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Do you remember when your glove was new and there was very little give in the leather and it was hard to squeeze?  You may have tried to soften it with conditioners and oils, but more often than not, simply using the glove softened it and eventually it took the shape and feel you desired. Naturally, leather is somewhat elastic and has an unique flexible quality that artificial materials can not replicate. When the leather softens, your glove naturally stretches out and curves into shape. 

Your glove has served you well for many games. But perhaps one of the leather laces has broken and you’re ready to replace it. The laces that usually break most often are the ones that attach the web to the palm, and string the fingers together. Moreover, when any lace breaks, it is an indication that all the laces are subject to breaking and may need replacing.

The conventional fielder’s glove consists of five main component laces as indicated in the illustration below. Each lace should be at least 48” in length.

Note: Catcher’s and First Baseman’s Mitts may require more laces than a conventional glove.    


Before you begin to lace a glove, you want to examine the path of the broken lace. Laces are most often knotted on each end. It may be best to slowly and carefully pull the broken lace out of the glove or mitt. Careful removal of the old lace will reveal the correct path of a replacement lace.

Note: It may be best to follow lacing path of the old lace as you remove it trough the holes with a new replacement lace. 

It’s best to replace the laces in the order as numbered in the illustration, beginning with palm lace #1 and so on to the finger lace #5.

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You can clean your leather while the laces remain in the glove or mitt. If you are confident of your relacing ablilty, we recommend you remove all the laces from the glove to best clean in all the spaces of the leather. This will ensure that the leather will get the maximum conditioning and cleaning in hard to reach places even under the laces. If you are careful, and you have removed the old lace without cutting them, often the old laces can be laced back in the glove or mitt.
We recommend that if you follow these special directions your glove or mitt will continue to service you for many years. 
Periodically, perhaps before and after seasonal use, clean your glove completely with Lexol-ph leather cleaner or mild hand soap and warm water.
Don’t worry, water, leather cleaner and mild natural soaps will not hurt your leather. Soap up a soft cloth or sponge with the leather cleaning solution and wipe all the dirt off the leather. Be careful not to rub too hard for this may remove the surface epidermal layer of the leather and weaken its strength and longevity.  After you have cleaned the leather inside and out, dab and dry with a soft cloth or a quality paper towel to remove excess dirt and water. Allow your glove to dry thoroughly (we recommend one week) at room temperature. Now you are ready to condition the leather You can apply LexolTM conditioner, glove oil or petroleum jelly to replace natural oils, preserve finish and extend the life of the leather.  Apply conditioner only after your glove has completely dried.  Watch for mold rot forming on leather and stitching. If mold appears, wipe it off with a damp soft rag and apply glove conditioner. You may also want to wipe out the inside area of your glove occasionally after each use or clean with Lexol-phTM leather cleaner or mild hand soap. It’s a good idea to remove dirt, grit and the salts from your hand that can build up in the leather periodically. These natural elements are extremely abrasive and corrosive to the leather.

 It’s a good idea to:

 * Prepare your new rawhide lace by rubbing it with a petroleum jelly or glove oil before you begin work. This will help the leather to soften and ease your way through the glove holes as you lace.

 * Inspect the lacing and memorize the lacing pattern.

Remove one section of the broken lacing (using needle nose pliers will make this easier). By pulling it out carefully, you can see the path of the lace which you can follow when you replace it.

Tie a simple overhand knot at one end of a long piece of the replacement lace. Pull the knot as tight as possible.

Then on the opposite end of the replacement lace clip and narrow the end to fit in the lace Lock’in needle receiving end. 


Thread the lace through the holes, following the lacing pattern of the original. Pull the lacing as tightly as desired. Needle nose pliers will assist in reaching and grabbing the lace. The lacing will stretch over time, so you may have to tighten the laces occasionally.


You may want to use the Wood Handle Lace Needle to reach and pull the lace through the glove.




Tie and knot the end so that it is snug against the glove. Typically this knot is a Square Knot.





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