How to Clean a Pool Table Cloth

Updated February 21, 2017

The cloth on a pool table can become covered in chalk and dirt after playing just a few games of pool. Dust can also accumulate on the pool table felt if you leave the table uncovered for a long period of time. Cleaning the pool table cloth every now and again can prolong the life of the table, and save you money in the long run. Using the wrong products, such as water or sponges, could stain or otherwise damage the pool table cloth.

Wipe the pool table cloth with a pool table brush. Brush any noticeable chalk, dirt and other particles into the pool table's pockets. Wipe the felt gently to avoid scratching or damaging the felt.

Run the hand-held vacuum cleaner over the cloth of the pool table. Doing so can pick up any leftover dust or chalk on the cloth. Use an attachment for your normal vacuum cleaner if you are without a hand-held vacuum cleaner.

Spray the pool table cloth with the pool table felt cleaner. Cover the entire felt with the cleaner.

Leave the cleaner on the pool table cloth for one to two minutes.

Wipe the entire pool table cloth with a microfiber cloth.

Examine the pool table cloth. Repeat steps 3 through 5 if the felt is still dirty.


The necessary pool table cleaning supplies are available where pool tables are sold. Cover the pool table every time you are not using it to protect the table's cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Pool table brush
  • Hand-held vacuum cleaner
  • Pool table felt cleaner
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Pool table cover
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