Almost all bowling enthusiasts pay extra attention to the care and cleaning of their bowling ball. Aside from the obvious reasons of the owner not wanting to get too much of the lane's oil on their hands and clothing, cleaning the bowling ball regularly will keep it in good condition, thus maximizing the performance and extending the life of the bowling ball.
There are many ways to clean a bowling ball. Here are some of the quickest and easiest methods that you can use to keep your ball shiny and oil-free in no time.
- Choose a bowling ball cleaner. There are dozens of acceptable ball cleaners available in the market, even in your household that you can choose from. You can use rubbing alcohol and detergents if you want to make use of cleaners readily available in your home. Window cleaners and ammonia are good options as well. If you are keen on using only the most recommended manufactured ball cleaners, specifically formulated for bowling balls, then simply visit any sporting good shop or your local malls and choose from a long list of commercial cleaners such as 2EZ2 Strike Bowling Ball Cleaner, Alley Catz, Awesome Ball Cleaner and a whole lot more.
- Apply the cleaner to the bowling ball. Get your ball cleaner, say, a rubbing alcohol, and apply a small amount of it in a dry rag or washcloth. Cover the ball's finger holes with sticky tape to ensure that the cleaners will not get into them. Otherwise it would be very difficult to clean the holes and it might cause the holes to become slippery which, of course, might affect your grip. Wipe the ball with washcloth or rag in regular circular motion. Make sure that the entire surface of the bowling ball is covered. The alcohol or any other approved ball cleaner for that matter, will effectively remove the excess oil, which might have accumulated in the ball's surface after playing too many games.
- Allow the ball to dry. Air-dry the bowling ball and wipe the excess cleaner. This is important to prevent the ball from getting damaged.
- Polishing and sanding. Occasionally, you might need to do a little bit of polishing to increase the amount of back-end reaction. Polishing the ball, especially if you notice that the surface is starting to become dull will prevent the ball from hooking up too early. This will help the ball save more energy to ensure that it reaches the back end with enough force.
Sanding is also required every once in a while. But if you are still an amateur, you might want to seek the help of a pro bowler before taking out your sand paper. This process will remove dirt and scratches that might have built up on the surface of your ball due to prolonged use thus restoring your ball's hook potential.
- Resurfacing. Indentations and grooves on your ball's surface are bad news. You will notice this after 50 games or so. It is best to resurface your ball in this case. Invest on a ball spinner, as this is the most effective tool for resurfacing your bowling ball through the polishing and sanding process.
A good preventive measure is to clean your ball after 10-12 twelve games so that you can keep the oil from penetrating too deep into the ball that it becomes damaged.