How To Clean Ski Boot Liners

Skiing is one of the most popular winter sports. Come winter, ardent skiers get out their skiing equipment from the storage to hit the slopes as early as possible. With so much money being spent on skiing accessories, it is only natural (and sensible) for us to stretch their use for as long as it is feasible. One important accessory usually neglected is the ski boot.

Ski boots are an important accessory for skiing. They are made up of stiff plastic and can be fastened to a ski with ski bindings. The interior of the boot (inner boot) is lined with a detachable ski boot liner. It is made of a soft material that keeps your foot warm and dry. The liner is an important component of a ski boot.

Though it is not necessary to clean your ski boot liner every time you use it, it does accumulate sweat and dirt over time. It also becomes susceptible to mold and mildew. Apart from the foul smell, its performance could get affected.

Clean Ski Boot Liners

Cleaning your ski boot liners

Ski boot liners are made from specialized materials that cannot be washed like your regular clothes. You need to carefully read the manufacturer's instructions before undertaking the task. Some brands can be washed in a washing machine while some recommend only handwashing.

Items needed

  • Liquid dish soap.
  • 1/4th cup of ammonia meant for household use.
  • A sponge or a brush with medium bristles.
  • Paper towels.
  • Mild laundry detergent.

Handwash instructions

  • Detach the liners from the ski boot. These can usually be yanked out.
  • Fill a tub with lukewarm water.
  • Mix in a squirt of liquid dish soap.
  • Add the 1/4th cup of ammonia if your lining is smelly.
  • Soak the liner in the solution for around 5 minutes.
  • Use the sponge or the brush to scrub the liners.
  • Rinse to remove the cleaning mixture in clean water.
  • Wring gently to remove excess water.
  • Stuff the liners with paper towels so that they retain their shape.
  • Dry in shade.

Machine wash instructions

  • Detach the liners from the ski boot. These can usually be yanked out.
  • Add mild detergent to the washing machine.
  • Set the washing machine to a gentle cycle and wash.
  • Do not use the dryer to dry.
  • Wring gently to remove excess water.
  • Stuff the liners with paper towels so that they retain their shape.
  • Dry in shade.

Some things not to do

  • Do not use hot water to wash.
  • Do not wring it too much to remove excess water.
  • Do not use a heat source or a dryer to dry it (it’ll shrink or lose its shape).
  • Do not use strong detergents or cleaning fluid (it’ll ruin the delicate fabric of the liners).

To wind off

All manufacturers have clear cleaning care for their products. Follow them to the dot. There are also many cleaning products specifically made for washing ski liners. You can seriously consider buying them.

You can extend the life of your ski boots with a little maintenance. The liners, a vital part of your ski boots, will lose their efficacy with the buildup of dirt and sweat. Their pores will close making them less airy and warm. A regular cleaning schedule will make them last a long time and performing like new every time.

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