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Beer Stain on Your Pool Table? Follow These Steps Now

Your pool table is your pride and joy. It is the mecca of your social events and you want it to look good. But because your pool table is used during parties, sometimes things happen and you end up with a stain—like a beer stain, perhaps. But before you just grab the nearest washcloth and start rubbing away like you are cleaning a regular table, you need to read this. If you don’t, you risk ruining your pool table felt, which can also ruin your perfect shot.

Gather These Supplies:

  • Microfiber or Lint-Free Cloth (three if it’s a fresh spill, one if it’s set-in)
  • Cold Water
  • Vinegar
  • Small Bowl

Step One:
First, you need to act quickly. As soon as the spill happens, grab a dry cloth and blot up the spill. It is very important that you only blot the beer and you do not rub it. For the best results, and to prevent spreading, start from the outside of the spill and work your way in.

Step Two:
Once you have absorbed as much of the beer as you can, get the second, clean cloth and run it under cold water. Ring out the washcloth so it is slightly damp—no dripping water—and blot the spot again to try to remove more liquid from the table.

Step Three (start here for a set-in stain):
Next, you need to put a cup of the cold water into the bowl, and then add in a tablespoon of vinegar. Now dip a clean, dry cloth into the solution and ring it out so it is damp. Blot the stain with the cloth. Again, never rub and start from the outside.

Step Four:
If the stain is still there, rinse the cloth and remoisten it with the vinegar/water mixture. Repeat as many times as needed until the stain is gone.

Step Five:
Allow the felt on the pool table to air dry completely. Once it is dry, if you still see some of the beer stain, start over from step three.

Helpful Hints:

  • Act as quickly as possible. Every minute the beer is on the pool table felt, your chances of removing the stain goes down.
  • Never use heat on your pool table felt. This includes warm water to clean it or a blow dryer to dry it. The heat can cause the stain to set, making it all-but-impossible to remove.
  • You can use steamers for maintenance cleaning of the pool table felt, but always make sure there are no stains before you begin.

Now, of course, the best way to keep your pool table in pristine condition is to prevent spills from happening in the first place. Consider installing shelves in your game room, or adding a bar and bar stools as well as some pub tables, so that your guests have several places to rest their beverages. Or you can always make a rule that there are to be no liquids (besides water) around your pool table, but that might ruin the fun.

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