How to clean your football boots?
How to clean your football boots? How do you take care of your studs? In this article, we explain the best practices.
Throughout the year, studs wear out, but you want to keep them for the whole season. The best way to do this is to take care of them. With the recent improvements in the texture of our studs, it is no longer clear what washing protocol to use. Many footballers use the wrong cleaning methods and tools, to the detriment of the boots. We offer protocols, depending on the type of silo material, to help you extend the life of your boots.
How to clean your mesh football boots (7 minutes)
For almost a year now, the world of football has been redesigning its silos both aesthetically and technologically. There are now resistant “mesh” materials with different properties than before. To maintain your sock boots, forget the brush. Although the texture is resistant, a bristle brush could damage the fibers of the upper at an early stage. Instead, use only a toothbrush, soft cloths, and newspaper.
First, remove the insole to avoid bacterial growth. Secondly, a fairly large amount of newspaper must be inserted into the boot so that it has a natural shape. This method allows for the absorption of any moisture that may pass through the upper. After that, you can clean the studs with the back of your toothbrush and then refine them with its bristles. For the mesh, moisten your cloth thoroughly and rub without too much pressure to avoid damaging the upper lacquer (Nike Skin). Moistening the material can be coupled with soap to avoid any stiffness of the silo during drying. It can be done quickly if you wipe quickly with a dry cloth. For silos such as the Phantom Vision, with a sock (the Dynamic Fit), excessively dampen the part without the Nike Skin and remove the stains from the fabric.
How to clean your leather football boots (4 minutes)
Leather is the ultimate material. For decades now, various types of leather of different qualities have allowed footballers to have a good football feeling while having durable models. Currently, the trend is towards kangaroo leather, which is the most durable and flexible leather on the market.
There are many leather purists, however, the cleaning methods are often poor. As with any model, start with the studs and work your way down to the leather. The most important tip for leather: Do not flood the leather. Leather can absorb a lot of water and become very soft in a short time. However, when the water evaporates, the leather will be dry, stiff, and smaller. Thus the pleasant feeling of leather no longer exists. Leather is a texture that is essentially fed by fat. Seal fat is used to make leather soft, silky, and durable. The advantage of leather is its resistance, so it is possible to use a stiff brush to clean and nourish it. Finally, avoid leaving the boot in the sun or a dry place, as this will harden the leather prematurely.
How to clean your synthetic football boots (5 minutes)
Synthetic boots have revolutionized football in the race for lightness. Indeed, this material has properties of ball control and flexibility, similar to kangaroo leather. Various qualities exist depending on the range of silos.
This texture is very present in football and is not very difficult to maintain: in most cases it is smooth. After cleaning the studs, it is the turn of the synthetic. To do this, use a soft brush or a soft cloth with a toothbrush for details. Synthetics do not absorb water and do not harden. Nevertheless, its natural elasticity is lower than that of leather. Therefore, when cleaning with water, it is possible to add some Marseille soap. Extreme wetting of the synthetic is not recommended from a hygienic point of view, but it will not affect the absorption of the synthetic. The big advantage of this material is that it will remain softer than leather even with little care. On the other hand, it will break down more quickly.
Bonus tip for cleaning your football boots
With the increase in the use of synthetic turf, many players are concerned about washing their boots. In most cases, the boot becomes blackened, and black balls get stuck in the football boots. Footpack recommends that you clean your boots with nail polish remover, but only to a very limited extent, as this corrosive product can degrade the color of the boot. Finally, we strongly recommend that you do not wear leather boots on this type of pitch, as the material of the silo wears out very quickly.
We hope that this guide has been helpful to you in maintaining your football boots. If you have any specific questions about a particular model, please don’t hesitate to ask us!