How To Take Proper Care Of Your Soccer Balls
As with everything in life your soccer ball needs looking after. It takes one hell of a pounding every time you play with it, so a little tlc goes a long way to prolonging the life of your ball.
It’s not rocket science looking after your ball, a little thought and love goes a long way. Don’t use your ball as a seat, it’s not really comfortable anyway and it can deform it over time. Likewise it may look cool standing on it showing off your sense of balance, but it will damage your ball. Avoid kicking your match balls against a wall too hard, they will soon be out of shape and not much use on the pitch. Use Capital Balls Encyclopedia as a guide, buy a good quality ball, maintain it well and it will last.
Clean Your Ball
After your game take some time to clean your ball. Wipe off any mud or dirt with a damp cloth anything that is a bit stubborn can be worked on with a mild soap. Do not use neat detergents as the waterproofing of your ball may be affected. Likewise don’t use abrasive cloths, over time you will scratch off the coating ruining your balls ability to shed water. There are synthetic leather cleaners on the market that are very good, always follow the manufacturers guidelines for use. Don’t use a jet wash or steam cleaner water may well penetrate the seams or valve.
If you have just cleaned your ball and want to play with it, and the air temperature is below freezing wipe of the excess water, if it freezes it will not do your ball any good and it will hurt when it hits you.
Choose The Right Ball For The Right Surface
Grass is undoubtedly a soccer balls home, but we are not all fortunate enough to be able to play on championship quality turf. As long as the right ball is used on the right surface there is no reason worry about damaging your ball. A typical match ball used on a rough surface like concrete will quickly get scuffed and cut. There are tougher long life balls on the market that can be used on these surfaces. If you are playing indoors use an indoor ball or Futsal they are designed for this purpose.
Make Sure The Air Is Pressure Correct
Air pressure is measured in Bar or PSI. Bar is used throughout most of Europe, PSI in the U.S and sometimes England. Follow the manufacturers guide as to how much air is put into your ball, most balls take between 0.6 and 0.8 Bar gauge pressure. It is very important for playability of your ball that the air pressure is correct. Buy a quality gauge to measure after inflating and before use.
Conversion rates from Bar to PSI and back are quite simple, one Bar is 14.5038 PSIso some quick maths, if your ball needs 0.8 Bar you times that by 14.5038 that converts to 11.603 PSI and some change, gauges for soccer balls are not calibrated into the thousandths of a pound, and you really do not need to be that accurate. If the recommended pressure is in PSI and you want to convert to Bar, the sum is 0.068948 times the PSI. So if a ball needs to be 11 PSI times it by .068948 and you get 0.758 Bar and some change.
Pumping Up Your Soccer Ball
A new ball is a beautiful thing when you inflate it for the first time. To maintain that beauty you will need a good quality pump, a ready supply of needle nozzles and a low pressure gauge for measurement. To prolong the life of the valve, a good tip is to place a couple of drops of silicone oil, silicone lubricant spray or even glycerin oil into the valve. This lubricates the valve allowing the needle nozzle to penetrate easier. These lubricants are available from good hardware stores. The needle will need a bit of the oil on it before inserting into the valve, don’t use spit like some people do, it isn’t compatible with the oil and frankly it’s not very nice. All balls lose air over time and will need checking periodically, butyl bladders hold their air better but still need to be maintained. It is advised to release a little air after a game to ease off the stresses on the seams of your ball, however don’t forget to re-inflate before playing again.
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