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Cleaning and drying shoes ...(8 posts)

Cleaning and drying shoes ...Humma Hah
Jun 20, 2003 9:46 AM
I rode 50 miles in the mud on Sunday, and my shoes were a mess. I hosed them off and hung them up to dry in the garage, but it has been raining and/or humid since, and they never dried. Now they're mildewed.

These shoes are not worth much, $19 on sale at Performance, and 4 years old, but they're good mud shoes, keeping me from subjecting expensive shoes to such abuse. I've got them soaking in a disinfectant soap solution, but there's gotta be something better.

How do you guys care for leather/fabric cycling shoes, especially if they get soaked and muddy?
re: Cleaning and drying shoes ...Serac
Jun 20, 2003 9:58 AM
Just had this same problem after a nasty midnight thunderstorm rolled through Denver and left my routine ride covered with mud puddles. But, I developed a cleaning technique while living and mountain biking in the Northwest where wet/muddy feet are part of cycling. First, I would wash the shoes much as you did--with a mild detergent--and would use a toothbrush to scrape out the mud from nooks and crannies. The key, I found, was to then stuff the shoes with as much newspaper as possible to absorb as much moisture as possible. This step kept the shoes from becoming really nasty. If it is cold (and it nearly always was in Seattle), I would place the shoes next to the heat register to dry. Once dry, I would use a damp cloth to rub off the excess dirt and then treat the leather portion of the shoes with a wax based shoe treatment from Nikwax (I can't remember the exact name but if you hunt at your local REI/EMS, your sure to find it).

Hope that helps.
Put them in the ovenms
Jun 20, 2003 10:06 AM
I have had the same problem lately. My solution is to preheat the oven to the lowest temperature possible while I am cleaning the shoes (170 F on the oven at home). Then I turn off the oven and open the oven door for a few seconds to lower the temperature a few degrees. Then I put the shoes in and leave them there for several hours hours (with the door shut). If the shoes still are wet, I repeat the heating process. I never put the shoes in the oven while it is on.
I'm tempted to put them in the Thermotron ...Humma Hah
Jun 20, 2003 10:10 AM
... I'm sitting here in the lab, a Thermotron temperature/altitude chamber rumbling 15 ft from me. For half an excuse, I'd heat it up to 70 C, close the air ports, and suck the air out to about a 100,000 ft altitude (about 16 mm Hg). THAT would dry 'em.

Gotta get rid of that funky smell, first.
You wouldn't have a orgasmotron would you? (nm)jesse1
Jun 20, 2003 10:56 AM
There was one on the cruise ship last month ...Humma Hah
Jun 20, 2003 12:30 PM
The showers on the cruise ship were cylinders just the right size for one person, and they reminded me of the Orgasmatron featured in "Sleeper".

Alas, the nozzle was not positioned in a proper location to have the desired effect.
re: Cleaning and drying shoes ...JS Haiku Shop
Jun 20, 2003 10:11 AM
remove insoles, hose 'em out, stuff the pair with newspaper, leave overnight in laundry room. remove newspaper, loosen straps/laces, leg tongue hang out (!). will dry for next ride.
Alsocoonass
Jun 21, 2003 4:16 PM
once they shoes are dry, apply a good Automotive Vinyl/Rubber conditioner (i.e. Meguiars #40). This will not only help restore the color but will provide UV protection for the synthetic shoes, such as SIDI's Lorica.