Methods of Cleaning Beer Off a Pool Table

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Cleansing a pool table can be tricky. You have to be careful that you don't rip the felt and sometimes cleaning products that normally work to clean things up only makes a bigger or worse stain on felt.

Using a Micro Fiber Cloth

  • Avoid using paper towels, toilet paper or Kleenex on pool table felt. These can create more problems and don't get the job done. The best type of cloth to use is a clean micro fiber cloth. You can dip the micro fiber cloth into your cleaning solution, swishing the solution around in the cup or container, and then wipe the table down carefully, rinsing the cloth out often and applying fresh solution.

Homemade Felt Cleaner

  • Sometimes homemade solutions work better than store bought. Mix together one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with one cup of water. This solution can be used to effectively remove a beer stain and has the added bonus of cutting down on the beer smell. Vinegar (both apple cider and white vinegar) naturally reduce odors. Again, swish the apple cider/water solution around in a cup or bowl with the micro fiber cloth. Wipe down the felt on the pool table, rinsing the cloth out often and reapplying fresh solution until the stain disappears. This same mixture can be used to clean and wipe down the legs of the table, as well as to clean a ping pong table. After you have completely cleaned the area, carefully blot the area dry with a clean towel. You may need to use more than one towel. Make sure you absorb as much of the moisture as you can.

Other Tips and Tricks for Cleaning Beer

  • Beer is tricky and the stain will be made worse if you use warm or hot water, so make sure you're using cold water or cold solution any time you're cleaning it. Heat sets the stain, which is what you don't want. Once the stain is set, it will be nearly impossible to remove later. You can substitute white vinegar for apple cider vinegar or try dabbing at the stain with a bar of soap. You can also try a steam cleaner on it, but be careful using this method as it may set the stain further. If all else fails, you can use professional strength felt cleaner or call a professional.

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