Your pool table is a major investment in entertainment with friends and family, whether you are a casual player or a professional. At West Penn Billiards, we know that your pool table serves as the centerpiece to your lounge or game room, so it is important to keep it looking its best!
It is important to keep the felt, wood, and leather pockets free of stains to keep your pool table in great condition for as long as possible. Our expert team has put together a few tips for keeping your pool table and its components clean and protected.
How to Care for the Leather Pockets
Leather needs extra care to remain in good condition. It should be kept out of sunlight and away from direct heat to keep the leather soft, supple, and free of cracks. You should frequently dust the leather pockets with a damp cloth and mild soap as needed. You can also clean the pockets with saddle soap or other leather treatments, but be sure the pockets are thoroughly wiped down prior to playing to prevent blemishes the felt or the pool balls.
Another way to care for your leather pockets is to avoid storing pool balls in the pockets. If you plan to store them in the pockets, be sure to distribute the pool ball evenly to prevent overloading the pockets.
Caring for the Wood Structure
The wood that supports the pool table is easy to clean and should be cared for in the same way you would care for your fine wood furniture. To dust the wood and reinforce the finish, use mild lemon oil as often as you need to keep up with how much you use the table.
If you notice visible dirt or spills, clean them up immediately with a clean, almost damp cloth and avoid suing glass cleaners, which can damage the surface of the wood structure.
Maintaining Your Pool Cues and Pool Balls
Fortunately, pool balls are easy to maintain. All they need is a simple cleaning with a damp cloth. You can use specialty products on occasion to remove oils for a deeper clean. Pool cues can be cleaned in the same and should be stored upright to prevent warping and bending.