Pool table maintenance is essential to keep your table in good condition. It is essential to keep the cloth dry and brushed regularly. When brushing pool tables you should always follow the direction of the cloth. The nap runs from the baulk end to the top of the table. The same applies for snooker tables.
Another tip when caring for a pool table is run a vacuum cleaner on the cloth in the direction of the nap on a regular basis. This is my own personal tip. I find vacuuming helps remove all the residue chalk dust from between the cloth and the slate. Depending on how much use the pool table has had the chalk dust resemble sand dunes. On pool table recovering the customer will often complain that the table is unlevel, when, in fact, it is the dust which can through the moving ball off its directional path. How many times have you complained that the slate has a slight indentation where the white ball is spotted. It is, in fact, a tiny crater formed through the white ball continuously being banged down on the same spot which, in turn, separates all the chalk dust.
WARNING! Do not vacuum a snooker table! The snooker table slates are in sections and the seams are filled and rubbed down using plaster of Paris. We often go out snooker table recovering because a hoover has been run over the cloth pulling out all the plaster of Paris from the seams. Pool tables, on the other hand, are one piece so vacuuming is okay.