How To Take Care of Pool Cues

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Well cared of pool cues can be an advantage when playing pool games as damaged cue can spoil your play. For a better play, you will need to have damaged ones repaired or replaced. Use the following advice to avoid the need to spend for pool cue repairs or replacement.

Storing Your Pool Cues

Keep your pool cue secured in a solid case and place it in a cool dry place in an upright position overnight. Never leave it leaning against a wall or the side of a pool table without its protective case to avoid bending it. If left lying for a certain period of time on a flat surface, your cue can also eventually become deformed. A pool cue is made of several materials that can expand or contract with heat, cold and moisture. Hence, do not store it in a place that is damp, excessively hot or cold, or that which receives excessive sunlight, such as near heat or air conditioning vents, in the car, in a damp basement or hot attic, for an extended period. Store it in a place with a room temperature between 68 to 72 degrees with moderate humidity.

Cleaning Your Pool Cues

Clean the rod of your pool cues after using it to remove sweat, oil, cigarette smoke or spilled beverage and other substances that gets into it during a pool game. Wipe it while it has not absorbed these substances to avoid damage once they accumulate. Wipe off the shaft using a dry dish towel moistened with rubbing alcohol or clean soapy water, then carefully dry it off with a dry towel. Occasionally washing your hands when they get soiled in between games helps minimize the effects of the substances. Rub wax or furniture polish on the shaft to seal it until its next use. However, if your pool cue is new, wait for 45 days before waxing it to allow its finish to fully cure. Also wipe the ferrule and tip of your pool cue to prevent chalk, powder and dirt from building up on these parts. Use a moistened dish towel to clean the tip and ferrule, then follow it with a dry towel to keep away moisture.

Maintaining the Right Shape of Your Pool Cues

Make sure that your cue tip is curved instead of flat so that you can hit the ball correctly. You can use a cue cube to keep it in its proper shape. The diameter of the shaft must be consistent with that of the ferrule for a few inches going to the butt, or must gradually taper going that direction. As you use your pool cue more and more and rub it with sandpaper or Scotch-Brite, the shaft becomes thinner for several inches from the ferrule. Thus, take it easy in your use of these abrasives using only gentle strokes. Make sure that the sandpaper is approximately 1500 grit.

If your pool cues acquire some damage, do not attempt to repair it unless you completely know what you are doing. Otherwise, you may totally damage them requiring replacement instead of just simple repair.

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