How to Clean Waterproof Golf Shoes

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How to Clean Waterproof Golf Shoes
Keeping golf shoes clean leads to better-looking and longer-lasting shoes. (golf legs image by Vanessa van Rensburg from

Serious golfers understand the importance of good equipment, and that includes shoes. Taking care of golf shoes involves more than just knocking the mud off the soles and replacing the spikes when they're worn. Taking just a few minutes after each round to clean your shoes not only results in better-looking shoes, but also can mean a longer life for them. While today's water-resistant shoes may not take on as much moisture as older shoes, they still need special treatment.

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Things you need

  • Soft- or medium-bristle brush
  • Soft cloth
  • Mild soap and water

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    Remove loose dirt, caked-on mud and other soil from the uppers of the shoe with a medium- or soft-bristled brush. While it's safe to use a stiff-bristled brush on the soles and spikes, stiff bristles can scratch the leather or synthetic uppers. If the soil is light, you may be able to remove the surface dirt with a cloth.

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    Clean soil that is ground into the uppers using soap, water and a soft cloth. If the shoes are leather, stick with a mild soap, such as dish detergent. If the shoes are synthetic and there are stains that are hard to remove with the mild soap, you can use a cleaner that is slightly more aggressive. Test the cleaner on an inconspicuous area of the shoe such as the tongue to make sure it doesn't attack the material. Remove detergent residue from the shoes by wiping them with a cloth dampened with clear water.

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    Dry your shoes in the open air at room temperature. Don't use blow dryers, heat guns or other artificial sources of heat, which may damage the leather or synthetic materials.

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    Maintain your shoes by occasionally using a conditioning product approved by your shoe's manufacturer. Your pro shop can recommend a good product, or you can check your manufacturer's website for a list of approved products.

Tips and warnings

  • Using shoe trees in your shoes when not in use will help preserve their shape. If your shoes ever become soaked, it is vital that you use shoe trees.

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