Kid gloves are gloves made from the skin of a young goat. They were first fashioned in the 18th century and were often made from lambskin, as that was easier to come by. The earliest mentions of kid gloves are from England in the 1730s and they were expensive. Typically on the wealthy could afford such an extravagant purchase so it was paramount to take good care of them. Here is how they were cleaned in the 1890s.
How To Clean Kid Gloves
Make a thick mucilage by boiling a handful of flax-seed; add a little dissolved toilet soap; then, when the mixture cools, put the gloves on the hands and rub them with a piece of white flannel wet with the mixture. Do.not wet the gloves through. Or take a fine, clean, soft cloth, dip it into a little sweet mild, then rub it on a cake of soap, and rub the gloves with it: they will look like new.
Another good way to clean any color of kid gloves is to pour a little benzine into a basin and wash the gloves in it, rubbing and squeezing them until clean. If much soiled, they must be washed through clean benzine, and rinsed in a fresh supply. Hang up in the air to dry.