Whether it’s you or your child coming home with dirty boots from the pitch after a football or rugby game, it looks like you’ve got your work cut out for you. Fortunately, mud and grass stains tend to look worse than they actually are, so take a look at our tips before you panic. We’ll show you how to clean football boots and rugby boots in a quick and painless way!
How to clean football boots (and rugby boots)
If you’re wondering how to clean rugby boots, as opposed to football boots, our method for cleaning football boots and rugby boots is actually the same. You’re essentially learning how to clean leather cleats, so one method will work for both varieties and the same advice will apply. Here’s how to clean football boots – and rugby boots:
- Take the boots outside and brush off any dried mud on the boots with your hands, or just knock the shoes together to remove caked dirt
- Wipe off the boots with a damp cloth. Use cool rather than hot water to dampen the cloth with, as hot water might can stiffen leather boots, making them crack
- Want to know how to clean turf marks off cleats? You can try using a leather conditioning cream in a matching colour if your shoes are dyed, but if they’re white, you can just try applying a small amount of non-gel toothpaste to a cloth or paper towel and gently rub it against the turf or scuff mark. You can also use a toothbrush (though use one that you keep specifically for household cleaning purposes)
- Follow the washing advice on your boots’ care label – it will most likely read ‘hand wash only’, ‘do not bleach’ and ‘do not tumble dry.’ It’s always a good idea to have a clean cloth dampened in cool water and some leather cleaner to hand when cleaning football boots, though you’ll need to let your boots dry in-between. Avoid the temptation of speeding up the process by using a radiator or a blow-dryer to make your boots dry faster – this type of sudden and intense heat can do a lot of damage to the leather, the stitching, and even the shoelaces. Instead, stuff your boots with newspaper to absorb the moisture and place them on some more newspaper in a well-ventilated area at room temperature. They should dry overnight, but you may want to give them a full day just to be sure
- Use a designated cloth for treating your boots with a leather conditioning cream to keep the boots in good condition. Many creams also serve as an added layer of protection against water and scuff marks