How To Get Rid of A Pool Table Crumbs And Stain


Crumbs and stains can hardly be avoided on a pool table. If it does, a light brushing or dabbing is the only way to clean the playing surface and inner cushions. If in doubt, a stain should be tolerated rather than fundamentally jeopardizing playability by cleaning too intensively. So, how to get rid of a pool table crumbs and stain properly?

Felt has a so-called line direction. In order to avoid roughening and damaging the felt, this line direction must be observed each time it is cleaned. “Shortcuts” to the next hole should be avoided in favor of keeping the line direction. Longer distances when brushing the felt cloth are preferable.

In the case of felt cloths that are not glued, attention must also be paid to the possible movement of the felt. The pressure of a brush or cloth must not cause the felt to wrinkle or wander. If individual areas are to be brushed or dabbed more heavily, it helps to have a helper hold the area with a ring of fingertips.

Liquid and crumbs

In the case of damp contamination, for example from drinks, the liquid should be removed immediately by dabbing vertically from above. Liquids need a moment to soak into the felt cloth. If you’re quick, you can “take off” the liquid before it soaks in. A highly absorbent cloth or paper is important. Conventional kitchen roll paper is well suited. In no case should rubbing movements be exercised.

A cleaning brush is recommended for dust and solid dirt particles such as crumbs. Special cleaning brushes are available from specialist retailers. All brushes with soft bristles are suitable. If a vacuum cleaner is used, the suction force must not lift the cloth suction.

Cushions and frame

Most billiard tables have cushions and frames made of wood. They can be cleaned with wood care products for furniture. In the case of existing plastic or paint seals, wiping with a damp cloth is sufficient. Special polishing agents can be used according to the manufacturer’s instructions to restore the shine and the metallic corner fittings. It is advisable to check the fastening screws at the same time.

Removal of light soiling

Cleaning up minor debris on the pool table is usually not a big deal. If you do not yet have a suitable billiard table brush in your household, it is advisable to purchase a special billiard table brush for cleaning the felt covering. 

The cleaning of the billiard table is similar to the cleaning of a staircase, where ideally you should also start cleaning at the top. In order to remove dust and lime residue or other crumbs from the felt surface, you start at the side edges and only then start with the actual playing surface. Starting from the middle of the table, you brush the dirt into the nearest hole as quickly as possible. You should pay particular attention to straight brush strokes. Circular movements are taboo as this can roughen the felt.

Do not leave dust and lime residue in the hole

If you have transported all the small impurities into the next holes, you should not leave the dirt in the billiard table. Because of the balls used, the dust would sooner or later end up back on the table and the work would have been in vain. Many commercially available vacuum cleaners already come with a thin attachment for cleaning baseboards or sofa cracks. 

On this occasion, it is also advisable to wipe the billiard balls with a little hot water and a clean, lint-free cloth. This keeps the balls shiny for as long as possible and further reduces dust on the table.

Clean up spilled liquids on the billiard cloth

The horror of every billiard table owner: You hear a short “oops” and you can already see the drink pouring onto the billiard table. Fast action is required now. The liquid should of course not be left on the billiard table under any circumstances, because in the worst case the wooden plates used could swell with cheaper billiard table models.

The table would then be practically unusable. Nevertheless, one should proceed with the necessary care when cleaning liquids. It is best to use warm water and an absorbent cloth for cleaning. The use of soap and the like should be avoided as this can leave unsightly stains. When cleaning the surface, the work should be left to the absorbency of the cloth and dabbed at most, but in no case be rubbed. Friction is very bad for the damp felt, it could deform, which can affect the flow of the game and the optics.

Protect the billiard table from dirt

The best protection of a pool table is proper handling. It is best not to consume any drinks or eat anything near the billiard table. But explain that to your best friends, who have been used to it for years from visiting billiard halls! To reduce chalk residue on the pool table, it is best to chalk your cues next to the table and not directly above it. If the table is not to be played on for a while, suitable billiard tables cover offers reliable protection against dust and other dirt.

Tips and tricks

Even if it sounds harsh, you should generally prohibit yourself and fellow players from drinking, eating or smoking on or over your pool table. Provide sufficient storage space and, if necessary, ashtrays with cigarette parking recesses in the immediate vicinity of the table.


Despite all caution and careful handling – one day even the most beautiful billiard table will get dirty. It doesn’t even have to be spilled beer or red wine glasses that clog the billiard cloth. After a while, normal dust and chalk residues often stop the gaming table from shining in all its glory. With the right care and cleaning, you can still enjoy your billiard table for a long time.

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