cleaning advice required

13 messages
05/07/2003 at 18:03
I ran a craoss country race in the week. During the day we had had torrential rain and as a result the course was VERY muddy. My running shoes were covered. What is the best way to clean /dry my shoes and prevent them from 'smelling' once dried out?
05/07/2003 at 18:07
Few I thought we were talking housework for a minute!

Was going to post...

05/07/2003 at 18:38
Wait till they're dry and go over them with a scrubbing brush.

Wouldnt bother trying to get them to smell sweet. Only way you'll really do that is in a washing machine and as Maggie S says


Might be worth buying a pair specifically for off-road/trail. They tend to be slightly cheaper than road shoes and it means you cane keep your road shoes cleaner for longer.
05/07/2003 at 18:45
You are talking about your running shoes there aren't you Xerxes?

WildWill    pirate
05/07/2003 at 18:46
I just wait for mud to dry than use nail brush

Or not bother cleaning them :o)
05/07/2003 at 18:50
If I'm being honest, I wait till half an hour before my next race and retrieve them from the Tesco bag they've been in ever since the last race, then bang them together for a few minutes.

Lets face it, if the soles are only going to last 400-500 miles seems pointless ensuring the rest of it's pristine.

Mind you, I go mad with the kids when they do the same! I'm a baaad parent!
WildWill    pirate
05/07/2003 at 18:51
Less than 400 if your a big lad

I like a good bang as well

easyer than rubbing
05/07/2003 at 18:52
Glad I'm not the only one who employs the banging them together technic!
WildWill    pirate
05/07/2003 at 18:55
05/07/2003 at 19:02
Hey, dont knock it till you've tried it

05/07/2003 at 22:49
To stop them stinking the house out put a tumble drier sheet (like Bounce) in each, remember to remove before next run....

I know you shouldn't, but I put my off road in the washing machine, ankle deep in pig s**t in an event last year, it was the only option.
Monique    pirate
05/07/2003 at 22:50
If my shoes are wet through to anyway I stick them under the tap and scrub them with a vegetable scrubbing brush from Ikea bought for this purpose, stuff them with newspaper and leave to dry- of course it takes a few days so I would have more than one pair.
06/07/2003 at 14:14
I leave mud on, stuff paper inside & bang mud off when dry. At least that's the plan occ get left in plastic bag for 2 days. Not nice!

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