Sports shoes are an important investment. But a great pair of snug sports shoes are likely to get dirty in no time when used to their complete potential. However, proper care and regular cleaning can maintain your shoes’ quality, fit, and form. Here’s a rundown on how to take care of your sports shoes.
Care for Your Sports Shoes Regularly
Your sports shoes are likely to get dirty after a long time. Mud, water, wet grass can leave stubborn stains on them. Besides that, sweat, while you work out can affect the condition of your sports shoes. When your shoes are left behind with all the sweat and mud, it can seriously erode the stitches, damage the material, and even become the breeding ground for fungus. So one is supposed to give proper care and clean them on a regular basis to maintain their quality for a long time and to keep them fresh. Below are some cleaning steps:
- Scrub the mud and dirt off using a cleaning brush.
- Take the insoles and laces off. Separately scrub them and your shoes using a shoe cleaner or with a household cleaner(all-purpose).
- Once you’ve cleaned them, stuff with newspaper balls to absorb moisture and odour and to keep the shape.
- Leave them out to dry at room temperature.
Never Leave Shoes Under Direct Sun
The colour of shoes can fade when placed under direct sunlight or heat. Doing so can also harden, shrink and dry up the midsole, lessening the durability. Plus, it can also melt the glue, thus changing the fit and form of your shoes. So it’s essential to store your shoes in a dry area and away from detrimental elements.
Give Your Shoes a Proper Break
It’s important to get an extra pair for your sports activity. This is because your sports shoes require a minimum of 48 hours of a break after using them straight for a day. When you use them, the foam begins to compress in them. And it takes about 48 hours to decompress. When you don’t give time to decompress, then the shoe foam begins to get thin and after a while, the shoe outsole and insole begin to press.
Keep Your Shoes Sweat Free
Never use your shoes without wearing socks. This goes a long way to avoid sweat for a certain amount of time. When you wear the shoes alone, sweat starts to accumulate in them. Bacteria will also thrive in moisture which gives off an odour. If you use your sports shoes very often, then you need to sprinkle foot powder into them, which will absorb the moisture. Never leave out the insoles as well. Clean them as well to get rid of moisture, or else your shoes stink.
It’s important that you properly maintain your shoes on a regular basis so that you can have them for a long time. So make sure you follow these tips to make your shoes stand the test of time.