Caring for Your Wood Bat
Now that you have purchased your bat, you may wonder how to keep it in game ready condition. Your Phoenix wood bat is one of the finest in the industry and we want to see you have the most success with it.
Storing your Wood Bat
The first thing you must understand is that your wooden bat is crafted from a natural material, wood and, like any natural material, it breathes and takes in the environment it is exposed to. Extreme moisture and prolonged exposure to heat or cold is not a bat's friend. Take your bat indoors (the garage does not count as indoors!) after each time out. Lean it up against a corner in as straight up and down a position as you can get. A corner in your room or a closet inside where you live are great places to lean a bat up against the wall.
Cleaning Tips for Wood Bat with a Color/Clear Coat
Many hitters like to keep their finished wood bat clean so that they can see where they are hitting the ball. If you are one of those types of hitters, we suggest using Windex® Multi-Surface Vinegar on a dry lint-free cloth to clean off the ball marks. Spray the Windex® Multi-Surface Vinegar on the cloth then wipe the marks in the same direction as the grain of the wood. Immediately take another clean lint-free cloth and wipe-off the bat until dry. This method can be repeated as needed. While there is no perfect solution that will completely remove all marks without the risk of marring the finish, this method has proven the best in our testing to minimize that risk.
WARNING: The cleaning method with Windex® Multi-Surface Vinegar is only applicable to areas of the bat that have a finish. It is not for use on natural (unfinished) wood or bats that do not have a clear coat over a colored finish. Using any cleaning product may dull some of the color or shine of the finish.
Once the ball marks are out, take a spray can of clear semi-gloss polyurethane and lightly spray the barrel of your wooden bat. Hang the bat from the knob on the handle and let the bat dry. You will be able to see how you are hitting the ball from game to game.
Cleaning Tips for Wood Bats with a Natural Finish (unfinished)
For natural wood, you may try a very fine grit sandpaper (200 grit or higher) to lightly sand the ball marks, moving the sand paper in the direction of the grain of the wood. Avoid going over engraved areas and the Phoenix logo.
NOTICE: Our legal team tells us we need to state that Phoenix Bats is not responsible for the results of above methods to clean and/or restore the finish to your bat. Pressure used, different cleaners and other considerations may yield different results.