How to Dry a Baseball Glove Left in the Rain

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A young boy stands on a field, wearing a baseball glove. (Image: Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

A baseball game often goes on regardless of the weather. Thunderstorms and torrential downpours are enough to delay, cancel or postpone a baseball game. However, most baseball games continue in the presence of light rain. As a result, the glove you worked hard to break in may get wet. A wet glove can lose its shape and become stiff. Fortunately, playing baseball on a rainy day or accidentally leaving your glove outside does not mean the end of your glove. Proper drying and conditioning can restore your glove to its former glory.

Step 1

Dry the outside and inside of your glove with a clean, dry towel. Pat as much moisture as possible out of your glove. Use multiple towels, if necessary.

Step 2

Place your glove in an open, dry indoor location out of sunlight or a heat source. Check the lining periodically to monitor progress.

Step 3

Apply a glove softener to the leather after your glove is dry. Use a quarter-size amount of softener, or follow product instructions. Rub the glove softener into the glove using a clean, dry towel. Allow the glove to dry for 24 hours. This will soften the leather and prevent your glove from becoming stiff.

Step 4

Maintain the shape of your glove by placing a baseball in the pocket. Squeeze the glove shut and stretch a rubber band around the glove to secure the baseball.

Step 5

Store your glove in a cool, dry location.

Things You'll Need

  • Dry towels

  • Rubber band

  • Baseball

  • Glove softener

Warning

Do not use any form of heat -- including a hair dryer -- to remove moisture from your glove. Excessive heat can harden and crack the leather.

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