Most football gloves are machine-washable and able to be dried in a dryer. Football gloves should be cleaned often, which allows them to remain soft yet retain their gripping properties. Washing with a bleach-free detergent used in a cold-water cycle and tumble-drying the gloves on low is the best way to care for these gloves.
There are two categories of football gloves available: receiver gloves and lineman gloves. Receiver gloves are lighter than lineman gloves, and have more grip areas on the palms, fingers and thumbs for catching the football. Lineman gloves are more rigid and heavier, with thicker padding. These gloves are designed to protect hands when blocking and tackling.