You have done research to purchase the right football for you, bought a ball and now is the time to think ways to take care of your ball for long term performance.
There are few easy steps you can follow in order to get most out of your new ball
The first inflation of a new ball
First inflation is very important for a new soccer ball, as the chances of damaging the bladder are highest at this point and shape of football is defined based on this.
To start with, you can unfold the ball as much as possible, this loosen the bladder inside the ball. Once this is done, you can also drop 1-2 drops of any oil in valve before inserting the needle. You can move needle in/out and spin to ensure the valve is fully coated in oil from inside. This serves two purposes, one, handling of needle inside the valve is smooth and second, valve will seal properly to prevent premature air loss.
Now inflate the ball to recommended pressure setting range. As most of you won’t be having a pressure gauge, a good rule of thumb is, apply pressure with your thumbs on either side of ball, you should be able to push 0.3 to 0.5 inches on both sides, then the ball is properly inflated.
Let the ball rest for 24 hours before using for training or a match. This ensures the bladder to conform its shape to the outer cover; you get perfectly round shaped football.
You are the right judge to have a look at your football and see if it is time to clean the ball. This ensures maintaining the surface feel of the ball and helps extending life of the ball outer cover.
You can use lukewarm water with some soap for better cleaning.
When you are not playing, keep the ball in a dry airy room. Define a perfect location to keep your ball in or around your place.
And if storing for extended periods of time it is best to reduce the pressure of the ball and leave in a dry location at room temperature. Temperature fluctuations cause stress on the materials which will speed up the wear of your ball.
Other things to keep in mind is, using a Ball Pump that has a flexible hose leading to needle as pumps that have needles screwed directly into the pump body create more stress on the valve when moving during pumping and have a greater chance of having the needle break off in the valve during pumping.
Concluding, I would say, just follow these simple steps and you can see an increase of 2-3 months life of your football. If you are still to purchase a football, check us out here.