Finding the perfect air hockey table is only part of the battle. You’ll also need to make sure that you are keeping the table clean. Any dirt or gunk on the table might spell big problems. This might lead to scratching or make it impossible for the puck to glide along the table. Thankfully, taking care of the table doesn’t need to be a difficult task. Just a few minutes before each game is all it takes to keep the table in excellent condition.
The first stage of the cleaning process is to vacuum the table. This will suck up any dirt or grime that has built-up on the surface of the table. As you’re doing, don’t let the vacuum touch the surface. Instead, you’ll want to hover the nozzle over the table. Make sure to clean each of the small holes in the surface. You should also try to get inside the goal and along the edges of the table. Basically, vacuum anywhere that dirt might be hiding.
Wipe The Table
Next, you’ll want to make sure that you’re wiping down the table. To do this, you’ll need to use a soft cloth. Then, spray some cleaning solution onto the table. There are many types of cleaning solutions that you might want to explore. For example, you might want to use some water. In other cases, you’ll want to use some rubbing alcohol. Window cleaner also works well.
When you’re wiping down the table, you want to make sure that you don’t saturate it. If the cloth is dripping wet, this will cause more problems down the line. For example, the water might get into the table and cause rusting.
Clean The Holes
This is one of the most important, but time-consuming parts of the process. In this case, you’ll need to take a toothpick and get deep into each of the holes on the table. This will allow you to remove any debris that you couldn’t get out with the vacuum cleaner. It can help if you turn on the blower while you’re doing this. This will help dislodge dirt, making it easier to remove.
Though it will take a long time, this is very important. If the air isn’t flowing properly, the hockey puck will no longer glide across the table. Instead, you will notice patches where it slows down or falls onto the table. This is a good sign that you’ll need to clean the holes.
Polishing The Table
Finally, you’ll be able to polish the table. This is the best way to keep the puck gliding smoothly across the table. It’s important that you put the polish on the cloth, rather than applying it directly to the table. It’s often best to use some automotive polish. You’ll only need a small amount. Before you start polishing, turn the air on. Then wipe down the table. If you want to add an extra shine, you can buff. If you have wooden table legs, you can also apply some polish to them. By the time you’ve finished doing this, your table should look as good as new.
Clean The Blower
Finally, you’ll need to check the blower. This is the part of the table that projects air through the holes in the table. If this part fails, you’ll have big problems. When you’re cleaning the blower, the biggest issue is dirt and hair. This can get caught in the mechanism, blocking it. If you don’t fix this problem, the blower might end up getting permanently damaged. You can use the vacuum to remove dust. You might need to use your finger, or tweezers, to remove any hair that has become caught in the fan.
How Often Should I Deep Clean?
The deep cleaning process, while important, can be a lot of work. Getting into all the holes will often take a while. How often you’ll need to do a deep clean will depend on how often you use the table. If you only play a few games a month and keep the table covered the rest of the time, you should be able to do a deep clean every few months. But if you play more frequently, you might want to clean once a month.
You should also keep your eyes peeled for some of the signs that you might need to deep clean the table. For example, you might find that the puck is starting to scratch the table. At other times, you might find that the puck is no longer gliding across the table.
Before each game, you’ll need to make sure that you’re cleaning the table. Thankfully, a quick wipe with a damp cloth will be enough to prepare the surface. If you have a longer play session, you might want to re-wipe the table during a break. This will stop it from getting dirty, and help keep the puck gliding along the table surface.
Caring For Your Table
To make sure that you get the most out of your table, you’ll want to make sure that you take care of it. First, you’ll need to get a cover. This will ensure that dirt and dust don’t get caught in the table. You might also want to change your puck every so often. This video gives you some tips about what to look for:
This will prevent the table from getting scuffed. If the table does get scuffed, you’ll be able to use a cloth with some rubbing alcohol to get rid of it. Don’t use any abrasive materials, as this will do more harm than good.
Air hockey is one of the most popular games in the world. It’s something that friends and family can enjoy. However, you’ll want to make sure that you are taking care of the table so that it will last a long time. Though it might be a bit of work, a monthly deep clean will keep your table looking and performing like new for many years to come.