Lots of things can harm and damage your billiards table; two of them are chalk dust and the sun. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent the damage caused by these elements. It is important that you learn about how you can control and manage sunlight and chalk dust, not only to limit their negative effects to the table but also to allow you to use your table freely without the concern for damage.
Chalk dust and your billiards table
Your table will often be exposed to chalk dust since the chalk is required in every type of pool and billiards game. When a player uses chalk on his billiard stick, the chalk dust flies toward the table and penetrates the felt. The more often the billiard stick with chalk dust is used, the more dust is transferred onto the table and into the felt.
Basically, the chalk dust makes the table rough. The dust grates into the table’s felt or any other fabric used. Once inside, it starts to weaken and damage the material.
To ensure no amount of dust settles and accumulates on your table’s cloth covering, here are some things you may want to consider doing:
- Brush the table as often as possible, preferably after every game. Use a soft bristled brush so as not to damage the cloth material. Rather than brushing in circles, brush toward the pockets from one end to the next.
- Use a small vacuum to suck the accumulated dust on top of the table as well as those that have penetrated the cloth. Make sure you use a low-fueled vacuum as regular vacuums may tend to lift and stretch the table’s fabric. Do not use the vacuum’s brush connection as it will harm the felt filaments.
Sunlight and your billiards table
Overexposure to sunlight results in fading table finishes and felt coverings. In some instances, being under direct sunlight for longer hours may also bleach the table finish. To protect your table from too much sun exposure, you may want to consider placing it in a room without huge windows. If this is not possible, use window films to filter the sunlight coming in from the window.
Another way that sunlight damages your pool table is when it dries the table’s natural dampness. Insufficient natural dampness on the table or humidity in the room may cause the wood to easily split. To avoid this from happening, you want to regularly measure the dampness and moisture inside your game room. Maintain sufficient ventilation in the room to reduce the heat from the direct sunlight.
Contact Elko Spas, Billiards and Pools for more information on how to maintain and take care of your billiards table.
Elko Spas Billiards & Pools
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Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 – (843) 294-3556
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