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Cleaning of Bowling Lanes and Parts and Maintenance

May 6, 2008
It may seem similar, but a bowling lane and a bowling alley are completely different from one another. A bowling alley, consisting of several parts, is the space used for bowling. One of those parts, probably the most important, is the bowling lane.

In the case of bowling, the area you use to play on is called the bowling alley. The bowling alley itself is composed of several parts, of which one of the most important parts is the bowling lane.

The bowling lane is not just a long strip of board where you roll the bowling ball to the pins. It is actually divided into several parts that make up important aspects of bowling. It is the place where you will know if your shot is good or bad, or if you how your shot will go, even.

The planes are, for all purposes, smooth. Those who construct them make sure to smoothen each wooden board before and after they connect them together. Once that's done, they apply some smoothing chemicals on the joined boards, after which they use some polishing techniques to give it that extra shine.

The lane is generally kept smooth and flat. During construction, each wooden board is manually smoothened before they're connected together, and then smoothened again after. Once they're joined, they're applied with another smoothing chemical and then polished to give that flat, almost frictionless feel.

The playing lane is also separated into two parts: the painted area, and the ball rolling area. The painted area is the area within 15 feet beyond the foul line. This area contains painted arrows, which indicate measurements on the lane. These painted arrows are also smoothed by floor polishing. Players drop the bowling balls in this area during each shot.

Generally, the bowling is composed of two parts called the approach area and the playing lane. The approach area is the 15-foot area from where the lane starts to the foul line. Players use this area to drop the ball when they make a shot.

The bowling lane requires thorough maintenance. Any particles or disfigurements on the wood would definitely affect a player's shot. Therefore, the bowling lane must be cleaned regularly. Only trained personnel should do the cleaning because the lane is sensitive to scratches. Trained personnel wear special shoes to avoid damaging the lane. They usually use soft brooms, dry wiping material, smoothing chemicals, and polishing materials.

The playing lane is further separated into two parts: the painted area and the ball rolling area. The painted area covers the area that is 15 feet beyond the foul line. Painted arrows mark this area indicating lane measurements. Like the lanes, these arrows are also smoothed and polished.

The rest is called the ball rolling area and it is simply the area where the ball rolls over to knock down the pins.

A bowling player uses the approach area to take a shot.
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I found out during one of our bowling nights that there are a couple of ways to clean and maintain Bowling Lanes which requires thorough maintenance.
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