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RBO
01-01-2019, 05:09 PM
By rubbers on my killerspin blade are getting a bit dirty and I was wondering a different way to clean it other than using wipes/water. It would be greatly appreciated if any of you guys could give me any advice? ;)

dominus7
01-01-2019, 05:23 PM
By rubbers on my killerspin blade are getting a bit dirty and I was wondering a different way to clean it other than using wipes/water. It would be greatly appreciated if any of you guys could give me any advice? ;)There are several ways to clean it, you can use water or shave foam, or if they are greasy you can use liquid soap, after cleaning my rubbers stay very grippy and spinny. Always the way to clean needs to be soft, like caressing a girl, not as sanding an old wallpaint.

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Der_Echte
01-01-2019, 05:48 PM
Sometimes, in extreme environments, something other than wiping on shirt or with hand is needed.

Just about every TT company makes a rubber cleaning product that will work for 99% of situations.

Where that isn't cutting it, 50/50 Olive Oil Lemon Juice will do it. Rub it in with fingers deep, wait a tad, wipe it all down with clean cloth a few times... then try your regular product. Good as a jig ready to roll.

JHB
01-01-2019, 07:32 PM
I use Joola bat cleaner and a Butterfly two-sided sponge (firm one side, very soft on the other) after each session, wipe off any excess moisture with a Halfords chamois pad (sold for demisting car windows) then put protective foils over the clean rubber. Keeps them nice and grippy. If you never clean your rubbers you'll have a problem, especially if you frequently use new balls which will leave white powder all over the surfaces.

NoFootwork
01-01-2019, 09:55 PM
Just use a few drops of water and wipe the moisture away with the heel of your palm or use a TT rubber cleaning sponge as a squeegee to remove the water. Do this at a minimum at least once after finishing play, or more often if you are playing in a dusty floor or using new balls that are leaving powder residue on your sponge. If you haven't cleaned your sponge in a while (or never) you may need to get a TT rubber cleaning product from any TT shop. Don't use anything that has alcohol in it.

Lula
01-01-2019, 10:25 PM
What have you done with the racket? haha :) I think water should be good enough to clean the racket. If that does not work, maybe they are too worn out and you need new rubbers.

vik2000
01-02-2019, 03:34 PM
I can't think of a gentler way to clean than with your palm. I use some water and rub the surface gently with the heel of my palm unless I feel the rubber surface is completely smooth. Then I use the sponge to wipe away excess water.

GusShnaps
01-02-2019, 03:37 PM
There are several ways to clean it, you can use water or shave foam, or if they are greasy you can use liquid soap, after cleaning my rubbers stay very grippy and spinny. Always the way to clean needs to be soft, like caressing a girl, not as sanding an old wallpaint.

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Wow, I've always just used some water and my hands. :p

Suga D
01-02-2019, 08:01 PM
For tacky rubbers i use a special cleaner for tacky rubbers called Reach rubber wash and for anything else i use the Revolution cleaning foam with a sponge after each play, in dusty conditions sometimes after each match.
After that I put on protection sheets and am quite satisified with the results so far.

Jesus Martinez Sanchez
01-03-2019, 11:42 PM
HI

I use water and a little foam and it works quite good.

Mtcollins
01-04-2019, 12:07 AM
I got a bottle of "Bio rubber cleaner and rejuvenator" and it seems to work really well. You only need 2 drops to clean a rubber, so 100ml is a lifetime supply.

Simas
01-04-2019, 10:46 AM
There are several ways to clean it, you can use water or shave foam,Enviado desde mi Moto G (4) mediante Tapatalk

that's interesting. First time I hear about shaving foam...

It's not a rocket science. As it was said, 99 times of 100 a couple of water drops on a sponge does the job. Then not, buy some cleaner. There are lots of them. I use Donic spay. It lasts for ages.

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but I'm sure any cleaner will be good enough. Also buy a sponge. There are 2 types of them:

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the former is dense foam sponge. It's small and I carry it in my racket case if I need to wipe my rubbers in the club. Latter is a chamois sponge. Bulky, so it stays at home and I use it if the rubbers get really dirty (for example If you played in some dusty environment or smth..).

dominus7
01-04-2019, 11:39 AM
that's interesting. First time I hear about shaving foam...

It's not a rocket science. As it was said, 99 times of 100 a couple of water drops on a sponge does the job. Then not, buy some cleaner. There are lots of them. I use Donic spay. It lasts for ages.

18175

but I'm sure any cleaner will be good enough. Also buy a sponge. There are 2 types of them:

18176
18177

the former is dense foam sponge. It's small and I carry it in my racket case if I need to wipe my rubbers in the club. Latter is a chamois sponge. Bulky, so it stays at home and I use it if the rubbers get really dirty (for example If you played in some dusty environment or smth..).If you see the cleaner and shaving foam are closer than you imagine, if one does not have the cleaning accesories, then tears of water drop, is not big deal

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Jirrex
01-04-2019, 03:39 PM
A while ago I used demineralized water, but lately I'm using Tibhar VOC Free Belag Reiniger. I have the feeling that it does a slightly better job than just water and for some reason it lets it spread on the rubber more easily. I bought a 1 liter bottle a while ago, and that will last for a very long time. I also bought spray bottles on Aliexpress for just a few cents each, it is more convenient to spread it that way. I filled some bottles for friends / people at the club (you don't want to know how some people treat their rackets xD), I won't run out of cleaner anytime soon anyways ;).

