Though it pays to have a high-class billiards table in your own game room, having one at your disposal doesn't come with just perks. If you weren't born to Bill Gates's riches—or to a number of home servants for that matter—you also have to maintain it yourself. As with anything you own, maintaining a billiards table is a commitment.
The first thing you should do is acquire all items you will need to regularly clean your table. You must have a pool table brush, a vacuum cleaner with a thin nozzle, a pool table cleaning solution, and wood polish. If you have all these in hand, you're set to do the following:
· Clean out the pockets. Take out the balls from the pockets of your table and give them a good cleaning by wiping them with warm water and a soft cloth. Vacuum the pockets to keep them from accumulating dirt.
· Brush it up. Choose the right kind of brush fit for felt table tops. This usually consists of bristles in two lengths: longer at the edges and shorter in the middle. Use this after ending every playing session to remove any foreign contaminants that made their way into the game area.
· Polish. Aside from making the wooden parts of the table squeaky clean, polish them to remove possible irritants that can migrate to the table top. Find a good wood polish or citrus-based solution to do this.