How to Clean a Dart Board

Okay class, pencils down, darts up! In this article, you’ll be reading about how to clean and maintain a variety of dart boards.


First, keep an eye on your board as you use it. Basically, you don’t want any mold to start growing on your dart board, so you don’t want it to get wet. Contact with water could also cause the sisal fibers to expand too much, damaging the board beyond repair. You might consider investing in a cabinet or cover to reduce dust.

Cleaning a Sisal or Cork Board

Number one; remove the outer metal scoring frame, if applicable. Some boards will just have the numbers painted on them. Clean the metal with a light metal polish if it needs it. As for the board itself, just make sure your brush off any dirt or dust off. Then, using an ordinary wood polish, dampen a clean rag, and slowly work the wood polish into your dart board. Let the board sit over night. You don’t want to clean your dart board twice in one day, because you don’t want to over saturate it, causing damage. Continue this each day until you feel your dart board is clean. If it’s clean, but not moist enough, take a rag and dampen it slightly with wood polish, and then just lay the rag on top of your board over night. Some of the moisture may soak into the board from the rag, and the chance of too much moisture soaking in is very unlikely.

New Styles of Boards

If you have a plastic board, you can probably use Windex or some other light cleanser on the board. Just be sure to never spray any cleaners directly onto any electronic device. First spray into a rag, and use the rag to wipe away debris. If your board is cloth, remove all pieces from it, and wash just the cloth itself either by hand or in your washing machine on the gentle cycle. For any other type of board, be careful, and remember that when using a vacuum it may be best to use a soft bristle attachment to avoid damaging the board.

Whatever type of dart board you own, just keeping up on the maintenance will save you time and work in the long run. But if you do need to clean your board, be careful, and most importantly, have fun!

Betsy Cline

Betsy Cline has been a professional house cleaner for 15 years and also a mother of 4 amazing kids (who make lots of messes). She is the founder of How to Clean It and loves to share tips and advice for cleaning up anything life throws at you.

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