A clean bowling ball is definitely a happy bowling ball and once you have your bowling ball taken care off, the rest will be easy. It is important to make sure you have the right products to clean the bowling ball during and after the game. This can help improve your performance on the lanes a little more at game time.
Beginners might not find it important to clean the ball as often as the professional players do. This being due to the ball not absorbing as many particles and oils. Most beginners will start out in lanes that have been lightly oiled and the polyester bowling balls also don’t have too many issues with the coverstock needing to be cleaned often.
Using some of the tips and tricks I have attained over the last couple of years, I will be sharing some of the secrets and the methods that you can use to clean your bowling ball. Generally, you will have a hard-clean, performed after games and a quick-clean, which is performed during the game, when you are playing. Let’s have a look at these methods:
Table of Contents
- Cleaning Your Bowling Ball At Home In A Few Simple Steps:
- Bowling Ball Maintenance Explained:
- Benefits Of Good Bowling Ball Maintenance:
Cleaning Your Bowling Ball At Home In A Few Simple Steps:
Occasionally, you might need to consider having your bowling ball cleaned at the alley. These professionals have the right equipment that will clean the ball efficiently and effectively to make it look new and clean. However, the process can be a little expensive and daunting, which might not really be for everyone. To save you some time and money, here is how you can clean the bowling ball at home:
a) Tape Up The Finger Holes:
The finger holes generally consist of open parts of the coverstock. They have not been protected by a layer like the outer parts of the bowling ball and the cleaner you use might damage or even get stuck on the inside. It should not do too much damage if you spill some of the cleaners inside, but the consensus is to try to avoid this as far as possible.
Using normal tape, you can start by taping up the finger holes. If you have molded finger products, they can also be used and placed on the inside of the bowling ball holes to keep the moisture and some of the product from entering. This is commonly what will be used at the bowling alley. However, a little bit of product inside the bowling ball won’t make that much of a difference.
b) Brush Off The Dust:
One of the most daunting, yet still important parts to keep in mind is to brush off some of the dust on the outer surface of the bowling ball. The dust can form a little bit of a coating and before you even see then coverstock, this dust needs to be removed. However, it will not be that bad if you get into a habit of cleaning the bowling ball often.
A wiping cloth is your best solution when attempting to wipe down the bowling ball effectively. The wiping tool does not feature all the hard bristles of the brush and it can effectively help to remove some of the dust particles. It is worth keeping in mind that a hard brush might do more damage than good. The hardened bristles might actually scratch the bowling ball coverstock, especially when you have something softer like urethane.
c) Mixing Up The Cleaning Product:
You generally get two types of cleaning products that it used for bowling. The quick cleaning products are a little easier to use and they do not need any water solution to get you going. However, the more effective product must be mixed in water to ensure they work and to prepare for the bowling ball. It is also important to use warm water if the ball has a lot of oil on it. I try to keep it around 150-degrees Fahrenheit, but this can vary from person to person.
Generally, the cleaning agent you have chosen will have some sort of instructions imprinted to help when it comes to cleaning the bowling ball. You should try to follow these instructions as closely as possible. Once they have been followed, you should be able to clean the bowling ball more effectively and it all should work as it is intended to.
d) Wipe The Ball Or Submerge It:
If everything has been mixed to the right temperatures and the right amount of liquid, it is time for you to submerge the bowling ball. The bowling ball cleaner you use will vary and some of them will require you to actually wash the ball instead of submerging it. Submerging it might mean that you will need to have something better to protect the finger holes.
However, the effectiveness of wiping the ball is not that great. When I use a thorough cleaning agent, I commonly choose to submerge the ball in a large tub of water. By submerging it into a large tub of water, you will be covering the entire outer part of the bowling ball and it is less work on your part to clean all the oil.
You will need to follow the instructions when it comes to timing and how long the ball should be left in the cleaning mixture. It will vary depending on the product you are using and the efficiency of the product.
e) Take Out The Ball And Dry It Off:
The cleaning process should not take too long for you to complete and you will need to have it fully dried off before you can start using it. One of the best methods is to leave it to dry naturally. We do not recommend using any heat, as it might damage the integrity of the coverstock and weaken the overall bowling ball.
