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  • Introduction: A Guide to Buying a Better Billiard Table

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    Hello. I'm Cris Gould with Legacy Billiards.
    We realize that selecting the proper billiard table game room product can be a very difficult decision.
    We've offered a series of videos that will help to explain the benefits and features of our products that will help make this decision much easier.
    We hope that you will find it very helpful, and hope that it will bring enjoyment for years to come.

  • Guide to Billiard Cloth: Napped vs. Worsted.

    billiard clothThere are several different brands of billiard cloth, but basically only two types: Napped and Worsted. Napped billiard cloth is considered standard and is generally included with most tables purchased by consumers. Worsted billiard cloth is a higher quality and is noted for its enhanced playability and durability.

    Napped cloth is a loop weave, and has a “nap” to it as the name describes. It requires more brushing, a little more maintenance, and may slow the ball down a bit in standard play. If you’re an average player and want to save a little bit of money on your table purchase, napped cloth may be right for you.

    Worsted cloth is a flatter weave and is more expensive, but it promotes a faster play of ball and prolongs the life of the cloth. If you want professional-grade playability from your table, and want to ensure the quality of your cloth doesn’t deteriorate in the future, worsted is your best choice.

    A great option for both napped and worsted cloth is called Teflon Treatment. Teflon helps to cloth resist moisture and guards the cloth from staining. For a demonstration of what Teflon Treatment can do for you billiard cloth, check out our Billiard Cloth Video Guide.

  • Regulation Size Billiard Tables: What is Regulation?

    Many people ask: "What is a Regulation size billiard table?" Simply put, "Regulation" refers to the geometry of the play field, (cusion nose to cushion nose,) being exactly twice and long as it is wide. The length of a "Regulation Standard 8ft" table should be 88 inches long and 44 inches wide. A 9ft Regulation table play field measures 100 inches long and 50 inches wide.
    Any size table can be considered as "Regulation" if the table is length and width ratio is consistant with these measurements.
    The most common sized regulation tables are as follows:
    Bar Size 7ft - (Playfield: 39" X 78") commonly called (Bar Size) as this is common to most coin-operated tables played in pubs and bars.
    Standard 8ft - (Playfield: 44" X 88")  This is the most common size sold in the USA for homes and private residences.
    Tournament 9ft - (Playfield: 50" X 100") This is the full size the game of Billiards was invented on. It is still used in professional tournaments today.
  • Cleaning The Billiard Cloth

    A well enjoyed Pool Table is going to get dirty. It's a fact you can't deny. You've got the normal "dust" and fuzz ball issue, pet hair if you have a pet in the home, chalk trails, accidental spills and sometimes things you can't quite identify.

    The main thing to remember when taking care of the cloth on your table is never, ever, ever use a vacuum on it. This is going to pull and stretch the cloth which dramatically decreases its' durability, not to mention affect the play of the table. Not much is more frustrating than having a shot lined up perfectly, only to have a wrinkle in the loose felt send your shot off in a completely different direction.

    When you clean your felt, it's a good time to clean the balls too. For the balls, warm water with a little bit of detergent works well and rinses clean. Wet a towel, wring it out, clean each ball and set aside to air dry while you tend to the cloth.

    For cleaning the cloth, begin by using a special brush to sweep the bumper railings debris on to the table and then sweep any debris or lint from the edges and around the pockets, towards the center of the table. Use straight motion with your sweep, don't go circular. You want to keep your motion going with the weave of the felt so it doesn't "pucker" or shift.
    Once you've swept the bumper railings and edges and are ready to begin the full table sweep, begin in the middle and work towards each end. Remember to keep straight motions, no side to side or circular.

    At each end of the table, lightly sweep the debris on to a piece of thin cardboard or dust pan. Make sure your dust pan doesn't have hard plastic edges or metal along the bottom that can accidentally snag or tear the felt. The ones with a soft, pliable rubber edge work great.

    Some people use a vacuum attachment to clean the inside of the pockets. We recommend using a clean, damp towel to wipe them out. Don't even bring the vacuum out and you won't be tempted to use it on the felt.

    If there is a spill on the table, it's best to clean it immediately with a dry, white, cotton absorbent cloth. If the spill is not recent, use a slightly wet, warm, absorbent cotton cloth. Water only. Soaps will leave a mark and some residue. Place the cloth over the area and let it do the work. Don't over-saturate the felt and don't rub- this will stretch the felt and weaken that area. Pat over the area until the spot is removed.

    There are some commercial cleaners labeled for table top cleaning. They have been formulated to offer a "dry clean". Talk with a specially trained representative at your local Pool Table retailer to see if they have a product you would like to try.

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