As a sponge I use the Yasaka Fukuda cleaning sponge, it's a nice compact sponge that really does its job well.

After everything is cleaned and dried, I use rubber protectors made from transparant sheets. I found out that the somewhat thinner sheets (+/- 150 micron) work best, it's possible to get rid of most of the air bubbles trapped between the protector and the rubber. Before I used much thicker and stiffer protectors, which cause a lot more air to be trapped. I stored my racket with Mark V rubbers with those thicker protectors, and when I checked on it a few months afterwards, I saw that there's all kind of oxidation marks on the rubbers where air has been trapped.

usualsuspect
01-04-2019, 08:38 PM
I think everyone has already hit all the major points (cleaning sponges, hand, cleaning fluids, water, etc.) I think it's worth mentioning that you should try to get as little liquid on the blade as possible when cleaning the rubbers. Blades are mostly wood, too much moisture can cause them to warp and adversely affect playing characteristics. So don't use too much liquid, only use a few drops at a time.

vik2000
01-04-2019, 09:20 PM
While I don't have any question about cleaning methodologies, what do people think about rubber protection sheet? I've heard people recommending against them because dust could stick to them and you use the dusty side to cover your rubber.

I personally don't use rubber protection sheet and just always store my blade in a bat case. Have never really had any issues.

Jirrex
01-04-2019, 10:08 PM
While I don't have any question about cleaning methodologies, what do people think about rubber protection sheet? I've heard people recommending against them because dust could stick to them and you use the dusty side to cover your rubber.

I personally don't use rubber protection sheet and just always store my blade in a bat case. Have never really had any issues.

I think dust really shouldn't be a concern if you clean the protection sheets before you actually put them on the rubbers. At least that's what I always do. Protection sheets provide a good protection against dust and oxidation, so I guess it really wouldn't hurt using them.

Although it might be more necessary for tacky rubbers in order to keep them tacky as long as possible.

UpSideDownCarl
01-05-2019, 01:40 AM
Many ways to clean. I think there were more than enough good answers. Some quite entertaining answers too.

But I am wondering if Lula is onto something.

Can you show a photo of your rubbers? It may be that the rubbers are not dirty but worn. And cleaner won't change that.

hills4ever
01-05-2019, 02:44 AM
In January,

XIOM will launch new cleaner. :) I will keep you guys updated.
It is not really that expensive, and I am sure you will love it.

Simas
01-05-2019, 06:53 AM
While I don't have any question about cleaning methodologies, what do people think about rubber protection sheet? I've heard people recommending against them because dust could stick to them and you use the dusty side to cover your rubber.

I personally don't use rubber protection sheet and just always store my blade in a bat case. Have never really had any issues.

You should use them on tacky Chinese style rubbers.

On grippy euro/japan style rubbers they are not that important, but won't hurt either. Although I personally don't use it on my BH

Another thought to consider is that if you use aluminium box style case where the blade is planted into the foam they shouldn't be as useful as if in a regular fabric case, because in the former the rubbers don't touch or rub with fabric and on later they are brushing against the inner lining of the case.

langel
01-05-2019, 07:47 AM
My best results are with water and a drop of ordinary dishwashing liquid, brush with soft kitchen paper, once with the dissolved drop of washing liquid, then with pure water.
Brushing with the palm works during play to get out the dust, but its not exactly "cleaning", especially for the grippy tensors. Palm brushing may visually be effective, but in fact it may fix sweat and fat on the grippy rubber.
When dirty the grippy tensors feel smoother when dry and "rougher" when wet, and when clean - the opposite - smoother when wet and "rougher" when dry.
I like very much the Xiom topsheet protectors - when they and/or the rubbers are not clean, they don't stick even if pressed, when both are clean they stick perfectly without pressing, so its a good test for the quality of cleaning.

Suga D
01-05-2019, 09:49 AM
While I don't have any question about cleaning methodologies, what do people think about rubber protection sheet? I've heard people recommending against them because dust could stick to them and you use the dusty side to cover your rubber.

I personally don't use rubber protection sheet and just always store my blade in a bat case. Have never really had any issues.


I think dust really shouldn't be a concern if you clean the protection sheets before you actually put them on the rubbers. At least that's what I always do. Protection sheets provide a good protection against dust and oxidation, so I guess it really wouldn't hurt using them.

Although it might be more necessary for tacky rubbers in order to keep them tacky as long as possible.


You should use them on tacky Chinese style rubbers.

On grippy euro/japan style rubbers they are not that important, but won't hurt either. Although I personally don't use it on my BH

Another thought to consider is that if you use aluminium box style case where the blade is planted into the foam they shouldn't be as useful as if in a regular fabric case, because in the former the rubbers don't touch or rub with fabric and on later they are brushing against the inner lining of the case.

On non-tacky rubbers protection sheets can be useful too, especially with all these factory pre-tuned rubbers.
When the booster evaporates it doesn't only evaporate through the sponge but also through the topsheet.
So putting these sheets on can slow down the evaporation process and hence prolong your rubbers' life.

But Lula and Carl have a point too. Once a rubber is dead it is dead.
All these rejuvenation methods like using a bit of oil or wd40 can only bring back life for a very short period of time and after that the rubber will be even deader than dead. So might be worth replacing the rubber after a certain amount of playing hours.

penggao600
01-05-2019, 03:00 PM
Nittaku Clean Awah 185ML,Enough time for one year。