There are many different brands of soccer cleats. Soccer cleats are made with combination of leather, synthetic textiles and microfibers, foam insoles, high tech outsoles and sometimes cotton laces. All of these surfaces form a multidimensional weave of potential breading grounds for bacteria.
Of course when you combine moisture like sweat, rain, mud or soil in places that do not dry quickly you can end up with the stinky smell of a bacteria breading ground. Bacteria grows exponentially. Doubling every 15-20 minutes. When bacteria off-gasses or multiplies it produces that nasty foul odor we all recognize as shoe funk.
Exponential Growth Phase of Bacteria
Hours – Bacteria
00:00 – 1
01:00 – 8
02:00 – 64
03:00 – 512
04:00 – 4,096
05:00 – 32,768
06:00 – 262,144
07:00 – 2,097,152
08:00 – 16,777,216
09:00 – 134,217,728
10:00 – 1,073,741,824
11:00 – 8,589,934,592
12:00 – 68,719,476,736
24:00 – 4,722,366,482,869,645,213,696
Odor in cleats is controllable if steps are taken to protect a new pair with products like OdorBalance long-lasting Overtime spray. Most of us however are reactionary when it comes to taking preventative measures to protect footwear from becoming smelly. Don’t here this much anymore, but “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”
If you were not able to protect your soccer cleats when they were new, you can restore them by using OdorBalance® Offense/Defense cleaning system. This system is a concentrated product that mixed with water it creates a cleaning dip that removes the odor and its sources (dirt, sweat and bacteria). Follow this with a defensive long lasting protecting dip, dry …and your good to go!
In this video Drew Westervelt, OdorBalance partner, introduces and explains the OdorBalance product line.
Many are nervous to dip a new pair of cleats in a solution but I assure you that all of them are designed to get wet. In fact many recommend that when you are breaking in a new cleats you but them on and wear them in the shower. In our case you may want to dip them in OdorBalance Defense or apply OdorBalance Overtime spray, put them on, take a walk and them let them dry.
Your car rides will be less smelly, your soccer bag will be fresher, your teammates will be impressed, and your family will let you bring your things into the home again.
Restore, Protect and Maintain using the OdorBalance Cleaning System line of products.