Deflating a football is necessary if you accidentally added too much air inside of the ball, if you are placing the ball into storage, or putting it inside a suitcase before traveling. Placing a needle that is used for adding air into the football can also cause air to rush out of the opening found in the center of the ball, but if you're without a needle, you can use some basic science to deflate the ball.
Things You'll Need
Clean the outside of the football with a damp towel. Remove all visible dirt and debris from the surface.
Move things around inside the refrigerator, as needed, to make room for the football on the top shelf.
Place a cloth or dishtowel at the very back of the top shelf of the refrigerator.
Place the football on the cloth inside the refrigerator. According to the Natural Horse Talk Web site, which markets a ball for horses and provides instructions, air expands when heated and condenses due to the cold, so you can use temperature to regulate the amount of air inside a ball. Inside the refrigerator, where the air is cold, a football will deflate.
Check the football every couple of hours until it has deflated as much as you wish, or leave it inside the refrigerator until it fully deflates.
Tips & Warnings
- Avoid placing the football inside a freezer, as the extreme change in temperature may damage the football.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images
How to Inflate a Football
It's a sad sight indeed when you go out to the garage to grab your football for a quick game of touch...
How to Fix a Punctured Football
American football as we know it was regulated and codified by Ivy League schools: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Rutgers and Princeton. The game...
How to Inflate a Basketball With a Hand Pump
Bouncing the basketball around the court will eventually deflate it. While some newer basketballs come with an internal pump that inflates and...
How to Inflate a Beach Ball
Not having fun with your new beach ball? Maybe there's no air in it! Follow these simple steps to fill your ball...
How to Deflate a Volleyball
You can remove air from a volleyball simply and easily using a needle from an air pump. If the volleyball needs to...
How to Deflate a Sports Ball
Improperly inflated sports balls can prevent the ball from acting normally during a game. Over-inflation causes basketballs to bounce too much, making...
How to Measure the Pressure in a Sports Ball
The official gauge pressure of an NFL football is 13 pounds per square inch, or psi. This measurement is important because it...
How to Deflate a Ball
Removing the air from your ball between uses allows for easy transportation and storage. Deflating your ball correctly will ensure the inner...
How to Pump a Ball Without a Needle
An air pump needle seems like an obscure tool until it becomes an urgent necessity. If the only ball you have is...