How to Clean a Speed Cloth

Updated March 23, 2017

Speed cloth is the felt material used to make the surface of pool and billiards tables. The fine nap and tight-weave of this material create a smooth playing surface that allows balls to roll effortlessly across the length of the table. Dirt, grime and chalk dust from pool cues can all interfere with the performance of speed cloth, which is why cleaning plays an important role in your regular maintenance routine. According to "The FAQs of Pooly & Pocket Billiards," you should clean your cloth every three to four months; however, other sources, including "2,001 Amazing Cleaning Secrets" recommend peruse cleaning. You should follow a cleaning routine that works for your schedule, bearing in mind that cleaning too much can wear down the cloth.

Remove large pieces of grime and lint by hand.

Spray the table with the cleaning solution moving your hand in a sweeping motion from side to side.

Wipe away the cleaning solution with a soft, microfiber cloth. Allow the table to dry for one to two hours.

Brush the table lengthwise, moving the tool from the head spot, where you first place the white ball, to the foot rail, where the balls are initially racked. Remove lint and crumbs from the brush as you clean.


Avoid costly stains and damage by using your pool table exclusively for gaming. Do not eat and drink near the table. Do not sit on the table.

Things You'll Need

  • Pool felt cleaning solution
  • Cloth
  • Pool table brush
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Sylvia Cini has written informative articles for parents and educators since 2009. Her articles appear on various websites. Cini has worked as a mentor, grief counselor, tutor, recreational leader and school volunteer coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Clark University of Worcester, Massachusetts.