Paddle maintenance

Table Tennis Equipment

Last updated 3 years ago

Nancy Weaver

Nancy Weaver Asked 3 years ago

Maybe you’ve already covered this somewhere, but I’m wondering about paddle maintenance— do you use any special cleaner, and is it true you should replace the rubbers twice a year? Any other tips?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 3 years ago

Hi Nancy,

I tend to use just water to wipe the rubber on the paddle.  You can use the rubber cleaners but I don't think they are very useful.

As far as caching rubbers this depends on how often you play.  We tend to recommend 80 to 100 hours of use but this depends not he types of strokes that you play as well.  If you are a strong topspin player this tends to wear out the rubber quicker than if you are a more controlled player.

The other thing that we recommend with rubber is to make sure that you don't leave the rubber in direct sunlight as this will effect the properties of the rubber.

To check if your rubber is still good, rub your finger across the rubber and see if it still has grip on it.

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Les Edmunds

Les Edmunds Posted 3 years ago

Hello, Just to add my thoughts to this subject. I don't like to touch the surface of the rubber with fingers as there is usually an amount of sweaty /oily substance that will be left on the rubbers. To check the rubber is grippy i hold a TT ball lightly and slide it over the surface of the rubber which gives a very good indication of the type of rubber being used. 

I always clean my rubbers with water which i carry in a small atomiser. A couple of sprays and a wipe off with sponge gets rid of any dust which basically is an abrasive. 

All the best,   Les   

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