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 info@mancoautomatics.com.

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!

How to bring punters back to your pub or social club

As talk continues to move towards getting the UK back to normal, pubs and clubs face an uphill climb not only to recover from the immediate impact of the Covid-19 closures, but to entice punters back in a climate of ongoing reluctance to socialise in enclosed spaces.

Social distancing robs the coronavirus of its ability to spread, but while that may be a sensible strategy during the peak of infection, it is not sustainable for the long term, and many people are ready to spend time with friends again.

Once you reopen, there are several things you can do to bring your old punters back and potentially benefit by adding some new long-term regulars to your customer base.

Pool tournaments

Pool tournaments are a great idea for pubs and especially for social clubs where your members are more likely to already know each other.

Our pub pool tables can easily be set to tournament mode, and you could charge an entry fee and offer a prize or trophy as an incentive for people to join in.

Remember to advertise your pool tournament well in advance – including online if your pub or club has a Facebook or Twitter profile, to reach those customers who have not yet returned to your premises.

This increases the number of participants but also raises your chance of earning revenues from people paying to practise on your pub pool tables.

On-demand discos

After weeks at home, many people will have become even more accustomed to on-demand entertainment – so why not cater for this with an on-demand disco?

Our pub jukeboxes put your punters in control of what songs are played, but you still have ultimate admin privileges to remove unsuitable songs or genres from your database.

You could go retro with a database of decades gone by, or put new chart releases front and centre for a music night that looks towards a brighter future once the current virus is vanquished for good.

Quiz nights

Finally, a lot of people have been holding amateur quiz nights via Zoom and other video conferencing apps, and even some pubs and social clubs have kept in touch with punters in this way during social distancing.

Don’t miss out on the positive sentiment you have generated – or if you haven’t held quiz nights during lockdown, make it your time to start.

Again, our pub jukeboxes make it even easier to host quiz nights and pub bingo, with a variety of built-in entertainment options played out via video screens or audio-only across your premises.

Get in touch

There’s no denying this has been a challenging period for many countries including the UK, but especially for businesses in the hospitality sector – so be ready to bounce back when the opportunity comes.

With profit-share arrangements, Manco Automatics can supply you with the equipment you need to attract punters back to your premises, without increasing your exposure to any upfront costs. Call us on 0161 870 7777 and we’ll be available to help.

Manco Automatics efforts during COVID 19

Going to the pub with your mates for a game of pool, having a pint and listening to your favourite songs on a jukebox at your local social club was commonplace.

Nowadays in the wake of covid-19, places like pubs, clubs and bingo halls have become ghost-towns following the shut down of social and leisure outlets on Friday 20th March. For us here at Manco Automatics, we have had to step up our game and do all that we can during the crisis in order to prepare for the future.

Since that Friday, we were suddenly very busy dealing with requests to empty gaming machines and pool tables so that venues can not only leave equipment empty and open, but also protect against loss and damage in the event of break ins.

By Monday, we stopped visiting sites so as to better comply with government directives. Since then, our engineers have been using up their holiday allowance, leaving just one engineer to work in isolation at our depot, making the most of a much needed opportunity for a good tidy up and putting us in a good position for when we eventually return to work.

At a managerial level, we too have been making good use of the enforced closure. Catching up on invoicing and paying bills. Having done that, we will be addressing our year-end obligations such as our Gambling Commission Regulatory Return and Financial Conduct Authority Audit.

Though the enforced closure of leisure outlets is necessary to protect the nation against the terrible threat of covid-19, it is obviously a most unwelcome business interruption from which many businesses may not survive. We welcome the great support our government is offering to people and businesses around the country.

Once the government eventually allows people to go back to their pubs, clubs and bingo halls, it is likely that there will be some significant celebrations. If so, sites will need to ensure that they are prepared to make the most of the business opportunity. Prior to the opening of leisure outlets, we hope to see a gradual increase in the amount of freedom people have to move around.

It will be during this period that we’ll be out and about, making sure that everything is working to the best of its ability and ready for use. As slot and gaming machine specialists, we have decades of experience when it comes to to maximising your machines’ performance and security. With unbeatable maintenance services provided by our friendly and professional engineers, we aim to keep you up and running as we make the transition back to normality.

We also advise people that after lockdown has ended, there is likely to be a shortage of pound coins in the rush to refloat gaming machines, change machines and till floats. So, if you still have some money reserved in safes, it is best to save it for when you re-open.

If you require maintenance checks for your gaming machines in the aftermath of covid-19, here at Manco Automatics we take pride in working closely with all customers to ensure that their machines work at the peak of their ability. Call us on 0161 870 7777 and we’ll be available to help.

We wish our customers and suppliers all the very best and to stay safe during these difficult times.

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