With new boots comes great responsibility - well, you’re going to have to clean them, aren't you?
If it's your first match with a new pair of boots, or you've got a kid who has just taken up the sport, we've got all the advice you could need below.
Don’t just chuck them in the washing machine - make them last longer with proper care and cleaning. Here’s how:
Start by gently scraping off dried mud and debris outside or knock them together to remove large clumps.
Wipe boots with a damp cloth. Use cool water as hot water can stiffen leather boots and make them crack.
Use a solution of several tablespoons of baking soda mixed in water. This will do a good job removing the dirt, will help reduce any odour, and won’t damage the boot.
If there are any stubborn dirt spots, use a soft brush to scrub out the dirt. An old toothbrush is useful here.
Speeding up the drying process with a radiator or hairdryer is tempting, but should be avoided. Sudden, intense heat can damage the material, stitching, and even the laces.
Instead, use the old-fashioned method of stuffing the boots with newspaper to absorb moisture. Leave them in a well-ventilated room. They should dry in a day or two so do this in advance of matchday or training. It may take longer than the hair dryer, but your boots will thank you in the long run.
Please don't put them in the tumble dryer!
Use a designated cloth to treat leather boots with a leather conditioning cream. This provides an extra layer of protection against scuffs and water damage.
So there you have it - no excuses, just clean boots every matchday. Treat your boots well and they’ll last a lot longer.
If you've got a youngster playing rugby, make sure you teach her/him how to clean their own boots, or you'll be stuck at the sink every weekend!
Also, if you are looking to upgrade more of your gear, have a look at our latest collection of rugby boots below! Good luck out there.