Baseball cleats get a really funky smell during the season. Most baseball players or their parents just live with it. But what can you do to get rid of the stinky smell in sweaty dirty baseball cleats? It’s easy. You need to clean them correctly.
Cleaning is defined as:
The purposeful activity of removing soil and unwanted pollutants from a surface to reduce damage or harm to human health or valuable materials. It is the process of locating, identifying, containing, removing and properly disposing of unwanted substances from an environment or material. -IICRC S100 2012
Topical disinfectants, odor eliminating fragrances, odor absorbing balls or molecularly changing odor molecules do not remove unwanted pollutants that cause the odor in the first place. Removing odor requires removal of the causes of odor. Things like bacteria, mold, mildew and soil. So if you want to get the funk out of your baseball cleats, proper cleaning is essential.
Scrub the cleat by hand in a bucket of water, kitchen sink or mop sink with a detergent that is designed to remove the pollutants that cause the odor. OdorBalance® Offense odorless, eco-friendly concentrated cleaner will do this. Using 2 oz per gallon, a little elbow grease and fully submerging cleat will remove most of the soil and odor in about 2-3 minutes. ** Heavily soiled cleats may require changing out soiled solution to restore item.
Dip the cleat in odorless, non allergenic OdorBalance® Defense to provide long lasting odor protection. Using 2 oz per gallon, fully submerging cleats in a solution and wait about 2 minutes.
Now you have clean, odorless restored cleats. All you need to do is dry them. To speed dry place near fan or near HVAC register or just leave them in the sun for a few hours. ** Do not recommend placing cleats in dryer using high heat. This may alter soles, leather or plastic/rubber parts
Our OdorBalance product line is perfect to not only clean your cleats, but also protect and maintain them from future odors and their sources.