Is It Safe To Power Wash My Golf Gear | Complete Guide

Golf clubs can get very dirty during a round of golf. After all, during a round of continuous ball striking, your clubs come into contact with no shortage of grass, dirt, sand and all sort of debris. As a golfer, this is just part of the game. However, this doesn’t mean you should settle leaving your clubs in this way after a round. To look after your clubs and keep them in perfect working order, you should clean them. 

There are many ways in which a golfer can clean their clubs, including power washing. Now, is it safe to power wash golf clubs? The short answer is yes, it’s perfectly safe to power your golf clubs, if you do so at a low enough pressure. The best PSI to wash your golf clubs safely and effectively is between 1200 to 1900 PSI. Over this range you will risk damaging your clubs. Under this range may not give enough power to properly wash your clubs.

Why use a power washer? Well, mainly because it’s effective and cleans the clubs somewhat speedily. It’s also easy to do. Moreover, not only does it wash the club face, but a power washer is great for getting into the grooves and removing any dirt that is otherwise hard to get rid of. 

Don’t have a power washer? Check out our article on cleaning golf clubs with dish soap and polishing them with a Dremel. Both excellent options for those who do not have a power washer.

Can I Pressure Washer My Golf Clubs? 

Using a pressure washer is the ideal way to clean your irons, as it’s quick, effective and will leave them looking in great condition. However, can you use a pressure washer on all of your clubs? 

If we’re talking wedges, then you may want to be extra careful here. Nowadays, lots of wedges are designed with a matte or chrome finish, which can easily be eroded or damaged by pressure washing, so you might be better off cleaning these clubs the old fashioned way by using soapy water and a scouring sponge. 

The same goes for woods and drivers, as the paint on those clubs can easily be removed by a pressure washer. If you do use a pressure washer on these clubs, do it from further away and wash only the club face. In reality, there should be little need to pressure wash your driver, so play it safe and stick to the irons. 

Can I Power Wash Golf Balls? 

Absolutely. A pressure washer is a great way to remove dirt from golf balls that is otherwise impossible to loosen. Cleaning your golf balls with a pressure washer should leave them looking squeaky clean. 

Unfortunately, cleaning golf balls using a power washer is harder than you might think. It’s certainly harder than cleaning a club head, that’s for sure. You can group all the balls that need cleaning and lay them on a flat surface before targeting them with the power washer. The trouble with this is that they can easily move, and if they don’t, you’ll have to reposition them several times to get full coverage. Alternatively, using protective gloves, you can hold the golf ball in one hand and power wash using the other, though you should be careful that your washer isn’t powerful enough to cause injury to your hand. Doing one ball at a time in this way can take a while. 

Can I Power Wash My Golf Bag? 

While a power washer is a great way to clean your golf clubs, golf balls and even your golf shoes; it is not the best tool for cleaning a golf bag. Your golf bag shouldn’t require anywhere near the same level of cleaning attention as your golf balls or golf clubs.

Golf bags are typically composed of materials that are prone to tearing such as nylon or canvas. Cleaning these materials with high pressure water is a recipe for disaster. Therefore, we do not recommend cleaning your golf bag with a power washer as it is excessive and could easily lead to damage.

If your golf bag does need a bit of sprucing up, we recommend washing it with warm water and soap. For troubled areas, you can use fabric cleaner or washing detergent and use a toothbrush to scrub out the worst of the stains. Once washed, be sure to leave it out to dry, preferably outdoors away from direct sunlight. 

Benefits And Drawbacks Of Power Washing Golf Gear

Pros Of Power Washing Golf Gear

There are numerous advantages and a few disadvantages to cleaning your golf clubs using a power washer. Here they are: 

  • Cleans the club face with minimal effort
  • Perfect for removing dirt from the grooves 
  • Leaves the clubs looking visibly cleaner 
  • Cleans golf shoes quickly and effectively

Cons Of Power Washing Golf Gear

  • Power washers can be an expensive up front investment
  • Same effect can be achieved using cheaper method 
  • Requires set up, so can end up not saving that much time
  • Damage is possible for golf bags

Safety Tips For Power Washing Golf Gear

When you power wash your golf gear, you need to take precautions. These measures will ensure that nothing gets damaged or hurt during the cleaning process. Let’s take a look at some safety tips below.

  • First up, you need to assess your surroundings. Make sure that you have a dedicated space for power washing that is away from valuables.
  • Wear protective equipment, such as eyewear, proper footwear, and gloves. . 
  • Make sure you know how to use your power washer. Read the manual first. 
  • Lastly, avoid pressure washing in wet or windy conditions.

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