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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...
What Is The Proper Playing Surface For Pool Tables?

What Is The Proper Playing Surface For Pool Tables?

When shopping for pool tables, among the questions that you need to ask should be to know what type of playing surface it has. According to the Billiard Congress of America Equipment Specifications, the most appropriate playing surface should be able to maintain flatness and should not deflect too much. The bed should have a billiard fabric covering made of wool to avoid unnecessary rolling off of the balls. They recommend three pieces of slate that is at least 1 inch thick for tournament sized tables and one-piece slate for home tables. What is a slate in pool tables? A slate is a morphed sedimentary rock similar to shale. Because of this, it is often called a metamorphic rock. Its original form as a sedimentary rock morphs into a slate when heat and pressure is gradually applied. The morphing process is a slow one to ensure the right change is made. Because of the morphing process, the slate now has low water absorption index and, thus, is now resistant to damage from frosting. This is why slates are also used to make tombstones, roof tiles, chalkboards, and pool table playing surface. There is a wide range of slate resources as it is mined in many cities including Wales, France, Virginia, Vermont, and New York. What makes slate an exceptional playing surface for pool tables? According to experts, aside from being highly resistant to frost damage, slate is considered the best choice for a pool table playing surface because of its stability. You can cut slate into thin sheets or turn it into grains, making it an ideal and affordable...
Are Covers Extremely Important For Pool Tables?

Are Covers Extremely Important For Pool Tables?

There are many accessories and necessities that will need to be considered by owners of pool tables. Contrary to what many believe, these accessories are extremely important in effectively maintaining your billiard tables, ensuring a longer life span and basically taking care of this precious piece of investment. If you are thinking of getting accessories for your billiards table, it is important that you make sure that you purchase a compatible accessory. Keep in mind that there are specific size, design, and style of accessories especially designed for certain types of billiards table. So the type of accessory you buy will actually depend on the certain type, design, and size of your table. One of the most common accessory owners of billiards table buy is the pool table cover. Those that come with the table when you first purchased it often have lower quality. Hence, experts advise you buy a sturdier table cover suited to the specific type of billiards table you bought. Buying covers for pool tables There are different aspects that you will have to consider in choosing the cover that you will buy for your billiards table. The cover’s material – The most common materials purchased are vinyl and leatherette. The type of games played on the table Your funds for the purchase – There is a wide range of differently priced covers that you can choose from. Keep in mind, though, that not all affordably priced covers are as durable and long-lasting as the expensive ones. Benefits of using appropriate covers as protection to your pool tables Listed below are some of the many benefits...
Making Your Pool Tables Work With Your Carpeting

Making Your Pool Tables Work With Your Carpeting

Pool tables are often placed in a game room that already has carpeting. This often poses a huge problem for many homeowners as the carpet messes up the stable leveling of the floor, which is a major requirement for your billiards table to be used most efficiently. Keep in mind that a pool table needs a stable level flooring to position it properly and ensure the game will not be easily disrupted. This is why having carpeting in your game room creates different challenges in positioning your pool tables. One of the primary challenges you will face in positioning the billiard table is caused by the foam padding under the carpet. When carpeting is installed in your flooring, foam padding is first laid out. This prevents the carpet from being affected by moisture and other damage from the subflooring. Other parts of your home have thicker foam padding, such as your basement for maximum protection. The padding makes it difficult for you to establish a level positioning for your table because this is soft and mushy and may take several weeks before it crushes to its final thickness. By this time, it will be easier for you to achieve a level positioning for your table. On the other hand, when the padding has crushed to its final thickness, it will go back to it its original shape and form even when you removed the furniture that has crushed it. The dent will remain in the carpet and can be an eyesore when you decide to move the billiard table in another room or when you decide to sell the...
Yes, Pool Tables ARE Great Investments!

Yes, Pool Tables ARE Great Investments!

When thinking of investments, pool tables are probably the last on your list of potential purchases. The average individual would opt to put their money on real estate or cars. Very few, if there are any, would think about buying a billiards table, most of which don’t even realize that they’re buying a truly worthy investment. Aside from being a popular game, there are many other benefits that people get from buying a billiards table; thus, resulting in a constant number of purchases every year. It has effectively surpassed the success of other tabletop games – including hockey, football, and ping-pong – with regards to sales records and popularity. What makes pool tables a great investment? We all know that a billiard table supports the play of various games. It also serves as a fun hobby to help pass the time. If you are one of those people who likes sports, this may indeed be a good form of investment for you. How about those other people who are not into sports? Other than serving the purpose of playing pool and other similar games, a billiard table provides other benefits as well from an investor’s point of view. Form of entertainment for the whole family and guests Like the swimming pool, a billiard table can serve as a great form of entertainment for the entire family. It can also serve as an entertainment for parties or get-togethers. Friends can come over to talk, hang out and play billiards if you have a pool table. It can be a great attraction to your home, impressing your friends, guests, boss, and...