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 Post subject: Cleaning Hardbats
PostPosted: 14 Mar 2012, 21:40 
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This might be a bit silly or trivial to some people but I would value their advice just the same.

I like to keep my equipment clean after use. Previously I had a Stiga Sting that I would clean with some Asda (USA = Walmart) Smartprice Baby Wipes. No perfume or harmful chemicals, uniformly wet without being sopping, unabrasive cloth, currently doubled in price to 46p for a packet of 80. Just clean-wipe each side and allow to air-dry.

I don't think this is working very well on my hardbat with its short pimples/pips. I would be very grateful if someone could tell me what they do to keep their hardbat clean and free from dirt. I was thinking that maybe a very soft toothbrush dipped in plain water might work, but I don't want to slowly erode the rubber, damage the pimples/pips, pull at the edges of the rubber, or rot the wooden blade.

For the record my hardbat is a pre-assembled Tees Sport Pimpled Out Table Tennis Bat, total cost £3.76 with postage. Its about as cheap and basic as you can get over the internet, but I really like it. Its a lot of fun to play with and is almost alarmingly different to the Stiga bat. I also got some 38mm balls but have not been able to use them in a match, yet. They bounce really well.


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Hardbats
PostPosted: 15 Mar 2012, 08:36 
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I know other people that use a toothbrush for cleaning... I guess they use a very soft one. TSP makes a cleaning brush which looks like very much like a toothbrush, for cleaning pips as well, so a very soft brush is probably the way to go.

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Hardbats
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Yep, an used toothbrush and soapy water will do the trick! :)


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Hardbats
PostPosted: 15 Mar 2012, 10:18 
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How often should short pips be cleaned?

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Hardbats
PostPosted: 16 Mar 2012, 02:48 
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Thanks guys,

That really puts my mind at rest.

mynamenotbob wrote:
How often should short pips be cleaned?


I'm guessing as and when the rubbers look a bit grubby, using just enough water for it to easily evaporate afterwards.


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning Hardbats
PostPosted: 16 Mar 2012, 07:39 
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mynamenotbob wrote:
How often should short pips be cleaned?

As often as it takes to keep them clean... Unless you prefer your pips to become sliders.
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