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How to Clean Football Boots, Gloves and Shirts

Kids love getting messy playing sports – it’s all part of the fun – but sometimes those little football fanatics can come home covered head to toe in mud, sweat, and troublesome grass stains. If this is all too familiar a situation, then don’t panic! We’ve got some clever tips to help you tackle those stubborn stains. Make sure your kids are ready for their next match with this guide on how to clean football boots and wash football kits efficiently and effectively.  


How to wash football boots

Want to know how to wash football boots? Well, it all depends on the type of material. The best method will vary depending on whether your kids have leather or synthetic footwear but always starts with the same basic tips:

  • Knock the boots together gently outside to remove any loose dirt before cle­­aning
  • Use an old toothbrush (not a wire-bristled brush) to remove any dried mud

Then you’ll need to choose the best cleaning method for the material of your kids’ boots.

  • For leather boots: Wipe the boots with a damp cloth to remove remaining dirt
  • For synthetic boots: Wipe with a small amount of Persil small & mighty (remember to test on an inconspicuous area of the boot first). These boots may also be machine washable so check the care label and, if possible, pop them in your machine on a gentle cycle and with a mild detergent like Persil small & mighty Non-Bio

No matter which cleaning method you use, you should always dry football boots naturally. Stuff the insides with newspaper to help keep the shape of the boot and leave to dry on a towel. When it comes to learning how to clean white football boots, follow the steps above but allow them to dry outside on a sunny day (if possible). The sun is great at gently bleaching stains on white fabrics and can help to lift the appearance of white football boots.  


How to clean football gloves

Knowing how to clean football gloves is very important. If football gloves become very dirty, they can begin to lose that tackiness that goalkeepers use to grip the ball. Here’s what to do:

  • It’s best to hand wash gloves – all you need is some warm water and detergent
  • Read your detergent’s label for dosing instructions before adding to a sink of water
  • Pop the gloves in the sink so they are saturated by the water and massage the fabric
  • Turn the gloves inside out, if it’s easy to do so, and repeat the cleaning process
  • Rinse the gloves in fresh, clean water to remove any residual detergent
  • Squeeze the gloves to remove excess water but do not wring them out
  • Lay the football gloves on a towel to air dry naturally – never dry them with heat

Many football gloves are made from polyacrylic materials, and while these don’t require a special laundry detergent, it’s always worth using a gentle soap, like Persil Silk & Wool.  


How to wash a football jersey or shirt

When it comes to washing a football jersey you need to tackle two things: stains and smells. Fortunately, with a little help from Persil, it’s easy to do so.

  • Treat stains as soon as possible with the Persil small & mighty Stain Eraser Ball
  • To tackle smells, sprinkle a little baking soda onto smelly areas, like armpits, before washing
  • Wash at 30 degrees if the care labels state that the fabric can be machine washed
  • For stubborn smells, add half a cup of white vinegar to the drum before washing or wash with a fragrant fabric conditioner, like Comfort Intense
  • Always check that all stains have been removed before drying. If not, simply repeat the process
  • Hang shirts and allow to air dry in a well ventilated place. Never dry with heat

Learning how to wash a football jersey quickly and easily is simple, and it means your kids’ football kits will look fresh and clean when the next match day rolls around.  


Keeping football kits looking great

If you’re a parent of an aspiring sports star, knowing how to wash sports shoes and other sports clothing is an important skill to have. However, it’s also a good idea to share the best ways to take care of their clothing with your little sports fans. This might help to make washing football kits even easier, and could even prolong the life of their football kits.

  1. Encourage your kids to untie their laces, rather than kicking boots off at the heel
  2. Avoid having your kids wear a backpack over their jersey – the fabric can become worn
  3. Encourage careful use of gloves to protect the latex, like no dragging them along the floor

Washing football kits when they’re covered in mud and grass stains can seem like hard work, but with these handy hints from Persil, your kids will be ready to hit the pitch in no time! Check out our tips on mud stain removal for more useful advice on how to tackle these types of stain.

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