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Cleaning Kevlar Paddle: Rubber Eraser vs. Microfiber Cloth - Pakle Pickleball Company

Cleaning Kevlar Paddle: Rubber Eraser vs. Microfiber Cloth

Maintaining your Kevlar paddle is crucial for ensuring its longevity and optimal performance on the court. Two common methods for cleaning Kevlar paddles are using a rubber eraser and a microfiber cloth. Today, we will compare the effectiveness of these two tools and observe if they cause any damage to the paddle.

The Impact of Dust on Kevlar Paddles

Many players have noticed that Kevlar paddles seem to accumulate dust more easily, leaving visible marks on the surface. This observation raises a crucial question: does this dust affect the paddle's spin performance?

To answer this, we conducted an experiment using a 500x magnification lens to observe the paddle before and after use. Here's what we found:

1. Dust Accumulation on Kevlar Paddles

  • Kevlar paddles, known for their textured surface, tend to attract and retain dust particles. This can be more noticeable compared to other paddle materials.
2. Effect on Spin Performance
  • The dust layer can potentially reduce the friction between the ball and the paddle surface, which is essential for generating spin. A cleaner paddle surface typically offers better grip, translating to improved spin and control.


Cleaning Methods: Rubber Eraser vs. Microfiber Cloth

To maintain the optimal performance of your Kevlar paddle, regular cleaning is essential. We decided to compare the effectiveness of a rubber eraser and a microfiber cloth on a Kevlar paddle that has been in use for about a month. To do this, we selected specific areas on both sides of the paddle for cleaning.

Microfiber Cloth

Before Cleaning:
Similar to the rubber eraser test, the paddle surface had accumulated dust and grime.

After Cleaning:
Microfiber cloth is highly effective at cleaning dirt from crevices. When used damp, the microfiber cloth lifts and removes the dirt, leaving the surface looking as good as new once it dries. 


Rubber Eraser

Before Cleaning:
The paddle surface showed visible dust and debris, particularly in the small crevices.

After Cleaning:
Comparatively, using a rubber cleaning tool on the other section of the paddle required a bit more effort. While it did clean the surface, it was less effective at getting into the tiny crevices where dirt can accumulate. The rubber tool was better suited for quick, on-the-spot cleaning rather than a thorough deep clean.


Important Notes

When a Kevlar paddle is used for an extended period (more than six months), the surface resin may wear off, exposing the Kevlar fibers. In this case, using a rubber eraser might pull out the Kevlar fibers, damaging the surface. However, if you do not notice any fraying on the paddle's surface, you can use a rubber eraser for cleaning without worrying about damaging the paddle.



Both cleaning methods have their benefits. The rubber eraser excels in removing dirt from hard-to-reach areas without harming the resin, making it a superior choice for a deep clean. On the other hand, the microfiber cloth is excellent for regular maintenance and preserving the paddle's surface.

For regular maintenance, we recommend using a microfiber cloth to clean your paddle. This method offers a gentle yet thorough cleaning, ensuring your paddle maintains optimal performance. For detailed instructions, please refer to our other blog post.

Maintaining your Kevlar paddle with these methods ensures its longevity and peak performance on the court. Happy playing!


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