How to Clean Soccer Cleats

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Keep your beloved soccer cleats in top condition with these cleaning instructions.

Last updated: August 10, 2022
3 min read
How to Clean Soccer Cleats
Time Required
15 min
Estimated Cost
$5

Supplies

  • Mild laundry detergent

Tools

  • Gentle cleaning brush
  • Tool, such as a putty knife or screwdriver (optional)
  • Small bowl
  • Washcloth

It doesn’t take long for a new pair of soccer cleats to get muddy on the pitch. To show up on game day with fresh-looking boots and help extend the life of your favorite pair, it’s important to know how to clean soccer cleats at home.

(Related: The Best Nike Soccer Cleats to Match Your Playing Style)

How to Clean Soccer Cleats

  1. 1.Remove Debris

    To best remedy muddy soccer cleats, clean after the match or practice that left them looking worse for wear. This means removing piled-on grass and dirt as soon as you can.

    To remove debris from the soles, knock the cleats together sole to sole or use a tool, like a small wooden stick, putty knife or screwdriver. To wipe dirt from the uppers, use a gentle cleaning brush (a clean, spare toothbrush works, too).

  2. 2.Scrub With a Mild Cleaning Solution

    Next, create a mixture of mild laundry detergent and warm water in a small bowl. Bring the soccer cleats to a sink or bathtub and remove the laces from the shoes. Using the mild cleaning solution, brush the soles of the shoes with a gentle cleaning brush.

    Then, use a washcloth to scrub away any dirt or stains from the uppers of the shoes.

  3. 3.Rinse

    Rinse off the cleats to remove any excess soap or suds.

  4. 4.Wash the Shoelaces

    You can wash shoelaces in the washing machine by placing them in a pillowcase or mesh laundry bag and running a cold, delicate cycle with mild detergent. Or, you can hand-wash by submerging them in a mixture of dish soap and water, then scrubbing them with a gentle brush.

    Be sure not to put shoelaces in the dryer, as the heat can damage the plastic tips on the laces or cause the laces to shrink.

    (Related: 3 Easy Ways to Clean Shoelaces)

  5. 5.Air Dry

    Finally, lay the cleats and shoelaces out to dry indoors.

    Tip: It’s best to avoid drying soccer cleats with direct sunlight, a hair dryer or in the dryer if you want them to last as long as possible. Excessive heat can cause damage to the cleats.

    Make sure they’re completely dry before wearing them again or putting them back in your soccer bag. Storing damp cleats in a soccer bag can lead to bacteria growth and unwanted odors.

    (Related: Smelly Shoes? How to Remove Odor From Shoes)

How to Clean Soccer Cleats

How to Help Protect Soccer Cleats From Damage

To help extend the life of your soccer cleats and avoid damage, avoid wearing them off the field. Hard surfaces, like pavement and sidewalks, can damage the cleats if they’re not meant to be worn on hard surfaces. When you’re not on the pitch, change into a pair of Nike slides and store the cleats in a soccer bag.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Put Soccer Cleats in the Washing Machine?

It’s best to hand-wash soccer cleats to avoid damaging them. To hand-wash, scrub them with a mild cleaning solution, such as laundry detergent mixed with warm water, and let them air dry.

Can I Put Soccer Cleats in the Dryer?

Excessive heat can cause damage to soccer cleats, so it’s best to air dry them. Avoid putting them in the dryer, using a hair dryer or drying them in direct sunlight.

Words by Emilia Benton

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