How to Clean Pool Balls

We often don't think about how clean billiard balls are when we visit pool halls unless we see visible discoloration or dirt. However, when you own your own pool table or even your own pool hall, you want to take care of all of your billiard equipment so it lasts. 

Over time, grease, chalk, and other dirt can build up on pool cue balls leading to yellowing and asymmetries. While discoloration might not affect your game, a change in the billiard ball shape affects each strike's speed, distance, and path, as well as the integrity of your billiard table surface

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How To Clean Pool Cue Balls

Cleaning your pool cue balls is an important part of extending the life of your billiard balls and billiard table. Before you begin, make sure to learn what type of ball you're using. Specific ball types come with their own care instructions.

 Option 1: Soap and Water

  1. Fill one bucket with warm water and mild soap or detergent
  2. Wash the billiard balls by soaking them in the mixture for at least ten minutes
  3. Wipe or scrub billiard balls with a microfiber cloth to remove excess dirt
  4. Rinse billiard balls in a bucket of cold water
  5. Dry thoroughly 

While resin-based billiard balls can handle higher temperatures and hot water than polyester-based balls, we recommend using the soap and warm water method if you're unsure about the material. After cleaning the billiard balls, ensure they are completely dry and residue-free before using them on your pool table.  

Option 2: Professional Ball Cleaners

For a faster cleaning process, try a professional ball cleaner. Always go for a trusted brand that won't damage the billiard balls in the process. Keep in mind when purchasing a high-quality cleaner that most cleaners are designed for resin-based balls. 

What To Avoid

Household cleaners and methods can surface the damage of billiard balls. While some people may try using their dishwasher, bleach, or toothpaste to clean the pool cue balls, this could lead to heat damage, discoloration, and hard-to-remove residue. 

When cleaning your billiard balls, play it safe with mild soaps or professional cleaners. 

Why Is It Important To Clean Pool Cue Balls?

Ensure proper maintenance on pool cue balls to prevent purchasing new pool tables, materials, and other equipment earlier than anticipated. When pool cue balls are dirty, they add friction to the game, reduce speed and distance ball travel, increase table wear and tear risk, and alter billiard games' playability. Keep your game smooth and equipment in good shape with regular pool cue ball cleaning. 

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