Dos and don’ts of washing soccer cleats (football boots)
5 step guide to washing soccer cleats
Remove Excess Dirt and Debris
Before washing your soccer cleats, remove any excess dirt and debris from the surface. You can use a soft-bristled brush or a damp cloth to gently wipe away any dirt or grass stains.
Prepare Soapy Water
Next, prepare a bowl or sink of lukewarm water and add a small amount of mild detergent. Mix the detergent and water until it’s evenly distributed.
Wash the Cleats
Dip a soft-bristled brush or cloth into the soapy water and gently scrub the surface of the cleats, paying particular attention to any areas with stubborn stains. Be careful not to scrub too hard or use abrasive materials that could damage the materials.
Rinse and Dry the Cleats
After washing the cleats, rinse them thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue. Then, stuff the cleats with newspaper or a towel to help them maintain their shape as they dry. Allow the cleats to air dry in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight or heat sources.
Condition the Cleats (Optional)
If your soccer cleats have leather uppers, you may want to condition them after washing to help maintain their quality. Apply a small amount of leather conditioner to a clean cloth and rub it into the leather, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow the conditioner to absorb into the leather before wearing the cleats again.
Can I put my soccer cleats in the washing machine?
No, it’s generally not recommended to put soccer cleats in the washing machine, as this can cause them to lose their shape or become damaged. Instead, it’s best to wash them by hand using a soft-bristled brush or cloth.
What kind of detergent should I use to wash my soccer cleats?
It’s best to use a mild detergent that is free of harsh chemicals and additives, as these can damage the materials or affect the shoes’ performance. Look for a gentle, eco-friendly detergent or one that is specifically designed for sports gear.
How long should I let my soccer cleats dry after washing?
It’s best to allow your soccer cleats to air dry naturally in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Depending on the humidity and temperature, it may take several hours or overnight for the cleats to dry completely. To help them dry faster, you can stuff the cleats with newspaper or a towel to absorb any excess moisture.