Posted by Surreybeekeeper | Posted in Beekeeping, Beekeeping Equipment, Bees, Beesuit | Posted on 08-06-2011
[google1] I always have a nightmare with propolis (aptly named bee glue which is a substance made by bees from the sap of trees) and it gets everywhere but especially on the gloves. In the interests of preventing a transfer of disease and also to keep everything look clean, it is best to try to get the propolis off the beekeeping gloves.
Read more below for information from BJ Sherriff who supplied mine:
Place gloves in a plastic bag in your freezer until they are nearly frozen.
Remove from the freezer; take out of bag and the Propolis should crack off away from the leather.
Wet gloves and scrub persistent stains with a nail brush and bar soap before Hand washing gloves. This can be done with the gloves on your hands using a hand washing liquid washing agent. Rinse thoroughly and hang to line dry. Do not use bleach or tumble dry.
Throughout the drying process place your hands in the gloves from time to time to restore the shape. A little unscented oil can be rubbed in to the leather to regain suppleness.
Many beekeepers advocate wearing a pair of surgeons latex gloves over the top of the leather gloves so that washing your gloves is not so necessary but hygiene is maintained as the latex gloves can be disposed of after use.
For purpose made WASHABLE leather gloves – follow the above instructions but these can be placed in the washing machine on a delicate cycle and line dried. Again place hand inside periodically to retain the shape. A little unscented oil can be rubbed in to the leather if necessary for extra suppleness
I hope this has helped you out a little bit as it certainly helped me out!