The Best Way to Clean the Felt on Your Pool Table

A well-used Pool Table is going to get dirty. It’s a fact you cannot deny. You’ve got the regular “dust” and fuzz ball issue, pet hair if you have a pet in the home, chalk trails, accidental spills and every so often things you can’t identify.

Cleaning a Pool TableThe important aspect to remember when taking care of the felt on your table is never, ever, ever use a vacuum on it. This is going to pull and stretch the cloth which dramatically decreases its’ durability, not to mention the impact it will have when rolling balls on the table. Nothing is more irritating than having a shot lined up perfectly, only to have a wrinkle in the felt send your shot off in in the wrong direction.

When you clean your felt, it’s an excellent time to clean the balls too. For the balls, warm water with a little bit of detergent works nicely. Wet a towel, wring it out, clean each ball and set them apart to air dry while you tend to the cloth.

Steps for Cleaning Pool Table Cloths

  1. For cleaning the cloth, begin by using a brush to sweep the debris under the bumper railings on to the center of the table.
  2. Then sweep any debris or lint from the edges and around the pockets, toward the middle of the table. Use straight action with your sweep, don’t go circular. You want to keep your motion going with the weave of the felt so it doesn’t “pucker” or shift.
  3. Once you’ve swept the bumper railings and edges, you are now ready to start the full table sweep. Start in the middle and work toward each end. Remember to keep straight motions, no side to side or circular.
  4. At each end of the table, gently sweep the debris on to a piece of thin cardboard or dustpan. Make sure your dustpan does not have plastic edges or metal alongside the backside that could snag or tear the felt. The ones with a soft, pliable rubber edge work great.

Some people use a vacuum attachment to clean the inside of the pockets. We recommend using a clean, damp towel to wipe them out. Don’t even bring the vacuum out and you won’t be tempted to use it on the felt.

Cleaning Spills

If there is a spill on the table, it’s best to clean it immediately with a dry, white, cotton absorbent cloth. If the spill is not recent, use a slightly wet, warm, absorbent cotton cloth. Water only. Soaps will leave a mark and some residue. Place the cloth over the area and let it do the work. Don’t over-saturate the felt and don’t rub- this will stretch the felt and weaken that area. Pat over the area until the spot is removed.

If the felt on your table does need to be replaced, don’t hesitate to call us here at Designer Pool Table Services to get the job done.