It’s common sense to protect your investments. You keep CD’s in cases to protect them from being scratched or a plastic cover your cell phone. No matter how insignificant the purchase, we want to protect it. In that sense it would be impractical not to protect and maintain something as precious and significant as a pool table. Here are a few simple tips on how to clean pool table felt:
The vinyl cover. The simplest way of keeping the cloth of your pool table clean. A vinyl cover is cheap and easily protects your cloth from dust, pets and children; the worst offenders of them all. The cover keeps unwanted pet dander and hair away as well as your children’s Kool-Aid and all the other sugary items they seem to constantly be in possession of. Even if you don’t have kids or pets, a vinyl cover is still a good idea.
Another simple way of keeping your cloth clean is by using a damp rag. Take your rag and run in under the faucet using cold or cool water and wring the rag out as much as possible. You do NOT want their to be any water droplets falling off of the rag and ruining that beautiful green cloth. Gently wipe down the cloth, do NOT use circular motions. This will remove the bits of chalk and other miscellaneous objects from your cloth.
Billiard brushes are a necessity when it comes to owning a pool table and are also another cheap way of keeping it clean. So as often as necessary, take your brush and dust your cloth from the head of the table to the foot of the table with slow, straight strokes. Again, do NOT brush in a circular motion. Make sure to brush beneath the bumper overhangs to remove any other dust and chalk bits.
After brushing your cloth it is a good idea to take a hand vacuum, or a vacuum attachment with a brush-end and suck up excess dirt and hair. Do NOT use a standard vacuum as this creates too much suction and can stretch your cloth.
Maintenance is an important part of pool table ownership and shouldn’t be seen as a chore. And regardless of how much time you spend cleaning it, it will inevitably take your child or pet a fraction of that time to ruin it. So keep your eyes open, your table covered and your belt ready.