Step-by-Step Guide to Hand Washing and Cleaning Rock Climbing and Bouldering Shoes

Step 1: Fill a Tub with Warm Wate

Fill a tub or sink with warm water at a temperature between 30-35 degrees Celsius (or 90-95 degrees Fahrenheit). Avoid using hot water, as it can damage the rubber sole, and cold water may not be effective enough.

Step 2: Add Mild Detergent to the Water

Add a mild detergent to the water to help remove sweat and dirt. Avoid using harsh chemicals or strong detergents that may damage the shoes’ soles and upper liner.

Step 3: Brush Off Dust Before Getting Shoes Wet

Using a small brush, gently brush off any dust from the shoe before getting them wet. This will prevent small chalk and dust particles from turning into mud and paste, which can be difficult to remove.

Step 4: Turn Shoes Upside Down and Tap Them

Turn the shoes upside down and tap them lightly on the toe box to remove any crumbles of chalk, rocks, or stones that may have fallen inside.

Step 5: Gently Scrub the Outside of the Shoes

Wet the shoes slightly and use the small brush to gently scrub the outside, including the upper, tongue, and sole. Avoid pressing too hard with the brush to prevent damaging the material.

Step 6: Clean the Shoes from the Inside

Using the same small brush, gently scrub the inside of the shoes, making sure to reach the hard-to-reach places in the toe box and upper. Dunk the shoes in warm soapy water to remove the loosened dirt particles, and repeat multiple times if needed.

Step 7: Rinse the Shoes with Fresh, Lukewarm Water

Drain the tub or sink, rinse it thoroughly, and refill it with fresh lukewarm water. Place the shoes in the tub and move them around to ensure water gets into any opening and hole to remove leftover soap.

Step 8: Completely Dry the Shoes

Shake the shoes to remove any leftover water, then use a clean towel to wick and wipe the shoes, removing as much moisture as possible. Stuff the shoes with newspaper or clean paper towels to accelerate the drying process, and avoid drying them in direct sunlight or near a heat source. Allow the shoes to dry completely before wearing them again.