How to Get Rid of Gum on the Bottom of Cleats

by A.N. Pike ; Updated September 28, 2017

Keep your cleats gum and dirt free.

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Gum on the bottom of your cleats has the potential of spreading. If the gum is still sticky, it can spread and get caught in your laces or even ruin your shoe. Instead of leaving the gum on your cleats and letting it wear off by itself, get rid of it and save your cleats from damage.

Freezing Method

Hit your cleats together to remove excess dirt and mud. Turn the affected shoe over so the cleats face up.

Liberally apply crushed ice directly on top of the gum. Apply enough ice so you completely cover the gum.

Place your cleat in large, plastic bag and put it in the freezer. As you move the cleat into the bag, try not to disturb the ice in-between the cleats. Keep the bag in the freezer long enough for the gum to completely harden.

Take the shoe out of the freezer. Place the shoe over a sink and turn it over. Shake the shoe so all the crushed ice falls into the sink.

Sit the shoe on a sturdy table with the cleats facing up. Pry the gum away with a semi-sharp knife. Work the knife tip around the cleats.

Rubbing Alcohol or Chemical Removal

Place your shoe on a sturdy work surface with the cleats facing up.

Saturate the head of a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol or chemical solvent.

Rub the saturated cotton swab over the gum. Let the alcohol or solvent sit for about five minutes or the recommended amount of time per your preferred solvent.

Gently scrape the gum off your cleats with the tip of a butter knife.

Saturate another cotton swab and rub it on the affected area. Let the solution sit for the recommended amount of time and scrape off once more.

Repeat until the gum is completely gone.

Gently wash off the area with a clean, soapy rag. Pat dry and let air with the cleats facing up.


  • Check your cleats for gum and debris after every wearing. Checking your cleats often helps you take care of gum and other problems before it spreads all over your cleats.

    Keep rubbing alcohol and other solvents on the bottom of your cleats. Avoid letting solutions drip onto the upper leather part of the shoe.

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About the Author

A.N. Pike has been a professional writer since 2006. She has worked for the "McKinney Courier-Gazette" and her campus newspaper, now freelancing for various clients. Pike earned her associate's degree in mass communications and journalism from Collin College.