For those green to the green, the common question golfers ask is “how to clean golf irons?”. It’s a fairly simple process but a necessary one in order to keep your irons in good working condition for optimal performance.
Most people will often overlook the necessity of cleaning their golf irons. But this is crucial to do once in a while to preserve and maintain their beautiful functionality.
Continue reading this article to learn the basic steps for keeping your golf irons clean, beautiful, and performing at their best. It’s fast and hassle-free.
How to Clean Golf Irons: Initial Considerations
Before you begin cleaning your golf irons, understand that you will have to clean the various sections of it differently. The head requires separate care than the shaft or grip. The following article will discuss all these. Once you read this and learn how to do it, come up with a plan of action prior to cleaning your irons.
7 Steps for Cleaning Golf Iron Heads
Cleaning golf irons won’t require a big investment and you can use items you probably already have around your house:
- Chrome or Steel Polish (optional)
- Clean, Dry Cloth
- Clean, Dry Towel, or Paper Towel
- Dish Soap or Hand Soap
- Soft-Bristle Brush or an Old Toothbrush
- Warm Water
Step 1: Fill the Bucket
Fill the bucket with warm water and a few drops of liquid soap; ensuring the water isn’t scalding hot and it’s just soapy enough. If it’s too hot it can damage the metal. When there’s too much soap it can encourage oxidation.
Only put enough water into the bucket so that it covers the iron head. You don’t want to submerge the hosels because the water may loosen the ferrules. This can lead to irreparable damage to the irons.
Step 2: Soak the Heads
Put the heads of your golf irons into the bucket for up to 10 minutes. If there’s a lot of grime and gunk stuck to them, soak for no more than 20 minutes.
Step 3: Clean the Heads
With a used toothbrush or other soft-bristled brush, gently scrub each head. Remove them from the water one by one and rub the brush over them. Be careful so you don’t scratch the metal. That is, of course, you have a forged iron. Those are very resilient to nicks and scratches from a brush.
Exercise a little attention to detail and get inside all the nooks, crannies, and narrow areas. Remove mud and grass from grooves.
Step 5: Rinse the Heads
Once all the dirt and grime are off the irons, rinse them off in clean, cool water. Ensure you don’t get any water on the hosel or shaft.
Step 6: Drying
With a clean towel, wipe the heads dry and allow them to sit exposed to the air. You want to avoid rust development as much as possible.
Step 7: Polishing (Optional)
Even though different products will vary, you can polish your irons once you know they are bone dry. This isn’t necessary, but it does keep your irons in top working condition.
Most polishes work in such a way as to apply the product with a soft cloth and let it sit for a few moments. Then, wipe it off with another clean cloth until it looks shiny and new.
Cleaning Iron Shafts
Because the metal of the shafts is a little more delicate and fragile than the metal composing the head, cleaning is simple and easy. The point is to not use too much water or soap so as to promote oxidation, also known as rust.
All you do is take a damp cloth to remove dirt and grime from top to bottom; avoiding the grip as much as possible. Dry it well with a cloth and allow it to air dry.
2 Ways to Clean the Grip
The style of your grip will determine how you should clean it. There are a few ways you can remove dirt, grime, and stickiness. But first, understand the four different types:
- Corded grips, as the name suggests, comprise cord material. This makes them more sturdy and durable with a rough surface. While this is excellent for additional traction and moisture repellant, it is prone to getting dirty often.
- Multi-Compound grips contain both cord and rubber. These provide all the benefits of responsiveness and feeling while giving optimal control.
- Velvet grips are smooth and don’t attract too much dirt. They repel moisture well and you shouldn’t have to clean them often.
- Wrap grips are retro in style since these are the old-fashioned materials for golf clubs. But, they aren’t very practical because they don’t repel water well at all and dirt attaches like a magnet.
Method 1: Soap; Water
For cord, multi-compound, and wrap grips, using soap and warm water with a little scrub is best.
- In a medium bucket or the kitchen sink, fill it with lukewarm water and a few drops of very mild soap.
- Dip an old toothbrush or soft-bristled brush into the soapy water and scrub the grip, making sure you keep moisture away from the shaft.
- Rinse with clean, cool water, and dry completely with a towel. Don’t let it air dry, dry it thoroughly with the towel.
Method 2: Wipes Designed for Cleaning Grips
Although grip cleaning wipes cost a little more money, you can use them on any type of grip. They’re quick and easy and you won’t run the risk of having water come into contact with the shaft.
There are quite a few of these out on the market, so you’ll have to do your research to see which will be best for your particular grip. But they do remove every drop of sweat, dirt, and stickiness that your grip may attract over time. These will prolong the life of your grip.
Keeping Irons Clean During Game Play
The best way to avoid mucky buildup is by controlling it while you play. This will be especially true in the rain, the mud, or when you’ve taken a divot.
Keep a towel for cleaning off all your clubs along with a grooved brush. These will offer you a quick and efficient means of removing dirt and grime after playing a shot. For a quick scrape, try using a tee. The pointed end is often the perfect size for getting into the nooks and grooves.
A Video Showing How To Clean Your Golf Irons
Once and while you’re going to get grime and muck buildup on your golf irons. So, if you want to keep them working at peak performance, you have to clean them. The steps are simple and easy to follow but you want to be mindful of how much water you use on the different sections of the iron.
The main thing is to not get too much water onto to shaft to prevent rust. Likewise, you want to ensure the head of the iron is fully dry so you don’t accidentally promote oxidization. Rust will deteriorate metal and render it irreparable.
When cleaning the grip, you want to use enough moisture to clean it but not so much that you damage future usage of it. It’s not difficult to do, but you want to be somewhat meticulous about it.