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How to Wash Your Wrestling Shoes (The Right Way) 

By Teddy

November 22, 2022


Let’s face it, your shoes are going to get pretty gross when you are wrestling. You wear them all day, every day, and they come into contact with a lot of things including but not limited to: dirt, sweat, blood, hair, skin, and god-knows-what-else. So, get wrestling shoes clean and keep them clean?

In this post, we are going to give you all the methods you can use to keep your shoes are the cleanest of the clean wrestling shoes. 

Method 1: Hand Wash Wrestling shoes

Step One: Remove the Laces 

The first step is to remove the laces. This will make it easier to get a good cleaning around the entire shoe. Be sure to set the laces aside in a safe place where they won’t get lost! 

Step Two: Scrub the Sole 

The soles of your shoes are probably the dirtiest part, so it’s important to give them a good scrubbing. Use a brush or cloth with some soap and water and go to town. Be sure to rinse them off afterwards so that there isn’t any soap residue left behind. 

Step Three: Wash the Exterior 

Wash the exterior of your shoes using a brush or cloth with some soap and water. You can also use a shoe cleaner if you have one on hand. Be sure to focus on any areas that might be extra dirty such as the toe box or heel counter. Once you’re finished scrubbing, rinse the shoes off with water. 

Step Four: Clean the Interior 

The interior of your shoes can be cleaned using a brush or cloth with some soap and water. You can also use a shoe sanitizer if you have one on hand. Focus on any areas that look extra dirty such as the insole or liner. Once you’re finished scrubbing, rinse the shoes off with water.

Step Five: Let Them Air Dry 

Once you’ve given your shoes a good cleaning inside and out, it’s time to let them air dry. The best way to do this is to stuff them with newspaper and let them sit overnight. This will help absorb any excess moisture and prevent any mold or mildew from forming. In the morning, simply remove the newspaper and voila! Your shoes are as good as new.

Method 2: Standard Washing Machine

Most shoes like basketball or tennis shoes can’t be washed in a machine but that isn’t the case for wrestling shoes. You can put most wrestling shoes into the washing machine because they are designed to quickly dry and are generally more durable. I would still recommend reviewing the manufactures recommendations because hand cleaning is pretty easy.

Step One: Remove the laces

You don’t want to get worn or frayed laces. I know someone who got their laces stuck in the machine causing problems for the machine and losing his shoe laces.

Step Two: Wrap them in towels

You want to avoid them from bouncing around too much and getting damaged so wash your wrestling shoes with other items. Personally I’ve found that towels work really well since they take up a lot of space so they will prevent the shoes from moving too aggressively.

Step Three: Set the Machine to cold & gentle wash

You want to set all of your settings to the most gentle and least aggressive wash settings available. This will prevent your shoes from getting damaged at all. For example too much heat can effect the glue that holds the shoe together and too aggressive of a spin can scuff the shoes themselves.

Step Four: Remove and air dry

DO NOT PUT THEM IN THE DRYER! Air dry your wrestling shoes overnight by putting them into a warm and sunny area. If needed fill the shoes with newspaper to help absorb the moisture.

Method 3: Verticle Washing Machine

If you have a verticle door to your washing machine you can use a unique method to clean your shoes without them bouncing around and being potentially damaged. By closing the door on the laces you can have your shoes hang so the detergent and water clean them without them bouncing around.

Step One: Tie a knot in your shoe laces

You want your wrestling shoes to hang right in the middle of the washing machine so they get the detergent and water but are not hit by the prongs. So ensure that your knot is about half way on your laces.

Step Two: Close the door on your laces

Make sure the knot you made is outside of the door to prevent the shoes from droping into the machine.

Step Three: Set the Machine to cold & gentle wash

Just like we did before, you want to set all of your settings to the most gentle and least aggressive wash settings available. This will prevent your shoes from getting damaged at all.

Step Four: Remove and air dry

Air dry your wrestling shoes overnight by putting them into a warm and sunny area. If needed fill the shoes with newspaper to help absorb the moisture.

Ways to keep your wrestling shoes clean for longer

Disinfectant spray

Wrestling shoes can accumulate bacteria and odors due to intense physical activity. Regularly spray a disinfectant designed for shoes to kill germs and eliminate unpleasant smells. Follow the instructions on the product for optimal results.

Shoe Deotorizers

Combat persistent odors by using shoe deodorizers. These products help absorb moisture and neutralize smells. You can choose from various options such as activated charcoal sachets, odor-absorbing balls, or scented shoe inserts.

Use baby wipes

After each wrestling session, wipe down your shoes with baby wipes. They are gentle on the material and can effectively remove dirt and sweat. Be sure to clean both the exterior and interior surfaces of the shoes.

Store Properly

Proper storage is essential to keep your wrestling shoes in good condition. After each use, allow them to air dry completely to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. Avoid storing them in closed, damp environments. Instead, place them in a well-ventilated area or use a shoe rack to keep them upright and maintain their shape.

By following these methods, you can maintain the cleanliness and longevity of your wrestling shoes, ensuring optimal performance and hygiene during your matches and training sessions.

FAQ For How to Wash Your Wrestling Shoes

How often should you wash your wrestling shoes?

The shoes must be cleaned every time a wrestler wears them. This removes dirt, moisture, and grime from the shoes. It is possible to spot scrub after each usage for the reason that it’s not necessary.

Can wrestling shoes be washed in the washing machine?

Yes, wrestling shoes should be washed within the washing machine if the settings are cold and gentle to prevent damage. You can put your shoes into the wash with other objects that will prevent them from being damaged like towels. Another option that works is if you have a verticle door on your machine you can have the shoes hang from their laces so they aren’t being damaged by the movement of the machine.

Can I hand wash my wrestling shoes?

Yes, handwashing wrestling shoes is the ideal way to clean them while minimizing risk that you damage them. Use gentle cleaning detergents like dish soap and water if needed. You could also clean shoes using soft bristles to remove any debris.

Can you use a dryer to dry wet wrestling shoes?

No, using a dryer to dry your shoes will damage the glue due to the heat. This will cause the shoes to fall apart and severally shorten the life of any shoes.

Conclusion

Wrestling is a tough sport—but so is keeping your shoes clean! By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your wrestling shoes are fresh and clean for your next match (or practice). And remember, if all else fails…you can always buy new ones. Not trying to brag we have a pretty great list of the best wrestling shoes we put together.

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