How do I Clean Wrestling Shoes?

By Alan Temple

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.

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.

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