After you’ve taken the plunge and sprung for your very own bowling ball, you might be wondering how to keep it in the best shape possible. Many owners have complained that their ball doesn’t roll the same way it used to, and they’re not able to achieve great results anymore. That’s because they didn’t prioritize proper bowling ball care in Hampton, VA. If you want to prolong your ball’s lifespan, you should regularly take care to remove any oil and give it a good cleaning.

Basic maintenance tips

When you get your ball back after taking a shot, you might notice a ring of oil around it. This is from the lanes, and if your ball absorbs the oil, it can damage it by compromising its grip potential, thereby impacting your game.

The best way to stop this from happening is to give your ball a wipe with a clean microfiber towel after each shot. Just hold the ball in one hand and spin it around while wiping with the other hand. After you’re done with your game, thoroughly clean your ball by spraying it with a bowling ball cleaner and wiping it down.

Eventually, no matter how well you maintain your bowling ball, some oil will seep in. If you feel that your bowling ball is no longer able to keep its grip, it may be time to bring it to Sparetimes for a deep bowling ball cleaning. This involves baking it at 110 degrees Fahrenheit while constantly spinning and wiping the ball.

Home bowling ball cleaning

If you want to make your own bowling ball cleaner, we recommend using equal parts distilled water, rubbing alcohol and Simple Green (a readily available all-purpose industrial cleaner). Put this into a spray bottle and shake thoroughly.

To clean the ball at home, you’ll need a bucket and waterproof tape as well as your microfiber towel. Tape up the finger holes to prevent water from getting in. Next, fill the bucket with hot tap water (about 140 degrees Fahrenheit) and add dish soap. Submerge the ball and let it soak for about 20 minutes, spinning occasionally. Dry thoroughly with the towel, and repeat until oil no longer rises to the top of the water. Depending on how long it’s been since your last cleaning session, it may take several times to remove all of the oil.

With regular bowling ball care in Hampton, VA, your ball will last significantly longer, and when it’s time for a deep clean, be sure to visit Sparetimes!

Sparetimes is an independently owned and operated bowling center, in business since 1960. When you visit us, you can enjoy more than 30 well-maintained lanes, as well as a pro shop, full bar and game room. We welcome individuals, groups, leagues, parties and more. If you need assistance or want more tips regarding proper bowling equipment care in Hampton, VA, stop by our pro shop today to talk to our friendly team. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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