5 Steps to Clean Your Nike Soccer Cleats (Step by Step)

Updated on 
February 3, 2022

When it comes to cleaning your Nike soccer cleats, things are not as simple as they might seem to be.

Later in the article, I will show you the biggest mistakes when it comes to cleaning your cleats.

But first, let me show you how to clean your Nike soccer cleats, step by step:

  1. Remove laces & soles
  2. Get rid of big dirt & grass
  3. Use cleaning kit & warm soapy water
  4. Wash laces seperately
  5. Let the cleats air-dry

Let's dive right into it!

1. Remove laces & soles

As a first step, you want to remove laces from your Nike cleats. It's better to wash them separately from each other.

Laces are the only thing you can wash in the washing machine.

Also, don't forget to remove the soles.

2. Get rid of big dirt & grass

Now you can bang both cleats against each other, and that way you will get rid of the biggest pieces of dirt and grass.

It's much better to get rid of that big dirt and mud this way, as opposed you having to use your hands.

See the image below:

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3. Use cleaning kit & warm soapy water

As a next step, you want to use your shoe cleaning kit.

I was always very happy with this cleaning kit, which you can get literally for a few bucks:

If you don't have a cleaning kit, just prepare some kind of bucket filled with warm soapy water.

You want to also use some kind of detergent to help you to clean the dirt - especially if your Nike soccer cleats are of white color. It would be hard to clean them without it right? 😉

Image belongs to Footy blog

4. Wash laces seperately

Laces should be washed separately.

You can actually put them in a washing machine for a short period of time.

Then just put them out, and let them dry.

5. Let the cleats air-dry

Once you finish, you want to leave your Nikes in a room or place outside with no direct sun light. It's better to actually put them somewhere, where they will be in the shadow.

That's a very important step - because as you will see, one of the most common mistakes is putting them outside in the direct sun.

Most common mistakes when it comes to cleaning your Nike soccer cleats

Here is a super shortlist of a few things, that people are doing wrong.

Mistake one: Washing cleats in a washing maching

This is the most common problem I've seen players to do.

They just take their Nike soccer cleats, put them in a washing machine, and call it a day.

But that's a big NO!

You cannot put Nike soccer cleats in the washing machine, because you could easily damage them.

Never wash your Nikes in the washing machine!

Mistake two: Drying cleats on direct sun

Another mistake I see really often is that players are leaving the cleats on direct sunlight, in order to speed up the drying.

While I understand the logic, it is highly not recommended to dry them in direct sunlight.

How do you clean white Nike mercurial soccer cleats?

As already discussed, you can clean your white Nikes by following these steps:

  1. Remove laces & soles.
  2. Get rid of the big dirt, mud and grass.
  3. Use warm soapy water - you can use cleaning kit for white cleats.
  4. Wash laces in the washing machine.
  5. Let your cleats and laces dry in a room temperature.

As you can see, just follow the whole tutorial above, and you'll be fine!

How long should Nike soccer cleats last?

The research says, that Nike soccer cleats tend to last anything from 6 - 12 months. An actual length might be shorter or longer, depending on the usage of the cleats. Extensive daily use might result in shortening the lifespan of the soccer cleats.

From my personal experience, my cleats last usually 6-8 months. Sometimes even less - as I usually buy two pairs for one season.

Wrapping it up

Now that you know how to clean Nike soccer cleats, go ahead and have fun cleaning them!

Remember the two mistakes to avoid:

  1. Cleaning in the washing machine.
  2. Drying them on direct sunlight.

If you avoid these two while cleaning your Nike cleats, you'll be fine!

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