How to Clean your Ping Pong Paddle and Why?

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Your attire speaks for your personality and the way you keep your gadgets show how dearly you love your work/hobby. For a Ping Pong enthusiast, you must keep your paddle clean and tidy. It’s a very basic gesture of your likeness for Ping Pong. There are a number of ways you can clean your paddle, and there are a number of products available in the market today as well. Also, you must be wondering why exactly do you need to clean your paddle and why is it important for your game. Keep walking along this article to know more of this stuff.

Why Do We Need To Clean The Paddle? 

Cleaning it regularly ensures the paddle’s rubber to be intact. As the rubber begins having dust and dirt on it, it’s quality deteriorates and it becomes less capable of gripping the ball. Accumulated dust or grime on the paddles can interfere with the action of the hands, which can further cause you great loss in the game. Dirt and grime also bring a dulling effect to the paddles. Some even like their paddle to be dusty to ensure less grip, that in turn helps them with their spin being reduced. This is pretty much with the defensive players, but, it’s better to be done with regular cleaning if someone wishes to be a good Ping Pong player, they need to know both- defence as well as attacking. Plus, it’s always better to repair your paddle than to replace it every time it gets worsened by the accumulation of dust and dirt. Your paddles will always work better and give awesome results if kept tidy. 

Did You Know? 

Ping Pong is the third-largest participated sport in the world after soccer and cricket.

How To Clean? 

There are more than one ways of cleaning your paddles and keeping them always ready for a game. If you love Ping Pong and you aspire to take it forward in your life, you need to keep showing love to the game and it’s gears, only then the game would reciprocate the same for you. Below are some of the best ways to clean your Ping Pong Paddle.

Water: 

There’s no medium better than water to clean anything. Accompanied by a sponge or a kitchen cloth, water is possibly the least expensive way of getting your paddles crystal clean. Dab the sponge or cloth into clean water (warm or cold)  and gently move it across the paddle’s surface until you see the dirt loosening up. The sponge will smoothly clear all the dirt out so there is no need for vigorous scrubbing on the paddle. Do it till you find the paddle to be completely clean and let it air-dry on it’s own. 

You can keep using your kitchen sponge or cloth if that’s convenient for you, or if you wish to provide a little extra care, you can also opt for the special Ping Pong sponges available easily in the market for the cleaning purposes. 

Toothbrush: 

Take a soft-bristled toothbrush and dab it into water. You can use just the water or some kind of cleanser (make sure it’s not a harsh detergent or something) to create a little more cleaning effect. If it’s a dotted or pimpled paddle that you are using, you better use this method for the cleaning. The teeth of toothbrush reaches to hard-reach areas and cleans it nicely. Once dabbed into water or cleaning solution, move the brush all around the paddle and once done, let it air-dry. 

Here again, you can go just for water or find something in the market that has been specially made to serve the same purpose in a better way. 

Rubber Cleaning Solution:

If the methods mentioned above aren’t solving your problem with ‘just the water’, you can always opt in to find some rubber cleaning solutions which are easily available in the market today. These solutions make sure that your paddles are cleaned in the smoothest way possible. There are a number of brands available all over the world. Research well before choosing one for your paddles

Although these solutions have been loved since long for the deep cleaning that they do, some players still complain that using these cleaners have deteriorated their paddle’s surface. It’s better to look carefully for the labels before buying one and choosing only the ones with a gentle cleaning that leaves out a light conditioning residue. This protects the ageing of your paddle. 

Baking Soda: 

Baking soda has always been known as an excellent stain and odour-remover. A paste of baking soda can be used from time to time to clean off stains and dust from a Ping Pong paddle. Use a toothbrush, dab it in the paste and smoothly rub it across the paddle surface. It takes off excess dust and keeps your paddles young for a longer time. 

Even though baking soda is a great cleaning agent, many have also complained about their paddle rubber drying out too soon using it. The fact is, excessive use of anything can be harmful. Use a little amount and rinse softly. Avoid vigorous scrubbing and see as your Ping Ping paddle shines being clean and tidy. 

Did You Know? 

Ping-pong became an Olympic sport in 1988 at the Summer Olympics in Seoul.

Tips For Better Paddle Health: 

Rubber is a durable material that is known to last very long, however, not taking proper care of it can easily lead to dying out of the essence of it. Too much moisture or too much dryness, both are equally harmful for the paddle’s health. Keep these in mind to ensure the best conditions of it. 

  • Avoid cleaning it with harsh detergents. These make the paddle rubber hard and lead to faster wearing away of it. Using alcohol or bleach are also not advisable. These too make the paddle rubber dry and brittle, and you end up replacing it again and again. 
  • When not playing, make sure to keep your paddles covered with a cloth, plastic or keep it in a box. 
  • Avoid keeping your paddles under direct sun. This also leads to faster wearing out of the rubber of the paddles. 
  • Keeping it out can also lead to oxidising of the rubber because of the moisture in the air. It’s always better to keep your Ping Pong paddles covered. 
  • While cleaning the paddle, do not forget to clean it towards the handles. These do not seem dirty but have always came in contact with dirt, sweat and body oils. Germs may accumulate because of these combinations in the paddles and you may fall ill. 
  • Using something like a UV Protectant can provide UV protection to your paddle, and can also prevent colour fading. It also protects from heat damages. 

Did You Know? 

There are more than 1,500 authorised rubber varieties in the world for Ping Pong paddles that players can choose from.

Conclusion: 

If you love a sport, you need to ensure the good health of the playing-equipments as well. Taking proper care of the equipments ensures that you can keep and play with those for a long time. With proper care, the Ping Pong paddles can give some hundred hours of play-time, great bounce and awesome spins. The more you take care of your paddle, the better it would serve you in a game. 

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