How to Clean a Dartboard

Learn how to correctly clean each type of dartboard, as well as a list of the do's and don't to remember.

I noticed recently that my dartboard was beginning to look dull and upon closer inspection looked to have gathered dirt in some areas. It certainly doesn’t look quite as good as it once did. So, I decided to do some research on the best ways of how to clean my dartboard.

If you’ve spent a lot of money on your dartboard, one of the worst things is seeing your dartboard not looking as great as it was the day you bought it, so I did a little research.

Cleaning your dartboard depends on a number of different variables i.e. whether you have an electronic, sisal, cork, bristle or wooden dartboard can depend on the steps you need to take.

So, lets look into how to clean a dartboard depending on each of these different circumstances.

How to Clean a Bristle Dartboard

Bristle dartboards as they’re known, is by far the most common type of dartboard used around the world. Made up of millions of very tightly packed Sisal fibres, extracted from the Agave plant. Bristle dartboards need to be maintained correctly in order to extend their lifespan.

So, how can you ensure bristle dartboards are cleaned correctly without causing any unnecessary damage? We’ll explain exactly how, here.

Firstly, if possible, remove the metal frame or ‘spider’ as it’s commonly known from the board. This will make the cleaning process a whole lot easier, plus it’ll help remove any excess dirt or dust which may have built up underneath the frame.

You may find that you’re unable to remove the frame, which is often the case with older boards, whereas newer boards should allow you to remove both the frame and numbers around the perimiter of the board.

Nevertheless once removing the frame, simply take either a vacuum or a bristle brush and go over the surface of the board. This should help lift off or loosen up the larger layers of dirt, which may have built up overtime.

Next, use a dry cloth to wipe over the surface to dust away any excess dirt left behind. This is where removing the frame makes the process a lot easier.

Finally, inspect the board for any dark or off colour areas of the board, which are usually the sign of dirt and repeat the steps on these areas until your board is free from dirt.

Lastly, it’s incredibly important to remember not to use water when cleaning your dartboard, particularly bristle dartboards. As this can result in fibres swelling and thus becoming dislodged from the board itself, causing bulging.

How to Clean an Electronic Dartboard, Safely

What you’ll need:

  • Cloth
  • Cotton swabs

Since electronic dartboards are made entirely from plastic, cleaning an electronic dartboard shouldn’t be too much trouble.

All we need to do to clean an electronic board is to firstly lay the dartboard onto a flat surface, and simply take a dry cloth and wipe it over the face of the dartboard. This should
help clear away any dust which may have collected on the surface overtime.

You’re likely to find most of the dust on the top of the dartboard itself or around the back, simply wipe it away with the cloth.

Once you’ve cleared away any surface dust, find any areas of the board which have a build up of dirt. Again, take your cloth and apply some pressure to the area, rubbing in a circular motion. This should help lift away that excess dirt.

Lastly, since electronic dartboards rely on tiny sensors situated within the tiny holes of the board to work, it’s important that these holes are free of any dust or dirt. As this can result in the sensors in these holes becoming blocked or worse, damaged.

To prevent this, take your cotton swab and poke it inside each whole 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 actually need to clean your dartboard as often as you may think. In fact, you should never really have to thoroughly clean your dartboard. Instead, if you use your board regularly we’d suggest inspecting it after every use and wiping away any dust or excess dirt which may have built up from pulling darts out of the board.

Electronic dartboards are the easiest and quickest of all to clean, as a simple wipe of the surface is generally enough. Which should take all of a few seconds.

However, there are a couple of prevention methods you should keep in mind when playing to stop the build up of any excess dirt on your board. These include washing your hands and dart tips before throwing or touching the board.

Can You Soak a Dartboard?

This is a question I get a lot. However, i’m going to make this completely clear, here. You should never soak your dartboard, or even spray a light mist over the surface. Never expose your dartboard to water.

It’s been suggested for a long time that soaking your dartboard or regularly spraying water over the face of your dartboard will extend its lifespan and stop it from drying out. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Exposing your bristle dartboard to water can lead to the fibres expanding, leading to bulge’s and the spider lifting from the surface.

How to Remove Mold and Mildew from a Dartboard

Overtime you may find spots of mold on your dartboard. This is often the case if your dartboard is stored in a cold, damp environment such as the garage or garden shed. Or your dartboard may have previously been directly exposed to water.

Nevertheless, if you do find mold on your dartboard. Firstly, take it outside and expose it to direct sunlight, since mold thrives in damp conditions, exposing the mold to dry conditions will cause it to dry up.

Secondly, take a can of compressed air and blast off the mold, or use a stiff brush to remove it from the surface of your board.

Going forward, we’d strongly suggest storing your dartboard in a dry environment to prevent any future build up of mold.


We hope we’ve covered all of the options when it comes to keeping your dartboard clean and in good condition. However, if you feel there’s something I may have missed, such as a cleaning tip which you would to be effective; feel free to let me know in the comments.

Michael Andrew

Michael Andrew

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