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Billiard Table Care

Care of Cabinet

For tables with synthetic surfaces, such as laminates, clean with a damp cloth and mild detergent. For furniture (pocket ) tables:

  • Dust natural wood cabinetry frequently. To restore original luster, use a non-residue-producing dusting agent, such as mild lemon oil.
  • Never use glass cleaner on wood surfaces – the ammonia can chemically attack the finish.

Cloth Care

  • Until it is broken-in, a new cloth can considerably affect ball roll. This is normal. Break in your cloth by brushing it as often as possible during the first three months of use.
  • Alternate breaking and racking ends of table when possible. Avoid excessively sliding the rack – try to rack in one motion.
  • Avoid excessive ball build-up in pockets. If not allowed to drop properly, balls can wear out the cloth around pockets more quickly.
  • Chalk is a grinding agent, so avoid chalking your cue over the table.
  • The massé, jump shot, etc., can lead to scars or tears in the cloth.
  • Always brush the cloth in the same direction toward the end of the table. Never brush in a circular motion. Cloth may be vacuumed, in one direction only, using the upholstery attachment of your vacuum.
  • To protect your cloth against light, dust and moisture, cover your table when not in use.
  • The cloth can wrinkle and become loose if subjected to extreme temperatures or humidity. Regulate both.

Pockets and Hardware Care


  • Protect pockets from heat and light (sunlight, fireplaces, etc.) and humidity.
  • Do not sit or lean on pockets.
  • To avoid scuffing when shooting, never slide cue over pocket.
  • Examine pockets frequently to ensure no tacks or staples have loosened. Loose tacks can damage pool balls.
  • Dust pockets frequently. Clean with a damp cloth and mild soap when needed. Dry with a soft clean cloth.
  • Never set anything on pockets – pen ink, nail polish remover, etc. can permanently stain pockets.
  • For leather pockets, treat with saddle soap or similar product. When finished, wipe pockets thoroughly to prevent ball and cloth blemishes.
  • Avoid storing balls in pockets for extended periods of time. If you do, distribute balls, evenly in all pockets.
  • Clean table hardware components with a damp cloth. This includes rail caps, cabinet corners, table feet and leg levelers.
  • Brushed aluminum components should only be cleaned with Never Dull®. This finish can be scratched and dulled if other cleaners are used.

Accessories Care


  • Clean balls as needed with a mild household degreaser, such as 409®. Dry and polish with a clean soft cloth.
  • Stubborn stains can be removed with a non-abrasive cleanser, such as Soft-Scrub®. Dry and polish with a clean soft cloth.
  • For a spectacular shine, after cleaning balls, apply paste wax and buff to a bright luster.
  • Always store cues upright in wall rack located away from outside walls, doors and heat vents. Because wooden cues are susceptible to warping, never lean cues against a wall or table for any length of time.
  • Clean cues as needed with a damp rag and mild soap. Dry and polish with a clean soft cloth.

A Few Pool Table Care “Nevers”

  • Never sit on the pool table, as it could break the seal between the rails and cushions, resulting in dead cushions that produce no ball response.
  • Never attempt to move your table. If you do need to move your assembled table, contact Premium Spas and Billiards.
  • Never set drinks or food on your table.
  • Never place your table in direct sunlight.
  • Never use harsh cleaners or chemicals to clean your table.
  • Never smoke near your table.
  • Never stand on your table, as it could throw it out of level.
  • Never allow balls to build up in pockets.
  • Never store balls in pockets.

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