How to Remove Stains From a Soccer Ball on Artificial Turf

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Soccer is a fast-paced, intense game. The fast action can be tough on athletes as well as their equipment. After a tough game or long practice session, your soccer ball is likely covered with grass stains, cleat marks or scuff marks from artificial turf. As most balls are made from either rubber or synthetic leather, they are relatively simple to clean and care for. With some common cleaning products and a bit of elbow grease, your ball will look as good as new.

Make a solution of warm water and several drops of mild dish soap. Stir the mixture until the water is sudsy.

Saturate a clean sponge with the solution and wring out the excess water. Scrub away dark scuffs from artificial turf and dirty cleat marks using the abrasive side of the sponge.

Clean the nooks of the ball and any dirty threading using the head of an old toothbrush. Avoid using too much of the solution on your toothbrush, as some of it may seep inside the ball or loosen the threading. Wipe the ball dry with a soft towel.

Coat the ball with a light layer of synthetic leather cleaner and allow it to dry for half an hour.

Buff off the cleaner with a flannel cloth to restore a subtle shine and like-new look to your ball.


Soccer balls are made to endure the rigors of the field. Only clean your ball when it is caked with dirt, or severely scuffed by turf. Check the recommended PSI of your ball during cleaning and inflate if necessary.


Avoid using solvents or bleach to clean your ball, as these may erode the threading which holds it together.