Suggestions for the care of your pool table and playing equipment.
Your Blatt Billiard’s Pool Table is a precision instrument – The level of your pool table is finely tuned at the time of Blatt Billiard’s Installation.
- DO NOT LIFT OR OTHERWISE MOVE THE TABLE AFTER IT IS SET UP- Any movement will take the table out of level and may break the slate or rails. The placement of a table on carpet is done at the owner’s request and at the owner’s risk of floor movement. The level of the table due to settling after installation is not the responsibility of the dealer or the manufacturer. After three to six months, depending on the thickness and density, the carpet should compress evenly, and should not affect the pool table level.
- CUE MAINTENANCE- Replace the cues in the cue rack after usage. Do not lean the cues against a wall, as this will cause warping due to pressure on the wood. A warped cue stick will result in inaccurate shooting. Do not store cues in a damp atmosphere such as a closet or under a bed. Wood cues are not guaranteed against warping and happens frequently. If you have damp climate conditions, ask us about graphite or fiberglass cues. Before play, round the tips on your cues to the approximate shape of the edge of a nickel. This will prevent cutting of the cloth, improve contact with the cue ball and help prevent miscuing. There are tip tools that we carry, that can help both shape the leather tips and scuff the leather tips to better hold chalk.
- DO NOT SIT OR LEAN ON THE TABLE- This is the only reason we know of for the rubber cushions to separate from the rails. This will also cause the nose of the cushion to “drop” and result in balls jumping when they hit the cushion. It can also cause the table to lose its level and can even break the wood rails.
- ADJUSTMENT TO PLAYING ON NEW CLOTH- When new cloth is installed on your table, or when a new table is set up with new cloth, there will be variations of the rolls of the ball depending on the stretch and the nap of the cloth. No two cloths are installed alike due to different dye lots and table specifications. New cloth must have time for the nap to “lay down”. The player will have to adjust their game to the cloth “drift”. Players often think that the level of the table has been disturbed when they observe a ball “running off” on a new cloth. In fact, this is the effect of the nap causing a ball to drift. On a new cloth, the ball can drift as much as five or six inches over the length of the table. The drift effect will gradually reduce as the nap is worn away or lays down. This is part of the game, and must be allowed for.
- CLEANING CLOTH- Brush regularly. First remove all the balls from the table. Brush the rails first, this allows the dirt to drop from the rails onto the main bed. Brush the cloth from the head of the table to the foot, pushing the dirt into the closest pockets. You can later vacuum the pockets with a small thin nozzle.
- BRUSH GENTLY IN ONE DIRECTION ONLY. Do not brush against the nap, or in opposite or circular directions, as this will destroy the nap causing uneven wear of the cloth, and uneven rolls of the ball. After brushing, wipe the inside of the pockets with a slightly damp cloth. Cloth wear depends on use. In commercial rooms, 3 to 4 months is normal. In your home, the cloth should last 2 to 3 years. Because cloth is subject to wear and tear during normal use, it is not guaranteed by the manufacturer or the installer. For that reason, all suspected cloth defects must be reported at the time of installation. No claims will be considered 3 days after installation. If something spills on the cloth, use only warm water and an absorbent cloth. Soap will leave a stain. Gently blot and absorb over and over.
- BEGINNERS SHOOTING ON NEW CLOTH- Cloth can be marked or ruined by a downward stroke on the ball. This usually occurs when the novice player raises the back end of the cue to an excessive height. Players must keep the cue fairly parallel to the bed of the table to improve accuracy and to avoid cloth damaged by the “cue burns”. Do not rest the cue, or use a back and forth “sawing” motion on the wood rail of the table, the fine finish of your rails is also sensitive to “cue burn” or damage…treat the rails as you would the other fine furniture you possess.
- CLEANING THE WOOD- You can use a typical wood polish or oil, do not overuse it, just enough to remove grease.
- CLEANING POOL BALLS- There are specific ball polishes in the market we can provide such as “Aramith Ball Cleaner”. You can use the polish to clean the cue ball and the other balls with a rag. If interested, there are electric ball cleaners on the market as well.
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The Blatt Billiards Team