How to Clean Soccer Cleats – Guide for Smelly Shoes

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Does cleaning your smelly soccer cleats give you hard time?

Due to the numerous grooves and studs they have, cleaning soccer shoes presents a lot of challenges for many people. But when you follow the right steps with the appropriate tools, your soccer shoes will sparkle. After a lengthy match, your cleats get dirty and perhaps you get tired too. 

However, to enhance the durability of your shoes, you should clean the cleats after every match.

Here is our proven procedure on how to clean soccer cleats. Follow it and make your best soccer cleats shine out:

  1. Remove the dirt from the sole

Check for the signs of mud and lose grass on the studs plus the sole plate. You can knock against the soles of the shoe. 

Use a toothbrush to further remove the mud stuck. But to remove the stuck mud or dirt on either side of the sole plate, do not use the scrubber with hard bristles. It’s bound to leave marks. At the same time using a stick to scoop out mud from the studs is also a wrong idea. A toothbrush is the better choice. Its bristles are not so hard to leave marks behind and very easy to control as you make each stroke.

How to clean smelly soccer cleats - Toothbrush

  1. Cleaning with a detergent

After brushing away the loose dirt from the studs, then its time to use a cleaning detergent. Use some cleaning detergent, warm water and a piece of rough cloth or toothbrush. Prepare the detergent water and make sure it’s properly mixed.

Do not add excess soap; about a tablespoon for every two cups of the warm water is enough. Then dip the rough cloth into the detergent water, drench out excess water from the cloth before using it to clean the sole plate plus studs.

When you notice that the brush has accumulated mud and become dirtier, clean it in a running water to wash away the dirt. Then dip it one more time in the detergent water before proceeding with the cleaning exercise.

If there are stuck stains, apply more pressure on these areas.  When you are through with the soleplate, do so to the sides too. Cleaning the side demands accuracy. Thus a toothbrush is more appropriate than any other harsh scrubber; moreover, the toothbrush gives you more control and accuracy. 

  1. Finalising on the sole with a paper towel

For a sparkling finishing, you need the paper towel. Drench it in clean water before cleaning the sole plate and the sides. Doing so will remove the tiny bits of dirt left behind by the brush. 

  1. Remove and work on the laces

Before cleaning the upper, carefully remove the laces from the boots. Dip the shoelaces in the soapy water. Let the laces soak in the detergent water for approximately 10 minutes to loosen any mud.

When the dirt has loosened, with the help of your fingers and brush, carefully remove the accumulated mud on the laces. After few minutes of scrubbing, rinse the laces in clean water before leaving them to dry.

For faster and efficient drying, lay flat a towel on a flat area. Place your laces on the laid towel.

It isn’t advisable to lay them in direct sunlight as the sun rays may quicken the fading away of their bright color. Placing it in a cool shade is therefore better. 

  1. Cleaning the cleats tops

For faster and efficient cleaning, you should correctly position the boots in your hands. Slot in your hands in the cleats and leave the other free for the scrubbing exercise. A soft bristled brush would be appropriate for the job.

To start with, wet your toothbrush in the soapy water.

Be systematic in your scrubbing; begin from the middle area, close to the laces. Then extend downwards as you allow the water to drip down.

Alternatively, you can use the cleaning eraser sponge. Plunge it in the soapy water and wring out excess liquid. Rub the sponge on the boots including the tongue area.  

  1. Blot away excess water

Most probably the good soccer cleats will be damp up to this point. To remove the excess liquid on the shoes, employ a clean dry rag. Wipe away the remaining liquid from the shoe on all areas; sides sole and tongue. 

Most probably water might have leaked into the cleats. Consequently, you can stuff in some newspaper. The newspaper will absorb the excess liquid. 

  1. Drying the cleats

Even after you have removed the excess water from the boots, it’s imperative that you let them dry completely. Any trace of moisture that remains on the boots shortens their lifespan. Thus place them in a cool but windy environment. Again leaving your boots to dry out in the direct sunlight is wrong. Such an act paves the way for the boots to develop cracks on later. 

  1. Fix back the shoelaces

When the shoelaces and the cleats are completely dry, key back the laces. You can leave them loosely fitted on the shoe. You can later adjust their tightness as appropriate when you wear them. 

  1. Apply polish when necessary

Before storing your boots check out for their condition. If you feel that it lacks the right luster and doesn’t reflect the best soccer shoes, apply some leather oil and brush. The oil will moisten the leather and thus make it softer and increase its durability.  

  1. Store the cleats

Having polished the boots, you should store them properly in readiness for right moment in the future. Pick up a bag that is spacious enough to leave breathing space for the cleat. However, it is very important to let the boots dry completely before storage. In addition, it is wise too to have one place to always keep your good soccer cleats at home.

Lets look at some other questions that you may have with regards to how to clean soccer cleats.

Frequently Asked Questions

So how frequent should you clean your cleats?

The key factor here is not to let dust and mud stay for a longer period on the boots.  So when after the soccer game or practice your shoes get dirty and smelly, give them a thorough cleaning before going to sleep.

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