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How to Clean a Dartboard

Cleaning your dartboard is essential to keep it looking and performing better for longer. But, how do you clean a dartboard?

I noticed that my dartboard was beginning to look dull in places. So, I decided to do some research on the best ways of how to clean my dartboard.

So, let’s discuss the best ways to clean a dartboard.

How to Clean a Bristle Dartboard

Bristle dartboards are by far the most common type of dartboard. Made from tightly packed sisal fibers, bristle dartboards need to be maintained to extend their lifespan.

So, how can you ensure bristle dartboards are cleaned correctly without causing any unnecessary damage.

Firstly, remove the metal frame from around the board, making the cleaning process a lot easier.

Once removing the frame, take a vacuum and go over the surface of the board. This will lift off larger layers of dirt and dust.

Next, use a dry cloth to wipe over the surface to dust away any excess dirt.

Finally, inspect the board for any off-color areas. This is usually the sign of dirt. Repeat the steps on these areas until your board is free from dirt.

Remember not to use water when cleaning your dartboard, particularly bristle dartboards. Using water can result in fibers swelling and thus becoming dislodged from the board itself, causing bulging.

How to Clean an Electronic Dartboard

What you’ll need:

  • Cloth
  • Cotton swabs

To clean an electronic board, lay the board onto a flat surface. Take a dry cloth, and wipe it over the face. This should help clear away any dust which may have collected on the surface.

Electronic dartboards rely on sensors situated within holes on the board to work. These holes must be free of any dust or dirt, resulting in the sensors in these holes becoming blocked.

To prevent this, take your cotton swab and poke it inside each hole, and twist it. After doing this a couple of times, you should notice the dirt on the end of the cotton swab.

How Often Should you Clean your Dartboard?

Contrary to belief, you don’t need to clean your dartboard as often as you may think. Instead, if you use your board regularly, we’d suggest wiping away any dust which may have built up from pulling darts out of the board.

Electronic dartboards are the easiest and quickest to clean, as a simple wipe of the surface is generally enough.

To prevent the build-up of dirt on your board, consider washing your hands and cleaning the tips of your darts before throwing or touching the board.

Can You Use Water On Your Dartboard?

No, never expose your dartboard to water. 

Some believe that soaking your dartboard or regularly spraying water over the face of your dartboard would stop it from drying out. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Exposing your bristle dartboard to water can lead to the fibers expanding, leading to bulges.

How to Clean Mold Off a Dartboard

moldy dartboard

To get rid of mold on your dartboard, use a stiff brush to remove it from the surface. Mold on your dartboard results from storing your board in a damp environment or being exposed to water.

We’d suggest storing your dartboard in a dry environment to prevent any build-up of mold.


Keeping your dartboard clean will help extend its lifespan. So, it’s important to maintain your board with the tips we’ve highlighted.

Michael Fielding

Michael Fielding

Michael has been playing Darts for more than 20 years and is passionate about helping others improve their game through his own experiences.