At Ace Billiards, we like to think that you have selected our product because the standard of materials, design, manufacture and finish result in a package equal or better to any furniture product that money can buy. For many buyers it is not just the centre for family fun and recreation, but also the premier furniture piece in the home.
You can avoid the disappointment of damage to the finish, not to mention hundreds of dollars in premature repair expenses, by adherence to the following rules regarding the care of your table.

Cue Technique

Do ensure that players are versed in correct cue technique and that overhitting the ball is avoided. Nap burns, or divots (as in golf) in the cloth will occur as the leather cue tip, chalked to grip a smooth ball, strikes the cloth tearing soft woolen fibre from the weave leaving a bare patch two to seven millimetres in diameter. Unlike golf, the divot cannot be replaced.
At the other end of the cue, the polish on the cushion cap is susceptible to inappropriate downward movement of the upper arm and shoulder causing the cue shaft to slide across the polish in its forward motion. No amount of household furniture polish will remove the resulting friction line in the glossy surface.

Care of the Cloth

Do groom the napped cloth with an appropriate brush available from your supplier. During play contact by hands will cause the nap (pile) to stand up. Ignoring this will allow the fibres to tangle and form tiny balls (pilling). This pilling will make the ball slow down more quickly and deviate as it slows.

Vigorous brushing in the direction of the nap is required to lay the nap down and this should be done after every session of play and more often if required. Grooming the table in this way cleans the table of any foreign matter or excess chalk. Vacuuming will be unnecessary except in case of accident or long term neglect and should always be followed by brushing.

Early in the life of the cloth its silky sheen will highlight every irregularity in the lie of the fibres. Do not be overly concerned if finger marks or fold marks from the roll of material do not disappear easily. With use and regular brushing the sheen on the cloth will become less intense and the highlighted marks will blend into the background.

Do s and Don'ts

Do ensure that wear is as even as possible. Break from a different position in the 'D'. Load the triangle frame and position it from a different location on the table. As far as possible, practice set shots in different locations.

  1. Don't over chalk the cue, particularly before the break.
  2. Don't slam the ball down hard, particularly in the 'D'.
  3. Don't practice masse (swirve) shots.
  4. Don't throw the balls from one end to the other or cause them to leave the table.
  5. Don't use the table for washing, shopping, craftwork or general dumping.
  6. Do use a silicon free furniture polish to care for the woodwork (available from your supplier).
  7. Do use a good quality material cover to protect the cloth and polish work from sun fading (available from your supplier).
  8. Don't overload net pockets by leaving the balls in them between sessions of play.
  9. Do ensure that belt buckles, signet rings, watches and other jewellery do not come in contact with the polish.
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