A billiards table is a huge financial investment that should be properly taken care of and well maintained. Part of your responsibilities as owner is to regularly maintain your pool table. Even if you have bought it at a discount or slightly used, you still need to exert effort to take care of it so you can maximize your investment and make it last for years.
To help you easily maintain your billiards table, here is an easy to follow professional guide for you.
Beware of too much chalk
Despite the benefits of using chalk, particularly in helping you to play more accurately, it actually causes damage to your tables felt. You need to watch your use of chalk. But if you cannot help but use chalk – and so are your friends – you can resort to proper maintenance and care for your pool tables.
Make it a habit to brush your tables before and after use. Elko Spas Billiards & Pools suggests using a brush with soft bristle to avoid damaging the table felt. It is also recommended that you brush in a parallel motion – either toward the pockets or from one end of the table to another. Do NOT brush in a circular motion as this will only result to accumulation of the chalk dust under the table felt.
If you don’t want to use a brush, you can opt to use a low powered vacuum. You do not need to use the brush attachments as these may only damage the felt. Similarly with brushing, run the vacuum at the lowest setting from one end of the table to the other. Observe extreme care when vacuuming your pool tables as improper use of the vacuum may damage your table felt.
Keep your tables away from the sun
If the sun can burn and damage your skin after staying outdoors for long, it can also damage your pool table. Thus, it is critical that you place your table away from direct sunlight. Do not place it near or beside huge windows where sunlight can freely pass through. It is also not advisable for you to place it in your sunroom. Find a room inside the house where there are no big windows and that the amount of sunlight that comes in is limited and filtered.
For added protection, invest on shutters and blinds that you can place against your windows to help you control the amount of sunlight that comes in. You can also opt to replace your window glass with ones that are developed to block ultraviolet rays from the sun. Purchasing a good table cover also works great in protecting your tables not only from sunlight but also from dust and debris, especially when it is not being used.
Maintain appropriate levels of moisture in the room where you keep your billiards table
Your table needs moisture to keep it fresh and in good working condition. Rising temperatures and dry climate can remove the moisture in your table causing the wood parts to weaken and eventually crack. If possible, the humidity level inside the room where you keep your pool table should be maintained between 40 percent and 60 percent at all times, especially during summer when the temperature is highest and during winter when you start to use your heating system.
Investing on a humidifier will help you maintain the right levels of humidity in the room and prevent your pool table from cracking. You may also want to consider placing your table away from fireplaces, which can heat up and dry your pool table.
Always clean your pool balls
Keep in mind that your pool balls can pick up dust and chalk and carry them over to your pool table. To prevent this from happening, you should always clean your pool tables after every use. And because you use the cue ball more frequently, it is best to clean it after every game. Have a cleaning cloth near you while you are playing so you can easily clean your pool balls. For best results, use a microfiber cloth and stay away from waxes and other cleaning products as these will only make your balls slicker, making it difficult to control them and allowing them to more easily attract dust and debris.
For more information in properly taking care and maintaining your billiards tables, give Elko Spas Billiards & Pools now.
Elko Spas Billiards & Pools
4718 Northgate Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588