It's almost the halfway point of the baseball season this year and it's a time for players to do some maintenance on their gear before the second half of the season. You can check out our previous blog to see how to properly clean and maintain your Baseball Glove.
Now it's time to learn how to properly maintain your baseball bat using our Wood Care products! Follow these tips to clean and protect your wooden bat from all elements that occur on the field.
Step. 1 Clean your Bat
The first step in maintaining your wooden baseball bat is to give the wood a thorough cleaning with our Wood Cleaner.
We advise to spray our Wood Cleaner onto a cotton cloth and rub onto the wood in a circular motion.
As you apply the Wood Cleaner, any dirt on the wooden bat will be absorbed into the cloth.
You will want to rotate the cloth as dirt is absorbed into it to ensure not dirt is being spread across your bat.
After cleaning, you will have different options to protect or finish your wooden bat using our Boiled Linseed Oil or our Beeswax Polish.
Follow the steps below on how to apply our Boiled Linseed Oil:
Step 1. Apply our Boiled Linseed Oil
Once the surface is cleaned and dry, now you can apply our Boiled Linseed Oil to form a tough and slightly glossy finish to your wooden bat.
You want to apply our Boiled Linseed Oil to a lint free cloth and wipe over the surface of the bat. When applying the Boiled Linseed Oil, we advise to apply the oil in the same direction as the grain of the wood. Let the oil sit on the bat for 20 minutes, then wipe off any surplus of oil that may be on the surface of the wood.
Step 2. Re-apply the Boiled Linseed Oil
Let the first coat of Boiled Linseed Oil sit for 24 hours before applying a second coat onto the bat. After applying the second coat, wait 20 minutes then wipe off any excess oil on the surface of the wood.
You may rub the surface of the wooden bat with steel wool between coats to improve final results.
Step 3. Apply a Final Coat
Apply a final coat of our Boiled Linseed Oil and let the bat sit for 48 hours before any use. Additional coats may be applied if you require.
For maintenance, we advise to re-apply our Boiled Linseed Oil once a year or more frequently for if your bat is heavily used.
Follow these steps below on how to apply our Beeswax Polish:
Step 1. Apply our Beeswax Polish
You want to ensure of your bat is clean and dust free. Apply our Beeswax Polish to your bat with a cotton cloth, rubbing into the wood in the direction of the grain.
Let the Beeswax Polish sit for 3-4 minutes, then buff over the surface of the bat with a cloth to restore the luster of the wood. You may apply additional coats to your bat for extra protection or if the bat is unfinished.
Step 2. Maintenance use of Beeswax Polish
Our Beeswax Polish should be re-applied once a year to maintain and protect your baseball bat. When our Beeswax Polish is properly applied, you will notice that water beads up on the surface of the wood.
To determine if it is time to re-apply our Beeswax Polish to your bat, apply a few drops of water onto the surface of the wood. If the water lies flat on the surface (not beading up), that would indicate you should apply a new coat of Beeswax Polish to your wood.
With your newly maintained wooden bat, you can now finish your season not only looking sharp but also with a nicely cleaned and protected bat!