How to Shrink Leather Gloves

By Bonnie Conrad

Leather gloves are expensive, so it makes sense to get as much wear out of them as you can. But wearing gloves that are too big can be uncomfortable. If you have an old pair that you've been willing to fit you, you can shrink them to size them down a bit. Once you have shrunk those leather gloves for a more comfortable fit, simply condition them to make them as soft and supple as a brand new pair. Follows these easy steps and you'll be sporting your leather gloves in no time.

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how to shrink leather gloves

Step 1

Heat a pot of water on the stove until it starts to boil. Remove the water from the heat and allow it to cool for about 5 minutes.

Step 2

Dip the gloves in the hot water until they are fully submerged. Take the gloves out of the water and lay them flat on a solid surface.

Step 3

Plug the hair dryer in and go over the gloves with it on the hottest setting. Continue until the gloves are dry.

Step 4

Try the gloves on to see if they are now the right size. Once they fit properly, use mink oil or leather conditioner to soften the leather, since the hot water can leave the gloves somewhat stiff.