POOL TABLE MAINTENANCE GUIDE
CARE GUIDE INTRODUCTION
What to look for when Caring for a Pool Table: An Imperial Guide to Pool Table Care
No matter the make, style or price point, a pool table is an investment that requires routine care to keep it playing sharp and in the best possible condition. Our pool table maintenance guide provides preventive maintenance tips and cleaning instructions for the different parts that make up your pool table.
The Importance of Proper
Pool Table Maintenance
How to Maintain a Pool Table
We recommend that you follow these basic pool table care guidelines whether you are a new owner or are looking for tips on caring for a pool table that you already own.
- Keep your table covered: Placing a pool table cover over your table minimizes dust accumulation and protects your cloth from debris, sunlight, moisture and other things that could damage the fabric while the table is not in use.
- Brush your cloth often: We recommend using a pool table brush to brush the cloth at least once a week, especially in the first few months after purchase, and before and after play to remove debris and chalk dust.
- Avoid extreme temperatures: Extreme high or low temperatures in the room where your pool table is kept can cause wrinkling on your felt.
- Keep food and drinks away: This helps to avoid drops and spills on the cloth and blemishes on the wood or synthetic parts of the table.
How to Clean a Pool Table
Cleaning your pool table with the wrong cleaning agents or methods could cause lasting damage. Understanding the appropriate cleaning approach helps your pool table stand the test of time.
Cleaning the Wood on Your Pool Table
We recommend wiping surfaces with a dry cloth. This is the best method for keeping your wood table clear of dust without using cleaning agents that could harm your table’s finish. Never use glass or ammonia cleaners on wood.
You can use high-grade furniture wax to clean the rails. This will keep your table looking sleek and new through use.
When it comes to scratches, use high-grade wood polish. Should your table sustain any damage, high-quality wood polish can help fade visible surface scratches.
Cleaning Synthetic Pool Tables
Wipe with a damp cloth and a small amount of mild cleaner. For tables made of materials like vinyl, it is acceptable to use water and gentle cleaners for basic cleaning.
How to Clean Felt on a Pool Table
Cleaning dust and loose debris off your felt surface can be done with a soft-bristled brush, especially if your table is left uncovered. But you should avoid using a vacuum cleaner on the felt.
If any liquids get on the felt playing surface, act quickly to keep stains at bay. When a spill occurs, grab a dry cloth, soak up the excess liquid, and blot the affected area without rubbing.
If the felt stains, you can clean it with a clean microfiber cloth and warm water. Soak the cloth in the water, wring it out, and apply the damp cloth to the stain, holding it down and avoiding rubbing. To clean persistent pool table stains, look for a gentle foam cleaner made specifically for use on pool table felt.
Caring for Cabinetry and Pockets
It's best to avoid extreme temperatures and humidity. As with cloth, your table cabinetry could be affected by extremely high or low temperatures, as well as excessively high or low levels of humidity in the room where your table is kept. We recommend using a dehumidifier in rooms where humidity levels can fluctuate beyond normal.
Intense sunlight can harm your table’s finish, so you should keep your table out of direct sunlight. As with billiard cloth, a table cover is recommended to help protect against damage caused by sunlight.
Another way to keep your cabinetry and pockets looking like new is to avoid sitting, standing or leaning on your pool table. This could cause harm to the table’s structural balance and warp or damage the playing surface. Wipe your table’s pockets with a dry cloth to clean off dust and debris.
If your table has external pockets, remove the balls and store them elsewhere, such as a wall rack, when the table is not in use. If you choose to store your billiard balls in the table’s pockets, evenly distribute the balls between bags to reduce wear.