Believe it or not, I am frequently asked how to fix dented bingo balls.
You know, you’re calling bingo and for some reason ‘B12’ shows up with a dent in the side. Obviously, you can’t continue calling bingo with a dented bingo ball. Your bingo players would scream bloody murder and rightfully so. You can’t call a fair bingo game with damaged equipment.
So, what can you do? Well, I’ve never seen a dented bingo ball fixed by simply pressing on it, or pushing out the dent by hand. So, I don’t think that works. No matter how hard you press, the dent isn’t going away.
Well, here’s one home remedy that I’ve used to fix dented balls and save bingo managers the hassle of buying a completely new set:
1. In a container, heat some water to the point of almost boiling.
2. Place your dented bingo ball into the hot water.
3. Use a spoon or other device to hold the ball under the water as best you can.
4. Soon, the ping-pong like ball should soften a bit and the dent will repair.
It’s actually pretty easy!
Now, this won’t work for cracked bingo balls. Cracked bingo balls are done and you might as well throw them away. Also, it won’t work on the miniature bingo balls or the wooden ones.
Finally, I can’t guarantee this will work. While I’ve used this method to successfully repair balls a number of times, it’s very possible that it could destroy a ball further. In other words, use this home remedy at your own risk. But really, what have you got to lose……a dented bingo ball?
Good luck! I hope this saves you from having to buy a new set of balls the next time you have a little dent.