Top Tips for Taking Care of your Pool Table
You are the proud new owner of a pool table – Congratulations! Just like children, pool tables are an expensive addition to any household and should be treated as a new family member! It’s important to take care of your pool table to ensure that it lasts for a lifetime.
Here are a few top tips to clean and assist you in keeping your pool table in tip-top shape:
- Make use of a pool table cover when the table is not in use to avoid the cloth from fading or collecting dust.
- Clean surfaces with a soft dampened cloth with either water or a non-corrosive wood polish.
- Brush your pool table with a table brush after every play to remove chalk and dust,as well as an occasional gentle vacuum. Brush the cloth from one end to the other, using soft strokes [see video]
- Clean leather pockets with a soft dampened cloth using either water or a clear leather cleaner. Avoid dragging your cue over the leather pocket.
- Clean balls with a ball cleaner, or detergent and water [see step-by-step cleaning guide].
Additional points to prevent:
- Do not use the table as a countertop – your pool table should be restricted to only playing pool! Avoid placing additional times (such as shopping bags) on the table as it causes damage to the felt. If you lack countertop space, consider purchasing a pool table with a dining top (seamlessly converting the table from fun, into functional!)
- Avoid moving your pool table – it is not recommended to move your table without a professional due to the table’s precision being leveled for its exact position [see how to move a pool table guide]
- No smoking near the table – cigarette butts and ashes results in a higher risk of damage to the pool table’s felt.
- Do not sit, lean on or lift the pool table – this could place the table out of level or result in the misalignment of the table’s slate.
- No drinks on the table – placing drinks on the rails can cause damage to the wood, as well as a higher risk of spilling which will further damage the tables felt and table board.
- Avoid trying high-risk shots – these shots are likely to result in damage to the felt due to holes, marks and rips.
And that’s it! Just a few simple guidelines to help your pool table always look brand spanking new and prevent it to end up looking like this one!