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Jan 30

How to Maintain a Pool Table in Perfect Condition

Your heart is certainly full of joy when you see your perfectly leveled pool table waiting to give you the most exciting game of pool billiards ever. You can have endless hours of fun with this piece of gaming equipment even in the long term. The important thing is to keep it in good condition. This is not difficult, but you need to follow a set of important billiard table maintenance guidelines.

I have systematized the main pool table maintenance rules for you. They are simple to remember and to follow. There is no hard work involved, but you need to be disciplined. Let us get to the point now.

Pool Table Maintenance

General Protection

As you certainly know, prevention is the best cure. If you take simple measures for protecting your pool table, you will increase its useful life and spare yourself a lot of hassle.

  • Table Position

It is best to keep your table away from sunlight. It should not be positioned near open windows as the sun’s rays can easily damage the cloth and fade the wood. Similarly, tables made from wood should be placed in a room with average humidity levels. You would not want the wood to dry and you would not want it to get mold on the surface either.

  • Coverage

You can give your pool table the best protection when it is not in use by covering it with a specially designed cover. The vinyl covers offer the best protection from dust and dirt, high levels of humidity and moisture and from the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun. Choose a cover which will fit over your table perfectly.

  • Safe Play

You can give excellent protection to your table by being considerate about its condition when enjoying pool billiard games. You should try to chalk the tip of your cue less frequently and do it away from the table. That way, you will protect the cloth from dust which can affect the smoothness of its surface and its overall condition. Similarly, you should avoid shots which involve the digging of the cue’s tip into the cloth as this can cause minor scratches which can eventually turn into major tears. It is best to take any jewelry off when playing to avoid accidental cloth scratching. You should avoid playing cards on the table as well.

Cleaning

With proper cleaning, your billiard table will have a much longer useful life. You will save money on repairs and cloth replacement.

  • Cloth Cleaning

Use a specially designed pool table brush or an appropriate soft bristle brush to sweep chalk, dust and talc away from the table right after every game. You can do it in the middle of a game as well, if necessary. The important thing is to use gentle yet brisk sweeping movements in one direction instead of circular ones. Your aim should be to drive the dirt particles to the pockets, which are easy to clean with a soft damp cloth.

Experts recommend that you vacuum the cloth on a regular basis as well to give it proper cleaning. It is best not to use an attachment with a brush unless it is for delicate surface. The crevice tool or a similar attachment will do an excellent job. It is best to set the vacuum cleaner on low.

  • Frame Cleaning

It is easy to remove the dust and dirt from the frame. You can use a soft bristle brush to clean the area under the rail. The flat surfaces including the rail, the cabinet and the legs should be cleaned with a dry soft lint-free cloth. If there is grime that has to be removed, you should use an appropriate wood cleaner to protect the surface.

  • Balls

When the balls are properly cleaned, they will keep the cloth, cushions and cues in better condition too. You should clean them with a soft cloth and an appropriate pool billiard ball cleaner.

Wood and Leather Maintenance

It is important for you to condition wood and any leather features of your pool table. This is actually quite easy to do.

  • Wood

You should apply furniture polish to lacquered surfaces on a regular basis. It will protect the wood while giving it a shiny look. Apply the polish sparingly using a soft cloth.

  • Leather

Leather pockets and other leather parts should be conditioned with specially designed oil-based products. The oil will keep the leather supple, soft, smooth and perfectly elastic. It will not crack or tear even after years of use. You should avoid cleaners and conditioners based on silicone.

Conclusion

Finally, if you notice that there is something wrong with your pool table such as scratches on the wood and tears on the cloth, you should not hurry to provide DIY repair. Check whether your warranty will cover professional repair. Call the manufacturer to recommend an expert in your area for consultation and repair. Generally, it is best to leave the job to the professionals.

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