How To Clean Baseball Cleats

Revitalize Your Game with Sparkling Clean Baseball Cleats: A Step-by-Step Guide
Written by Mark Bailey
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Stepping onto a baseball field inevitably means dirtying your cleats, especially after investing in a new pair. Fortunately, with consistent cleaning, you can maintain their pristine appearance and enjoy the satisfaction of sporting a clean pair every game.

  • Cleaning your baseball cleats is an important part of the game.
  • To clean them, you will need a brush/cloth, detergent or soap, and water.
  • Remove any debris from the cleats before applying detergent and scrubbing with a cloth or brush.
  • Rinse off any remaining soap before allowing the cleats to air dry in a well-ventilated area away from sharp objects.
  • Store them in dry, cool places to maintain their quality, and avoid leaving them out in sun for long periods of time, as this can damage material over time.

Materials needed for cleaning baseball cleats

There are a few things you are going to need before you can begin cleaning your baseball cleats. 

First, you are going to need a brush or a cloth. If using a brush, make sure the brush is soft and not too rough. A cloth or rag will work just as well. Next, you will need a cleaning solution, such as detergent or soap. Lastly, you will need water. Luke-warm water is preferable. 

  1. Brush/Cloth
  2. Detergent/Soap
  3. Water

Steps for cleaning baseball cleats

To begin the cleaning process, you’ll want to remove any loose dirt or debris, such as grass. You might find chunks of dirt on the bottom of your cleats that you will want to remove as well. You can do so with your hands or a separate towel. 

You will then want to grab your detergent or soap. Apply the soap to the cleat carefully. Avoid an excessive amount of soap. 

After applying, use your cloth or brush to begin scrubbing the cleats. Be sure not to scrub too aggressively, as this could harm the material. Focus on the main areas that are discolored by dirt. 

After a thorough scrub of each cleat, you can rinse the cleats with water to remove any leftover soap. Now, you will just need to let the cleats air dry by either placing them out in the sun or leaving them out in your house in a well-ventilated area. 

Tips for maintaining the quality of baseball cleats

If you’re a baseball player, you know how hard it can be to maintain the quality of your cleats. We are constantly wearing them out through the hours and hours of play. However, you can maintain the quality with a consistent plan. 

Instead of leaving your cleats in places like your trunk or bag, store them in a dry, cool place. This helps eliminate any unwanted odors and prevents possible buildup. 

You can leave your cleats out to air dry in the sun. But it isn’t ideal to always have them out in the sun. They can become dried out and lose their quality by doing so. Remember, it is essential to keep your cleats in a dry and cool place. 

It is also important to be careful of any object that could harm your cleats. Don’t keep them near any sharp objects. If you have metal cleats, wearing them on concrete can destroy the bottoms of your cleats. 

Another thing that makes it challenging to maintain cleats is the rain. Rain and wet fields are bad recipes for a baseball cleat. They can harm the cleat’s material and create bad odors. However, you can waterproof your cleats to help remedy any possible water entering the cleat. There are many different brands available that provide a lotion or solution that will waterproof your cleats.


Baseball cleats are an important part of your game. It is never a good look to always have dirty cleats. While it is normal to get them dirty, it should also be normal to clean them. A regular cleaning routine will help maintain and extend the quality of your baseball cleats. By following the steps in this guide, you can get rid of those nasty smells from your cleats as well as the dirty spots. 

If you care about your cleats, you should make it a priority to consistently clean them. It takes less than 5 minutes!