Today I will help you take better care of your soccer/football boots and I will give you 5 tips to make your soccer/football boots last longer.
The good thing is that it doesn’t even require that much effort.
Now, I know that boot care is good, let’s be honest, it’s a little bit boring, but it’s also really worth it, especially when it comes to the durability.
I’ll split it into three parts with stuff you need to do every time you use your boots. Every week and then once a month-ish depending on different factors.
Now, of course, it’s also really nice to have all the right boot carrying and cleaning gear.
Honestly, you can also use everyday stuff, if that’s what you want, as long as you bring the most important tool, which is common sense, and I’m not a user.
Wash and let it dry
Let’s look at some of the stuff you should do every time you wear your boots the most important thing here is that you give them a quick clean and then let them dry.
I emphasize this because guys, it’s important.
If soccer/football boots are wet or even just moist from playing in the rain, or because you just wash them.
That will go in and be rough on the glue and the seams and the material in general and it will weaken them quite a lot, which is bad for durability.
So what you want to do every time you wear your boots is just to make sure to give them a quick clean and a good thorough dry over to make sure that they’re not dirty or muddy or even straight-up soaking wet.
After that, you want to let them dry.
A good way to do that is to take some standing newspaper and stuff it inside of the boots because that drags away all that excess moisture.
Then after that, you need to let the boots dry naturally in the shade.
Again, this is important. It also means that you shouldn’t put the boots on a direct heat source such as a radiator or heat closet or god forbid, that you use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process.
No, because that might go in and melt the glue or (b) dry out the boots and the materials, weakening them again, which sucks for the durability.
So using newspaper and a natural drying process is the way to go unless you take some sort of sadistic pleasure and slowly watch your 200 and 350 euro pair of soccer/football boots die a low death.
Now, another thing you need to do every time is to keep the right uses of the boots in mind.
In other words, you want to take care of your expensive soccer/football boots by using the right type of boots for the surface you’re playing on.
The most pressing matter here is using FG boots on AG pitches which if you can avoid, you shouldn’t do it.
Now, the thing is that FG boots are not built to withstand all that extra heat and abrasion that comes from playing on an artificial surface, which means that if you do it, the boots will break down and fall apart a lot quicker and they’re expensive boots.
Now of course, also using AG boots on artificial official pitches is a major no-no.
So if you are playing a lot on artificial grass, you should get a dedicated AG pair of boots and all your durability walls will be a thing of the past.
Don’t wear them on concrete
Finally, you want to avoid one of the biggest cardinal signs of wearing soccer/football boots, which is wearing them on concrete or gravel while you’re walking from the locker room to the pitch.
I know a lot of people do it and I’ve done it myself, but the reality is that walking on, especially concrete, is just poison for the durability of your studs.
So instead of putting your boots on in the locker room and slowly killing them by walking on that concrete on the way to the pitch, just wear your sneakers or a pair of slides instead and put your boots on on the pitch instead.
Especially if you’re wearing those SG boots with metal studs.
As a rule of thumb, don’t wear your boots on concrete or gravel you’ll be fine and they’ll last you longer.
Then we move on to the stuff that you should do once a week, once every other week, it’s up to you.
But here I like to do a little bit of odor control.
Now, I don’t know anyone who likes their boots smelling like cat Piss, but the good thing is that keeping your boots smelling fresh doesn’t take a lot of time
Because apart from drying them well, which kills like 95% of the bad smell, you can also use odor control like odor bags or spray which kills bacteria and eliminates a lot of the bad smell.
If you don’t have all this stuff you can use a tea bag and guess what it works amazing.
What you don’t want to do is to make sure that you give your boots a good thorough cleaning if needed.
Of course, especially if you’ve been playing in dirty or muddy conditions.
How you can clean your boots in less than a couple of minutes.
It doesn’t have to take longer, guys.
Now what you want to focus on here is that you don’t leave any mud or dirt left on the boots to dry out.
Because if that happens, that can suck out a lot of moisture from the materials themselves, especially on leather boots which can make the upper stiffer and more likely to crack.
Again, for durability, it kind of sucks.
It might be that your daily cleaning is good enough, which is cool.
Just make it a habit that you at least check that the boots are clean enough once a week.
Finally, we arrive at the monthly boot camp duties, which are also thankfully, really easy.
Now, if you have SG boots with screwing studs, you want to make sure that the studs are just tightened well and nicely.
Now, I know it’s a matter of temper and I like to do it before every use, but at least just once a month make sure that the studs are tied nicely.
“When your environment is clean you will feel happy and motivated”
Giving them leather balm
Another thing you want to do is that if you have leather boots, you want to show them a little bit of love.
You can do that by giving them Leather balm, which you basically just apply to a brush and rub into your boots well.
Then you let it sit for 24 hours, do its magic, and then after that, you wipe off any excess leather balm.
Not only will this make the leather softer and more durable, but it will also make it stronger and a little bit more water-resistant.
So if you love your leather boots, they will love you back it’s that easy.
You can’t use the leather balm on synthetic leather It will just cause a mess.
I know that you’re not going to do all of it, especially not all the time at least.
But now you have a checklist that you can pick and choose from to try and keep your boots as fresh and durable as possible.
how to stop football boots from smelling?
Using Odor Control spray can kill 95% of the bad smell of football boots. if you don’t have money to spend on Odor control spray you can use a tea bag.
Just keep a tea bag inside your football boots all night long and it will remove the bad smell from your football boots.
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