GolfSupport.com has posted step-by-step procedures that can be used to thoroughly sanitize golf club heads, shafts and grips, golf balls, golf bags and club-head covers, and golf clothing.
GolfSupport.com has posted these step-by-step procedures for thoroughly sanitizing all types of golf equipment.
Golf club heads
- Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of dishwasher liquid or soap to a bucket of warm water (enough to cover the club heads). Ensure it isn’t hot, as this may loosen the club head from the shaft.
- Submerge dirty club heads into the water for 5 to 10 minutes, to loosen any dirt.
- Remove each club one by one and use an old toothbrush or soft-bristle brush to scrub away any stubborn dirt, ensuring you catch the back, front, bottom and each individual groove.
- Run the cleaned club heads under water to wash away any remnants, avoiding getting the shaft and grips wet.
- Dry with a towel. Ensure nothing is left damp, as this is when rust can develop.
- To give club heads an extra shine, gently rub in steel or chrome polish in circular motions and leave for a minute. Then ensure you remove all the polish—any remaining grease could negatively affect your game.
Golf club shafts
- Golf club shafts can also be prone to dirt. To remove dirt, use a damp cloth and clear any grime from the shaft, drying it thoroughly with a towel afterwards.
- If your club becomes rusty: according to a study by EOT Cleaning, vinegar comes out on top for the best multi-use disinfectant. So why not utilize it for your golf clubs, too? Apply a little vinegar on the shaft with a cloth and gently remove any residue, ensuring you don’t scratch it. Finish by drying thoroughly.
Golf club grips
- Golf grips are the most touched area of the club and can easily get dirty/worn from sweat, so they require regular cleaning.
- Clean golf club grips after each session by using a damp cloth to wipe the entire grip’s surface, ensuring it isn’t too hot, as this could damage it.
- During a typical 18-hole round, golf balls are battered, beaten and subjected to all the elements. Not to mention the hundreds of tiny dimples that are experts at finding dirt.
- Dirty golf balls can affect your game more than you’d think! Add soap, dishwasher liquid or our trusty friend vinegar (for a deeper clean) to a bucket of warm water and soak the balls for 15 to 20 minutes. If necessary, use a sponge and/or toothbrush to remove dirt that won’t budge. Don’t forget to dry them fully with a towel.
Golf bags and club-head covers
- While unconfirmed and still a matter of debate, the coronavirus could live on clothing and canvas materials for up to two days. Remove this risk by cleaning your golf bags and club-head covers as follows:
- Remove all contents from the bag/clubs from their covers.
- Depending on the material, lightly spray water all over the surfaces.
- Using a soap-and-warm water solution, scrub the bag and covers clean with a cloth. Be careful not to scrub too hard—you may damage the material.
- Use a hose to rinse/run them under clean water, and assess for any further stains.
- Remove any stubborn stains by spraying with a stain remover, then allow them to rest. Gently scrub it if required.
- Once clean, allow the bag/covers to dry overnight—avoid leaving them to dry in the sun, as this can discolor them.
- To clean dirty golf clothing, simply run them through the washing machine after each session. However, for clothes that smell or are particularly dirty, consider:
- Avoiding using fabric softeners—they stop the odors and sweat from being washed out, in fact locking in the smell for your next practice.
- Adding baking soda to laundry—one cup per wash deodorizes and softens clothes.
You can find the study in full here.
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