How to Clean Scuff Marks on a Soccer Ball

Skittering across grass and mud, propelled by cleats that may not always be perfectly clean, soccer balls easily become scuffed and sullied. Though dirt and grime are inevitable, they can decrease the ball's lifespan and ultimately its playability. Removing scuff marks from your soccer ball is a task that is as quick as it is simple, so you can get right back out onto the field.

Soccer ball
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Keep your soccer ball looking like it did the day you bought it.

Step 1

Wipe off the soccer ball with a damp cloth. Scuff marks and superficial dirt can often be removed with a simple wipe-down.

Step 2

Dry the ball with a clean dry cloth and inspect it.

Step 3

Mix a mild, bleach free dish or hand soap with warm water.

Step 4

Dip a sponge or cloth into the soapy water and scrub stubborn scuffs away.

Step 5

Rinse away soapy residue with a damp cloth.

Step 6

Dry the ball with a dry cloth.


Melynda Sorrels

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.