How to Bleed a Bowling Ball? – 4 Effective Techniques

Bleeding a bowling ball stands for extracting excess oil from the ball by following some methods. If your ball hits the ground every day it is obvious that it will get oily. With an oily or greasy ball, everything won’t go smooth further on the lane. So it is necessary to bleed or detox the ball periodically along with cleaning it regularly.

To bleed a ball you just can’t take a cloth and wipe it out or can’t wash it with just plain water. There are some techniques that you can follow to detoxify your bowling ball. I am going to explain some of the methods below to make everything easier for you. 

4 Methods to Bleed Your Bowling Ball

In this segment, I will describe four easy methods which you can follow to bleed and refresh your bowling ball. There is no doubt that you will get a top-quality service of bleeding from a shop or online such as Vital Signs Bowling. But if you are a regular player and want to save your money you can follow any of the methods to bleed your bowling ball

I can assure you that after following these methods your ball will be smooth on the lane again. 

Method 1: Using a Dishwasher

If you do not have any experience of bleeding a ball before then this method might seem a little tough to you. However, I tried my best to explain the process step by step in the easiest possible words. 

Place the Ball in the Sink

You can use a large-sized bowl to place the ball properly into the sink or keep the ball on the bottom rack of the sink. Block the holes in the sink with tape or sink stoppers before placing the ball. If you want you can add some soap into the sink but it is not essential. 

Heat at Correct Temperature

Now that the ball is properly placed into the sink you have to set the temperature correctly. For doing that turn on the heat switch and set a temperature for creating enough heat. The temperature must be below 140°F to avoid any kind of accident. After turning on the heat, let the sink get hot for some time, and once it is heated well, turn off the heat. 

Bleed and Dry 

Once the temperature is set and turned off do not get the ball out. Leave the ball into the dishwasher for some more time to bleed well. After some time when the temperature gets low near normal, take out the ball from the washer.

You can’t use the ball just immediately after taking it off the dishwasher. Let the ball dry well for at least 24 hours before using it on the ground. Though using a dishwasher is not the most popular method of bleeding it is effective for sure. 

Method 2: Using Hot Water Bath technique 

It can be said to be the easiest method for bleeding with maximum safety and efficacy. The technique is very simple, just the same as when you take a hot water bath in the winter season. 

Put the Ball into a Basin or Bowl

You can use either a large bowl or basin for executing this hot water bath method. Submerge your ball into the basin or bowl and then put some hot water into it. The water should be heated at a temperature, not more than 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Leave it for 15 minutes to soak well and then take the ball out and wrap with a towel. 

Repeat the Procedure

After cleaning the ball with a towel and drying it, repeat the hot water bath procedure. Continue to do it again and again until you get a satisfying result of detoxification. You may need to repeat the cycle of the hot water bath, cleaning with a towel, and drying for 4 to 5 times or more. 

Dry the Ball Properly

Once you are satisfied with the result of the hot water bath, prepare to leave the ball for complete drying. I will suggest you dry the ball for 1 to 2 days before using it again.   

Method 3: Using a Car

It may seem quite strange to you but it can be an easier and safer way of bleeding if you own a car. Under the sunlight most often cars get highly heated and this heat can be used as a detoxifier. How you can apply this newer method is a matter to learn here now. 

Place the Ball in Your Car

Choose a hot sunny day to put the ball inside your car for bleeding. Use a towel of microfiber and then keep the ball on the floor of your car. Close all the windows and doors of your car and observe the ball. Keep the ball inside until it becomes glossy due to coming out of excess oil on the surface.

Clean Up the Oil

When the ball appears glossy, take it out from the car to wipe out the excess oil. Use a clean towel to clean up the accumulated oil on the surface of the ball.

Repeat the Procedure

Keep doing this procedure again and again until you find that there is no oil appearing on the surface. After taking out the ball from your car for the last time, wipe with a towel to make it tacky again.

Method 4: Using a Heater

Till now I have introduced three risk-free and simple methods of bleeding a bowling ball. This last one is quite risky and lengthy but very effective for bleeding. All you need is patience and a fearless attitude to complete this procedure. Beginners should avoid this method if they are not confident enough about it. I have tried to elaborate the method in an easy manner step by step below. 

Heat the Heater

Firstly, put the ball on a microfiber towel and then bring it in front of the heater. Switch on the heater and then keep rotating the towel folded ball so that heat distribution remains even.

Heat Evenly

It is very tough to make sure that all the parts of the ball are getting heat uniformly. Yet you need to keep moving the towel containing the ball and make sure that all the parts are getting enough heat. After a long time, you may notice oil building on the shell of the ball.  At that time, stop the heat and clean up the oil with a fresh towel. 

Repeat the heating and cleaning process until there appears no oil on the ball surface. 

Clean Up Thoroughly

Once there is no oil appearing on the ball, turn off the heater and clean the ball properly. After cleaning the ball thoroughly it will be smooth enough to hit the lane. 

Wrapping Up

A bowling ball will get greasy after using it for a certain time whether you play on dry lanes or oily lanes. That’s why bleeding the ball is important and knowing the methods of bleeding is more important. 

In this article, I have presented four quite easy yet effective DIY methods of bleeding a bowling ball. All these methods can be operated in your home but only if you are confident enough. The best would be if you take the ball to a professional or a pro shop. 

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