Wet cleats are uncomfortable to wear and make playing difficult. Furthermore, moisture will irreparably damage your shoes over time. Fortunately, drying cleats quickly requires only a few household items and a little tender love and care.
Part 1 Preparing the Cleats
1. To open the cleats, loosen the laces. You want to get as much air to the cleat as possible. Furthermore, as wet cleats dry, they contract, causing tension on the seams. Loosening the laces will help to relieve some of the tension.
2. If possible, remove the insole and set it aside to dry. Again, the more parts of the boot you expose to air, the faster they will all dry. To begin drying the insole, wrap it in paper towels and place it upright near an open window or fan.
Hanging your insoles with a clothespin is a quick way to dry them.
3. With a damp towel, remove any mud, dirt, or grass. Remove as much mud as possible now, as it will be more difficult to remove once it has dried on the shoe. Don’t be concerned about adding a little more water to help wipe away the mud. If they’re already wet, this won’t make much of a difference.
4. Using a dry cloth, wipe down the shoes. To get the process started, remove as much surface moisture as possible. Examine both the inside and outside of the cleat.
Part 2 Drying Your Cleats
1. Fill cleats with lightly balled newspapers to resemble your foot in the boot. Of course, you’re not making a newspaper foot mould, and you don’t want to stuff it so tightly that the cleats bulge. Simply stuff it snugly with newspaper to keep it from shrinking as it dries. Slide a piece of newspaper between the tongue and laces to dry them, and lightly tighten the laces.
You don’t want to scrunch the newspaper too tightly. The more surface area it has, the better it will wick moisture away from the boots.
If necessary, paper towels, napkins, small hand-clothes, and other absorbent materials can be used in place of newspaper.
In addition, the newspaper absorbs water much faster than air alone.
2. Place the cleats in a dry location, preferably near a breeze or a light fan. Moisture is wicked away faster in moving air, so using a fan or a gentle breeze to speed up the drying process is a good way to gently speed up the drying process. In any case, avoid storing them in damp or humid environments; drier air leads to drier cleats.
If your hair dryer has a cool or low setting, you can use it to slightly speed up the process. Do not use the hot setting; if the air is too hot to hold over your skin, the cleats are too hot.
If you don’t mind the smell, a refrigerator is a great place to quickly dry cleats because the cold air is constantly circulated, quickly drying the shoes.
3. To expedite the process, replace the newspaper every 2-3 hours. As the newspapers absorb more water, their effectiveness diminishes. Changing the newspaper increases the amount of moisture drawn out of your boots.
4. Understand that direct heat will permanently damage cleats. Using a hairdryer, a drying machine, or the oven will cause more damage to your cleats than moisture will. If you try to dry your cleats too quickly, you will end up with damaged leather and warped shoes. Don’t:
Put in the drier
Blast with hot air
Stick out in direct sunlight for more than 1 hour
Stick in the oven, even at low temperature.
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