RE: Glove cleaning hints?
- I only use gloves when working with cranky hives, which thankfully
hasn't been often. So mine haven't required cleaning, and the concern
for me would be the alarm scent as much as stickiness. I put leather
gardening gloves through the wash occasionally and it works fine. My
gardening gloves I can oil, though. Without oiling, I suppose they
would soften up eventually.
I'd try using rubbing alcohol on a sticky part of the leather and see
how that does. If it removes the stickiness (though perhaps not the
stained color) dry it thoroughly and 'show it' to the bees to see they
care. If it's thoroughly dry, I wouldn't think they would. If it works
alright, go ahead and do the rest of the gloves.
If you have a little wintergreen oil (like for making grease patties)
try adding *just a couple* drops to the alcohol. That'll lend a
favorable fragrance to the leather (and help confound alarm scent). I
add wintergreen to a spray bottle of alcohol and use that to clean my
sticky hands during inspections, as necessary.