How to safely clean a table tennis racket?

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How to safely clean a table tennis racket?

Every time a table tennis ball is held by a player or each time it touches the playing surface, it picks up dirt, oil and debris. The ball then transfers these substances to the surface of the racket due to contact. The accumulation of dirt on the surface of the game pad removes stickiness in the rubber, which means that you will be less able to hit the ball with certain effects and with control. To preserve the useful life of your high quality table tennis racket, it is highly recommended that you clean the surface after each match.


Fill a small dish with distilled or bottled water at room temperature. Section 3.02.04 of the International Table Tennis Federation manual states that each player is responsible for ensuring that his racket is free of any harmful and volatile agents. Because some solutions to clean the rubber of rackets fall into this branch of chemicals, water is the safest route for you to clean.

Dip a small, fine sponge into the water. Drain it so it does not have an excessive amount of liquid that will then go on your racket, just wet it enough so it can pick up dirt and grime. Keep in mind that too much water can also get into the racket’s wood if it is not properly lacquered and, therefore, will cause it to swell.

Hold your racket by the handle and place your head facing the floor. Start with a surface edge that you can see, pass the wet sponge from the base of the head to the top in a straight line. This movement is similar to shaving and prevents the dust from being dispersed, again, around the rubber.

Repeat this cleaning motion until one of the surfaces is completely clean, then turn the racket in your hand and clean the opposite side. When you are finished, place the racquet on the table or on another relatively clean surface and let it dry before placing a protective plastic cover on the surface of the rubber or before putting it back in its case.

Chemical cleaning agent

Go to a well-ventilated area before you start cleaning. While cleaning solutions for table tennis racket tires are generally a mixture, some cleaners can be stronger and it is recommended that you do not inhale the exhaust gases.

Hold the racket by the handle with your head facing the floor. Have your cleaning agent handy and a clean, soft towel.

Place a small amount of cleaning solution on the face of the racket. For aerosol cleaners, one or two sprays will be sufficient to work on one side of the sprayer. For foam cleaners, place a coin-sized amount in the center of the playing surface.


Add one or two drops of dish detergent to your water to better remove the oil.


Chemical cleaners high in alcohol can dry and crack the gum of a table tennis racket.

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