If you’re a keen golf enthusiast, walking a course or practicing at the driving range in all weather conditions will undoubtedly help to improve your game, but what effect is it having on your equipment? Rain and mud during the winter months, as well as dust and dirt during drier periods, can all take their toll and cause irreversible damage if equipment is not maintained regularly. Here’s a few tips to help keep your gear in tip top shape.
To bring the sparkle back to your clubs, wash off any dirt with a clean cloth and warm soapy water – a toothbrush is perfect for cleaning the grooves on the club heads. Once clean take care to dry thoroughly. Then add some White Vinegar to a microfibre cloth and polish to make them look as good as new.
Soda Crystals can also be used to clean your golf towel. Add the towel to a warm, mild Soda Crystals solution and soak for ten minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Once rinsed, wash the towel as usual but add half a cup of White Vinegar to the fabric conditioner section of the draw. Finally, rinse, spin and dry thoroughly.
Your golfing shoes are probably the second most important piece of kit you own – after your clubs. They need to be comfortable and most importantly, waterproof, especially for those extra long 18 hole courses. Liquid Soap Flakes are ideal for cleaning the delicate leather uppers and as they do not contain enzymes or optical brighteners they will not remove any protective sealants on the shoe. For those winter months when play is limited, you can deodorise your shoes by placing a few tablespoons of Bicarbonate of Soda into two clean socks, tied at the top, and placing one in each shoe. Any smells will be absorbed by the Bicarbonate of Soda and will disappear without the need for artificial perfumes or expensive sprays.
Liquid Soap Flakes are also ideal for cleaning delicate waterproof clothing. Many golfers own waterproof coats, wind cheaters or waterproof trousers all of which work to repel moisture and protect you from the wind. By washing these clothes in a washing machine you risk damaging their special fabrics. Normal washing powders and fabric conditioners can also cause a build up of detergent which damages the coating of a garment and reduces its long term performance. Using Liquid Soap Flakes will clean your waterproof clothing without removing any of their protective layers.