How to Clean & Preserve a Recurve Bow

How to Clean & Preserve a Recurve Bow

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Recurve bows are primarily constructed of wood veneers for strength, durability and appearance. The veneers are covered with protective coatings to make the wood nearly impervious to moisture and humidity. A recurve bow might incur damage if it is not properly cared for.

Items you will need

  • Automotive polishing compound

  • Clean rags

  • Furniture polish

  • Beeswax

  • Recurve bow storage sleeve

Remove the string from the recurve bow. It is always advisable to store your recurve bow without the string. Failure to do so eventually leads to a loss of tension or draw strength.

Apply a small amount of automotive polishing compound to a clean rag. Thoroughly scrub the bow to remove any dried dirt or mildew. The polishing compound helps remove scuff marks that might have appeared on the bow over the course of its storage or use.

Wipe away the polishing compound with a clean rag. Buff the bow with furniture polish and another clean rag.

Preserve the recurve bow by storing it in a dry, humidity-free area. Place it in a recurve-bow sleeve. Avoid storing the recurve bow in a basement, attic, garage or any other area subject to temperature extremes or humidity.

Apply beeswax to the recurve bow's string to help prevent it from fraying. Do this while the bow is strung. Apply beeswax to the end-loops and middle of the bowstring.

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