Bowling balls need to be cleaned often. The reactive resin shells absorb oil. Even if you wipe it after every shot, the time it is on the lane, being returned to you, and sitting on the ball return, the shell is soaking up the oil. The oil gets too deep into the shell, so just cleaning your ball won’t do the trick. When this happens, you need to “bake” the oil out of your ball. You can always take your ball to a professional and have them do this for you, but there are a ton of ways to do it yourself as well. One of the more common ways to DIY the baking process is to use your dishwasher.
Does your ball hook less than when it was new? Does the shell feel greasy, smooth, and less tacky than when it was new? Even if you clean your ball regularly, the shell can absorb oil to the point where a simple cleaning has virtually no effect. If this is the case, it’s probably time to “bake” your ball.
Cleaning your bowling ball is absolutely necessary. Reactive balls absorb oil, and a ball saturated with oil won’t get enough friction to hook.
When a ball becomes completely saturated, you will need to bake and resurface the ball which can be a very timely and sometimes expensive process. There are ways to bake your ball at home, but having your local pro shop do it is the safest, most common way. To save money and time, you should bake your ball infrequently, and only when necessary.
Clean your bowling ball every time you bowl, and it will need a bake much less often.
There are a bunch of cleaning solutions on the market designed specifically for bowling balls, but it’s cheapest and easiest to just make your own. I will teach you how to properly clean your ball using only common household supplies.