Essential Pickleball Maintenance from Beginner to Pro's featured image

The Pickleball Craze is real! Across the country, pickleball courts have become a hot commodity in real estate and sports icons like Lebron James, Tom Brady, and Kevin Durant have even invested in professional pickleball teams. A combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong, pickleball was first created in 1965 in Bainbridge Island, Washington. It was the brainchild of three fathers looking to give their bored children a new activity; they used a hodgepodge of other sports as inspiration. Not only fun, everyone can get in on the game. But, you don’t have to be a pickleball veteran to know the importance of keeping your gear clean for optimal performance and longevity. So, we’ve pulled together some tips to keep you winning on the court.

Pickleball Paddle

To enhance your ball control and generate spin, most paddles feature a textured hitting surface that can trap dirt from the ball over time. Don’t get fancy. Simply wipe the paddle with a clean, damp microfibre cloth after each. This will remove dirt, sweat, and oils accumulated throughout the game. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals as they can damage the paddle’s surface.

Pickleball Balls

Pickleball balls tend to collect dirt and dust during play. After each session, wipe the balls with a damp cloth or sponge to remove any surface dirt. If the balls have stubborn dirt or scuff marks, you can use a mixture of mild soap and water to gently clean them. You can also use melamine foam (or Magic Eraser). Rinse and dry them thoroughly before using or storing them

Pickleball Shoes

Clean your pickleball shoes regularly to remove dirt, dust, and sweat. Start by brushing off any loose dirt or debris. Use a damp cloth or sponge with mild soap and water to clean the shoe’s upper and remove any stains. Pay attention to the soles of the shoes. If they have picked up dirt or grime, use an old toothbrush or a shoe brush to scrub the soles gently. After cleaning, let your shoes air dry naturally. Avoid direct heat sources like heaters or direct sunlight, as they can damage the shoes.

Pickleball Bag and Accessories

Clean your pickleball bag regularly to remove dirt, sweat, and odour. Empty the bag and wipe down the interior with a damp cloth. If your bag is machine washable, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning. Clean any accessories such as grips, wristbands, or headbands according to their specific care instructions.


Avoid leaving your gear in extreme temperatures or direct sunlight for prolonged periods, as it can damage the materials. In Canada, this means don’t leave your gear in the car where it can get too hot or too cold depending on the time of year!

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