Clean Table Tennis Table Guidelines
So you now have a table tennis/ping pong table. Great! Playing table tennis is a great way to stay fit. Better still, it is a fun activity that you can enjoy with your friends and family. But there is a catch to owing one—How to Clean Table Tennis Table?
A table tennis table is just like every other piece of sports equipment. And like with all equipment, it requires regular maintenance. If you are looking to enjoy the games played on your new equipment, you need to learn how to care for your ping pong table.
Why do You Need to Keep Your Table Tennis Table Clean?
The fun of a table tennis game is largely dependent on the smoothness of the table on which it is played. A table with lots of contaminants on it will affect the way the ball bounces and ultimately affect the game’s outcome for both players, like serving and returning. The contaminants can even blot the markings on the table, so it becomes difficult to observe the game’s rules while playing.
Then there is the thing about degrading the table over time. Contaminants that have stayed for a long while may stick to the table and reduce its quality. That is beside the fact that the pin pong table looks a lot less great with all those contaminants on it.
So to enjoy your games and keep the table in good condition for as long as possible, you’d need to keep the table clean as often as you can.
How Often Should A Table Tennis Table Be Cleaned?
That all depends on the location of the table tennis table. You would need to clean an outdoor table a whole lot more than you would an indoor table tennis table. The outdoor table is exposed to more contaminants, so it is more likely to get soiled than a table that is kept in an indoor space.
That said, you should clean your table tennis table as often as you use it, regardless of the location. However, you can’t just clean your table tennis table with just about anything. You’d need to learn the best way to clean your table tennis table. Thankfully, the same process applies to both indoor and outdoor tables. So once you know how to clean an outdoor table, you should know how to clean an indoor table too.
What to Use to Clean Table Tennis Table?
If you want to get the best outcome after cleaning your table tennis table, here are the materials you should use:
- 1. Warm Water
Warm water is great for cleaning table tennis tables. You could use it alone to clean a mildly dirty table. It would be best if you were mindful of the quantity used. Warm water is also used in making solutions that you can use to clean tables that are a lot dirtier.
- 2. Microfiber Cloth
You need fluid to work on the contaminants on the table. However, it would help if you also had some cloth to blot the fluid. That is why you need a microfiber cloth that is great at absorbing the cleaning fluids on the one hand. Microfiber cloth is also a great choice because you don’t have to worry about lint and small fabric fibers when you use it to clean your table tennis table.
- 3. Vinegar
Vinegar is also great for cleaning your table tennis tables. You might have to make a solution of vinegar using some warm water for maximum effect. Depending on how dirty the table is, you might need a cleaning solution that is 2/3 or 1/3 part vinegar when you opt to use vinegar.
- 4. A Specialty Sponge
A quality, specialty sponge is another great material you could use when cleaning your table tennis table. These kinds of sponges have been specifically designed for cleaning table tennis tables, so they don’t leave fiber or lint when used. You will have to be mindful of how much fluid you use, though. The idea is to clean the table with enough fluid without saturating it with excess fluid.
- 5. Table Tennis Cleaner
There are quite some cleaning agents out there in the market specifically formulated for cleaning table tennis tables. They are called table tennis cleaners, and they often perform a dual function. Beyond removing the contaminants from the table, these cleansers also help get the table back to the initial surface smoothness when it was manufactured.
- 6. A quality screwdriver
This tool allows you to unscrew/screw the table so that you can clean it better.
- 7. A lubricating agent from a renowned
This agent helps keep the table’s surface smooth after you have cleaned it.
- 8. A bowl
This is where you keep your warm water or the cleaning solution you use to clean the table.
How to Clean a Table Tennis Table Top?
Step1: Wipe the Table Top
The first step is to wipe the table with a clean, soft cloth that helps to reduce the contaminants on the table.
Step2: Unscrew The Table
When you do this, it becomes easier to clean the table. Here is where the screwdriver comes in handy as you use it to loosen the bolts that fasten the table together. Unscrewing the table also allows you to deal with the net that is one of the most important parts of the table.
Step3: Get Your Cleaning Liquid/Solution/Warm water
Depending on how dirty the table is and the cleansing agent you opt to use, here is where you apply it to the dirty table. To do this, you will need to get some of the cleaning fluid on the cloth(not too much fluid), after which you apply the soaked cloth to the table. Keep at it until the table is clean enough for you.
After you have done that, use some dry cloth to blot the fluid from the table to hasten the drying process.
Step4: Clean The Net
Soak the net in some of the cleaning solutions for at least 10 minutes. Handwash it until it is clean enough for you, then you hang it to dry.
Step5: Screw The Table Back Together
After the table and net have dried up, follow the instructions on the manual to screw the table back together.
What to Avoid When Cleaning Your Tennis Table?
If you are looking to get the best results when cleaning your table tennis table, here are a few things you should avoid:
- Applying too much pressure when cleaning
- Applying too much fluid
- Using undiluted vinegar
- Using the wrong type of cloth
A table tennis table is a great investment. Like with all investments, you need to care for them to get the most from them. You will be able to get the most from your ping pong table. All you need to do is use the tips described in this article, and your table will stay in good condition for as long as possible!
My name is Cosmos Boll and I’m 26 years old. I’m Chinese and live in Shanghai.
I am a table tennis enthusiast and a professional table tennis coach.
My idol is Timo Boll who is the greatest player in the world.