For so long, I’ve been searching for an effective way of cleaning my football boots. I used to just hold the boots under a tap and scrub the mud off with a brush. However, thanks to Hannah over at Tygerpaw, we were sent two of their cleaning brushes that are specifically designed to help clean both the upper and soleplate. But does it actually work?
This is maybe quite a strange thing to include in a review about a brush, but the Tygerpaw’s unique layout ensures it’s always a joy to use. First of all, it’s lightweight but very sturdy. It’s really very comfortable to hold in your hands, and for me that’s something that adds to the overall package. As the label that it comes with says, the Tygerpaw is ‘ergonomic and easy to use’. The brush itself is quite unique. The bristles are shaped like an actual Tiger paw, with the bristles all being different lengths to fit into those little gaps in the boot. The bristles themselves are very soft, and you can rest assured that they will absolutely not damage your boot.
Cleaning the soleplate
Moving onto the actual bit that matters. Does it work? More often than not, cleaning mud off the soleplate is a difficult, thankless task that seems to take forever. However, using the Tygerpaw definitely helped me along with the process of cleaning my boots. I must admit, I felt the bristles were slightly too soft to be hugely effective, and when compared to a brush with firmer bristles, the normal brush definitely came out on top.
But with a little persistence, I eventually grew to quite enjoy using the Tygerpaw when cleaning the soleplate. You must always clean the boots with water, but using the Tygerpaw before to scrub at the mud allows you to simply wash the mud off afterwards. It’s really quite an ingenious design, and the Tygerpaw is something I can’t really live without when cleaning mud off my boots now.
Cleaning the upper
Despite having a few problems with cleaning the soleplate initially, cleaning the upper with my Tygerpaw was excellent. The soft bristles now come into the fore and really left my boots shining after. Using a normal brush may damage more delicate uppers, but there is absolutely no chance of that with the Tygerpaw.
Again, it doesn’t exactly get rid of the mud immediately.. You must rinse the boot with water after. But it dislodges the mud gently, and it’s something that is really useful when cleaning the upper of my boots. It won’t damage the upper and that can only be seen as a positive really.
Undeniably, the importance of protecting your football boots is a continually growing trend, and having a simple tool to wash dirt off boots is something that is so simple, yet is an absolute necessity. Leaving boots covered in mud is the best way to ruin them almost immediately. With an RRP of £10, it’s hard not to recommend the Tygerpaw.
It’ll last you years, it does it’s job well and it’s cheap. With many players buying boots that are costing upwards of £150, spending an extra £10 for a Tygerpaw can easily add a number of months onto the lifespan of your boots.
To conclude.. The Tygerpaw is a product you can’t really fault. It’s not as effective as brushes with harder bristles, but it’s something that is uncompromising and it quite simply does it’s job. With such a cheap price, it’s hard not to recommend the Tygerpaw to every single one of you. You can buy it on the Tygerpaw website now for £10.