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How to Clean a Pickleball Paddle - PAKLE

How to Clean a Pickleball Paddle

Introduction

One thing a lot of Pickleball players do not realize is that the state of their pickleball paddle can greatly affect the success of their game. Don't be surprised! Let’s give you an example. Most pickleball paddle materials have rough textured surfaces that allows pickleball players to spin on the pickleball shot. However, failure to clean the surface regularly, in the right way, will lead to a less textured surface that lowers the spin and overall performance.

 

Before you fret, note that cleaning your paddle will most likely not make you break a sweat. It is an easy chore that can improve your game and make your overall playing experience fun. Here, you will see all you need to know about cleaning your paddle, and you can best believe that if you adhere to these, your playing experience will go from zero to a hundred. It's going to be an educational ride! Come with us!

 

Understanding Your Paddle’s Material

There are different pickleball paddles shapes and materials. Here are some of the commonly used pickleball paddle materials!

 

  • Wood:In the past, hardwoods like maple were used to create pickleball paddles. Wooden paddles are what you'll refer to as vintage, timeless, and cheap. The common downsides are that they are heavier than most paddles, less durable and have a slightly thicker pickleball paddle grip size.

 

  • Composite:Composite paddles combine fiberglass and carbon fiber. They're best known for being light and for the excellent grip and control most players get. Composite paddles are a perfect fit for kids or youth pickleball paddle. They are popular among players who prioritize finesse and artistic touch over brute force or power.

 

  • Graphite: As the name implies, a graphite paddle is made from graphite. It is a lightweight and durable material known for its excellent touch, control, and responsiveness.

 

  • Kevlar: Kevlar® is renowned for its high strength, toughness, and thermal stability, ensuring that your paddle is not only durable and abrasion-resistant but also provides an exceptional playing experience.

 

Those are the commonly used materials for pickleball paddles. Going forward, we will review how to clean each of these Paddle's materials. Here's how!

 

  • Graphite Face: Graphite paddles are quite easy to clean. This is because they are nonporous. After each game, wipe your graphite paddle with a damp cloth or sponge. This will make any dirt, sweat, and other residues come off. Graphite Paddles are easy to clean and they do not require any form of abrasive chemicals to clean them. It's best if you go for subtle chemicals that won't damage your paddle. Better still, use water and mild soap for cleaning routine.

 

  • Polymer Core: Paddles with a polymer core are sealed, and they do not usually require extensive cleaning. However, whenever you want to clean them, wipe their core with a damp cloth to remove any surface debris or sweat. Do not submerge them in water—you will be setting your paddle for doom that way. Store your paddle in a cool place when you're done cleaning it.

 

  • Composite: Compositepickleball paddles require a soft wipe and surface. When you want to scrub the surface of a composite Paddle, do not scrub it with vigour. This will make it deteriorate over time. Also, do not expose composite paddles to direct sunlight. They can get easily damaged.

 

Basic Cleaning: Step-by-step Guide

Step 1: Remove Dirt and Debris

To start with, you need to first clean your paddle to remove any loose dirt and debris from the surface. After that, you can introduce your soap and water. You might be wondering why removing loose dirt is important. Removing loose dirt prevents the paddle from scratching during cleaning.

To do this, a soft brush or cloth will suffice. Use it to wipe the surface of the paddle gently. This will ensure that any buildup of dirt, dust, or debris that may have accumulated on the paddle during play will be removed.

Step 2: Clean with Soap and Water

Once you remove the loose dirt, go in with your soap and water. It will help to remove any grime and sweat residue. So get these three things — mild soap, warm water, and a soft cloth. Here's a quick guide on using these materials — Mix the mild soap with warm water in a basin or sink. Then, dip the clothing in the solution and squeeze it until damp. Afterward, gently wipe the surface of the paddle. Pay attention to areas that may be particularly dirty, such as the edges and seams of the paddle.

Step 3: Dry Your Paddle

Once you have followed step 1 and 2 above, you should cry your paddle. Drying your paddle will help you avoid any moisture-related damage and mould growth. To do this, you need a dry and soft towel to clean the surface of the paddle. It will help to remove moisture from the cleaning process. Also, ensure your paddle is very dry before storage or usage. You can also dry the paddle naturally in a well-ventilated area. Once it's dry, you can return it to a custom pickleball paddle cover.

