whoever said about SNOW being the best cleaner (Seren I think) - absolutely - my shoes were spotless on Monday after a run in the powdery stuff , not a single speck of mud on them at all
If there's water near the end of my run I'll take a detour through that to get the worst off, otherwise just leave 'em outside caked in muck and hope it rains. Once (if) dry I may bang them together a few times.
If mudded up, I'll run them under the tap. Otherwise it's a bang and drop.
There's a very handy little thing called the Mudsweeper. Small round thing with a very coarse brush and some knobbly bits for getting into the tread. Designed for this purpose. Cotswolds sell them. I use that and the good old tap.
Occasionally real stinky shoes go in the washing machine.
River or puddle towards the end of a run; then a gentle scrub in a bucket of warm water; into the washing machine every other wear; stuffed with newspaper to dry.
Come up like new.
I usually have to do her indoors' and sometimes the daughter's too!
I never clean mine unless they get so filty that the mud is inside the shoes and they are uncomfortable to put on the next time. Then I run them under the tap and rub the worst of it off.
But usually I just run through a puddle towards the end of my run, or stamp my feet hard when I next put them back on and the mud had dried
I never clean mine, what's the point? I run on the trail only and they would get muddy again. When they dry I bang one against the other to remove mud from the sole (I run in Inov8 Bare Grip spikes) and use a brush like for scrubbing floors to remove more mud if necessary.
I wouldn't bother washing off light external mud, but I hate the feel of dried mud or grit inside my shoes and I regularly run through ankle and even shin deep muck which soaks through the mesh and gets right inside them. I'd NEVER put shoes through the machine or even use soap to clean them, I just rinse them out thoroughly with warmish water and scrub off the insoles with a nailbrush then blot off as much moisture as I can with an old towel and sit them near a gentle heat to dry out.
we have a river next to the house which i use to cool off and wash off in. the snow here is also used for the same at the mo!
Kerry RW, any danger of getting the PM, quote facility and mail writing back to how they were about a month ago?
Various people have asked countless times now!
Get a plastic box from a diy store with a tight lid fill it with water and washing powder then put it in the car boot after your race pop the muddy trail shoes in, by the time you return home the wave effect will clean your trainers easy peasy
If they are just superfically muddy I leave them in the garage stuffed with paper. If they are soaked through with mud I put the hose in to get the worst off, stuff then with paper and leave them in the garage!
I have cross country shoes put them in a bag and the minute i get home i take them out put them in the sink and get my nail brush out and put them under warm running water and start getting initial mud off and then take my scrubbing brush to themthey are white, why do they make cross country shoes white!! well they are dirty white now, cant all trail shoes and cross country shoes be black!!!
I have the Inov 8 f lite 195´s so I normally rinse my shoes in the river or with the hose and let them air dry.
I don't clean mine, they might get vaguely dry standing in the kitchen before I wear them the next day, but really, life's too short. I barely get enough time to run, never mind polish my shoes. Having said that, I've come to the conclusion that the dirt around here is pretty corrosive. Pair of (lightweight) shoes came to the end of their life last night. New in December, maybe 300 miles tops.
If exceptionally muddy I'll leave to dry and then bang off the dry mud before the next run. If the insides are getting a bit on the grubby side I'll put them in the washing machine (VFF and Trail Gloves) but this is only once or maybe twice a year maximum.
Putting them in the washing machine, then tumble dryer not trendy anymore
Wouldn't do it myself anymore - I'm sure glues have changed (better or worse?). Also we tend to use lower temperatures in our modern washing machines.
leave them to dry and then run in them on a dry surface a bit to get some mud off. If they get really dirty just give them a scrub with a brush but muddy shoes are a good sign!
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