In House Servicing & Maintenance Equipment

Daily servicing to compliment a Maintenance Contract.

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.

It is essential that the brush is clean, the napping block isn’t smooth and the iron is in good working order, or the overall benefit and effect is reduced. A dustcover is a natural protection for the bedcloth when not in use.

Throughout the snooker playing season we strongly recommend that the table is brushed, blocked 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, blocked and ironed from the baulk end to the black spot end. Brush first, block to re-align the nap and finally iron. 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 nose. 

On completion of the brushing, use a napping block to re-align the nap in the correct direction to reduce the drag on the balls. Three times a week, though subject to table usage, iron the bedcloth to flatten the nap and provide a faster playing surface.

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 cloth.

For your information;

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 occur.      

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 deviate.

All the maintenance equipment is available direct from ourselves, please see our home page or simply click on any of the highlighted products at the top of this page to take you direct to the article on our online shop.

To request one of our fully trained table fitters to visit your home or club and carry out either a general service, the restretching of the bedcloth whilst the baulk lines are faint, the recovering of your table or to ascertain the monthly charge for a maintenance contract, please complete the panel below and Request Quote.

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