Are you taking care of your table?

There are a few simple things you can do to ensure your table lasts as long as possible. Most are obvious and some less so. Here is a list that I have come up with and I would love to hear more suggestions from the community if you have something that I have missed.

Based on years around tables:

  • Cover your table after each use
    • Simple cover is good but a quality cover is worth it!
  • Do not let the cloth get wet
    • No containers of liquid on the table or table edge
    • Keep the table covered when not in use
    • Do not play pool after working out if you are sweating
  • If you do not have a cover…
    • Brush your table. As often as weekly if needed.
    • Vacuum the surface of the table – preferably without a rotating brush but I have done it with one without harming the cloth. Still best without.
  • Wipe the surface of the table with a lightly dampened cloth carefully avoiding the cloth on the rails.
  • Use a billiard service company that does quality work.
    • I have seen so many hack jobs by so called professionals. I pride myself on quality craftsmanship and it makes a difference to the longevity of your table.
  • Use a small swath of cloth under the Q-ball when breaking.
    • This reduced the friction marks from the Q-ball
    • It will also reduce the risk of scratching the table on a miscue.
  • Wash your hands before playing on the table.
    • Reduces the dirt transferred to the table and to the balls as you rack them.
  • Clean the balls after every few hours of playing.
    • Use a quality billiard ball cleaner and cloth.

Your comments are welcome!

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