10 Things to Do to Take Care of Your Pool Table

So you’re the proud owner of a pool table. Great! But just like any other piece of furniture, your brand new pool table can easily show signs of wear, unless you take extra care of it. So what can you do to keep it looking brand new?

In this post, we’ve compiled our list of tips on how to keep your pool table (or any pool table, for that matter) in pristine condition. And hopefully, keep it in good condition for the rest of your life.

Let’s dive right in, shall we?


Tip # 1: Cover your pool table when not in use

Because pool tables have a felt surface, they easily accumulate dust when left uncovered. To keep this from happening, make it a habit to cover the surface after using it. Doing this will also protect the pool table from the elements, keeping the color of the felt surface from fading. 


Tip # 2: Use a soft, damp cloth when cleaning the surface

You may dampen your cleaning cloth with water or any non-corrosive wood polish to keep your pool table gleaming like new. If possible, use a microfiber cloth when wiping down the surface, and do so using soft strokes only. This will ensure that you don’t accidentally scratch the surface.


Tip # 3: Use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of any dust

Make it a habit to use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of any chalk or dust that may have accumulated on the surface of your pool table. When using a vacuum, see to it that you set its suction at the lowest level. 


Tip # 4: Clean the drop pockets with a soft, damp cloth

When cleaning the drop pockets, only use either water or any clear leather cleaner, to maintain the quality of the leather pockets. Don’t drag your cue right over the drop pockets to prevent marks on the leather.


Tip # 5: Don’t forget to regularly clean your billiard balls and cues

You can use either detergent and water, or you can use a ball cleaner to disinfect your billiard balls. Wipe down your cues and store them in a cue rack. And see to it that you do not expose them to extreme hot or cold temperatures to prevent warping. 


Tip # 6: Don’t sit on or place other stuff on your pool table

Resist the urge to sit on your pool table surface or place groceries and other items on it. The felt surface of the pool table is highly sensitive to pressure, so adding unnecessary weight will only cause damage and/or misalignment.

If you really need countertop space, then you can always purchase a pool table that comes with a dining top.


Tip # 7: Refrain from moving your pool table

If you have to, it would be better to hire the services of professional pool table movers. This will ensure that you do not accidentally cause damage, for example, ripping the felt surface. Also, professional pool table movers have the skills and the equipment needed to ensure that the table is at the right level for its position.

Of course, you can attempt to move your pool table by yourself. In fact, we have put together this guide to help you disassemble your pool table the right way. 

But you can always choose to work with us instead! Just click here to talk to one of our expert pool table movers today. 


Tip # 8: Don’t smoke anywhere near the table

Again, keep in mind that pool table surfaces are highly sensitive to the environment and easily damaged as well. So you’d do well to remember not to smoke anywhere nearby unless you want to leave cigarette marks on your felt surface.


Tip # 9: Don’t go for high-risk shots

If your idea of a billiard game is taking all those high-risk shots, then expect to see damage to your felt surface. And when that happens, well, you know who to call for pool table felt replacement! (Hint: That’s us!

But really, it’s possible to have fun playing without leaving rips, holes, and marks on your pool table. 


Tip # 19: Don’t place drinks on the table

This reminder should go without saying, seeing that the felt surface of pool tables can be easily damaged. Plus, your drinks can leave a mark on the wooden surface of your board as well. So better just place your drinks somewhere other than your brand new pool table.

And that’s it! That’s all you need to do to keep your pool table looking brand new and in good, playable condition.


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