So, you’ve decided to try out the sport of volleyball. Maybe it’s been a while since you went back to playing outside, or maybe you have a new pair of shoes that are really leg-stretching. Either way, you’re going to need a pair of volleyball shoes.
However, even if you’re an experienced player, it’s still important to take the proper steps towards maintaining your shoes. And that means washing them from time to time. But how do you do this?
Removal Of The Odor
The first step, of course, is to get rid of the odors. The best way to do this is to get the shoes out and air them. Let them sit overnight in a cool, airy spot with the insoles removed and airing out.
Here is the step by step process on how to make your volleyball shoes smell goods:
1. Remove the shoestring and stretch out the tongue.
2. Soak two cloth or old pair of socks with baking soda.
3. Place the cloth in the inner side of your shoes. Make sure it is positioned to let air flow and dry properly.
4. Let it sit overnight until morning time. The baking soda will absorb all of the dirt, odor, and moisture from your volleyball shoes.
5. When you take out the cloth or socks placed inside your shoes, shake them off to remove any baking soda particles or residue left inside your shoes after baking soda absorption process is done.
6. Apply some kind of deodorizer inside your shoes to remove all the remaining baking soda odor. You can use deodorants, or even baby powder or baking soda itself.
Wash Your Volleyball Shoes
Now that your shoes have been deodorized and are ready to go, you’ll need to get them washed. You can do this in a basic washing machine or if you prefer, by hand.
1. Wipe off the dirt that used to be on your basketball shoes by wiping it with a clean cloth.
2. Just like the deodorizing process above, you can use a small amount of detergent or even just a piece of fabric softener sheet to wash the exterior of your volleyball shoes.
3. Rinse the volleyball shoes with water after spraying them with some detergent or fabric softener sheets and let them air dry.
4. When your volleyball shoes are dry, reapply the shoe coloring on the exterior and you can also reapply your shoe’s traction.
How to Make Your Volleyball Shoes Last
Now that you know how to wash your volleyball shoes, it’s time to take care of it by making it last longer. Here are a few tips:
1. Use the proper materials that are designed for washing your shoes. For example, use mild detergent, not harsh ones that can ruin leather.
2. Make sure you clean off excess oil on the insoles using a damp cloth or brush.
3. Once your shoes are dry, rub them off to remove the dampness or oil on the insoles.
4. Wash your volleyball shoes periodically after each season to prevent staining and dirt build-up and maintain its strength for another use.
5. Store your volleyball shoes away from sunlight, water and dirt to prolong the life of the shoe by keeping it clean and free from staining.
Although proper care will make your volleyball shoes last longer, never expose them to the following things:
1. Indoor Volleyball Courts
Many volleyball courts are of the indoor variety, which means they are part of a gym and are not regulated by rainfall or other weather factors. The floors become slick with moisture, and they can be quite dangerous to play on when that happens. These courts often have unprotected wires and other sharp objects in them, as well as hard surfaces that can damage your shoes.
2. Extreme Weather Conditions
When it comes to the weather, you probably already know that your shoes can get wet and muddy. But would you be prepared if they started to freeze? If a hard rain hits while they’re drying, they could turn out to be wrecked. The only way to get around this is if you bring them in right away when you return from practice or play, or if your gym has a dry changing area for shoes before coming outside again.
3. Indoor Stalls
In a lace-up shoe, one of the most vulnerable areas is around the tongue. The laces can become entangled and cause the tongue to loosen up. If this happens, your shoes will needs to be taken apart and re-adjusted so that they don’t become loose. However, this still does not protect against other hazards in an indoor locker room. Stalls and lockers can be wet and can cause your shoes to become even more dirty. If this happens, you’ll need to take extra care when washing them.
To Sum Up!
I hope that this article was able to help you out. Knowing how to wash your volleyball shoes is important because the last thing you want is a pair of shoes that smell bad or became too dirty to wear. It’s also an easy way to preserve the life of your volleyball shoes and keep them in top shape. Just remember to take care of them, use the right materials and follow the above tips and you should be able to extend the life of your volleyball shoes by many seasons if not more!