Saturday, July 15, 2006

What is the best way to clean your Pool Balls or Snooker Balls?

Cleaning your Pool Balls or Snooker Balls

More serious players these days tend to purchase a set of pool balls or snooker balls of their own so that they get more consistency in their game. But what is the best way to clean them?

The first question is what type of ball? Different balls need to be cleaned in different ways due to the materials used in the construction. Supapro balls are made of polyester and need to be treated in a completely different way to Aramith Balls which are constructed from phenolic resin.

Cleaning Supapro Pool/Snooker Balls (Polyester material)

Polyester balls have to be treated a lot more carefully as they do tend to scratch and lose their polish very easily. To clean a polyester pool or snooker ball use a light solution of warm water and a small amount of washing up liquid. Do not use an abrasive (even for stubbon stains) as this will scratch the ball and leave an unpolished finish. Use a cotton cloth or sponge and scrub gently for the worst offenders.

When you have completed the cleaning make sure you wash off the solution with clean warm water as the washing up liquid will form a film over the surface of the balls.

Make sure the balls are dried before use. For a better finish use a ball polish with a micro-fibre cloth.

Cleaning Aramith Balls

Aramith are the world leaders in Pool and Snooker Ball manufacture. Their balls are used in the majority of World Snooker Association tournaments and World Pool Association events as well.
The key to Aramith's success is in the material, phenolic resin. This material is scratch resistant and also highly polished. As a result aramith balls remain cleaner for longer and also produce less friction and therefore cloth wear.

When cleaning aramith balls do not use liquid detergents as it has been found recently to cause a film over the top of balls. The best bet is warm water to remove chalk residue an then to completely dry the balls (make sure it is a lint-free cloth) before applying Aramith Ball Cleaner, for more stubborn stains use Aramith Ball Restorer. Both of these products have been developed by Aramith for use on Aramith balls.

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Please note: This article was updated on 21-5-013 as some previous information provided to us by a third party proved to be incorrect.

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