Addressing Tough Stains and Scuffs

Sometimes, regular cleaning might not keep your paddle in good shape. Your cleaning routine might require a more serious approach to get things done. Your paddle can have stubborn stains and scuffs that refuse to come off. If that is the case, you can use specific cleaning agents and techniques without damaging the paddle surface.

 Safe Use of Cleaning Agents like Isopropyl Alcohol for Tougher Stains

Isopropyl alcohol is effective in removing tough stains like ball marks or adhesive residue from paddles. This cleaning agent cannot damage your paddle in any way if you use it correctly. Pour the isopropyl alcohol on a soft cloth or cotton pad. Gently rub the soft cloth on the stained area in a circular motion until the stain lifts. Ignore the urge to rub aggressively. Once the stain is gone, clean the pickleball paddle with a damp cloth to remove any residual alcohol. And before you keep your paddle, ensure it is properly dried.

Here are some techniques for gently scrubbing scuffs without damaging the paddle surface:

  • Use a soft brush or magic eraser, mild soap, water, and a soft cloth.
  • Apply light pressure and circular motions to lift stains gradually.
  • Do not use abrasive or harsh chemicals.
  • Clean the area you have scrubbed with a damp cloth after cleaning.

When you religiously employ these techniques, you can effectively address tough stains. This is another free tip for you: The best way to test a cleaning agent on your paddle is to put little drops on an inconspicuous part of your Paddle. Watch out for how your paddle reacts once you do this before you go ahead and apply it on other areas. A happy paddle equals a  happy paddle and a happy pickleball game!

Regular Maintenance Tips

Now that you know how to use your cleaning agents to effectively clean your paddle, it's time to educate you on day-to-day maintenance tips! Let's find out together!

 Routine Cleaning Schedule Based on Usage Frequency

 Having a routine is having a plan set in motion. It helps you coordinate things better. So, establish a routine cleaning schedule today! This should be based on how frequently you use your paddle. Your cleaning should be after every game if you're a regular player. For occasional players, try to clean your paddle once a week or after every use. Sounds overbearing? You can be sure that all of these are targeted at maintaining your paddle's cleanliness and performance.

 Store Your Paddle Properly to Avoid Unnecessary Dirt Buildup

Storing your paddle when it is not in use will help prevent any dirt and debris buildup. Never leave your paddle exposed to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures. When you expose these paddles to extreme weather, the paddle’s materials get damaged. This is not good for your paddle as the performance may be affected over time. A great way to store your Pickleball Paddle is to invest in custom paddle covers for protection from dust, scratches and damage.

What to avoid

When you're cleaning your Paddle, there are certain practices and materials that you should avoid. They can damage your Paddle's surface or compromise its performance. Here are some things you should avoid;

  • Harsh chemicals are harmful for your pickleball paddle. It's best not to use them.
  • Your paddle doesn't need too much moisture. It's best to use a damp cloth.
  • Stay away from sharp objects like scissors or blades to remove stubborn stains.
  • Store your paddle in a cool environment. Don't expose it to sunlight.
  • Do not scrub your paddle aggressively while cleaning. Give it a gentle scrub.

 

Conclusion

There you have it! Investing in a good pickleball paddle cannot be overemphasized. Cleaning your paddle regularly and in the right way is life to your pickleball paddle. There are lots of advantages that come with it. For instance, your paddle will be rid of any form of dirt and it will last longer. Also, cleaning your paddle regularly will, in one way or the other, determine how good or bad your pickleball game will go. So if you play Pickleball frequently, clean your Pickleball Paddle often. And if you're someone who plays occasionally, clean your paddle at least once a week or after every use.  

 

In all you do, do not go about with unclean paddles. It isn't good for your or your game. Thankfully , we have equipped you with all you need to clean your paddle efficiently. Now it's time to put all you've learned into practise! The instructions are simple — wipe your Pickleball Paddle regularly with a damp cloth and store it in a dry place. Remember that a dirty pickleball paddle equals a “dirty” pickleball game.

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