In House Maintenance
Whether your table is at home or in a club/commercial situation
"in house" daily maintenance is essential to achieve the best
playing conditions and to ensure you obtain the maximum service
from the cloth.
Throughout the snooker playing season we strongly recommend that
the table is brushed and ironed a minimum of 3 times per week and
in a commercial situation on a daily basis. A good quality heavy
duty billiard iron is required along with a pure bristle brush. The
table should be brushed and ironed from the baulk end to the black
spot end. Brush first, iron second. It is important that when the
iron is fully heated that it is kept moving in order not to burn or
mark the cloth.
Brushing on a regular basis helps remove residual chalk dust which
if not removed from the playing surface will eventually find its
way through to the slate bed, congeal and cause the balls to "run
off" giving the appearance that the table is "out of level".
The chalk particles get into the fibres of cloth and cause the
cloth to wear. As the fibres break down, the colour of the cloth
fades returning back to its original base colour which is white.
This is particularly noticeable at the pocket openings and
underneath the cushion
It is essential that when not in use the playing area should be
covered with a good quality protective dustcover. This stops dust
settling on the cloth, which if allowed to build up has the same
effect as the chalk dust and causes unnecessary wear to the
When a new bedcloth is fitted the baulk line and half circle are
initially lightly marked out, this means that when the cloth is due
for stretching after 6 months, they will have faded
sufficiently to ensure a "double baulk" line does not
The fitting of table spots also helps protect the cloth as
unfortunately many players forcefully place the colours back onto
their positions, rather than gently rolling them back into place.
We regularly receive comments from customers that there appears to
be hollows in the slate at the spot positions when in fact it is
the cloth that has become indented causing the balls to
All of this maintenance equipment is available direct from
ourselves, please see our home page or simply click on any of the
above pictures to take you direct to the item on our online