Service & Maintenance

We offer a wide range of services to our customers, including:

Table Re-covering:

1. Remove the old bed-cloth from the table
2. Thoroughly clean the slate of loose dust
3. Attend to the slate joints using slate compound where necessary
4. Completely re-level the table
5. Recover cushions with new cloth using new cushion slips as necessary
6. Fit new cloth to the slate bed
7. Carefully re-fit all cushion rails
8. Re-mark and re-spot the table
9. Leave the table ready for play

Fitting Tension:
If fitted too tightly the cloth will tend to play fast. Too slack and the opposite is true. Both extremes will have a detrimental effect on the cloth performance.

The quality and age of the cushion rubbers as well as the correctness of the cushion setting also affect cloth quality

Re-stretching:
New cloth slackens after use (actual times vary in relation to conditions of temperature and humidity) and should be re-stretched after 6 – 9 months from date of fitting. Re-stretching will further improve the playing speed of the table and also lengthens the life of the material by disturbing to positions of greatest wear in the pocket openings and the spot positions. Re-stretching the cloth on your table involves the following:

The Billiard Company Table Re-Stretch Full Size Table Bed Cloth

1. Remove the bed-cloth from the table
2. Thoroughly clean the slate of loose dust
3. Attend to the slate joints using slate compound where necessary
4. Completely re-level the table
5. Carefully re-fit all cushion rails
6. Re-mark and re-spot the table
7. Leave the table ready for play

Re- rubbering:
1. Remove all cushion & pocket components
2. Remove the old cloth from the cushions
3. Remove the old timber blocks & building up strips cleaning down the face of the
cushion body
4. Fit the new timber blocks to the cushion body
5. Fit new 'grade A' Northern rubber to the timber block
6. Fit new building up strips to the timber block to support the rubber
7. Cut the rubber to fit the pocket openings to required specifications
8. Cover the cushions with new Smartcloth fitting new cushion slips as necessary
9. Leave the table ready for play in first class condition

In addition, The Billiard Company Ireland have Irelands most comprehensive service network to cater for the needs of professional and amateur players alike. Nobody is better placed to meet your service & repair needs!

Table Care:

The Snooker Room
Room temperature - Playing speed of a wool snooker cloth is reduced by dampness whilst humid conditions tend to lessen the effects of both screw and side on the bed of the table.
It is important to avoid extreme variations in temperature and maintain the snooker room at a constant - not less than 60°F / 15°C.

Cleaning
A build-up of dust will eventually affect the playing performance of a napped cloth. Therefore, always keep the table covered when not in use, preferably with a waterproof dust cover.
Vacuum the room daily. All dusting of tables and shades should be completed before the cover is removed.

Maintenance accessories
Dust covers, irons, brushes and other specialised table maintenance accessories should be part of your equipment checklist.

BRUSHING AND IRONING
Simple care and regular maintenance can extend optimum playing performance and cloth wear.
The following tips on brushing and ironing in particular are designed to avoid unnecessary damage to the wool fibres or disturbing the precise directional finish of the nap - which must always run from baulk to spot

Brushing
Regular daily brushing is essential to remove dust and chalk particles in the cloth as
well as to re-establish the nap direction set within the cloth.
Always brush in straight lines in the direction of the nap (from baulk line to the spot) - never against or across - otherwise the direction of the nap will be lost and the wool fibres will eventually bunch together, an effect known as pilling.
Use a soft bristle brush, Do not brush too heavily or use a brush with stiff bristles as this may damage the fibres.
Carefully brush any surface dirt to the end cushion and remove by a small suction cleaner. The occasional use of a suction cleaner before brushing is recommended, again always in the direction of the nap.

Ironing
Occasional dry ironing in the direction of the nap - only after brushing - is desirable as it makes the cloth play faster. Frequency depends on table usage and room temperature but typically weekly in warm/dry conditions and twice weekly in cold/damp conditions.
Before ironing the cloth must be clean and well brushed so that the fibres are laid in the direction of the nap. Otherwise any marks that are not removed during brushing will be 'set in5 when the cloth is ironed.
The iron must also be clean and should be tested for heat on a sheet of newspaper. If there is the slightest scorch on the paper, allow the iron to cool before being used. Never iron the cushions or even let the tip of the iron touch the cushion, Regular brushing is all that is required.