7 Steps That Will Make You Cleats Clean, Spotless, And Sparkling

How to Clean your Soccer Cleats

I know how hard it can be. In fact, my first game in college, which was on a muddy surface, I had soiled boots. Cleaning them looked like a hard task. So, I did what every player does. That is postponing the task any time you think of cleaning the shoe. Two weeks went by, nothing happened. They were so smelly that I had to put it away from my room.

Unexpectedly, it turned out that we had a game. The game was fixed, that is when I thought of my soccer cleats. I got them and started cleaning. I didn’t give it much cleaning. Something happened in the field that taught me to care for my cleats.

After playing for the first 20 minutes, my outsole just ripped apart, when I was hitting the ball. Unfortunately, I had to be thrown out the game because it was the only pair that I had.

My point.

Cleaning and caring for your cleats is crucial if you want them to last f0r a season or two. Unless, you are Wayne Rooney, and you can afford to buy boots for every game. That is also fine.

How to Clean your Soccer Cleats

Two things for you today as a soccer player:

First.: You will learn how to clean any soccer cleat.

Second: How to care for this soccer cleats so that they can last long.

Okay. Let's get to the first part.

How To Make Your Soccer Cleats Look Sparkling Clean (Even if Washing Looks Like 'Cancer' To You).

Well, it doesn't have to look like cancer. I did that to grab your attention. Okay. Here are the exact steps I follow to make sure that my boots are cleaning. You may be asking, how long does it take to clean the soccer cleats? Roughly, it takes around 30 to 45 minutes and you are done.

Step 1: What To Do After The Game.

When the game is over the logical thing you can do, is to remove your shoe and bang them together. You do this to remove any dirt or grass on the shoe. The reasons. Doing this will make you have an easy time when cleaning the shoe.

You see, when this dirt stays on your cleats overnight it can destroy the outer sole or the material of your shoe. The more dirt you leave on the shoe, the more you reduce the lifespan of the shoe.

That is why it is ideal to remove the dirt.

Step 2: Get All The Cleaning Agents Together.

After 90 minutes of play, you are tired. And you may want to wash the shoe the next day. I get it. So here are the items you need to clean your shoe:

  • A toothbrush
  • A bucket of warm water
  • A towel or a newspaper
  • Freezing bag or a zip lock bag.
  • A dry rag or cloth
  • Stud cleaning tool (Kleat cleaner)

That is all you need.

Step 3: Start With The Studs and the soleplate

You need to start removing dirt from the studs. You do this you using the kleat cleaner tool. Now, you may be tempted to use something like a stick or a sharp object for this. The truth of the matter is it can damage your boots. You see, the kleat cleaner to removes dirt between the studs and along the contours. 

Do it gently so that you don't scrub too much.

When it comes to the soleplate, extend this exercise and do it gently so that you don't destroy the texture. Once you are done with the soleplate and the studs, go to...

Step 4: Work On The Upper Material

In this step. You will use a toothbrush and warm soapy water. Take the brush and gently scrub the upper material first you using soapy water. Begin at the center and extend this to all parts of the upper material of the shoe. Also, don't leave out the stitches.

If you are having specks of dirt such as grass, you may need to scrub vigorously on it. After every cleaning with the toothbrush, make sure you rinse with water so that it can be clean for every wash you do.

Once you are done with the upper, the next part is the sole plate of the shoe. After doing a thorough job of removing dirt with the kleat cleaner, you won't find lots of dirt in the soleplate and studs.

So this process should be quick. You just need to take the brush and scrub it gently between the studs and around the soleplate.

Step 5: Get A Dry or Cloth

You are almost done. Take the dry cloth and use it to blow out excess dirt around the studs and soleplate. Do it for the upper material too.

Step 6: Dry The Inside.

Get an old newspaper or a towel, maybe a dog towel. Then roll them inside the shoe. A Newspaper will dry inside of the shoe and absorb the excess water, leaving your shoe clean and tight.

Step 7:  Dry Your Cleats

Two things:

When you are drying your shoes, you want to put them away from sunlight, especially if they are leather. Because sunlight can make your leather crack. So put them in a dry place away from sunlight.


You can get a zip lock bag, seal the cleat and put them overnight in the freezer. This will remove any bad stench in the shoe, making them look fresh and sparkling clean. After one day stay in the freezer, get the shoe and store them in a spacious bag so that they can breathe in. They need to be dry first before putting them in that spacious bag.

Final Note

You see, it was simple to clean the shoe. It is something that can take you 30 to 45 minutes. If you follow the 7 steps here, you shoe will last long.

For every boot, that I buy go through this 7 exact steps to make sure that it is spotlessly clean. Take care of you and it will take care of you in the field.

Joe Carrow

I am a product reviewer & passionate blogger. Beside writing for this blog, I spend my time crafting research based contents for HuffingtonPost, Lifehacker & Forbes!

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