How do I Clean Wrestling Shoes?


Keeping wrestling shoes clean can help avoid the spread of skin diseases, staphylococcal infections, ringworm, impetigo and herpes simplex virus, which can be spread via a dirty wrestling mat. When cleaning your wrestling shoes, be conscious of the material it is made of to ensure the shoes both holds its form and is clean enough to be used.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloth
  • Plastic basin
  • Warm water
  • Fill a plastic basin with warm water. Do not add soap or any other chemicals that could damage the shoe's delicate material.

  • Dip a clean cloth into the warm water, then wring out the excess water. You want the cloth to be damp, not soaked.

  • Rub the wrestling shoe all over, using gentle circular motions to clean the shoe gradually. Take care not to damage the material or threads.

  • Wear wrestling shoe skins. This will allow you to wear the shoes occasionally when not on the mat, and eliminates the threat of picking up dust and dirt from the surrounding area.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not wash wrestling shoes in a washing machine or use any other kind of aggressive washing method. Wrestling shoes should be form-fitting and could lose their shape with anything other than a gentle wash with a damp cloth.

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