How to Clean Cycling Shoes

If you are someone who is into cycling, then one of the best investments you can make is buying cycling shoes. Cycling shoes have only one purpose and that is to protect your feet and provide comfort while you cycle. They are a branch of the various athletic shoes, however, you cannot just wear any sports shoe as a substitute. A good quality cycling shoe is an essential if you are someone who enjoys or participates in cycling regularly. Cycling shoes are designed to be lightweight and the sole of these shoes tend to be very stiff. This helps cut down on loss of energy through the soles of the shoes. We assure you, once you decide to start wearing cycling shoes, it will completely transform the whole experience for you.

Why Wear Cycling Shoes?

Cycling shoes work to transfer the energy from your feet to the pedal. They are extremely efficient thanks to the special cleats that are attached to the bottom of the cycling shoes. These cleats let provide the user with much more stability and control over the power applied to the pedals of the cycle.

The cleats allow you to exert power on the cycle’s pedals when you push down as well as when you pull the pedal up. This lets the muscles in your legs have much more balance as well as prevents putting excess strain on your feet. 

How to Clean Cycling Shoes?

Cycling shoes are bound to get dirty. Think about all the dirty roads and the mud you cycle through. That does not mean, they should stay dirty all the time. It is very important that you take care of your cycling shoes by cleaning them regularly. How you should clean your cycling shoes is the question we are about to answer for you.

  • Clean the Shoes Regularly

It is very important to clean your shoes regularly, in order to remove all the easy to clean dirt from your shoes. All you have to do is follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Using a dry brush, go ahead and remove any dirt by brushing it off. It does not matter what type of brush you use in this step, an old paintbrush, an old toothbrush, or even a nail brush with nylon bristles will work just fine. 

Step 2: After you are done brushing off any surface level grim or dirt, you can go ahead and remove the insoles and shoe laces from your cycling shoes. We will be cleaning them separately.

Step 3: Soak your cycling shoe in the water. 

Step 4: Using equal parts of baking soda and any liquid or powder laundry detergent of your choice, make a paste. Keep in mind that if you are using powder detergent, you will need to mix a few drops of water to create a smooth paste. 

Step 5: You can now put this paste on the soles of your shoes and using a cleaning brush to scrub away to clean the soles. 

Step 6: As for the actual cycling shoe, you are going to take a wet sponge, and scrub on the shoe using the paste you have made. Keep in mind to not scrub too hard on the exterior of the shoe so as to not damage it. 

Step 7: Now, using a clean sponge wipe away the soap from both your cycling shoes and the soles. You can also rinse them under running water to ensure that no traces of the laundry detergent or the baking soda remain.

Step 8: You will also need to clean your shoelaces. In order to do that, apply the same paste made of laundry detergent and baking soda onto the laces as well. Scrub them to remove any stains and grime. Rinse them underneath running water to remove any traces of the cleaning mixture.

Step 9: You should now let the shoes, the laces, and the soles air dry.

  • Spot Clean Your Cycling Shoes

Sometimes your cycling shoes do not need a full washdown. All they need to get rid of that pesky stain is a little spot treatment or cleaning if you will. The best part about spot cleaning your shoes is that you can do it on the go. The only supply or tool you will need is a white eraser used for art.

Using the eraser rub on the offensive stain until it is completely removed. It is a great way to get rid of any pesky stain on your cycling shoe no matter where you are.

How to Clean Cycling Shoes

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How to Get Rid of the Bad Odor

Just like every other body part, our feet sweat too. Since cycling is a very hectic physical activity it should come as no surprise that your feet are causing your cycling shoes to smell bad.

While we cannot control the amount of sweat or body odor your feet produce, we can surely help you get rid of the pungent smell so that your shoes do not stink. Nobody wants to be embarrassed in front of everyone for having stinky shoes, are we right? 

Here are three foolproof tips to remove bad odor from your cycling shoes and keeping them smelling so much better. 

Tip 1: The first tip is quite simple. You should always put on socks before wearing your cycling shoes. Not only will socks keep your feet from getting callouses or blisters, but they will also absorb most if not all of the sweat produced.

This is very helpful as the bad odor is caused by the bacteria in the sweat. If your sweat accumulates inside your shoes, the bacteria get a chance to spread due to the heat of your body and the moisture, producing the worst stinky shoes ever.

Tip 2: This next tip is also very useful to prevent the sweat from your feet from stinking up your pair of cycling shoes. Sometimes you will see that even if you are wearing socks while cycling, your shoes still stink.

This happens because your feet produce so much sweat that they reach the soles of your cycling shoes despite you wearing socks. The moisture from the sweat is enough to do the rest.

To prevent that from happening, it is a very good idea to sprinkle your feet and your insoles with some form of talcum powder. There are many brands of foot powder available in the market as well. Foot powders are great as they absorb most of the moisture from the sweat being produced. This prevents your shoes from stinking or smelling bad.

Tip 3: Despite wearing socks, and applying an ample amount of foot powder to both your feet and the insoles of your shoes, if you still notice that your cycling shoes are stinky you need to take more action. That is cleaning the insoles of your shoes at least once a week. This will help massively if the accumulation of sweat has already made your cycling shoes smelling bad.

All you have to do is take out the insoles from your pair of cycling shoes and clean them using the steps we have mentioned above. This method is much faster than cleaning the entire cycling shoe, as just the insoles will take a significantly less amount to dry.

How to Disinfect Your Cycling Shoes

As we have already mentioned above, the main reason for your cycling shoes producing a bad odor is not sweat. Rather it is due to the bacteria that are present in the sweat accumulated in your cycling shoes. We know that bacteria tend to thrive in dark and damp environments.

As effective as routinely cleaning your shoes by washing them are, it is not enough to disinfect them. This is why we are listing two very effective yet efficient ways to disinfect your cycling shoes. Killing the germs and bacteria in your shoes is the only sure-fire way of keeping them smelling fresh. 

Method 1: Use rubbing alcohol. As a matter of fact, make it your best friend. Rubbing alcohol is highly effective in getting rid of disgusting germs and bacteria. All you have to do is pour some rubbing alcohol onto a clean piece of cloth and wipe your cycling shoe clean with it.

Make sure to get every inch of your shoes, both on the outside and the inside. You can purchase rubbing alcohol from any local department store or pharmacy. However, be careful so that you do not end up removing the logo or design of your shoe while disinfecting it.

Method 2: The second method is very fast and simple. All you need are some disinfectant wipes to wipe your cycling shoes on the inside and outside after every use. And you shall have a pair of completely disinfected cycling shoes. 

Final Words

Keeping your cycling shoes clean and disinfected is the only way to ensure that your favorite pair last a long time. We hope this article has helped you learn all you need to know about how to clean cycling shoes.

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