If you’re into your water sports, then you know how important it is to keep your gear and equipment clean and free from dirt, salt, and sand. That being said, if you’re just beginning to paddle board then you might be unaware of the best methods to regularly clean and maintain your board.
So, how do you clean a paddle board? In this article, I cover the ways in which you can clean your paddle board to keep it in the best condition all year round!
So, let’s get started.
How do you clean an inflatable paddle board?
By virtue of the fact that paddle boarding is an outdoor activity - dirt, mud, and sand are all part of the experience.
The majority of cleaning and maintaining a paddle board can simply be achieved with a garden hose, which is convenient as you need to clean your paddle board after every single use to ensure it remains in the best condition.
To begin, turn your board over and begin cleaning the underside of the board first as it is less likely to attract further dirt when cleaning the traction pad side.
Next, you’re going to want to use a high-pressure hose to rinse the board of any sand, dirt, salt, or grime off the board with a soft brush to remove any stubborn areas. Simply use the hose to spray fresh water across the board and the rail sections.
Once you’ve cleaned the underside of the board, simply flip the board back to the traction pad side and repeat the rinsing process on this side. Note: if you don’t have a traction pad, this is just the side you’d stand up on.
Once you have scrubbed any areas that have residue from your paddle boarding trip, simply rinse thoroughly with fresh water and leave your board in the sun to dry before packing your board away.
The steps you take to clean your board could be different if you wax your board and don’t have a traction pad.
Although inflatable paddle boards need significantly less wax, when it comes to cleaning wax off the board you should simply allow the wax to heat in the sun before attempting to scrape it off with a plastic flat edge.
For instance, you can use an old credit card. The heat from the sun will warm the wax, making it easier to remove from the board and allowing you a more thorough clean. Once the wax is removed along with the grime and dirt, simply follow the same cleaning instructions above.
How do you clean an iROCKER sup?
Investing in an iROCKER SUP is a great way for you and your family to spend more time in nature. Although iROCKER SUPs are designed to be tough and durable, you’ll still need to clean yours on a regular basis to ensure that you keep it in the best possible condition you can. So, how do you clean an iROCKER SUP?
Firstly, you’re going to want to flip the board over and begin by hosing down the underside of the board. Wash your board with a mild soap, being careful not to leave any suds on the board.
Next, you’ll need to repeat the process on the other side of the board, using a brush to get rid of any grimy spots that are more stuck to the board. This process isn’t time consuming but is an essential part of maintaining your board.
Lastly, allow your board to fully dry before you attempt to pack it away. You want to avoid any buildup of mold or mildew so you will need to avoid packing your board away while it’s wet.
This is really important, as mold and mildew will not only leave your board smelling musty but will also damage the board over time, so you need to properly take care of it. After all, no one likes the look of a moldy board.
It is worth mentioning that you should clean your iROCKER sup every time that you use it to ensure that it is in the best condition and is ready to go the next time you want to hit the water!
How do you get water out of a paddle board?
Generally speaking, leaving a paddle board in the sun for around 20 minutes should usually dry it out completely.
However, it is worth noting that in very hot weather, you should never leave your paddle board in direct sunlight as this can damage the board. Instead, you should leave it in a shady spot that although is out of direct sunlight, is still warm enough to dry the board out.
However, that being said, if you have a hole or your paddle board has cracked somewhere, it could become waterlogged. Not only does this make your board heavier, making it harder to paddle, but saltwater trapped in your board will also cause irreparable damage if left unattended.
Getting the water out of your paddle board is essential, as you’ll want to avoid the moisture causing mold or mildew growing on the inside of your board. Ensuring that your board is free from mold will prolong its life, and mean that you can get more out of your investment.
If you do get moisture inside of your paddle board, you can remove it by locking the valve in the open position and blowing air into the board with a pump or vacuum.
If this still doesn’t work, you could hang your paddle board up to dry with the valve at the bottom, and allow the water/moisture to drain and dry out that way.
Cleaning and maintaining your paddle board is fundamental to you making the most out of your purchase. Always remember to clean your board after every use to ensure your board doesn’t become damaged because of moisture, sand, and salt, and you’ll be able to enjoy days on the water for much longer.
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I’m an Colorado native, who learned to surf in the Pacific Northwest, and SW Canada. I live inland near the mountains now, and love to get out on my SUP. It’s weird, but I love windy, choppy days as no-one is out and I like the challenge.