To clean a pickleball paddle and make it last longer, you don’t need chemicals or anything complicated. 

You only need a microfiber cloth and some water. 

In this article, I’ll show you how to clean the hitting surface and the grip of your paddle.

If you use a carbon fiber paddle, there’s a section dedicated for you on how to take an extra step to clean it properly. 

Let’s dive straight into the subject.

How to Clean Pickleball Paddle Face

The hitting surface can be made of different materials, such as graphite, composite, carbon fiber, or wood. 

You should clean it regularly because it can accumulate dust, dirt, and ball marks that can affect its texture and spin.

A dirty hitting surface reduces the bounce and speed of the ball and makes it harder for you to control your shots.

To clean the hitting surface of your paddle, you need a microfiber cloth and a bucket of water. Here are the steps:

  1. Dampen the microfiber cloth.
  2. Gently wipe the dust and dirt away from the paddle surface using circular motions.
  3. Do not rub too hard or use abrasive materials, which may scratch or damage the surface.
  4. Let the paddle surface dry completely before using it again. 
  5. Do not use a hair dryer or any heat source to speed up the drying process, as this may warp or crack the surface.

How to Clean Pickleball Paddle Grip

To clean or replace the grip of your paddle, you need a mild soap and water solution and a new grip tape if needed. 

First, inspect the grip for any signs of wear or tear, such as cracks, and peeling. If the grip is worn out or slippery, you may want to replace it with a new one.

To clean the grip

  1. Remove any sweat and dirt from the grip using a microfiber cloth and a mild soap and water solution.
  2. Rinse the grip with clean water and dry it thoroughly with a towel. 

To replace the grip

  1. Remove the old grip tape and wrap the new grip tape around the handle of your paddle.
  2. Make sure to follow the instructions with the new grip tape, and adjust it to your preferred size and tightness.
  3. Cut off any excess tape and secure the end of the grip tape with a finishing tape or a rubber band.

How to Clean Carbon Fiber Paddles

Carbon fiber paddles are popular because offer more power and durability.

But they are also more prone to accumulate dust and are vulnerable to scratches.

Other than using a dampened microfiber cloth to clean carbon fiber paddles, you can consider buying an eraser to clean them more thoroughly. 

One example is the paddle eraser made by CRBN. It’s specifically designed for carbon fiber paddles.

You can quickly remove ball residue, dirt, and minor scratches that towels and cloth fail to do. 

Why Should you Clean your Pickleball Paddle?

Cleaning your pickleball paddle properly keeps it in top shape and extends its lifespan. 

It can prevent it from cracking, or warping. 

It’s not only important for its durability but also for performance. 

A dirty paddle can affect your touch, and spin. 

Plus, it’s more enjoyable to play with a clean nice-looking paddle.

How often should you clean your paddle?

It’s best to clean your paddle after every use

But it is kind of troublesome, especially for people who play pickleball a lot.

So, a better indicator that you should clean your paddle is if you can visibly see that there’s excess debris and dust on the paddle face.

This generally happens from a week to a month depending on your paddle’s material and your playing frequency. 

What’s Next

Cleaning your paddle is essential if you want to make it last longer.

Other than regular cleaning, there are other things you can do to protect your paddle and make it more durable

For more information, you can check out my Care for Your Paddle article. 

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