How to clean your football boots
If you are a parent to a football-playing youngster, you are probably familiar with them coming home from each match covered from head to toe in mud and grass stains.
In addition to throwing their kit in the wash and pointing them in the direction of the shower, you will more than likely have to deal with a pair of mud-covered football boots left by the back door.
What is the best way to tackle this not very pleasant job? Here are some top tips:
Knock it off!
The first thing you need to do is to get rid of the loose dirt by knocking the boots together. Do remember to do this outside; otherwise, your house is going to get covered in mud and bits of grass.
After any excess mud has been knocked to the floor, use a soft brush – an old toothbrush is ideal – to scrape off as much of the remaining mud as you can. Getting into the creases and folds is easier with a smaller brush.
The next stage of the cleaning process depends on the material from which your child’s boots are made.
Leather must be handled carefully if you want it to retain its looks and properties. First, remove any remaining mud stains with a soft, damp cloth. You can use a specialist leather cleaner, but this is not usually necessary.
The main thing to remember is to let the boots dry naturally. According to BBC Sport, putting them next to a heat source will cause them to crack; instead, give them a quick dry with an old towel, stuff some newspaper inside to help keep the shape, and leave them somewhere away from the heat.
Synthetic boots will require cleaning with a dilute solution of mild detergent or a specialist cleaner. Remember to wipe them gently and to test an inconspicuous area first if you have not done this before.
Some materials will be able to withstand a wash in a washing machine; however, as with leather boots, allow them to dry naturally.
If you are also in charge of washing your team’s cheap football kits, which are available from suppliers such as https://www.kitking.co.uk, remember that gentle washing methods are always best.
Using non-bio detergent is better for both the environment and your skin.