While the main purpose of buying golf bags is to keep your golf equipment safe and clean, you also have to make sure that the bags themselves are able to withstand the test of time. These bags aren’t the most affordable things in the planet and that’s why you have to keep in mind that you should take care of them and that you do not just let them get stained or be damaged. But how exactly do you clean your golf bags and what are the things you should do to ensure that they will last a long time? Here are some guidelines:
Make sure that you use only mild soaps.
The bags, especially when they are made of leather or even synthetic materials, are quite sensitive and that’s why you shouldn’t use just about every detergent you see in cleaning them. Pour the soap on a damp sponge or rub, if using a bar, then wipe the bag from the inside all the way out. Air dry the product with all of the zippers open to make sure that no foul smells ensue after cleaning.
When there are stains that cannot easily be taken away by soap, scrub the affected areas with a nylon brush. Make sure though that you do this as gently as possible because scrubbing too much may damage the fabric and the coatings and you may not get a replacement for this, especially if the warranty period is over.
Dryer is a no-no!
One of the things that you should keep in mind is that you should never by any means place the bag in the dryer. The heat that the dryer emits may damage the fabric and coatings of your bag. This also means that you should keep golf bags away from direct sunlight and other heat sources such as ovens, radiators, blowers, or space heaters, as well.
Do not use solvents.
Some people think that using solvents to clean the bags are necessary to keep them in tip-top shape but the truth is that solvents may do more harm to the bags rather than keep them safe. Again, mild soaps must be used in cleaning the bags and not solvents. Some examples of solvents include ethanol, ether and hexane. Salt dissolved in water is also not an acceptable form of cleaning agents for you bag. You may use vinegar in cleaning it though, especially when it smells funky. This usually happens after a game during summer season.
And, remember to store the bag in a cool, dry place.
This way, you can be sure that the bag will be in great condition even after a long time and that you can use it for future games or tournaments and that it can also keep your golf equipment safe for you. Avoid placing the bag under direct heat, wind or cold and make sure that it is out of reach of children and animals, too. This is so that children will not play with it and the threat of your pets scratching the bag will be lessened or eliminated.
Protect the bag
Do not be like one of those people who neglect their golf bags just because they are not as expensive as other golf equipment. Remember that without these bags, playing golf will be so much harder and inconvenient for you and that your equipment may not even last a long time. If you are serious about this game then you have to make sure that you take care not only of yourself and of your equipment but also of the bags, as well because without them, your golfing life will never really be the same again.