Cleats can get wet just like other types of shoes. And playing in wet cleats is not a good idea. Plus, it won’t be enjoyable to play in wet shoes. Aside from this, moisture will cause severe damage to your shoes making them irreparable with time. Fortunately, you can dry your wet cleats with a bit of care and a few household objects. Here are a few steps that you can follow to dry your shoes.
Loosen the laces
First of all, loosen the laces so you can access the inside of the shoes. Moreover, the cleats contract when they dry. This puts a lot of stress on the seams. By loosening the laces, you can reduce the stress. The air will go inside the cleats.
Remove the insole
After you have removed the insole, you can put it aside to dry. As a matter of fact, exposing different parts of the boot to air will make it dry faster. You can wrap paper towels around the insole or put it in an open window to dry it.
Use a Damp Towel
You can use a damp towel to remove dirt, mud or grass from the cleats. Make sure you remove the mud before the mud dries out. Once the mud and dirt becomes solid, it will be a lot tougher for you to remove it. You can also soak the towel in some water to wipe away the soft mud.
Drying Your Cleats
You can stuff newspapers in your cleats to dry them quickly. Make sure you don’t stuff a lot of newspapers as it may make the shoes bulge. All you have to do is to put some newspapers in the cleats to prevent them from shrinking. For the laces and the tongue, you can put a piece of newspaper in between them.
Put your cleats in front of a fan
Your wet boots will dry faster if put in front of a fan. It will actually speed up the process of drying. On the other hand, putting your shoes in a humid or damp space is not a good idea. Actually, you need dry air to dry your boots.
Use new pieces of newspapers
You can use a new piece of newspaper every 2 to 3 hours to boost the process of drying. As a newspaper becomes wet, it won’t be able to absorb more water. Therefore, changing the newspapers over and over again will dry your cleats faster.
Avoid Direct Heat
Your cleats will get permanently damaged if exposed to direct heat. In other words, you shouldn’t use a drying machine, a hair dryer or an oven to dry your cleats. Doing so will cause some irreversible damage to your cleats. Lastly, it’s not a good idea to be impatient when drying your boots quickly as this will result in wrapped shoes or damaged leather.
So, if you have a wet pair of cleats and you want to dry it, make sure you know the dos and don’ts. Hope this will help.