How To Clean Soccer Cleats

There are few things prettier than a brand new pair of soccer cleats, right out of the box. They are pristine and completely flawless.

 Unfortunately, this state does not last long. It only takes one game to find them covered completely in dirt, mud, and even grass.

Don’t despair, however, you can clean your soccer cleats and get them looking nice again in no time.

Now, that you know how to find the perfect wide soccer cleats and how to get the sizing right, you need to know how to take care of them.

Here’s How Step By Step

Dirty Soccer Cleats

Start With The Soles

The first thing you need to do is to clean the soles of your cleats, including the cleats themselves. If you have any mud or grass caked into your cleats, you should begin by getting that out. Ideally, you should do this immediately after you take them off.

It also should be done outside to prevent you from bringing a lot of muck inside. You can do this by beating the soles of the cleats against one another. The cleats should help to get the mud out of the other cleats. Do this until all of the big clumps of grass and mud have been removed.

It is best to get an old toothbrush or another soft bristled brush to do this next part. Do not get the soles wet or use any water at this point, but instead use the brush dry to help get rid of any more clumps that are hanging out in the cleats. Don’t use a stick or any other hard object or you could damage the cleats.

Continue With The Soles

Now that you can safely bring your cleats inside of the house, you should continue to clean the soles. You can make up a cleaning solution by mixing some warm water and dish soap. The ratio should be about a tablespoon of soap to two cups of warm water. Don’t use too much soap, though.

Using the soft brush that you were already using, dip the brush in the soapy solution and run it across the cleats. Rinse the brush as it becomes dirty and then dip it in the soapy solution again and continue.

Wipe The Cleats

Next, use a paper towel and wipe the cleats to dry them and to remove any mud or grass bits that are still on there. The cleats should be looking nice and clean now, so you can move onto the rest of your shoe.

Take Out The Laces

Before you clean the main part of the shoes, you need to take out the laces and wash them. Once you have the laces out of the shoes, you should dip them into the soap solution that you mixed up already. Let the laces soak in it for around 10 minutes or so before using a toothbrush to gently scrub them to remove any excess dirt.

Rinse the laces in clean water before laying them out on a flat towel to air dry. Drying them in the sunlight would be faster, but it will bleach them out. Drying them in a clothes dryer is likely to shrink them.

Now Clean The Tops

With the laces out, you can now clean the tops of your soccer cleats. Using the toothbrush and your soap mixture again, scrub at the middle of the cleats by the laces. Work your way down the sides of the cleats until you reach the sole.

Do this on each side of the cleat as well as the toe and the heel. Do not forget to scrub the tongue as well.

Use a sponge or paper towel to rinse the soap off of the cleats by dipping it into clean water and then wiping off the soap. Use a towel to dry them off any to take off anything else that might not have been removed yet. Use the towel to dry the cleats underneath as well.

If your cleats were soaked, you might want to stuff them with newspaper or paper towels to absorb any excess water.

Re-lace Them

Once the cleats and laces are completely dry, you can re-lace them. You should be good to go.

Something To Keep In Mind

Remember that if you are going to wear your cleats the next day or sooner, you probably do not want to go through the process of a deep clean, because it is less likely that everything will be dry in time.

Instead, choose a couple of days where you won’t be needing your cleats, or even when the season is over, and then go for it.

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