204V Thermostatic Snooker Table Iron
Snooker tables should be regularly ironed after brushing to reduce moisture attracted from the atmosphere by woolen cloths and to smooth the nap for more accurate ball roll and faster playing speed. The iron is heated to the correct temperature controlled by the thermostat, then detached for use.
Quick tips: Table Care
1. Brush the table first ensuring that you sweep dirt down the table in the direction of the nap.
2. Once all of the dirt is at the end of the table, use the end of the brush or a cushion brush to sweep the dirt out at the pockets.
3. Wrap a duster or piece of baize around the brush and, using the wooden side of the brush, sweep down the table as if you were ironing it flat.
4. Once the iron is at a suitable heat (not too hot - it's worth testing on paper first - if it scorches then it's too hot!), iron in straight lines down the table.
5. Overlap each line mark that the iron makes until you have ironed the whole table.
6. Repeat as neccessary but don't over-iron as this dries the wool fibres and makes the cloth more susceptible to wearing.
Snooker Tables, Care Instructions 'how to iron a snooker table"
Your Snooker, billiards and pool table equipment must be maintained now and again to keep the tables up to scratch.
Firstly brushing, always brush with the nap of the table which runs from the baulk or D end to the black spot end. So start with your brush at the D end and walk up the table to the black spot end of your snooker table.
Brush in straight lines, then all the debris will collect at the top cushion, which can then be brushed towards one of the top pockets and away from the table.
As for the wood, clean with a damp cloth, the wood varnish is usually so hard, that is all that is required. If you insist on using a spray polish, spray the duster first then apply to the wood, so as not to get spray on the cloth.
If you have to clean the cloth occasionally vacuum the table, make sure to use a mild suction with a fine brush attachment. Vacuum the table from the D to the black spot as in brushing.
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HAVE YOUR SAY!
just come across your page and suprised to find no replies,(unless I have a problem seeing them on my computer). I used to do the tables at my club for a year or so , so I am no expert but this is what I picked up.
Always hoover the floor and clean the dust off the lamp shade first or dust gets back on the table bed.
Do the cushions next, baulk cushion brush from yellow to green direction then from green to black , then black end cushion from green to yellow then last rail from yellow to black.
Now sweep under the rails with ideally a cushion brush or if non available then the end of the normal brush. Either sweep the dust into a pocket or vacuum off with a brush fitting gently.
Now brush the main bed of the cloth from baulk downwards in overlapping strokes.
Now brush in one continuous stroke over the whole bed.
Vacuum again if needed.This is just the dust at the top of the table not the whole cloth!
NOW FOR THE FINGER MARKS
Most should be gone by now but if you place a VERY LIGHTLY dampened cloth around the handle of your brush and hold it tight upside down and sweep down the bed so the cloth is between the bed and the wooden part of the brush this should help to rid the fingermarks somewhat.
Some irons have a temperature gauge, but if not then keep a piece of brown paper handy. The iron usually needs approx 15 minutes to heat up but before placing on the bed of the table put it on the brown paper. If it marks the paper then do not use until it has cooled further.
Make sure the area around the table is free from trip hazards, It's not a broken leg I'm bothered about but if you fell and let go of the iron you will burn the cloth!!!
Iron from baulk to furtherst railin a CONTINUOUS motion and lift the iron as you get to the end. Also start immediatly the iron touches the cloth. A split second is enough to burn the cloth.
On your next occasion of ironing, do the first stroke with the iron lengthways and then the rest sideways.This stops the cloth being ironed every time in the exact same lines, leaving ugly tramlines . Some advocate turning the iron 45 degrees after starting the stroke to give a better overlap. If you do this then make sure you turn back to parrallel at the end of the stroke.
After a couple of weeks of ironing two or three times per week you will notice a big difference in the table speed (and the speed it takes to clean the tables).
I take approx 10 seconds per length with a cool iron or about 5 seconds with a hotter one.
Don't forget to clean the pockets and pocket runners, otherwise you put the dust back onto the table after potting.
Good luck and let me know how you get on.
Rather than the lightly damp cloth to remove the fingermarks I would say get yourself a blocker. Although these are commercially made (I've seen a Riley one) they are easy to make.
Take a 1ft long length of 2"x4" wood, wrap some table felt around it so the nap is outwards and then staple it tightly to the wood.
Then brush the table lightly to remove the chalk marks and loose dust/dirt. After that use the blocker just like an iron, running it in straight overlapping lines from the baulk cushion to the top cushion (with the nap). Do not press hard on the blocker.
If you use your table daily then I would say you could brush it once a week and then block it 3 times in a row at one time. This will keep your table clean and fast (or at least as fast as it can be with a thick cloth) and should remove the fingermarks.
Tell your mates and yourself to not drag their fingers either against or sideways to the nap too as that is considered bad etiquette. Also, you might not need to spend 200quid on a proper table iron.
Dont, Dont, Dont use a steam iron!!! You can use any dry iron, if a Dowsings one is too much for you. Steam will get into the fibres of the cloth and does not do the cloth any good!!!!
I Agree with most of the points already said. However, the one that everybody has missed is that there's a trade-off between ironing and not ironing the cloth... That being the life-span of the cloth. If you do Iron regularly, the cloth will wear faster. Conversely, if you just brush or brush/nap* the table, the cloth will last longer before you need to replace it. But from the description you give "thick Strachan cloth" it would seem reasonable to iron the cloth maybe once every 2 weeks.