Rubber Cleaning and Care
After use, clean rubber in one of the following ways. Cleaning methods are listed from least damaging (1), to most damaging (3).
Use only one method per rubber cleaning!
CLEANING INVERTED (PIPS-IN)
- Use a clean slightly moist micro fiber cloth or alternatively a large pore sponge; lightly wipe dirt and debris off rubber and wave racket dry. (distilled water works best)
- For very dirty rubber, try our Clean Green spray on rubber cleaner conditioner, then wipe rubber clean with microfiber cloth or alternatively large pore sponge.
- We do not recommend any foaming rubber cleaners, cleaners that have alcohol or ammonia or cleaners that do not list the ingredients yet smell of ammonia or alcohol. All these products are just foaming glass cleaners, with alcohol or ammonia contents so high they will make your rubber start chipping and cracking.
- A lightly moist microfiber cloth is superior to any table tennis sponge.
- The best “sponge” for cleaning rubber is O-Cel-O™ Sponge (by 3M) from a grocery store (2 sides sponge), the O-Cel-O types have bigger holes therefore are less likely to rub grit into the rubber.
- You must first clean the sponge in hot water thoroughly prior to use, as the sponge comes with a preservative in the package.
Yes these products work better than the ones intended for Table Tennis!
Pips-out rubbers don’t necessarily always need cleaning, but if so, please follow the directions above for cleaning pips-in rubber.
Note: Gambler products are professional grade products, and are designed to have the ability to replace the rubbers when the rubber on the blade is worn. Because of this, if the rubber is hit against the table or otherwise bumped hard, some separation can happen between the blade and rubber. This is normal, and in no way, shape, or form is it a defect. To reattach the rubber or replace the rubber with new sheet, please follow the instructions below.
BASIC INSTALLATION OF RUBBER WITH SPONGE:
Apply thin coat of rubber glue or rubber cement to blade and sponge, let tack dry.
Apply the sheet starting at the handle and lay sheet on blade.
Use a rolling pin, paint can, or a full beer can, to roll rubber to blade with moderate pressure.
Cut with sharp hair cutting, or rubber scissors, face sponge up and follow the blade, apply and cut ONLY one sheet at a time.
- Many products work to adhere rubber to sponge.
- The rubber will be removable, as a result sometimes the rubber will start to come off your bat This is normal, you just need to re-glue the raised portion or remove the entire sheet and re-glue in the method indicated above. There is no way to adhere rubber permanently to a blade and have it easily changeable.
- Currently we use rubber cement. If you glue your rubber the night prior to an event, you will not have any issues with ITTF regulations. Remember that very nasty adhesives are used to glue the rubber to the sponge at the factory, and they air out in a few days. This mild art grade cement (Rubber Cement) when applied as per the directions above will usually pass any sniffer in hours, and will pass every time if glued the day prior. Please note that if you add solvents and soak your sponge it takes a long time for this to air out but with normal installation we have had no legality problems at events, as well as better performance.
- We also carry water based glue available for purchase – and we are capable of gluing your rubbers with water based glue. However, the customer must be aware that the rubbers may come off the blade very easily (even during play!)