How to clean ski boot liners

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How to clean ski boot liners
A ski boot liner is used to protect the foot from snow and cold while skiing. (ski image by Andrzej Kaluza from Fotolia.com)

A ski boot is a stiff, plastic boot that can be fastened to a ski with ski bindings. The inside of a ski boot, referred to as the inner boot, is lined with a removable ski boot liner. This liner helps keep the foot warm, dry and protected from the snow while skiing. Although ski boot liners don't need to be cleaned after each use, they should be routinely cleaned to remove dirt, remove and prevent odour, and prevent mould and mildew from forming. Be sure to read the manufacturer's care instructions prior to cleaning the ski boot lining. While most brands can be washed in a washing machine, a few brands recommend only washing by hand.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Liquid dish soap
  • 1/4 cup household ammonia
  • Sponge or medium-bristled brush
  • Paper towels
  • Mild washing powder

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the liners from the ski boots. Typically they can just be yanked out.

  2. 2

    Fill a sink with warm water and a squirt of liquid dish soap. Add 1/4 cup household ammonia if the liners have a bad odour.

  3. 3

    Place the liners in the sink with the mixture. Allow them to soak for 5 minutes. Use a sponge or medium-bristled brush to scrub the liners.

  4. 4

    Rinse the liner under cool sink water to remove all soap residue. Wring all excess moisture from the ski boot liners.

  5. 5

    Stuff the ski boot liners with paper towels so they retain their shape and allow them to air dry. Do not use heat or a dryer to dry the liners, as that can shrink them.

  1. 1

    Remove the liners from the ski boots. Typically they can just be yanked out.

  2. 2

    Wash them in a washing machine set to a gentle cycle with a mild washing powder.

  3. 3

    Remove the liners once the cycle is completed. Stuff the ski boot liners with paper towels so they retain their shape and allow them to air dry. Do not use heat or a dryer to dry the liners, as that can shrink them.

Tips and warnings

  • Never use bleach or chlorinated laundry products when laundering the boots. The bleach can discolour the liners and ruin their effectiveness.

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