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Pool Table Maintenance

Pool Table Maintenance

A billiard or pool table is a big investment and you need to know how to properly care for it so that you can enjoy the benefits for a lifetime.  Not only will the improper maintenance of a pool table cost your money, it will also have a negative effect on your game.  Maintaining your table doesn’t have to be a long drawn out process.  Small and consistent steps can avoid costly repairs. Pool Table Maintenance Helpful Tips When you first start using your pool table, the cloth will sometimes interfere with the actual roll of the balls. There is a breaking in period where the cloth needs to settle to the slate top.  You can actually speed up this process by brushing the cloth on a frequent basis.  Get in the habit of brushing the cloth both before and after every game.  You will want to brush the cloth in the same direction each time and avoid any circular motion when brushing.  If necessary, you can vacuum the table top, but here again, always in the same direction.  Always keep your pool table covered when not in use to avoid the affects of humidity and inadvertent spills or other hazards.  At Elko Spas, Billiards and Pools we have a great selection of pool table covers. Never store the billiard balls in the pockets of the table when not in use.  Balls will wear the cloth around the pockets over time and this will interfere with the balls dropping freely into the pockets during play.  If you have a pool table that is made from leather, storing the balls...
Pool and Billiards—What’s the Difference?

Pool and Billiards—What’s the Difference?

The term used to describe the sport as a whole, has been billiards. It’s a name that most of us know and is still used generically for all games played with a cue stick and balls on a pool table. But the usage of the word has become more inclusive among competition players in certain geographic areas and groups. Take the United Kingdom for instance—there the word billiards is used specifically for English Billiards, yet in the USA, it might only be used to refer to carom games or even to eight-ball by a minority (For many players, this is the only cue game they know of). Presently, the two can be inter-changed to have the same meaning. It’s assumed that if people refer to one, then they are also speaking of the other one. There are some technical differences, however. In billiards, smaller balls are used and there are only three balls-yellow, red, and white. The yellow or white ball can be the striker balls. You can think of it as a pool game without pockets on the table. On standard billiards tables, the cloth makes the balls much faster. In three cushion billiards, the object of the game is to strike the object ball, go three rails, strike the other ball, or you could go three rails and aim to strike both of the object balls with the carom, which is also known as a cue ball. Many of us have a general idea of pool games and pool tables. Some may know about the variations in pool, like eight-ball, nine-ball or cut throat. Most of us...
Getting the Feel of a Billiards Table

Getting the Feel of a Billiards Table

Billiards tables and playing conditions vary substantially, however we have to have the ability to adapt to whatever conditions we’re faced with, and we have to change rapidly. To change, we simply have to take a look at a few things, and shoot a couple of “Reference Shots.”. We have to deal with huge distinctions in table size, varying from 3 x 6 up to 5 x 10. Big pockets are best Fabric makes a big difference, ranging from really slow and sometimes inaccurate “fuzzy” fabric to really fast and really precise worsted wool “no-nap” cloth. Cloth will be really fast and slippery when brand-new; and, slower and stickier as it is used and as it gets dirty. After all, where do you believe all that chalk goes, every shot? It enters into and under the fabric. The vigor of the cushions affects banks and kicks. Throw influences every cut shot. Here are 4 things to do to rapidly get up to speed for any billiards table: 1. Pocket Size– Pockets vary in size. Larger pockets accept more shot error than smaller pockets. Balls are 2-1/4″ in diameter. Take two balls and hold them in a corner pocket, side by side, simply at the point where they will fall in if you let go of them. How much space exists between the balls and the jaws of the pocket? If the balls jam into the jaws, the pockets are very tight. If there is an inch of area between the balls and the jaws, those pockets are containers. It assists to understand exactly what you actually have. 2. Table...
Beginner’s Guide In Effective Maintenance Of Billiard Tables

Beginner’s Guide In Effective Maintenance Of Billiard Tables

Billiard tables are not cheap investments; thus, it is extremely important for owners to learn how to effectively maintain and take care of this type of investment. Although this piece of sport equipment is designed to last for years, proper maintenance will help ensure that owners maximize the table’s lifespan. Moreover, effectively taking care of the table will result in saving money on unnecessary repairs. If you have recently bought a pool table, here is an easy maintenance guide that you should follow to effectively take care of billiard tables. 1. Use a table vacuum instead of a table brush. The most important part of maintaining your pool table is to keep it clean and free from dust and debris all the time. And the best way to do this, according to industry experts such as Elko Spas Billiards & Pools, is to use a table vacuum instead of a table brush. Many would recommend using a brush but in reality, the vacuum is better and safer for your table cloth. The primary reason for this is because the table cloth is very much the same as carpets. And because carpets are better cleaned by vacuums, pool tables are also better cleaned by table vacuums. Note that brushing only moves the chalk dust and other debris all throughout the table. A vacuum, however, effectively removes the dust and all debris on the table. Remember that it is not advised for dust, talc and other debris to accumulate on the pool table. These cause damage to the table over time. Thus, you need to remove them using a vacuum as...
Top Maintenance Tips For Your Billiards Table

Top Maintenance Tips For Your Billiards Table

Because billiards tables are already considered as precious investments, it is important that every owner knows proper and appropriate maintenance. Note that these are not cheap investments so you want to be able to use it and benefit from it for a long time. Taking care of your pool tables is simple and easy. But you want to do it regularly to ensure utmost efficiency. On the other hand, if you are a first time pool table owner and you don’t know anything about proper maintenance, here is a basic guideline that you can follow to properly take care of your billiards table. Use soft damp cloth to clean wood surfaces. Use only water or a non-corrosive wood polish to damp your cloth. To clean leather pockets, damp a cloth with water or clear leather cleaner and carefully wipe the leather pockets. Use the table brush provided when you bought your billiards table to brush it after every game. Remember to start at the head of the table where you break to the foot of the table where you rack the balls. Maintain light strokes when brushing. Dust and chalk residue may accumulate on your table’s cloth over time especially if you use the table frequently. To prevent this from happening, you should vacuum the table occasionally. Use the upholstery attachment of your vacuum. Make sure that it has soft bristle so as not to damage the cloth. Also, your vacuum should be in the low setting. Invest on a pool table cover to protect your table when not in use. This will prevent dust from building up on...