Climbing footwear is put through hell on a daily basis. They soak up the sweat of those who are trying too hard to burn, when they are not being jammed into crevices. It's disgusting when they do.

They can change if they want to. These are the most effective methods for cleaning climbing shoes without reducing their effectiveness.

When You Get Started Climbing, Should You Clean Your Shoes?

When and if you should clean your climbing shoes is not a simple question. To begin, the suggestions made by various producers vary.

According to Evolv, you shouldn't clean your shoes at all. They advise using cold water and washing by hand if necessary. Cleaning your shoes is perfectly normal, according to Scarpa, and the company suggests using water to flush them (see Method #1 below). While La Sportiva recommends a damp cloth wipe down, Butora suggests a soapy soak (see Method #2 below), and Black Diamond offers only general recommendations for water temperatures and detergents,

This begs the question: who is correct? In the absence of such data, it is impossible to draw any firm conclusions. Nonetheless, there are some pieces of advice that seem to be consistent across the board: don't wash your shoes too often, and don't use extremely hot water. Cleaning your shoes often or in hot water can weaken the glue holding them together. It depends on how often you climb to determine how often you should clean, but Butora recommends every two months.

Finally, regular cleaning can cause leather shoes to stretch or degrade. Although many mountaineers claim to have no problems washing their leather shoes, Evolv strongly advises against it.

In most cases, you shouldn't have any problems if you wash your shoes properly using the procedures outlined below. Avoid the risk altogether by using simple sprays to kill germs or mask odors.

Water Toilet

Cleaning your climbing shoes has never been easier. No soap is needed for this procedure.

In Need of

  • Shoes
  • With the sound of water running
  • To clean with a soft brush (or cloth) (optional).

1 Put Shoes Into Moving Water

Put your shoes in a sink or bath and run the water over them. Water should be cold or lukewarm, not hot.

Toss and scrub

To clean the shoe, rub the surfaces gently with your hands or a soft brush (a toothbrush works great for this). The best way to ensure a thorough cleaning is to wet the entire shoe, inside and out, and then rotate it in the water.

Keep going until the water stops being cloudy

The Third Method: Stuffing and Squeezing

Stuff the shoes with a microfiber towel, newspaper, or something else absorbent once you've cleaned them. This ensures that the shoes retain their form as they air dry.

Give the shoes a quick squeeze after stuffing to get rid of excess moisture. Obviously, this is optional, but it speeds up the drying process.

4. Let Air Dry

Allow your shoes to dry in the shade. Keep them out of the sun because that could cause them to peel. Depending on the weather, drying could take a full day.

Scented Bath 2

What You'll Want

1, Put Soap in the Sink

Once again, room temperature or cold water is preferred. Put the heat down a notch You can wash several pairs of shoes at once in a large basin.

Sprinkle on some liquid soap. We recommend using a gentle laundry detergent, but a drop or two of dish soap will also do the trick. You don't need a lot of soap to get the grime and dirt out of your shoes, so don't go crazy.

#2: Soak and flush

Leave your shoes in the water. Butora recommends soaking for 30-60 minutes, but even a shorter time can help. Put the shoes in the basin and fill it with water until the shoes are submerged. It's optional, but you can also brush them like you did in the first method.

3 Packing and Squeezing

The final two actions are identical to those in Method 1. When the shoes have had enough time to soak, remove them from the water and the basin. Fill them with newspaper, microfiber cloth, or a similar absorbent material. This aids in the preservation of the shoes' form during the drying process.

When you're done filling the shoes, give them a quick squeeze to get rid of some of the excess moisture. It is not required, but doing so speeds up the drying process.

After Step 4, Delay the Drying Process

Please use the shade to dry your shoes. Keep them out of the sun because that could cause them to peel. Depending on the humidity and temperature where you are, drying could take a day or more.

Can Washing Machines Be Used to Clean Climbing Shoes?

However, Butora insists that this is perfectly acceptable for their synthetic footwear, despite the advice of the majority of shoe manufacturers. There is a wide range of washers available, so use caution.

To get the best results from washing your shoes in a machine, we suggest the following:

  • You should never put leather shoes in the washing machine. Only use synthetics.
  • Tie or remove laces from lace-up shoes before washing. Leave the velcro on your shoes loose but closed.
  • They should be washed separately (or with other pairs of shoes).
  • Wash in cold water using a gentle cycle.
  • You can use some detergent, but no bleach or other harsh chemicals.

Gaining Footing Again

Keep your soles clean and grippy even if you don't clean the rest of your shoes to keep your performance at a high level.

First, wipe your soles with a damp cloth if they have become gritty or slippery. However, if that doesn't work, La Sportiva suggests using a bit of rubbing alcohol to revive the rubber.

Rub the soles together after washing and drying them for optimal performance. Rubber's maximum stickiness can be restored by applying a small amount of heat.

Send your shoes in for a resole when the soles wear out, before you damage the shoe rand.

Shoe Holder for the Wall

The climbing shoes should not be left in the sun, as is recommended by all shoe manufacturers. Shoes can deteriorate in the sun, hot temperatures, and cold temperatures. Shoes, like ropes and other climbing equipment, last the longest when kept out of the sun and damp.

Shoes that are still wet when they are put away are another no-no. Dry your shoes completely before storing them somewhere damp after a workout. Shoes should be kept in a mesh bag or other airtight container if there is no other option due to lack of space or time.

How to Break in Climbing Shoes is a Related Topic.