How To Care For Your Chess Pieces


Whether you have just purchased a new chess set or you have received one as an inheritance from your lineage, you need to make sure that it is properly maintained. This is most especially if you want to enjoy your chess games for years to come without having to purchase a new set.

  • Avoid Direct Heat and Humidity

Avoid storing your chess set in direct heat or in places with high humidity. Direct heat and humidity are any wooden chess’ worst nightmare. Any slight exposure to such will lead to cracking, discoloration and warping of the chess pieces.


  • Keep your hands dry when handling chess pieces

Try to be careful when handling chess pieces and even when playing so as not to touch them with wet hands. Because during the game process your hands may start sweating, it is advisable to have a hand towel handy to dry your hands when this happens. Also, make sure that you wipe your hands after every visit to the washroom.

  • Wipe Gently

Occasionally, slightly dampen a cotton cloth with a light solution of vinegar and water and use it to wipe gently the chess pieces as well as the board. This will clean, disinfect and remove any kind of grime or odor that would otherwise stick on the chessboard and pieces.

  • Don’t wax

When cleaning your chess pieces, you don’t need to wax or polish them again. Their original polish is normally fairly hard thus it doesn’t wear off easily. Unless otherwise stated by the manufacturer, never use any of your polish or wax on a chess set. You may do more damage that may be unreplaceable.


  • Fix Back

It is rare for a chess piece to break if good care is being taken. However, if it happens that a piece breaks, use a very small drop of wood glue to fix it back together and leave it for a couple of hours to dry. For more information on how to care for your wooden chess pieces, visit

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