When learning how to clean a yellow stain from an autographed baseball, be sure to be careful the first time you try. Your autographed baseball that became yellow from age and use probably means the world to you, and cleaning it the wrong way could potentially ruin the ball or the autograph. If you carefully follow these simple instructions when cleaning a yellow stain from an autographed baseball, your ball will look like new again.
- Place the autographed baseball on a clean paper towel. This is to ensure the ball doesn't move around as it gets cleaned.
- Put a couple dabs of toothpaste on the baseball. It is best to use toothpaste that contains baking soda. Rub the toothpaste in gently, being extra careful on the autographed portion of the ball. Let it sit for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Use a damp sponge or a scouring pad to gently rub the baseball. Rub the ball in a circular motion, very gently. Do this for 1 to 2 minutes, depending on how dirty the baseball is. After cleaning, let the ball sit for 20 seconds or so.
- Rub the autographed baseball clean with a dry wash cloth. The ball may still feel a bit sticky from the toothpaste, but don't worry about this.
- Dampen the wash cloth with hot water and gently rub the ball. Using the dampened cloth, rub any excess toothpaste residue and dirt off the ball until it is clean.
- Dry the ball with a paper towel. Using a dry paper towel, rub any moisture away on the baseball. Your ball should be clean, and the autograph should not be damaged.