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How (and Why) to Use a Pickleball Paddle Eraser

by Jason Flamm on

So you've recently been given what looks like an odorless block of soap, but you're not exactly sure what it does or why it's called a pickleball paddle eraser.

Don't worry. We got you.

First off, it's not soap. It's a handy tool to help you keep your pickleball paddle clean of debris, ensuring better contact between the ball and the paddle during your games.

We'll unravel the mystery of the pickleball paddle eraser, explaining how to use it, how it is made, and whether it's safe to use repeatedly on your pickleball paddles.

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The Purpose of a Pickleball Paddle Eraser

Every time you make contact with a pickleball using a carbon fiber paddle, tiny pieces of plastic collect on the paddle's surface. Besides making your paddles look dirty, the fibers accumulate over time and can obstruct the paddle's natural grooves, gradually reducing your ability to generate spin on your shots.

A pickleball paddle eraser removes those plastic pieces and gets your paddle back doing its job.

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How Pickleball Paddle Erasers Are Made

Pickleball paddle erasers are created from a gentle rubber material, ensuring your paddle remains unscathed. Certain erasers utilize a unique rubber mixture engineered to eliminate ball residue, dirt, and light marks, preserving your paddle's condition.

Ideally, they are made from natural materials, free of toxins or added chemicals.

Are Pickleball Paddle Erasers Safe?

Paddle erasers are generally safe for a wide range of paddle surfaces. However, given the diverse materials and finishes used in paddles, understanding which surfaces are compatible with an eraser is crucial.

Research your paddle manufacturer before use.

You should also test a small portion of your paddle (maybe along the side of the face) before using the eraser too much immediately. If it clearly rubs off some of the grit or causes some weird discoloration, stop immediately.

If you have a carbon fiber paddle, erasers are almost always safe, but you should still check with the manufacturer first.

If you're playing with a polymer paddle made from a plastic blend, use a pickleball paddle eraser that's not too abrasive and test a small section along the side first.

Chris from Pickleball Studio tested different paddle erasers to see if they caused wear and tear. His results show that they are safe to use.

How to Use Your Pickleball Paddle Eraser

Using an eraser is simple and takes just a few seconds. 

Here's how to get the best results:

  • Place the eraser in the palm of your hand with the non-graphics side facing outward
  • Gently rub the eraser against the surface of your paddle
  • Do not press too hard or wipe across the surface too quickly
  • A few soft strokes will provide enough friction and clean your paddle
  • Use your hand or a soft cloth to wipe off any leftover residue

Repeat as necessary.

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How to Care for Your Pickleball Paddle Eraser

Keep your eraser in a cool, dry place. Wrap it in a baggy or cloth to protect it from picking up other residue. While these erasers aren't sticky, you certainly don't want something to get caught in the rubber before trying to clean your paddle with one.

Since they are rubber, too much heat can cause them to go soft or even melt, so don't expose them to extreme weather conditions.

When to Replace a Pickleball Paddle Eraser

If used and stored correctly, your pickleball paddle eraser will likely outlive your paddle. Replace your eraser once it's either no longer effective or has shrunk to the point where you can no longer use it.

Can I Use Other Things to Clean My Pickleball Paddle?

Other paddle-cleaning products are on the market, but pickleball paddle erasers are safe and effective. They are also inexpensive and last a very long time.

Only use approved products (by the paddle manufacturer) to clean your paddles to avoid damaging the surface and potentially voiding any paddle warranties. 

Jason Flamm

Jason Flamm

Jason is a writer from St. Louis. He’s been a coach in several sports and is currently working on his pickleball coaching certification. He loves to teach and share his passions.

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