Congratulations on your purchase! Here's some tips to ensure your paddle lasts the longest time without having to replace the rubber sheets.
- After playing with the paddle, clean both sides of the paddle with damp cloth or specialty cleaner. Cleaners contain a mild detergent which lifts grease and dirt off the rubbers and will keep the surface sticky or tacky for longer. If you use pimples then use a cleaner and a soft nail brush to clean the pimples.
- Cover the rubbers with rubber foils after cleaning, allowing the rubbers to completely dry first. Covering rubbers when they are damp can result in the color bleaching out of a rubber. This is usually temporary.
- Store the paddle in a case. Best to use a case which does not rub against the edges of the paddle when inserting and removing from the case as this can cause unsightly chips in the rubber.
- Use a Grinder to sand the top of the handle where you hold the racket. Sand it until it is completely comfortable to hold with no sharp edges which could cause a callus.
- Never leave a paddle in direct sunlight for extended periods as this can cause the rubbers to oxidize and lose their grip
- Never leave a paddle in the trunk of a car or truck as cold or hot temperatures can also cause the rubbers to oxidize and lose their grip
- Keep your paddle indoors, in its case at room temperature.