How to Clean a Dartboard

After years of service, your dartboard is likely to get worn out due to the obvious wear and tear. Some parts may also fade due to the regular abuse, hence making it invisible. This would interfere with a player’s game. The good news is that in such a situation, you don’t necessarily need to replace the dartboard. Extend its lifetime by simply cleaning it.

Learning how to clean a dartboard and darts is an essential skill for any darts player. Just like proper maintenance of your dart barrels improves your game performance, so does cleaning the dartboard. Furthermore, adequate care for the dartboard shows the respect for you have for the game and yourself as a player.


How you clean a dartboard depends on different variables, such as the material of construction. Is it an electronic, sisal, wooden cork, bristle, or horsehair dartboard?  Continue reading to know more about how to clean your dartboard based on these variables.

Cleaning Electronic Dartboard

The electronic dartboards are usually made of plastic and use darts with soft-tips. They don’t need much cleaning, which makes the process easy. Just make use of a dry piece of cloth to wipe down the dartboard. Do not use a damp cloth because the moisture might destroy the sensitive electronics that keep track of the score. Using cotton swabs to remove dirt from the holes in the board is also an option.

Cleaning A Bristle Dartboard

Bristle dartboard is the most common kind of dartboard worldwide. It is Made with compact sisal fibers, and can bounce back to its initial position once you remove the dart. This self-restoring ability makes it more durable, unlike the cork boards that lack it. However, you can similarly clean them both.

First, take out the wire metal ring from the board. Are you surprised that it is removable? Well, removing it is an essential step to maintaining the board. From here, you can opt to use a low-pressure vacuum cleaner or a scrub brush to remove large clumps of dirt.

Next, use a dry cloth to wipe it out to remove the finer bits of dirt. While some people recommend using a damp cloth, that is a bad idea. Moisture can easily make the sisal in the dartboard to rot, hence destroying it. You can use a damp cloth with no actual water coming out if you have to do so.

When a cork board gets dried out, just lay it on a flat cloth, place a damp cloth over it and then leave it overnight. It should be sufficiently hydrated the next day. If not, just replace it. Another helpful tip to extend the board lifetime is to rotate the metal frame when putting it back on the board. Rotating it allows the wear and tear to be spread evenly on the board.

With time, the bristle dartboard is likely to lose its moisture and polished finishing. Insufficient moisture content results in fading and loss of the capability to spring back when hit by darts, thus developing holes. Use liquid wood polisher to help the board gain back the moisture lost. Dry it in sunlight for a day, and then insert a toothpick in it the next day to see if it has regained its moisture. If not, repeat the same process until it does.

How to Clean a Wooden Dartboard?

The wooden dartboards are not easy to come by. They require regular cleaning and re very demanding in maintenance. Due to their wood construction, they need regular polishing to retain their moisture content. Without it, the boards are likely to dry out and begin cracking. Also, they are prone to smell.

How Often Should You Clean a Dartboard?

How often you clean your dartboard depends on its type of material and how regular you play. Electronic ones are easy to clean. With just a single swipe, you are done. You can do this as a part of your daily cleaning routine. Also, cleaning the bristle or cork dartboard every two months works great while the wooden models require cleaning every 2 to 3 weeks.

As a prevention measure from making the dartboard too dirty, ensure that the darts are sharp and clean.

Is It Okay to Soak a Dartboard?

This is likely to be the most asked question by beginners. Never soak your dartboard or even spray it with water. Soaking bristle and cork boards make them swell and bulge, thereby causing deformities. These deformities eventually result in buckling and bubbling of the board, which reduces its longevity. Besides, soaking dartboard can cause growth of mildew and mold. It would be best if you never let any liquid get to your board or the backboard.

Cleaning Off Mildew and Mold from A Dartboard

Environmental factors like humidity can cause mold and mildew to grow on the board. It also occurs if it had been recently exposed to water. Whatever the cause, once you find mold on the board, you have to act fast to prevent further damage. Since mold grows in damp conditions, take the board outside and expose it directly to sunlight for it to dry.

Next, use compressed air to blast the mold off. Alternatively, you can brush it off the board’s surface with a stiff brush. Remember to store your dartboard in a dry environment to avoid any possible buildup of molds.

Why Does Dartboard Wear Out?

Wearing happens gradually, depending on how regular you play.  If you play once or twice per week, it can last up to 5 years. However, some areas may wear out faster than others. The part that you usually aim for will wear out quickly leaving other parts new.

Final Remarks

Hopefully, we have answered all your inquires on how to clean a dartboard. They can last long with proper care that involves cleaning. How you clean the board and the stand and how often you do it depends on the material of the board and how regularly you use it. Cleaning a dartboard generally includes removing the wire frame dividing the board, and then vacuuming clumps of dirt. Dabbing the surface with a dry or damp cloth removes the remaining dirt particles. It is crucial never to let water get in your dartboard.