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Expert Tips to Clean & Maintain your Chess Pieces and Chess Board

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You now own a expensive chess piece & chess board of your own, and while you enjoy the game from time to time, you also have to do the work of maintaining it.

A chess set can survive for years, and you can even pass it on to people, but that depends on how well you maintain your chessboard and chess pieces.

Though chess pieces & chess board came in different materials & style, there are different ways to clean & maintain chess piece & chess board which we have discussed below.

In this article, we will be looking at some useful tips by our experts on how to clean & maintain your chess board and chess pieces.

  1. Keep your chessboard dry at all times, and avoid any form of exposure to water. Water damages the board, and you do not want that.
  2. Your chessboard does not wear off easily as it comes with a hard polish already. Thus, you do not need any extra polish or wax.
  3. If your chessboard gets scratched, you can clean the smudges with a little damp piece of fabric.
  4. Keep your board away from extreme temperatures and humidity. Humidity makes your board expand and contract.
  5. Keep your chessboard away from direct sunlight to avoid damages.
  6. If your chessboard feels sticky, you should wipe with a piece of cloth. Solid wooden chess boards often have a thick lacquer that protect them from the scratches, use a damp piece of cloth to wipe it; and if it has a matte finish, use a piece of dry cloth to wipe it.
  7. Dust your board regularly using a dry, soft piece of cloth.
  8. For silicon board, you can use brushes or even tooth brushes to clean it properly. You can take the help of soap water and damp cloth.
  9. Matte finish chess boards are hard to maintain. Try to keep them away from dust as much as you can. If possible, clean the surface of the board every week.
  10. For marble or metal chess boards, cleaning it with a damp cotton cloth is enough to maintain them, however, you can use soap water to clean marble chessboard.
chess piece care
You can also use baby wipes to clean off the chess pieces & chess boards

How to Clean & Maintain Chess Piece

The first thing you must know about caring for your chess pieces is that you should not try out things by yourself.

For instance, if you have wooden chess pieces, you have to be careful not to use wax or polish on them, except the manufacturer mentioned it in the instructions.

Check below for further instructions on how to care for your chess pieces.

  1. Keep your chess pieces away from humidity and heat. They do not do well under intense direct heat and humidity as a slight exposure to any of these conditions can cause cracking, discoloration, and warping of your chess pieces.
  2. Do not touch your chess pieces with wet or damp hands. Having a hand towel around to dry your hands after touching water is always a smart idea.
  3. If you want to clean your chess pieces, mix vinegar with water and get a damp cotton fabric. Dip the fabric into the solution, and wipe your chess pieces with it. This will get rid of any odor, dirt, and grime from your chess piece. You do not need to apply polish or wax. Chess pieces come with hard polish on them, which ensures that they do not wear off easily.
  4. If your chess piece breaks or dislodges, you can put it back together using any wood glue and leave to dry for some hours. It is more effective to do this overnight so that nobody will touch the piece or tamper with it.
  5. The best way to protect your chess piece is to get a good case for your set as it will ensure great safety for your precious chessmen. Keep your chess pieces away from humidity and heat. They do not do well under intense direct heat and humidity as a slight exposure to any of these conditions can cause cracking, discoloration, and warping of your chess pieces.
  6. Do not touch your chess pieces with wet or damp hands. Having a hand towel around to dry your hands after touching water is always a smart idea.
  7. If you want to clean your chess pieces, mix vinegar with water and get a damp cotton fabric. Dip the fabric into the solution, and wipe your chess pieces with it. This will get rid of any odor, dirt, and grime from your chess piece. You do not need to apply polish or wax. Chess pieces come with hard polish on them, which ensures that they do not wear off easily.
  8. If your chess piece breaks or dislodges, you can put it back together using any wood glue and leave to dry for some hours. It is more effective to do this overnight so that nobody will touch the piece or tamper with it.
  9. The best way to protect your chess piece is to get a good case for your set as it will ensure great safety for your precious chessmen.
Storage Box
Storage Box help in protecting the chessmen

We hope that by following the above ways, you can keep your chessmen and chessboard safe, secure as this will help you to pass it to your generations to come.

About Author

 John Fritsch

John Fritsch

Hi, I’m half American and half German. Chess is my hobby and my passion. Started this hobby when my cousin introduced me to this game when I was about 12 years old. I bought a plastic chess set from a neighborhood shop and used to play with my sister. Other priorities faded the chess thing out of my life but the passion was still there. I bought a good wooden chess set in 2002 from an online shop and till date have read around a dozen of books. Not a collector, but I own around 6 wooden chess sets and 2 beautiful chessboards. I’m glad to be associated with the Chess Equipments on writing on several topics of my interest.

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