Bat Digest
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content

Bat Digest is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn More.

Bat Digest is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn More.

How To Remove Ball Marks | THE Best Trick To Cleaning Your Bat

Updated October 23, 2020

By Brian Duryea | @BatDigest

Share This | Tag us @batdigest

Updated October 23, 2020

October 23, 2020

By Brian Duryea | @BatDigest

Share This | Tag us @batdigest

We’ve seen more than 1,000 bats come and go. After heavy work with the bats, we usually ignore considerable ball marks and ball scuffs. But, now and again, we want to remove ball marks and clean the bat.

How do we clean our bats?

Two tricks we show below.

Over the years, we have found some tricks and tips to clean your bat.

  1. The best trick, far and away, is using the Magic Eraser. Made by Mr. Clean and relatively inexpensive, the little gadget cleans your bats in no time and is much more effective than soap, water, and some rags and towels. But, do note, a magic eraser is really just very fine sandpaper. That is, it can, if you do it too hard, remove more than just the ball mark. So, please don’t overdo it, or you’ll remove the paint/gloss too.
  2. The manufacturer suggests you use mild soap and water. This works too for most marks and, if you don’t want to spend the few dollars on the magic eraser, then it is your next best bet.

Trick 1: Manufacturers’ Suggestions

Remove Ball Marks

Manufacturers are comfortable with mild soap and warm water applied with a softer rag on the bat. This approach is nice enough, no doubt, but usually not strong enough for serious ball marks. A stronger non-metal brush that you’d use to get grease off a pan in the kitchen is also useful in some instances but requires serious effort and time. There is some risk of scratching the paint job if you are too aggressive.

In practice, however, none of those options work entirely for most serious ball marks.

Trick 2: Magic Eraser

Remove Ball Marks

There is really only one trick to cleaning ball marks off a bat. It is the Magic Eraser. There isn’t anything magic about this. Instead, it is made from a foam that resembles very, very fine sandpaper. When wet, it works well on high gloss finishes. However, do be aware of rubbing certain areas might leave microscopic scratches. We rarely rub in the same spot for more than 10 or 15 seconds. The good news is we have yet to come to a spot that needs more than just a few seconds of rubbing.

At the risk of this sounding too much like an infomercial, you may find the bat cleaning video we did helpful.

To make a long story short, the Magic Eraser is our go-to bat cleaning trick. Soap and water do not cut it. And for less than $5, it can be used on a few hundred bats before it needs replacement.

Does a Clean Bat Matter?

How to clean you bat ball marks

The short answer is, obviously, no.

A clean bat shouldn’t hit a ball any further than a dirty bat. Assuming, of course, we are not talking ‘caked in mud’ dirty. In fact, it could even be argued scuff marks give it personality.

But, ask Ichiro Suzuki if bat perfection means anything in the grand scheme of things. One of the better hitters in the game kept his bats in a humidifier and a massive carrying case. Players at the top level of the sport care a significant amount about their bats and take considerable care of the bats. Why not, then, take care of our nearly $400 composite bats with a little cleaning once and again? It isn’t a crazy idea.


Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Richard Cassetto
Richard Cassetto
2 years ago

There is a better safer way to remove ball marks and pine tar or grip marks and make any bat look new. Use a cloth and apply Johnson’s paste wax and elbow grease. I’ve used for 55 years.

Go Pro Wildlife Removal

Go Pro Wildlife Removal Company is providing expert Bat removal Auburn & Pest wildlife control Services in Opelika, Auburn, and surrounding areas. We help our customers with long term solutions to wildlife conflicts.

6 months ago

I clean my bats after every tournament to me its like if your uniform and batting gloves look cool you feel better and play better same thing with bat if it looks cool gives me more confidence and i play better. what i use is S.O.S pad its very light abrasive that takes marks off easily without damaging bat

Want to donate to our next bat review by buying our data sheet?

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x