Suggestions for caring for your Olhausen Pool Table
We at Olhausen Online want you to have full enjoyment from your Olhausen Pool Table. With a reasonalbe amount of care, your Olhausen Pool Table will perform exceptionally well for decades. Here are a few simple suggestions to follow for best perfromance.
Cloth: The life of the commercial grade cloth depends on how often your table is used and how you play. We estimate replacing the cloth every three to five years under normal play and care. By comparison, pool parlors with heavy use may have to replace their cloth every six months. Discourage players from trying to masse, jump and scoop shots. Even the most accomplished players will leave cloth burns, white marks and tears. Balls should not be dropped on your table. White marks will appear on the breaking end of your table or when balls are dropped. This is normal. Sometimes burn and white marks can be minimized if you rub the spot gently with a damp cloth.
Occasionally the nap will collect in small balls. Don't be alarmed as this is normal with new cloth. Vacuum or brush the cloth as needed. If using a brush, brush dust, nap, etc. towards each pocket. Then brush the entire surface lengthwise in one direction. Occasionally vacumming removes the dust and chalk that has filtered through the cloth. Cover the table with a dust cover or fitted cover when not in use. It is recommended that the tips of all cue sticks be shaped to prior use. This will minimize damage to your cloth.
Discourage players from placing drinks on the table. If liquid is spilled on the cloth, place a damp, soft absorbent towel or cloth over the spot. Since the cloth is very unforgiving, it is likely that the spot will remain visible despite your efforts. The best solution is to keep drinks well away from the playing surface. Cigarettes should also be kept off the table at all times.
Finish: Most Olhausen pool tables have a catalyzed lacquer finish that requires very little care, but it can be damaged. For example belt buckles, metal studs (on jeans), rings and sliding your cue across the top of the rail can scratch, mar and dent the finish on the table.
Wipe the rails occasionally with a dry soft rag and a bit of lemon oil or spray wax to keep them looking good. Avoid getting any oil on the cloth. If a rail is marred, the scratch can be concealed with the careful use of a Mohawk "Touch-up" marker that matches your table's finish.
Pockets: Leather is a product of Mother Nature and, consequently there may be minor variations in color texture from pocket to pocket. The pockets are no different then a pair of shoes, handbag or briefcase. They can be scuffed. They may be still at the outset but, with normal use the pocket will absorb natural oils and moisture from the hands of the players. If the pockets do not hang symmetrically, simply weigh them by leaving the balls in the pockets for a few days. Using a pocket as a playing guide for the cue stick can cause the finish to rub off. Occasionally, wipe the leather with a damp cloth to remove soil. A light treatment of saddle soap is helpful if they appear to be excessively dry but cracks may appear in the leather under normal use. Use care to avoid contacting the table finish with pocket treatment materials. Touch-up kits are available from your Olhausen dealer.
Do not attempt to move the table. Your Olhausen pool table has been professionally installed in a precise position by an authorized Olhausen factory trained technition. The table is not just a heavy piece if furnuture. Attempts to move the pool table can harm the slate, aprons and rails and WILL VOID THE WARRANTY. We encourage you to call your Olhausen dealer if you want the table moved within the room, to another room (during carpet replacement), or to another location. The rail was not designed to support the weight of an adult. Discourage players from sitting on the rails of the table. Among other problems, this can cause the rubber cushion to "loosen" and damage the wood.
If you have any questions please call your local Olhausen dealer.