Taking good care of your wrestling gear, especially when it comes to your wrestling shoes, is important for many reasons. Besides helping you get more life out of your wrestling equipment, taking the time to clean your wrestling shoes periodically can help prevent the spread of skin diseases and infections like ringworm, impetigo, and staph infections, all of which can be spread by dirty wrestling mats. With a little time and effort, you can make your wrestling shoes look like new and safeguard your health to boot.
To clean your wrestling shoes, you'll need the following:
- Basin or large bowl
- Warm water
- A soft washcloth
Once you've collected all your supplies, you can clean your wrestling shoes using the following steps:
- First, fill up your basin or bowl with warm water. Be sure not to add any kind of soap or detergent, since this could potentially damage your wrestling shoes.
- Next, dip your soft washcloth into the basin of warm water and then wring it out. You'll use the damp washcloth to remove the stains and dirt that have accumulated on your wrestling shoes over time.
- After that, use the damp washcloth to remove dirt and stains from your wrestling shoes using small, circular motions. Keep in mind you shouldn't actually scrub the shoes, just use a gentle circular motion to wipe them clean. Harsh scrubbing can actually damage your wrestling shoes, so take care not to be too aggressive.
- Finally, after you've wiped away all the dirt and grime, dry your wrestling shoes by leaving them out in the open overnight. Again, don't try to pat or wipe them dry, as this can damage your wrestling shoes.
Clean, dry wrestling shoes look great and are far less likely to carry viruses and bacteria that can cause infections. In addition to the tips mentioned above, you can also check to see if any special care instructions came with your wrestling shoes. Just remember that in most cases, throwing your wrestling shoes in the washer and dryer can cause serious damage. Wrestling shoes are meant to be form-fitting, so however you clean your wrestling shoes, make sure to be gentle and avoid aggressive washing.