How to Make Your Bowling Ball Shiny

    Step 1

    Wipe your bowling ball often with a microfiber towel while you are bowling to remove lane oil and rubber marks.

    Step 2

    Place adhesive tape over the thumb and finger holes to prevent liquid from getting into them.

    Step 3

    Apply a small amount of liquid ball cleaner to another microfiber towel and clean the entire surface if the ball. Wipe the surface of the ball with another microfiber towel -- if any dirt comes off, clean the ball again.

    Step 4

    Apply a small amount of bowling ball polish to a hand polishing pad. Apply polish liberally until the surface of the ball is covered. Allow the polish to sit on the ball's surface for a few minutes before wiping clean with a microfiber towel.

    Step 5

    Place your ball in a bowling ball buffer/carrier and spin the ball back and forth several times to add even more shine.


  • Use a high-speed ball spinner, which can be found in most bowling establishments, to resurface your ball every 30 to 50 games, depending on your bowling frequency.

Things Needed

  • Microfiber towels
  • Adhesive tape
  • Liquid ball cleaner
  • Bowling ball polish
  • Polishing pad
  • Bowling ball buffer/carrier

About the Author

Based in Virginia Beach, Mark S. Baker has been working in editorial for more than 20 years. He has served as a writer and editor for publications such as the "Houston Post," "Boca Raton News" and "Interactive Week," among others. Baker also has a culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University and has his own catering business.