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How Do I Clean the Wrap on My Pool Cue?


How Do I Clean the Wrap on My Pool Cue?

I have a Irish linen wrap on my pool cue that is starting to get dirty. What should I use to remove the hand oil stain and dirt from the pool cue wrap?

How Do I Clean the Wrap on My Pool Cue?

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  1. Rossjana on 4/19/2007 9:38:11 PM

    Cleaning a pool cue wrap is fairly simple, just don't get it wet. First try a damp, but not wet, cloth to rub it down with. Use a rotating rubbing motion and a firm grip. Then do the same with a dry cloth for an equal amount of time.

    For heavily soiled wraps you can try either rubbing alcohol, or lighter fluid as both will clean without water. But try a small section first to see what/if any sealer is present on the wrap. If the wrap has been sealed with a shelac-based sealer, then don't use alcohol.

    Whatever you choose, use the rotating rubbing motion, and finish the job by performing a burnish with a dry clean towel.

  2. RossRoss on 5/22/2007 11:38:20 PM

    Thanks, I just get super nervous using any types of chemicals or liquids to clean my pool cue. I've heard so many horror stories.

    I was reading this billiard forum post on cleaning chalk off of a pool cue and they explicitly suggested not using any water.

  3. Rossbilliardsforum on 5/22/2007 11:41:56 PM

    We've also got a few articles on cleaning a billiard cue, and other pool cue mainteance articles. Feel free to check them out in the billiard equipment section. You are right about the liquid and water assumption. You'll probably see many people advising on the use of various liquids and chemicals to clean and care for a pool cue, but in general, you want to stay away from that if possible.

  4. Rossguest on 12/9/2014 6:21:22 AM

    I have been doing cue repair for many years. This is how I approach this. If your cue wrap is secure and tight, there is no concern of getting it wet. I wet the wrap in a sink, under running water. Apply dish soap and brush with a soft brush, working the soap to a foam. Once you see no more dirt in the suds, rinse the wrap clean and dry with a clean terrycloth towel. I then dry the cue completely with a hair drier and then repress the wrap and apply starch to seal the wrap. Then press again. This step is done in a cue lathe. This will return most wraps to a like new condition, and I have not had any problems with this. I do this to my own Schon cues, and do so with confidence.

  5. RossFenwick on 12/9/2014 7:49:39 AM

    I'm going to say that it is not a job for the average Joe.

    I just purchased a expensive cue and sent it in for refurbishing. It just happens to be a high end Schon cue valued at $3000 finished. I wanted the wrap cleaned. They replaced it. Even my player cue, a custom limited addition Viking, was cleaned by Schon. They have a method.

    I'd hate to see someone ruin their cue doing it themselves. Constructive criticism welcome.

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How Do I Clean the Wrap on My Pool Cue?

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  • Published: 4/19/2007 9:34:07 PM