Bootwipers are an essential tool to have available during muddy weather. They may be used to prevent people from tracking mud and clay into an indoor space or they may be set up outdoors. No one wants to play sports with their shoes full of heavy mud, so it’s helpful to wipe them clean before running onto the field.
What is a Bootwiper?
A bootwiper is a device that is designed to allow you to clean your shoes. They usually involve a horizontal brush section for the sole of the boot or shoe, along with a vertical section that allows you to clean the sides.
The brushes are ideal for cleaning cleats where the mud and grass may get caught in the design and this can be difficult to simply scrape away. With the stiff bristles, it’s possible to clear the grime away easily, regardless of cleats or traction.
What Size Do You Need?
How many people will need to wipe their boots at once? A single bootwiper won’t be enough for a full team of rugby players. This means you’ll need to plan ahead and install enough bootwipers to ensure everyone gets through rapidly. Otherwise, they’ll simply enter the building with muddy boots rather than wait in queue for their turn at the boot cleaning device.
There are also bootwipers that are set up to allow two people to clean their boots at once. You may need several to ensure that everyone can move quickly into the locker room.
Should You Use Add Ons?
Not all bootwipers are made alike. Some simply have the brush on them, while others have scrapers integrated. These are stiffer pieces that allow you to scrape flat surfaces against them. The scrapers are useful against stronger pieces of mud, such as heavy clay or even rocks. The harder surface will let you remove even the more stubborn materials.
You may also want a bootwiper with a handle built on to make it simpler to clean your boots. These give additional stability and are attached to the bootwiper or they may be connected to the wall above it. Ensure your players can stand firm when they’re wiping their boots to avoid falls and slips, which could result in serious injury.
Need to ensure that your teams can keep their footwear clear of mud? At Sportsmark, we offer a range of versatile options in bootwipers. Take a look at your choices today.