Apr 19

Pool Table: A Maintenance Guide

Even though you have invested in a high-quality, regulation size pool table equipped with the latest accessories and featuring highly resilient components, respecting the primary rules of maintenance to the letter is the only way to enjoy it for years to come. It goes without saying that most people pay special care to this game room accessory when it is brand new; but over time, they tend to neglect even the basic tasks.

Moreover, at first they respect the safety guidelines and protect the play area, the pockets, the rims and the felt from damage, but the concern for the pool table’s safety becomes less and less important each month. In fact, the situation is very similar to purchasing a new car for instance. Nevertheless, this approach will deteriorate the pool experience rather quickly, not to mention that it will involve expensive repairs or part replacement. Therefore, why not show the pool table that has provided you and your friends with countless hours of entertainment the respect it deserves?

Here is what you need to know.

Preventing Unwanted Damage to the Felt

A Pool Table Maintenance GuideThe felt, which is the fabric surface that covers the slate of the billiard table, is highly susceptible to tearing and this is particularly true when you play on it very often. Virtually any mechanical shock or minor scratch will gradually wear out the texture of the fabric and sooner or later it will give in. While this does not entail treating the felt surface like it was porcelain, certain factors that increase the chances of tearing the felt can be avoided.

In other words, try to refrain from bouncing quarters off the play surface or the rims, don’t attempt those jump trick shots if you can’t prevent the cue from scratching the felt, don’t utilize excessive amounts of chalk on the tip of the cue and always keep it clean. Now, you may ask yourself what the cleanliness of the felt has to do with the tearing and scratching of the fabric.

The answer is simple: the most frequent debris that end up on the play surface comprise of food crumbs and beverage spills, which are almost always abrasive and acidic. When they are not removed, they tend to develop minuscule tears that grow over time, making the fabric more prone to ripping. Another word of advice here is to refrain from shooting pool while wearing jewelry with sharper edges like rings or bracelet and to utilize coasters if you must set your beverage on the edge. Of course, the latter action is highly discouraged by default.

Furthermore, natural light that falls directly on the billiard table causes the fabric to fade and the lacquer coating of the wooden components to bleach. Therefore, never place it in the exact proximity of windows and use mostly artificial light. In the eventuality that you prefer the natural light, then keep the blinds/curtains shut whenever you are not using the billiards table.

Cleaning the Play Surface Correctly

Since debris and dust will eventually settle on the felt, you will need two things for the cleaning job: a vacuum and a soft bristle brush. For debris that have not settled into the texture, utilizing the vacuum cleaner on a lower suction setting rather than brushing is advisable.

However, when they have become imbedded, you shouldn’t resume to the suction power of the vacuum cleaner. Instead, brush the debris gently towards the pockets of the table and extract it from there. If you want to avoid having to clean the pool table too often and prolong its lifespan, utilizing covers when you are not playing is recommended. Experts state that the proper maintenance and protection can prolong the lifespan of the felt by at least three years.

The Maintenance of the Wood Structure

It goes without saying that the frame and the legs of the pool table need the same attention as the felt surface. The solution you normally use to polish the other pieces of furniture should work equally well on the billiard table so buff it regularly in order to avoid cracks and shield it against humidity. Speaking of humidity, an excessively dry atmosphere in the room is the main cause of cracks and fissures in the wood. Therefore, if the humidity levels exceed or are under the recommended 40-60%, you should consider acquiring a dehumidifier, respectively a humidifier for your game room.

The Pockets

More often than not, the pool tables designed for residential use have leather pockets. The pockets, much like the play surface will see a lot of action over the years. Well, leather has a tendency of drying out if it is not treated with the proper conditioner. Oil based solutions should be utilized to replenish the natural oil of the leather, but make sure to steer clear of silicon based products.

A Final Word

All in all, remember to maintain your pool table well so that it can see many years of fun and action!


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