Compound Bow Maintenance: How to Take Care of Your Bow the Easy Way

Do you own a compound bow? How hard is it to maintain and what should you do to keep it in shape? For many people, a compound bow may as well be considered an investment for hobbyists and hunters alike. It’s no surprise that the best compound bows have to be well-maintained.

Like many things, we want our compound bows to be in top shape. A well-maintained bow is a well-functioning bow. Proper compound bow maintenance will prevent future degradation in both appearance and performance.


I’ve often neglected maintaining some of my bows. It pretty much led to some consequences. That’s why I’m telling you now to do some measures in taking care of your bow.

Luckily, maintaining your compound bow won’t take too much of your time. At most, it’ll take a mere hour of your day to do so!

How to care for/maintain a compound bow

Here are some things you’re going to need for bow maintenance.

  • Wax for coating the strings
  • Car wax or something similar for polishing the limbs
  • String servings that you tie over the top of your strings
  • Soft brush for removing dust
  • Soft cloth for getting rid of smudges

So, have you taken some time off to take care of your bow? Then, let’s get started, shall we?

Step 1: Coat the Strings with Wax

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Perhaps the most basic and the most essential thing you should do is to polish your compound bow’s strings with wax. Wax eases wear and tear, preventing any future breakage.

Don’t apply wax directly onto the strings. You should use your fingers instead to do this. Run your fingers up and down the strings to spread the wax out evenly.

I’d advice that you check out the best wax brands out there that’ll help keep the strings lubricated for longer periods of time. In the past, I’ve experienced using cheap waxes and they pretty much did more harm than good.

DIY Bow String Wax

Step 2: Polish the Compound Bow’s Limbs

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Apart from lubricating the strings with wax, polishing the compound bow’s limbs is also important. Use a clean piece of rag to apply wax on the limbs. Rub the wax in a circular motion to keep things even.

Wax will help prevent delamination and will also give your compound bow an aesthetically-pleasing look. Additionally, it’ll help keep soft pieces of debris from making their way into smaller gaps of your bow.

I like using some good old-fashioned car wax. Take note, though, that some bows don’t really require that much waxing. I’ve owned some bows that are excellently-polished that I didn’t need to use wax regularly.

Step 3: Check and Replace the String Servings

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String servings are thin cables wrapped around the strings. Servings help prevent unprecedented snapping. That’s why you need to check them regularly.

See if there are any signs of unravelling. You may do a quick fix by wrapping the servings further. In severe cases, you should change the servings altogether. A new batch of servings will make your strings last longer and you won’t have to do any frequent replacement.

I like to reinforce the servings by wrapping a bunch of them at once. However, take note that this may affect the flexibility of the strings. This, in turn, will affect the bow’s draw length and its performance.

Step 4: Remove Dust Accumulating on Your Bow

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This process is really straightforward. Just take any soft-bristled brush. Don’t brush too hard. You’d want to loosen all the dust with the brush before you clean them off the surface of your bow totally.

I advise that you blow away some of the loose dust and debris first before you start brushing away. This is to prevent any scratches. I use a small blower from time to time just to get rid of the extra stuff before I use the brush.

Step 5: Wipe Smudges Away with Cloth

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For this process, I suggest you don’t use just about any piece of rag. My suggestion would be that you use a micro-fiber cloth to keep smudges out. Micro-fiber will help prevent unintentional scratches. They’re also more effective in removing smudges.

Another thing you need to make sure is that the micro-fiber cloth you’re using is free from any traces of chemicals or small debris. Rub the surface with a circular motion to prevent the smudges from spreading throughout.

If you don’t have any micro-fiber cloth available with you, then you can just use any soft piece of clean cloth that won’t scratch the surface of your compound bow.

Step 6: Store Your Bow Properly

How to prepare your compound bow for storage

You’re probably going to give your compound bow a rest for long periods of time, so it’s important that you store it somewhere dry. Don’t expose your bow to the elements. Be sure to keep it away from others, especially from small children.

Always make sure you keep your bow away from any source of moisture. Moisture can affect the compound bow’s material and may cause it to bend. The damage may be irreversible.

What I like to do to keep moisture away is to store a bow along with a pack of silica gel. Silica gel, as we may already know, absorbs moisture, and will therefore keep your bow dry.

How did you like the article? Have you learned anything on how you should maintain your compound bow?

In my experience, I’ve learned tons of things by owning one. Again, if you own a compound bow, you should already know how to maintain it.

It’s essential that you maintain your bow to make it last for years on end. After all, you’d want a compound bow that functions excellently. An ill-maintained bow will eventually degrade. With a bow that’ll last for years, you won’t have to spend tons of cash on a new one.

When you factor it all in by using the right wax and the correct density of the string servings, among other things, you won’t run into any problems with your bow’s performance.

Have you got anything to add? What else should you do to maintain your compound bow? Let me know in the comments below!

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