Cleaning a badminton shoe is very important to keep it fresh, good looking, and durable. There is no way you could avoid cleaning and care for badminton shoes if you love them and want to use them for a long time. Here are some cleaning instructions and tips to take care of your badminton shoes.
How to take care of your badminton shoes –
- Consider leaving tea bags inside your shoes to maintain the freshness.
- Spot-clean your shoe if you find any hard-to-remove stains on it, yes, some of the stains are very hard to remove once they settle on the shoes. However, if you consider cleaning the shoe before it settles, you could easily remove it.
- Use badminton shoe protector sprays. There are dedicated sprays that could make your badminton shoe resistant to stain and water. Consider spraying them as soon as you take the badminton shoe out of the box. You could use the spray even if you are already using a shoe.
- If you re-stuff your badminton shoe when not in use, it could prevent your shoe from folding, creases, and dents. Consider doing this only when you are leaving the shoe unused at least for a week or more. You could use newspaper or tissue paper or magazines to stuff your shoes.
- Even if the brand/manufacturer recommends machine washing and drying a badminton shoe. Never do it, always clean your badminton shoe manually. Machine washing could destroy the color and durability of the shoes.
- If you have scratches on your shoe, you could use nail polish remover to get rid of it. All you have to do is, use a small nail polish remover brush, dip it in nail polish, and then press it one the scratch or mark and remove it after 10 seconds.
- If you have a habit of sweating too much, consider placing tissue paper inside the shoe. A tissue paper could absorb the sweat and make your feet feel more comfortable.
- Never wear your badminton shoe for any other purpose. If you want to enjoy the maximum benefits of a badminton shoe, then consider using it only while playing badminton and nowhere else.
- Use sticky mats to increase the traction. Most commonly, dirt, dust, sludge, or grime stuck under the shoe could reduce the traction. It is not possible to brush it each time while playing, instead, place a sticky mat near the court and then rub your shoes on it to remove the dust and dirt.
How to clean your badminton shoe –
The secret to the long-lasting life of any shoe lied in regular cleaning; it is best recommended that you clean a badminton shoe at least once in two weeks. Before starting with the cleaning process, we need to remind you of some facts.
- Do not use harsh detergent for cleaning
- Do not use a hard brush for cleaning
- Always consider using the shoe only after it completely dries.
Step 1: Gather all the accessories needed for the cleaning process, brush, laundry detergent, washbasin, shampoo, sponge, or towel.
Step 2: Remove the hard dirt first, yes, before you start cleaning the shoe with any solution. You need to first clean the hard dirt on the shoe. To do this, you need to use a scrubber or a toothbrush. Use it to rub the sole and the upper part of the shoes carefully. If your brush or scrubber finds it hard to reach any part of the shoes, consider using a smaller bush or scrubber.
Step 3: Once you have completed cleaning the hard dirt and grime, you need to prepare the cleaning solution. In a washbasin or sink, collect lukewarm water and add laundry detergent into it. Mix them thoroughly.
Step 4: Now, remove the insole and lace from the shoe slowly. Do it carefully to prevent any damage to the shoe, some times insole could be stick to the sole, pull them out slowly. While pulling out the lace, make sure there are no knots on the lace.
Step 5: Soak the sponge or towel in the soapy water and then use it to wipe the shoe. Remember, do not squeeze the water on the badminton, wipe or rub the shoe carefully without spilling too much on the shoe. You should be careful and should concentrate more on spots with more stains.
Step 6: Consider using more detergent on hard stains, if your detergent is not too harsh, you could put a small pinch of detergent on the stain and then use a sponge or towel to rub it.
Step 7: Once you have completed rubbing the shoe with a towel/sponge, you should consider using a soft toothbrush to clean the hard-to-reach corners and spots of the shoes.
Step 8: If you have oily spots or grease on your shoe, you could use shampoo to remove it.
Step 9: After the sponge and brush cleaning is completed, you need to dip the sponge in regular water and then use it to wipe your shoe to remove the soap or shampoo on it. Repeat wiping the shoe with regular water at least 2 or 3 times.
Step 10: Now, follow the same cleaning process to clean the insole and lace. Remember, the insole and lace should be cleaned manually using soapy water and a brush.
Once the cleaning process is completed, you need to put the shoe, lace, and insole under direct sunlight for some time. However, do not leave them under the sun for a long time, check in-between, and make sure you remove it as soon as it dries.