Damaged felt on pool tables is a surefire way to destroy your tables and lose your precious investments. Keep in mind that this is not a cheap investment. A billiards table costs a huge amount of money that sometimes you feel you will need to break the bank. Hence, it is extremely important that you know what may cause damage to your billiards table.
In this article, you’ll learn about a couple of things that can easily damage your table felt and, eventually, your billiards table. And surprisingly, these things are what we commonly use regularly to play a billiards game.
Surprising causes of damaged felt on your pool tables
1. Pool or billiards balls
You use your pool balls regularly to play various games. What most people don’t know is that these game balls pick up dirt and chalk buried deep in the felt, transferring it to other parts of felt as they move through the table.
To prevent this from happening, you need to clean your game balls regularly. Here are some recommendations from pool tables experts:
- Wipe each game ball after each session and the cue ball after each game since it is used more frequently than any other of the game balls.
- Use a microfiber cloth to each game ball.
- Do not wax the game balls because they will only give balls a slick covering, thus, making it difficult for the player to control the balls and play their game efficiently.
Another thing that causes damage to felt is the friction created by the balls when it skis. The heat created from the friction is what actually damages the felt, leaving white track marks on the table. To avoid this, experts suggest using game balls made with phenolic resin as this works to degrade the effects of the friction.
2. The actual pool tables
Aside from the game balls, dirt and dust that becomes buried in the felt may also come from dirty billiard tables. It is important to keep your billiards tables clean at all times. Don’t forget that it is still a piece of furniture that you need to keep clean and maintain.
Industry experts suggest that the best way to maintain your billiards tables is to protect its finish. Keep in mind that there are different ways of protection depending on the specific type of table finish.
Applying lemon oil with a soft cloth is the best way to protect hard, lacquer finishes such as polyester, urethane, and catalyzed varnish. They also highly recommend staying away from silicone-based products to wipe on your table finish as these products eat into the finish. So instead of protecting your billiards table, it creates the opposite effect.
If you have a painted finish, it is highly recommended that you use carnauba wax as this effectively protects both the wood and the finish. If your table has leather pockets, you can protect it by applying saddle soap using a soft cloth. Leave it to dry for 15-20 minutes before you brush it with a shoe brush.
Speak with a pool table professional to find more ways on how to take care of your billiards table and prevent felt and table damage. Call Elko Spas Billiards and Pools now to talk with an expert.
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