I have found that using microfiber towels work more effectively when you are really looking to make it shine and to have the ball give you the best possible performance. The microfiber towels are affordable and they will also remove some of the excess dirt that could have still been left behind.
The bowling ball can now be stored somewhere safe and out of the way of any dirt. If you have a bowling ball bag, the best advice would be to have it inside the bag un till you are ready for your next game.
f) Repeat Until Satisfied:
The bowling ball itself might also require a little bit extra cleaning. If you are like me and cleaning the ball is something you only found out at a later stage, you might need to repeat the above-mentioned steps until you are happy with the ball. We recommend following the instructions placed on the cleaning agent as well to ensure you get the best value for your money.
Bowling Ball Maintenance Explained:
A good clean is not the only thing that you need to keep in mind. The ball needs to be maintained as well to ensure you get the best out of it. Having seen people not maintaining their balls, here are a couple of things you can keep in mind to make the process a little easier. Perhaps you might even avoid a strenuous home cleaning session:
1. Take It To The Local Club:
Whether you believe this or not, but the local alley has a few more specialized tools and pieces of equipment that can help you with your bowling ball saga. If you take it to the local bowling alley, you should have it cleaned thoroughly in less time. These professional have tools that will wipe down all the oil and the debris.
They can also polish the ball for you to ensure it does not have any more scratches when you are playing, which ensures everything is looking perfect.
2. Buy An In-Game Cleaner:
If you have an expensive bowling ball and you are playing at a higher level, it is important to have a cleaner that you can use on the go. A cleaning agent that has been designed for use during the game will remove most of the oil, with some people even claiming the best bowling ball cleaners have the ability to remove all the oil.
However, you still need to give it a thorough clean and soaking every now and again. This will just reinforce the fact that the bowling ball not only looks clean, but the coverstock has been taken care off and can give you the best value for your money.
3. Products Must Be USBC Approved:
Just like in any sport, you will have one body that governs the entire sport. It is important to abide by their rules and having a product that has been USBC Approved is important, especially when you are bowling during games. The products need to be approved for use during these competitions and a label will generally let you know if they are.
This does not apply as much for your bowling cleaning agents you use at home. However, the agents that have been approved work a little better and they will not damage the coverstock on the ball.
4. Clean It Often:
We all have that slight lazy streak in us and we don’t like doing too much regular maintenance on things. However, it is fundamentally important that you do clean the bowling ball often. By regularly cleaning it, you won’t need to worry about any issues that pertain to dust that does not come off, or even the oil being damaged on the bowling ball.
Benefits Of Good Bowling Ball Maintenance:
I hope that you now have a decent understanding of bowling ball maintenance and how to get the best out of your bowling ball. There are a few things that will benefit you when you keep up the maintenance on a regular basis. Here are a few of these things and this will ensure that you can get the best out of your bowling ball:
- Better Performance: The performance of your game will definitely spike when you take better care of the ball. Things like your hook potential will be more accurate and you won’t have the bowling ball slip off in random directions or do random things when you are playing. Performance is vitally important.
- Ball Lifetime: The bowling ball will have a much longer lifespan when you choose to use it for your game. Instead of paying in excess of $100 a couple of times a year, you might have one bowling ball that will last you forever when you take good care of it. The only real change might be to upgrade the ball, but that is all part of the bowling life.
- Overall Look: Nothing is worse than a bowling ball that does not look maintained. The ball needs to look like a professional is playing with it, or you will have people judging you and everyone will notice. If you have things like signs and logos on the ball, you will be able to showcase them a little better as well.
While the benefits of a clean bowling ball are almost the same as having clean shoes, these are the 3 benefits you are most likely to enjoy with your bowling ball. It is important to get the best out of each ball and get your money’s worth when you have a bowling ball, especially the expensive urethane options used by the experts.
At first, I also did not like maintaining the ball and had a hard time to clean it. However, I have learned the hard way that it is important to care for the bowling ball and to make sure you look the part you want to portray. I do hope you have found this article helpful in your bowling ball journey and would love to see some of your comments below