give the fabric that was beneath the clothespin the opportunity to dry. If you placed wool liners on a flat surface and the liners haven’t finished drying, change the towel and turn the liners over to continue drying.
- Drying your ski gloves in a tumble clothes dryer or under a direct heat source, such as a hair dryer, can result in shrinkage. Additionally, some ski glove fabrics can burn or melt.
- Never dry your ski gloves near open flames, a heater or in an oven. Materials can ignite resulting in fire and potentially harm people or property.
- Twisting or wringing out your gloves to remove excess moisture can stretch and damage the glove fabrics.
- Don’t turn the gloves inside out to dry.
- Dyes used to color some leather ski gloves can bleed onto surfaces resulting in stains.
- If you ski regularly, consider investing in a glove dryer with a drying rack that circulates warm air from an indirect heat source inside the gloves. Also, invest in a spare set of gloves to use while your first set dries.
- If you’re drying your ski gloves over a surface that can discolor or sustain damage from moisture, such as wooden floors, place a bucket under the gloves to collect any water that may drip from the gloves.
- If your gloves have acquired an odor, wash the gloves per the fabric instructions for your specific glove type--typically, outlined on a label inside the glove--and then air-dry your gloves.