A good basketball is one that can last for years but first, you have to maintain well. Whether the ball is synthetic, made of leather or full grain it should be properly maintained. The ball gets dirty too so, it has to be cleaned regularly. Wondering how you can clean the basketball without damaging it? Here are the tips we have compiled together for you, on how to take care of your basketball.
The ball is likely to lose air if it has not been used for a long time. When it loses air, it does not bounce and this may affect the ball. The ball has to have enough air throughout. It should bounce back approximately two-thirds of the way from where it was dropped.
If this does not happen, then your ball does not either, have enough pressure or it has excess pressure in it. The information about the pressure is indicated near the basketball’s hole. A basketball should have 8lbs per square inch. Make sure not to use the ball when it does not enough pressure.
The following is a guide to the pressure of the basketball.
Take Care of the Needle
The needle should be lubricated well enough before using it for inflation. Insert the needle in the valve after you are sure that the needle is lubricated well and has no damages. This is necessary because a needle that is damaged can cause damage to a basketball too.
How to Pump
You should use the manufacturer’s instruction always when pumping the basketball. You might do it your own way then, end up either, overdoing it or under doing it. That might cause damage to the ball.
How to Deflate
The basketball should be clean always. However, there are dos and don’ts to apply when cleaning the ball. If you do it the wrong way you can ruin the basketball.
Tips on Cleaning the Ball
Steps of Cleaning the Ball
If not using the ball, store it in a cool dry place away from the sunlight. Do not keep the ball in the car boot. This is because; the temperatures of the car boot can damage the ball. It is recommended to keep it in a ball bag that is well ventilated.
Get a good quality storage rack to store your basketball. It is an equipment that plays a part in the durability of your basketball. The storage racks should also be cleaned because they accumulate dust.
During the game, use more than one ball. This gives the ball time to recover. The ball needs some rest.
A good basketball for kids should be more durable. The kids should use a basketball that can be played both indoors and outdoors because it could be hard for kids to take good care of the ball.
We discussed the ball’s pressure earlier on. Therefore, the ball should have enough pressure always. Make sure to follow all the steps and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter.
Depending on the basketball’s material, know where to use the ball and where not to. Leather basketballs are only for indoors and on wooden floors. Rubber or synthetic balls are for rough, cemented and rocky grounds.
At the end of the day, basketball may seem as a hard equipment, but it’s not. It only needs proper care. The above information will help you take care of your ball as required. Proper care, prolongs a basketball’s life. Therefore, if you love your basketball and need it to last for long, then you have to take good care of it.