How to Clean a Bowling Ball?

It is no science to clean a bowling ball; if you don’t want to take your ball to the local pro shop, all you need are a few ball cleaners, most of which you probably already have in your pantry. In our guide below, we have elaborated on some of the most effective and known bowling ball cleaning methods.

How to Make a Clear Bowling Ball?

A clear bowling ball is made using polyester or plastic material. These can be custom-made, and you can have an object suspended in the middle. However, these are low in friction and thus less effective than regular bowling balls.

How to Get Glue Off a Bowling Ball?

There may be times when you might accidentally get glue on your bowling ball. For instance, you might get glue on your ball while trying to fix the inserts around the rim of the finger holes. As dreadful as it may sound, there is a method to get it off, which is by using acetone – but not nail polish remover.

However, make sure you are extremely cautious with it when cleaning your bowling ball at home, and use it only on the part where the glue is. Applying acetone on even dried-up superglue can help soften it, so you can peel it off easily.

Apart from acetone, gentler solutions for cleaning the bowling ball include using some homemade bowling ball cleaner, such as rubbing alcohol or opting for a deep clean.

For a deep cleaning, keep the holes completely covered with waterproof tape (for example duct tape), then submerge the entire bowling ball in hot water. Leave it submerged for about 20 minutes, and then wipe dry using a lint free towel. This will work to take the glue and excess oil out from the ball’s pores.

Clean Bowling Ball

Can You Use Acetone to Clean Bowling Balls?

Acetone is a great way to clean bowling balls. Put some acetone on a clean microfiber towel, as it is the only fabric that can easily get into the pores. Rub the bowling ball’s surface gently in circles till the surface seems clean. If it still seems dirty, you can repeat the process until you get the desired result.

However, you need to be very cautious with it. Only apply it to the affected area. Acetone is a very strong chemical, so it needs to be handled with extreme caution, as it can potentially weaken the cover of the bowling ball and take off its polish if used in liberation.

How to Clean Bowling Ball Finger Holes?

Cleaning a bowling ball’s finger holes is very simple, although it requires some patience. Using a microfiber cloth works the best, but a leather or cotton shammy will do the job too. If the holes are super gunky, you may require more time to clean them, which is why this should be a regular practice.

The best way to clean a bowling ball’s finger holes is by using your finger and wiping the holes with a lint-free, dry, microfiber towel, soft brush or shammy. Apply some pressure for a thorough cleaning process, especially around the rim. Just make sure to not use a wet cloth or put any detergent in, as it can go inside the hole and stay in there, creating an unhygienic environment and causing weird odors.

How to Clean a Bowling Ball Shammy?

A shammy is almost the same as a cleaning towel; the only difference is it is not as gentle as a towel. It is made from materials that can work on rough surfaces. It helps a bowling ball remain effective by taking away excess grime, all the oil, and all the dirt that builds up in the bowling lane. It also dries up quickly and is easy to store.

A shammy can be made of cotton, microfiber, or leather. It can hold ten times its weight in water and is super portable. It often comes in a cylindrical container that is used for storage purposes. However, just make sure that it is completely dry before you place it back in the container; otherwise, it may form mildew.

The best way to avoid mildew in your shammy is to clean it regularly with a microfiber detergent. Use a washing machine with a regular detergent to clean it or handwash it with regular dish soap and warm water. Completely avoid placing the shammy in a dryer; this runs the risk of messing up with the absorbency of your shammy’s material. Let it dry naturally.


Bowling Ball Cleaning FAQ

Even though it may seem relatively simple to keep a bowling ball clean, it should be dealt with caution. We have answered some frequently asked questions below, so you know the dos and don’ts when it comes to cleaning a bowling ball.

How Often Should You Clean Your Bowling Ball?

Proper ball maintenance and cleaning the ball regularly are a must to reduce oil and ensure the ball’s longevity. It is best if you clean your bowling ball after every game or at least after a few games. The frequency of resurfacing and deep clean largely depends on the type of bowler you are. For a professional bowling enthusiast, it might be necessary after each season.

Can You Use Car Wax on a Bowling Ball?

If you are looking for an inexpensive and quick way to give your bowling ball some shine and a fresh look, car wax is not the ideal solution for it. The wax can clog the pores of the bowling ball, hindering its overall performance efficiency.

Using car polish instead can lend you better results. Car polish has a lighter formula that does not clog the pores of the bowling ball surface, and it is easier to handle too. All you need is a microfiber towel and car polish spray.

Spray it onto the surface, then leave it for 10 to 15 minutes for the formula to work on the dirt. Then wipe it off with a dry microfiber towel till you see the clean surface brimming underneath.

Can You Use Simple Green to Clean a Bowling Ball?

Yes, Simple Green can be an effective cleaning solution for bowling balls. All you have to do is mix equal parts of Simple Green, rubbing alcohol, and water in a spray bottle, and then leave it on the ball for 15 to 20 minutes. The solution will work on the dirt and grime to loosen it up.

However, you have to be consistent with this as the solution is not meant to act as a protective layer for the bowling ball; it is only suitable for cleaning. Regular cleaning with this solution can also help improve the balls’ per-shot reactivity, which is essential if you are a high-performance player.

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