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How to Clean Muddy Trail Running Shoes?

by Digital Marketer 13 Nov 2023
How to Clean Muddy Trail Running Shoes?

So, you love trail running as much as we do? Great! But have you ever thought about the wear and tear that your trail running shoes go through on muddy trails? Trail running often leads to muddy shoes, an expected part of the sport's charm. However, without proper care, this mud can reduce the lifespan and performance of your shoes. We know it can be easy to overlook the dirt and mud that might accumulate on your shoes, especially when you are in the groove while running. But trust us, taking care of your shoes is a necessary task that you can’t ignore. 

In this blog, we will give you a step-by-step guide on how to clean muddy trail running shoes and maintain their condition.

Why Muddy Trail Running Shoes Need Cleaning

Why Does Muddy Trail Running Shoes Need to Be Cleaned? Let's be honest: muddy trail running shoes are notoriously tough to clean. But, aside from aesthetics, there are many reasons why you should make an effort to keep them clean. 

Trail running shoes are specifically designed to handle rough and muddy terrain. However, for one, running with muddy shoes is a challenge in itself. Every step can feel like you’re carrying an extra pound, and slipping and sliding becomes a real hazard. Aside from that, muddy shoes also suffer from wear and tear. Mud can seep into the fabric and slowly consume the shoe’s quality, causing it to break down much faster than it should. And let’s be real, trail running shoes are not cheap, so it only makes sense to take good care of them.

On the monetary side of things, regularly cleaning your trail running shoes will actually save you money in the long run. Investing time and effort into maintaining the quality of your shoes will significantly increase their lifespan, meaning you won’t have to shell out money for a replacement pair as often.

So, don’t underestimate the importance of keeping your muddy trail running shoes clean. It’s not just about looking good, but it’s also about functionality and cost-effectiveness.

Things Need to Start Cleaning 

To keep your trail running shoes looking new, you'll need some basic cleaning supplies. It's essential to have the right cleaning agents and tools to ensure that you don't damage your shoes while cleaning them. 

  • A soft brush or old toothbrush
  • Mild detergent or shoe cleaner
  • Lukewarm water
  • Soft cloth or sponge
  • A newspaper or a shoe tree
  • A well-ventilated area for drying

Before you start cleaning your muddy shoes, make sure to keep all these supplies ready to ensure you don't waste time during the cleaning process. Now that you have all the necessary cleaning supplies, let's dive into the step-by-step guide to clean muddy trail running shoes.

Step by step guide to cleaning muddy trail running shoes

The best way to clean muddy shoes consist of two major processes:

  • Washing process
  • Drying process

  • Washing Muddy Trail Running Shoes

    Step 1: Initial Steps for Cleaning

    • Remove Excess Mud: Gently knock your shoes against a hard surface to shake off loose mud.
    • Air-dry the Shoes: Let them dry in a ventilated area. Avoid direct heat, as this can damage the material.
    • Removing Laces and Insoles: Take out the laces and insoles. This allows for a more thorough cleaning, reaching all parts of the shoe.

    Step 2: Upper Cleaning

    • Mix mild detergent with lukewarm water.
    • Use a soft brush or cloth dipped in the solution to gently scrub the upper part of the shoe.
    • Pay extra attention to heavily soiled areas, but be gentle to avoid damaging the material.

    Step 3: Sole Cleaning

    • Scrub the sole with the soapy mixture to get rid of the remaining dirt.
    • Rinsing the Shoes
    • Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe off any soap residue.

    Drying Washed Muddy Trail Running Shoes

    Step 4: Drying Shoes

    • Stuff the shoes with newspaper or use a shoe tree to maintain their shape.
    • Let them air dry in a ventilated area.

    Dos and Don’ts Of Cleaning Trail Running Shoes

    Keeping trail running shoes clean is essential to maintain their quality and extend their life. However, there are certain dos and don'ts that you need to keep in mind when cleaning them. 

    Dos of Cleaning the Shoes

    1. Do clean your shoes after every run to prevent dirt and mud from building up
    2. Do use a soft-bristled brush to avoid damaging the shoe's surface while scrubbing
    3. Do air-dry the shoes instead of using a dryer as high heat can damage the shoe's material
    4. Do stuff the shoes with shoe tree, newspaper or a clean towel to help them retain their shape while drying

    Don'ts of Cleaning the Shoes

    1. Don't wash your shoes in hot water as this can cause the glue and other adhesives to break down
    2. Don't use harsh cleaning agents or bleach as they can damage the shoe's material and colour
    3. Don't leave your shoes to dry in direct sunlight as this can cause them to fade and crack.

    By following these dos and don'ts, you can keep your trail running shoes looking new and prolong their lifespan.

    Tips to prevent your trail running shoes from getting muddy

    It's impossible to imagine trail running without getting your precious shoes muddy. But fear not, for prevention is always better than cure! Here are some tips to keep your kicks clean and prevent mud from taking over.

    Tip 1: Choose the right trail - It's best to pick a trail that's less muddy. Avoid going on adventures during the rainy season or in areas with sticky mud.

    Tip 2: Use gaiters - Gaiters are like superhero capes for your shoes. They prevent mud, stones, and debris from sneaking into your trail shoes.

    Tip 3: Use weather-resistant shoes - Invest in weather-resistant shoes that repel water  and mud. This way, you'll be ready to run in any condition.

    By following these tips, you can protect your trail running shoes and keep them looking new for longer. Happy running!

    Conclusion

    In conclusion, trail running shoes require regular cleaning to maintain their quality and extend their lifespan. By following the step-by-step guide provided, you can effectively remove dirt and mud from your shoes without damaging them. Remember to avoid harsh cleaning agents, hot water, and direct sunlight, and instead opt for mild detergent, lukewarm water, and air drying. Additionally, consider using gaiters and weather-resistant shoes to minimize mud accumulation during your runs. By taking care of your trail running shoes, you'll enjoy their performance and comfort for much longer.

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