How to Clean Synthetic Leather Cleats

Written by ehow contributor | 13/05/2017
How to Clean Synthetic Leather Cleats
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Synthetic leather cleats can be used in football, soccer, or baseball. The upper part of the cleat is not made from actual leather, like a traditional cleat, but should be cleaned just as often as leather cleats. Synthetic leather is not as malleable as leather and should not be cleaned exactly as you would clean your leather cleats. Cleaning your cleats regularly lengthens their lifespan.

Loosen your laces and remove your synthetic cleats without having to force them off your foot. You do not want to distort the shape that your cleats have formed. Clean your cleats as soon as you are done using them to make the cleaning process easier.

Use a soft brush to remove dirt and grass from all over your cleats. You can use a soft toothbrush, for example.

Use a damp cloth to remove any excess dirt from your cleats.

Insert newspaper into your cleats to help them maintain their shape while they are drying. Place your cleats in natural heat. Do not use any unnatural heat, such as a hairdryer, to speed up the drying process.

Grease your studs if they are screwed into the boot. Greasing will help prevent any rust from forming. Only grease your cleats once they are finished drying.


Do not use any oil or leather protector on your synthetic leather cleats.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use any oil or leather protector on your synthetic leather cleats.

Things you need

  • Synthetic leather cleats
  • Soft brush
  • Damp cloth
  • Newspaper

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