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How to Clean a Leather Basketball

author image Patrick Hutchison
Patrick Hutchison has been doing freelance work since 2008. He has worked as a physical therapy aide and as a writer for various websites including Destination Guides and several travel-related companies. Hutchison has a Bachelor of Arts in history and anthropology from the University of Washington.
How to Clean a Leather Basketball
How to Clean a Leather Basketball

A good leather basketball can last for years if you maintain it properly. Though many players don't notice, leather basketballs can collect a significant amount of dust and grime. Over time, these substances become embedded in the surface of a leather ball, where they can dry out a perfectly good basketball, ruining it for play. Regularly clean your leather basketball to increase its lifespan and improve its performance.

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Step 1

Fill a bucket with warm water, mixing in a small amount of mild dish detergent.

Step 2

Wash the leather basketball using a rag dipped in the soapy water mixture. Pay special attention to the seams of the ball, where it is most prone to collecting dirt and dust.

Step 3

Rinse the basketball with fresh water, and dry it with a rag. Store the ball in a cool, dry place when it’s not in use.

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