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Soccer cleats can be easily cleaned.
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Quality soccer cleats are built to withstand the rigors of the game. No matter what brand of soccer cleat you have, taking care of them is important for lengthening the life of the shoe. Luckily, soccer cleats can be easily washed and maintained after each use.
It's not uncommon for tufts of grass and debris to stick between the cleats, or cling to the bottom of the shoe. Remove any visible pieces of debris with your fingers. You may also gently bang the shoes together to remove any dried clumps of dirt or debris. If removable, unscrew the studs to help further remove dirt from the sole of the cleat.
Soccer shoes shouldn't just be cleaned when heavily soiled. They should be tended to after each practice, according to Soccer Training Info. Dirt may carry enough moisture to damage the leather body of the soccer shoe if not routinely cleaned away.
Wipe the Cleat
Using baking soda to clean soccer cleats is an effective way to not only remove dirt and stains, but to also deodorize the inside of the shoe. Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of baking soda to 1 quart of warm water, and mix until the baking soda is dissolved. Dip a soft, clean rag into the solution and wipe down the outside of the soccer cleats. Repeat for the sole and studs of the soccer shoes. An old toothbrush may be used to gently scrub dirt from between the studs and in the stitching of the soccer shoes. Use a cloth dampened with the baking soda solution to wipe out the inside of the soccer shoes, which will clean and deodorize. The Review Soccer website recommends never putting shoes in the washing machine or dryer, as this can damage the cleats beyond repair.
Allow soccer cleats to air-dry indoors and out of direct sunlight. Sunlight may break down, or cause cracks in, the shoe leather. Or, wipe down the cleats with a dry towel. To help soccer shoes keep their shape as they dry, wad up newspaper and stuff it into each shoe. Simply remove the newspaper when the shoes are completely dry.
Leather soccer cleats may be polished with leather oil or polish. Polishing cleaned, dried cleats helps keep the soccer shoe supple and protected from the elements. Also, carry your soccer cleats in a breathable bag to and from practice and games, and remember to remove shoes from the bag when you get home. Storing sweat-dampened cleats in a non-breathable bag may allow the moisture to crack the leather. Cleaning soccer cleats routinely is a good habit for keeping cleats intact and functional.