Things You'll Need
Lint-free white cloths
Always blot a spill as soon as you notice it, as it is easier to clean up and less likely to create a stain if handled while it is still wet.
Keep the pool table covered when not in use to help keep it dust-free. Vacuum the felt on a regular basis to remove chalk dust with the attachment wand. Use a vacuum cleaner with a low level of suction -- too much suction may tear or damage the felt.
Keep food and drinks away from the table, including the rail areas. Place a table or two nearby to set drinks and snacks upon.
Avoid blotting liquids with dyed cloth, such as a bright red dish towel, as the dye may bleed onto the felt.
When it comes to drinking, snacking and playing a game of pool at the same time, stains will happen. A drink set on the rail of the table spills onto the felt, or a friend drops a cheesy snack chip on the table, leaving behind a bright orange spot on your non-orange pool table. Cleaning up the stains requires a gentle touch and gentle cleaning methods, such as a vinegar and water solution, to avoid damaging the felt.
Blot the spilled substance up as soon as possible using a lint-free white cloth. Continue blotting with a fresh area of the cloth, or switch to another cloth if the first becomes saturated. Blot until you've removed as much of the substance as possible. If the spill is a food-based item such as salsa, grab the food particles with a paper towel or lint-free cloth, then blot or wipe as much of the substance up, wiping from the outside of the spill toward the center. Skip this step if the stained area is already dry.
Rinse a lint-free white cloth in cool water, then wring most of the water out. Dab the stained area with the wet cloth without rubbing the stain, as this may damage the felt. Rinse the cloth again.
Pour 1 cup of cool water into a bowl and add 1 or 2 capfuls of white vinegar. Swish the mixture gently with the lint-free cloth and wring out the excess liquid. Dab the stained area with the vinegar solution repeatedly.
Rinse the cloth out, re-dip it into the vinegar solution and dab the affected area again until the stain vanishes. Allow the felt to dry completely before using the pool table. If the stain is still visible once the felt dries, dab it again with a vinegar and water mixture, allowing it to dry completely.
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Kathy Adams is an award-winning writer. She is an avid DIYer that is equally at home repurposing random objects into new, useful creations as she is at supporting community gardening efforts and writing about healthy alternatives to household chemicals. She's written numerous DIY articles for paint and decor companies, as well as for Black + Decker, Hunker, SFGate, Landlordology and others.