How to maintain your pool table

Pool table maintenance is a matter of prevention rather than cure – the more you can do to avoid damage to a pub pool table, the more opportunity you’ll have to generate revenues by keeping it in regular use.

We know wear and tear is inevitable and in a busy pub, accidents do happen, so we’re always available to provide pool table maintenance and repair services when they’re needed.

But as far as possible, it’s best if you can keep your pool table in good condition on an ongoing basis, as this will make it more appealing to punters.

Here are some simple pool table maintenance tasks you can do in a matter of minutes, to keep yours looking great and working well.

1. Brush the baize

A quick brush can restore the appearance of the cloth on your pool table, with a light vacuum to pick up any bigger particles or crumbs.

Brush lightly in one direction, from the baulk end of the table (where the cue ball is dispensed) to the foot (where the black ball goes) once a week or whenever the table needs it.

Ironing should not be necessary on a pub pool table – it’s not a championship snooker table! – and we would suggest you avoid ironing the cloth unless you’re an expert.

2. Pool table covers

A good way to avoid dirt and debris on your pool table is to cover it when it’s not in use. Cloth covers protect against stains and spills, while a solid cover can give extra protection against impacts too.

Remember though, a pool table is not designed to be used as an ordinary table – so if you put a solid cover over it, still prevent people from using it to hold their food and drinks.

3. Legs and other wood parts

Any part of the table that is made of natural wood can be given a light polish if you want it to really shine.

Don’t spray polish directly on the table, as it shouldn’t come into contact with any non-wood parts – just apply it using a cloth and you should soon have sparkling pool table legs again.

4. Cue care

Finally, don’t neglect your pool cues, rests, triangle and balls, as they’re among the most important parts of the game.

Keep your cue tips straight and well-maintained, and provide plenty of chalk. Try to keep your balls together in matching sets too, especially if you have more than one pool table, as they may play slightly differently from different sets of balls.

For occasional pool table maintenance, such as replacing the cloth, redrawing the lines and dots, levelling the table or repairing the coin slot, just give Manco a call on 0161 870 7777 and we’ll send our experts out to take a look.

Manco’s maintenance services are ready to go

We know the past few weeks have been incredibly difficult for many of our customers, especially those in the hospitality sector including pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants.

As we move into the medium-term period of moderate social distancing with slightly relaxed restrictions, Manco Automatics are ready to provide routine machine maintenance, any required repair work and new installations to get hospitality businesses back up and running.

It’s impossible to know exactly what the coming months will bring, but that’s all the more reason to be ready for any opportunities that arise, and to generate revenues through as many streams as possible.

Machine maintenance

We provide machine maintenance as standard across all of the pub pool tables, fruit machines, quiz machines, jukeboxes and pull tab games that we supply.

Right now is the ideal time to get your fruit machines and gaming machines looked at, so they’re in full working order ready for when your premises are able to reopen.

If you have any questions about things you can do, such as cleaning your gaming machines more often, we’re happy to help with those too.

New installations

We’re taking enquiries about new installations of gaming machines, pool tables and jukeboxes, with a view to completing those as soon as possible and in line with the relevant restrictions.

If you have been forced to rearrange your premises in order to meet social distancing regulations, gaming machines could be one way to add an extra revenue stream without bringing punters within two metres of each other.

Again, we’re happy to help you decide where a quiz machine or pool table might fit – some options, like pull tab machines, can easily be placed in locations that don’t normally see much footfall.

Generate new revenues

Manco Automatics supply gaming machines on a profit-share arrangement, so at this challenging time we may be able to help you increase your revenues with minimal initial outlay required.

To find out more, or to enquire about any of our pub pool tables, quiz machines, pull tab games, jukeboxes and fruit machines, get in touch today by calling 0161 870 7777 or emailing us at

We know not all hospitality businesses will be ready to reopen immediately, but we can work with you to schedule any installation and maintenance work for the appropriate time.

Together we can move beyond these past few weeks and generate revenues to help the hospitality sector, and the UK economy as a whole, find its feet again.

Stay at Home Street Party!

There’s no denying that this is a challenging period for us all and one of the things that has helped us greatly in times of adversity is being able to support our friends, family, our communities and all essential workers who are fighting on the frontlines to care for those affected by the coronavirus.

However, not so long ago, there was another battle being fought which changed the course of history and ultimately the world as we know it – World War II.

‘Keep calm and carry on’ was the motto everyone lived by in supporting the brave, hard working men and women who made enormous sacrifices at home and abroad in the fight for freedom. It also signifies as an expression of resilience, which still rings true to this day and we would like to take some time away from our usual content to honour all armed forces and the Navy this 8th of May VE Day on it’s 75th Anniversary.

Our very own Chris Manion has agreed with his neighbours that they should hold a Stay at Home Street Party, where people will be able to raise money for the Poppy Appeal, deck houses with bunting, union flags and have picnics on their drives with wartime music playing in the background!

So, whilst you can’t celebrate at your local pub or social club this year, you can join in on the fun and take part safely from the comfort of your home! We ask you to raise a glass to commemorate the end of the war in Europe, as well as be reminded that our perseverance will not be in vain and life will return to normal soon!