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A billiard table is an investment in entertainment, skill, and even interior decor. Like any investment, it requires care to maintain its quality and extend its lifespan. To help you do this, we’ve compiled expert tips on how to maintain your billiard table.

1. Regular Cleaning

Regular cleaning is essential to keeping your billiard table in top shape.

Cloth: Use a brush specifically designed for billiard tables to remove chalk dust and other debris from the cloth. Always brush in one direction, starting from the center and moving outwards towards the edges.

Balls: Clean billiard balls regularly with a mild soap and warm water, then dry them thoroughly before playing. Dirty balls can deposit grime onto the cloth, impacting its lifespan and playability.

Wooden Parts: Dust the wooden parts of the table regularly and clean them with a wood cleaner to maintain their shine.

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2. Cover the Table

When not in use, cover your billiard table. A cover protects the table from dust, sunlight, and accidental spills, all of which can damage the cloth and the wood finish.

3. Rotate the Cloth

If you use your table heavily, consider rotating the cloth every few months. This helps to evenly distribute wear, especially in the areas where balls are frequently struck.

4. Avoid Sitting or Leaning on the Table

Avoid sitting or leaning on the table, as this can damage the cushion rails and potentially warp the slate, both of which can significantly impact the table’s playability.

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5. Control the Environment

Extreme changes in temperature and humidity can warp the wood and slate, affecting the table’s level. Try to keep the table in a climate-controlled room with consistent temperature and humidity.

6. Professional Leveling

Over time, even the best tables may become unlevel. If you notice consistent roll-offs or other signs that the table may not be level, it’s best to call in a professional. Attempting to level the table yourself can potentially cause damage.

7. Professional Refelting

Eventually, your table’s cloth may become worn out and need replacing. This is a job best left to the professionals, as it involves removing and reattaching the rails and properly stretching and attaching the new cloth.

8. Regular Inspection

Regularly inspect your table for any signs of damage or wear. This includes checking the cloth for tears or thin spots, inspecting the rails and pockets for damage, and ensuring the table is level.


Maintaining your billiard table requires a bit of time and attention, but the payoff is a beautiful table that plays well and lasts for many years. For more comprehensive servicing, don’t hesitate to reach out to your manufacturer or a professional billiard service. Companies like Presidential Billiards are always ready to assist their customers in maintaining the pristine condition and performance of their tables. Remember, a well-cared-for billiard table not only enhances your game but also adds charm to your space.