How to Clean a Basketball

If you want to get the most for your money, it is important to know how to clean a basketball. Knowing how to clean a basketball will not only extend its lifespan, but will keep your basketball looking fresh as well. Before you start learning how to clean a basketball, you must collect the proper materials.

To clean a basketball, you will need:

  • Liquid dish soap
  • A bucket of warm water
  • A clean cloth or rag
  • Wood polish
  1. Make sure the water in your bucket is warm. This first step in learning how to clean a basketball is a very important one. If the water you are using to clean your basketball is cold, it will cause the leather to shrink and can ruin your basketball. Before you proceed to the next step, make sure the water you are using is warm.
  2. Mix the liquid dish soap into the warm water. You don't have to use a lot of soap when learning how to clean a basketball. Put in enough dish soap so that there is a thin layer of bubbles at the top of the warm water in the bucket.
  3. Dip the rag or cloth into the soapy water. Once your cloth is wet, that is what you will be using to clean your basketball. Simply wipe your basketball down with the cloth , using some extra elbow grease wherever the basketball is extra dirty.
  4. Use wood polish on your basketball once a month. Using wood polish once a month and letting your basketball sit overnight has two positive effects: it will help to keep your basketball from getting dirty in the future, and will also keep the leather on your basketball looking new. Now you know everything that there is to know about how to clean a basketball.
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