A Cricket bat requires regular maintenance, which makes it essential to understand how to oil a Cricket bat. A Cricket bat is made from the soft wood of a willow and should be oiled at least once a year. An ample coat of Linseed oil locks moisture in the wood and keep it from becoming dry and brittle. A Cricket bat that is not regularly oiled will crack and chip during play.
To oil a Cricket bat, you will need:
- Linseed Oil
- Clean soft cloth
- Clean the Cricket Bat. Use a dampened, clean soft cloth to remove any dirt from the surface of the bat. Wipe the Cricket bat dry with a dry clean cloth.
- Oil the Cricket bat. Use a clean, soft cloth to apply an even coat of linseed oil to the entire Cricket bat where there is exposed wood. Do not applying oil over the decals to avoid loosening or removing them. Let the oil dry completely. Apply an additional three to four coats of oil to the front and back of the hitting area of the Cricket bat which is six inches back from the toe of the back.
- Oiling the toe of the Cricket bat. The toe (front end of the bat) can be protected by adding an additional three to four coats of linseed oil. Let the oil dry completely (usually overnight) between coats.
Tips: A coat of oil is about a teaspoon of linseed oil.
Warning: Applying excessive oil to a Cricket bat can cause the wood to become dull and unresponsive during play. Extremely excessive oil applications can cause the soft willow wood to rot.
Knight, Julian, Cricket for Dummies. Wiley and Sons publishing 2006