Series 4 heads
The shafts can be wiped down with a damp cloth if they get dirty.
If the paint finish gets chipped, this will not adversely
affect the performance of the mallet. If you are worried by any
excessive chips that appear over time, the head can be filled and
resprayed by a motor crash repair shop.
The Series 3 heads are timber, and all timber is susceptible to movement in
humidity and temperature changes. It is best not to leave the
mallet out in the rain.
The timber is
treated with oils and waxes, not varnished - this is because varnish
starts off by looking pretty swanky, but always seems to fail after a
while and then looks terrible. Conversely, a head that has
been oiled tends to look as good or better as time goes by, like a
well-used piece of antique furniture, or a pair of decent leather shoes.
I use orange
oil on my heads every month or so - it is easy to apply with a
cloth and smells rather good. Gilly Stephenson is good -
details on www.gillystephenson.com. But
any furniture oil or wax will do. The bottom tends to dry out
first, and needs treatment more than the top or sides. I try
to remember to also apply oil to the insides of the lightening
The shafts can be
wiped down with a damp cloth if they get dirty.
The grips can be
cleaned with detergent, but it is easiest to replace them with a
standard hockey grip if they get too grubby.
If the bung at the
top of the shaft comes loose, it can be glued back with any household
glue. I have discovered that superglue is not great, for some