Many people complain that their surfboards don’t last long and blame the manufacturer. But the reason for this can be different. If you want a long-lasting service from your surfboard then you need to know how to clean a surfboard properly.
Cleaning a surfboard is truly straightforward. Most people are too lazy to learn these easy steps. Again, some people try to clean it by applying inappropriate and complex ways that are not right. Today, I am here to discuss the proper ways to clean your surfboard. So, keep reading the article and increase the lifespan of your surfboard.
How to Clean a Surfboard?
Here we are at the main point. Now, I will discuss the rules of cleaning. Before that, you need to gather proper ingredients for better cleaning. Let’s get the list of ingredients.
- Sharp end wax comb
- Cleaning spray
- Warm water
- Coconut oil
Step 1: Put the Surfboard on Sunlight
The first thing to do is to remove the sandy, dirty, and old wax. Sometimes people get lazy and don’t remove the wax properly. It increases the weight of the board as well as creates problems while cleaning.
Put the surfboard in the sunlight and let the wax be softer. If the day is rainy then use a hairdryer to warm the board. Make sure, not to warm it heavily whether by hairdryer or sunlight. It may damage your board or fade the color.
Step 2: Remove the Wax
It is a very easy step and if you follow the diamond pattern rule then it is quicker. Take the wax comb and use the serrated edge to create a diagonal cut going both ways on the wax. Make sure you end up creating diamond shapes.
Now flip the comb and use the sharp edge to remove the wax. Do it gently unless you want to create scratches on your board.
Step 3: Wipe away the Light Wax
Even after cleaning, you will see some light spots of waxing. Cleaning them with a sharp comb can discolor or damage the board. The best war to remove them is by using warm water.
Pour some warm water on the board and leave it for few minutes. Soon the wax will be softened. Use a dry cloth and wipe away the wax.
Step 4: Apply the Cleanings Spray
Now the main step of cleaning. Take your cleaning agent and spray it on the board. Must check out the direction or instructions of the cleaning agent. Make sure to spray the right amount. Then you have to wait for a few minutes. It depends on the spray. You will find them in the instruction. Generally, it is 5 minutes.
Step 5: Wipe the Board
Now pour some cleaning agent on a clean towel. Take the towel gently and wipe the board properly. Follow the tail to nose or rail to rail pattern to clean quickly.
If you are out of the cleaning agent then you can use coconut oil instead of it. Now leave the surfboard till it is dry and free from cleaning products and old wax.
Your board is clean as a new one and now it’s time to wax your surfboard.
How Often Should I Clean a Surfboard?
This is a very common question related to surfboard cleaning. First of all, rinse and wipe your surfboard regularly after every ride. Salty water is not good for the surfboard, so clean it with normal water.
Now, If you want to know about deep cleaning then I suggest clean it every few sessions.
I have already discussed the topic “How to clean a surfboard?” Follow my instructions properly and work according to it. Never be harsh and too fast. Remember, the more you will clean the surfboard the long it will last. Hopefully, you have learned well about the cleaning process. Thank you.