How to Clean Soccer Shoes: With or Without a Cleaning Aid
It’s a Saturday or Sunday morning and you realise you didn’t clean your boots after last week’s game
You have only got 10 minutes to spare before you have to leave and you need to clean them
This post will not only show you How to Clean Soccer Shoes but how to keep them in the best condition for as long as you possibly can
What “NOT” to do
If it has been a whole week since they have been used they will probably be caked in dry mud and grass if you couldnt be bothered to clean them straight after the game
If you’re like my son’s you just take them out the back garden and give them a few sharp bangs against the concrete floor
But belive it or not you are actually damaging the studs and if you have a strict referee he will be checking to see if your studs are safe to play football with
If they are damaged its back in the changing rooms you go
Washing them with a cleaning agent can also damage the material
Best Way to Keep Your Soccer Shoes Looking Brand New
- After every game loosen the laces so they are easier to clean and tap the boots together (not on the floor) to get rid of the games mud.
- Use a stiff (not wire) brush to clean the whole boot even the sole.
- Use a damp cloth to wipe off any left over dirt and mud.
- If your boots are wet (which they probably are) get an old toothbrush to clean the dirt out of any small creases in the material.
- With wet boots do not dry them with a hairdryer or put them on the radiators as the heat will damage the material and it won’t be long before they fall apart. Get some old newspapers and stuff the boots so the paper will draw out any excess water and put them somewhere to dry naturally.
- If they are made of leather, once they are fully dry you can use some appropriate boot leather polish to shine them up and then leave them to dry again.
My son asked me the other day, Can you put soccer cleats in the dryer?
I nearly choked on my cup of tea!
Can you imagine the noise it would make, not to mention the damage it would cause to the dryer
Whatever you do, DON’T put them in the tumble dryer for god’s sake!
Take a look at these gold soccer shoes here
Maintaining Your Metal Studs
If you have blades or moulded studs you can just follow the steps above but with metal studs if they get wet you might find that they will rust if not treated
So you need to remove the studs and clean them with a damp cloth
Also clean out where you have taken the studs from
Before you screw them back in just coat the thread with a lubricant such as Vaseline which is perfect for this so they don’t get too dry
Make sure they are not too tightly fitted or too loose
Check out this quick video made by Dick’s Sporting Goods which shows you how to care for your soccer cleats
3 Soccer Cleat Cleaning Kits
If you’re looking for something extra to clean your grubby boots you can try these out which are brilliant
1. The Bootclaw
They are both for digging out caked in mud on your soccer shoes or cleats but they fit together perfectly in a very handy pocket size that will also fit to a keyring chain
Another great feature of this boot cleaner us that it has a stud key built into the handle in case your studs come loose during a soccer game
2. Tika Taka Sports Boots Brush
All you need is the Boot brush and some water, but you can add liquid soap to the compartment above the cleaning bristles
Just add the soap and water, spray the underside of your soccer shoes and get really deep clean of your shoes
The Tika Taka is a hugely popular choice for taking care of your soccer shoes but you need to know that it will take a good amount of water to get them perfectly clean
3. The Boot Buddy
It’s a portable boot cleaner that has been accepted by The Dragons Den
But who’s to say it’s perfect for this job!
- It has its own compartment for easy cleaning
- It’s been approved by the Dragons (The Dragons Den)
- You can keep it discrete and in your pockets
- No batteries needed
- You get a full 1 year guarantee
Any Tips on How to Clean Soccer Shoes?
Have you got any tips on cleaning your soccer shoes?
Or if you know how to clean soccer cleats that stink then we would love to hear them if you do
So get involved in the conversation below and leave a comment for everyone to see and try out for themselves