Maintaining Billiard (Pool) Cue & Clean Pool Table

By: John Jose

It’s important to keep your billiard table clean, which will make your felt last a significantly longer time.

The chalk and powder used while playing pool cannot help but get on to the table’s felt, and to play good pool you must use these accessories.  Therefore, at the end of each day’s games, always brush down your pool table’s felt.  Use the Billiard Table Brush which has a special design specifically for cleaning pool table felt.  The brush has longer bristles on each end to enable brushing out the corners of the table.  The center bristles are shorter to enable you to brush off the bumper railings of the table.

**Note:  You should never let anyone make a shot on your billiard (pool) table hold the billiard (pool) cue at an angle greater than 45 degrees, as this can result in tearing a hole in the felt.

  1. First, start by brushing off the bumper railings of the pool table, as some of the dirt from the bumper railings will fall onto the playing surface of the pool table.
  1. Next, go to the middle of the pool table’s playing surface and brush everything outward to the pockets, taking care to clean the entire playing surface.
  1. Then, start at one corner of the pool table’s playing surface and brush toward the opposite short corner getting under the bumper railings and working your way around the entire pool table.

  1. Once you have the entire table brushed, take a hand vacuum cleaner or a large vacuum’s attachment and vacuum out all the dirt from each of the pockets on the pool table.  Then run the thin vacuum attachment all around the bottom edge of the bumper railing along the playing surface to get all the embedded dirt out of the attachment grove.
  1. Next, take your favorite furniture polish and wipe down the outside surfaces around the felt surface. You should also wipe down the legs and table levelers on a regular basis..
  1. When you are not playing the game, always keep your billiard (pool) table covered.  There are several types of covers that you can choose from and the choice is yours.  Any of them should do an adequate job.
  1. You are now finished and your table should look like a brand new billiard (pool) table.

Care and Maintenance of the Billiard (Pool) Cue

  1. Never lean a pool cue against the billiard (pool) table or against a wall.  Anything that puts the cue stick at an angle will warp the pool cue.
  1. With a brand new billiard (pool) cue, we recommend that you file or shape the cue tip before using.  Then be sure to chalk the tip really well, especially for the first shot, as this will give you smooth and straighter ball shots.
  1. A good billiard (pool) cue will come with a carrying case.  These are usually for billiard (pool) cues that can be broken down into two or three pieces.  To keep your billiard (pool) cue in new condition when you are not using itPsychology Articles, place it in the carrying case properly and keep it there until you want to use it.

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