Cleaning a Bowling Ball

What You'll Need
Waterproof tape
Warm water
Liquid dish detergent
Lint free cloth
Bowling ball wax

If you own your own bowling ball, you'll need to take good care of it. This will help to ensure that it will last for many years of good use. One of the most important ways that you can help prolong the life of your bowling ball is to wash and clean it regularly. Read on for a brief guide on how to clean a bowling ball.

Step 1 -- Prepare the Ball

Begin by removing the ball from any carrying or protective case that you may keep it in. Examine the ball for any stains or dried pieces of debris that could be coating it, and remove them with a lint cloth if at all possible. Apply waterproof tape over the holes of the ball so that water will not get into these holes; it's essential that you properly protect the holes of the ball in this way, or else fungus and mold can begin to grow in the holes and cause a variety of other problems.

Step 2 -- Wash the Ball

Fill a sink with warm water and pour in a small amount of liquid dish detergent. Swish the detergent and the water around until it begins to lather slightly. Using your hand, cup small amounts of water from the sink and pour them over the surface of the ball. Do not drop the ball into the sink or in the water entirely, as this makes it more likely that water will get into the holes. Continue to pour water over the ball for several minutes or until the entire surface of the ball has been covered with water.

Step 3 -- Towel and Rinse off the Ball

Use the lint free cloth to rub down the ball gently. Do not scratch too deeply at any stains or items that may have collected on the surface of the ball. Instead, simply rub at the surface of the ball and use additional water to help remove those stains as necessary.

Drain the sink and fill it with cool water instead of lukewarm water. Again, use your hand to cup cool water and run it over the ball until you've washed off all of the detergent and the ball is entirely clean. Allow the ball to air dry for an hour or so.

Step 4 -- Polish the Ball

Remove the tape from the holes on the ball and use another clean lint free cloth to apply a small amount of bowling ball wax or polish to the surface of the ball. This will not only help the ball look shiny and clean, but will also aid you in your bowling game as well. It's a good idea to clean your ball every 10 to 12 games.