How to Clean & Care for your Pickleball Paddle
The importance of maintaining your pickleball paddle cannot be overstated. As the primary equipment for playing this popular sport, your paddle requires regular cleaning and care to ensure optimal performance and durability.
Take a look at the top tips for cleaning your pickleball paddle and the steps you can take to elongate its lifespan.
How to clean your pickleball paddle
To enhance your ball control and generate spin, most paddles feature a textured hitting surface. However, the texture of the paddle face tends to accumulate dirt from the ball over time, which can alter your play.
Cleaning the hitting surface
Fortunately, cleaning the hitting surface of most paddles is a straightforward task that only requires two household items: water and a lint-free cloth. It’s crucial to avoid using household cleaners as they leave behind a sticky residue on your paddle face. Simply dampen a cloth and gently scrub away any dirt or reside along the paddle face and edge guard.
Please note that the graphics on your paddle face may naturally wear away due to contact with the pickleball. This is a normal occurrence unrelated to your cleaning routine.
Cleaning carbon fiber pickleball paddles
Carbon fiber pickleball paddles are increasing in popularity, and due to their grittier paddle faces, they tend to accumulate debris from pickleballs more quickly. To clean a carbon fiber paddle face effectively, use a carbon fiber cleaning block. Simply rub the block over the surface of your paddle in a circular motion and the block will quickly and easily remove any dirt or debris, leaving your paddle like new.
Cleaning the paddle grip
During play, your paddle handle can accumulate grime from your sweat and exposure to the elements. To preserve the longevity of your grip, it’s essential to wipe off the handle with a towel or damp cloth after each playing session. Once clean, ensure it’s dry by using a separate cloth.
At some point, you’ll likely want to replace the grip, which is an easy process that can be done at home.
How to care for your pickleball paddle
Even with a regular cleaning routine in place, there are additional measures you can take to prolong the lifespan of your pickleball paddle.
Avoid extreme temperatures
Pickleball paddles, like most sporting equipment, are sensitive to extreme temperatures. Cold air can increase their brittleness, making them prone to breakage. Excessive heat can soften the paddle face and may cause delamination. It is best to bring your paddle in from the car or garage and store it in a dry, room-temperature closet.
Avoid getting the paddle wet
Although a bit of rain won’t hurt your paddle, submerging it in water or any other liquids should be avoided. Many paddles feature a honeycomb core that could trap water inside your paddle face, making it harder to use.
Handle with care
Pickleball paddles are designed to withstand the force of hitting the ball repeatedly. However, they are not meant to be forcefully slammed against the ground when frustrated or after losing a close match.
Be mindful of the edge guard, as wear and tear in this area indicate frequent contact with the ground. Consider adding edge guard tape to your edgeless paddles to help keep the ends safe from scrapes and dings.
When not in use, store your paddle in a safe place to prevent accidental damage, such as it getting stepped on or stored underneath something heavy. Consider using a paddle cover for added protection against scratches.
How long a pickleball paddle should last
The lifespan of a pickleball paddle typically ranges from one to five years, depending on usage and the level of care it receives. While Selkirk Sport offers a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects, natural wear and tear are to be expected.
By following proper cleaning and maintenance practices, you can significantly enhance your performance on the court and extend the lifespan of your paddle.