Definitely a high risk job, I would be sure to have SIGNED DISCLAIMERS AND PICTURES of the table before even attempting the job. The customer needs to understand that at this point the felt is ruined and this is an attempt at restoration. Offer no guarantees and have a release of liability signed by the customer before doing any work. Under promise and over deliver.I will clean a lot of things but pool table felt would make me pause and think about it.....nope I wouldn't even try it, good luck man
I personally wouldn't touch it, I wouldn't make enough to even mess with the stress of fooling with it, just one of the beauties of being owner...I can pick and choose on job's like that.Why is everyone afraid of even trying? As long as the owner understands that you can not guarantee success and you are going to try your best to save them from having to replace the felt why not at least try?
Nope not afraid, It's called being smart and not stupid!!!!!Why is everyone afraid of even trying? As long as the owner understands that you can not guarantee success and you are going to try your best to save them from having to replace the felt why not at least try?
Nope not afraid, It's called being smart and not stupid!!!!!
CoastalCleaning]I was a billiard mechanic for many years. Its also my primary hobby. I would not do this unless they sign a waiver. The felt is only designed to be vacuumed and brushed. Wetting would weaken the felt and cause it to lose it's stretch. Most pool tables are three piece slate and the seams of the slate are bonded using water putty or bee's wax. Typically something like Durhams rock hard and when it's wet it breaks down and you would run the risk of breaking the slate seams. Overwetting could damage the bottom of the rubber rails or bumpers causing the rubber to break away from the front side of the rail. On the cheap tables they don't use slate but particle wood with the felt glued to the particle wood. You can imagine the nightmare here. I would pass if I was you but if you insist or if they insist get a waiver. A refelt on a table would run 300-400 bucks and that's not taking into account any releveling or seam work.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=CoastalCleaning said:Here's a visual.
Here you can see the three separate pieces.
The seams stretch full across so it's unavoidable.
I find value in this post however any amount of moisture even minor would cause felt to lose its stretch. Stretch being the most important thing once you get beyond level slate. The speed at which the balls travel depend greatly on the amount of stretch you put on the felt. Its not just tacked on snug. There is a very specific way to installing the felt on a table. This is why spilled beer and drinks on a table can wreck havoc on playability. If even a small portion of the felt ends up being more moist than any other portion of the felt you'll have a dead spot where the ball slows its roll and begins to follow the nap of the felt.
CoastalCleaning said:I'm a journeyman billiard mechanic. Absolutely do not clean pool table felt. Even vacuuming with a truck mount can be harmful. A truck mount has way too much vacuum power. The felt is either stapled on or glued on. You run the risk of popping some staples or ungluing the felt. Lightly vacuum with a residential vacuum cleaner using an upholstery attachment. Finish it up by brushing in one direction from the head of the table to the foot. Do not brush towards the pockets. Brush one direction end to end in long straight stokes.
If the table isn't vacuumed regularly you may end up making it worse. Chalk gets embedded under the felt and vacuuming pulls it up and sometimes you can't vacuum it all out and you end up leaving chalk stains all over the place.
If the customer thinks you caused damage a re-felt on a table will run you 300-450 bucks. More if it's Simonis Felt or Tournament felt. I'd be cautious.