How To Clean Shin Guards In Five Easy Steps

How To Clean Shin Guards – Five Easy Steps To Keep Your Shin Guards Fresh!

Learning how to clean shin guards regularly will assist in keeping them in top condition and extend their useful life.

Regular cleaning of soccer shin guards will also help extinguish odours and reduce the chance of fungal or mold growth.

For cleaning all shin guards, follow these five simple steps.


How To Clean Shin Guards

Before you begin, it’s important to ensure your shin guards are dry so don’t clean them immediately after a match or training. Who can usually be bothered doing that anyway, right?

Stick the plug the kitchen sink (after removing the dirty dishes!) or use a basin and put your dry shin guards in.

Next, place something fairly heavy on your shin pads to stop them from floating when you fill the sink with water (a saucepan is ideal for this).


How To Clean Shin Guards

Sprinkle a combination of mild detergent and baking soda in the saucepan, (this is the best and cheapest combination to clean shin guards).

Slowly turn on the tap and fill the saucepan first with hot water.

Allow the hot water to over flow the saucepan and run until the shin guards are submerged ensuring the majority of the detergent and baking soda has flowed out of the saucepan.


How To Clean Your Shin Guards

Allow the shin guards to soak for approximately fifteen minutes. This will give the water some time to cool and the baking soda to work it’s magic.

Just enough time to stick the kettle on. This isn’t so difficult is it?


How To Clean Your Shin Guards

Remove the saucepan, pouring the rest of the water into the sink. The shin pads should now float to the top.

Remove them from the sink, rinse and set them on a towel or cloth to dry. Place them face down to allow plenty of air to get to the foam area.


How To Clean Your Shin Guards

Once dry, it is a good practice to spray them with a disinfectant to kill any chance of mold or fungal build-up, which will ruin the shin guards.

And you’re done, you now have clean shin guards!

This method is much easier on your shin guards than tossing them in a washing machine and will eliminate any chance of scratches or damage during the spin cycle.

With this method on how to clean shin guards you will have them sparkling with little to no lingering odor, and ready for your next game!

BONUS: You can download our full five-part Match Day Preparation Guide here!