Last updated on July 26, 2023
This post is about how to care for your Deluxe Backgammon set in order to retain its luxury character and playing appeal. Care and cleaning are important as it could be an expensive backgammon set and you need to protect your investment. Likewise, the set may have sentimental value and it is important to preserve the set for future generations.
Wooden Backgammon sets
Store your backgammon set away from direct sources of strong light and heat because this could cause fading or warping of the wood. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your backgammon set outside in the sunshine, it just should not be exposed to these conditions for extended periods of time.
Because wooden backgammon boards are typically naturally polished or lightly lacquered, they don’t require treatment with polishes or waxes. Unless the manufacturer specifies otherwise, simply dust the board and lightly buff the wood with a soft polishing cloth. Remove stubborn dirt and stains with a damp cloth.
Avoid dampness, humidity and rain. Wipe off any excess moisture with a soft cloth and leave it to dry naturally. Keeping a sachet of silica inside the backgammon set can help absorb moisture.
Hinges and any other moving metal parts can be lightly lubricated as needed. Avoid getting lubricant on the wooden surface of the backgammon set because this can stain the timber.
Refer damage or permanent stains to the wood to a specialist in woodcraft.
Leather Backgammon sets
As with the wooden boards, store your leather backgammon set away from direct sources of strong light and heat because this could cause fading or cracking of the leather. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your backgammon set outside in the sunshine. It just shouldn’t be exposed to these conditions for lengthy periods of time.
Avoid dampness, rain and humidity because this can permanently damage the leather. If your leather backgammon set does become wet, wipe the excess moisture away with a soft, light-coloured cloth and leave it to dry naturally.
Always refer stains to a specialist leather cleaner, because improper treatment may worsen the stain.
Treat the leather once a year with a leather wax or conditioner recommended by the manufacturer.