How to clean and maintain air hockey tables.

In this post, we’ll discuss exactly how to clean air hockey table for keeping it alive, kicking and rapid!

Your air hockey table is a bundle of fun. The glide of the puck can keep you entranced for hours but it is also essential that the puck glides well. The real charm of air hockey can only be attained if the puck moves rapidly across the surface of the table. The signature glide may be deterred over time if the table is not cleaned properly. Why clean the Air Hockey?

A clean table is necessary to enjoy the game to the fullest. This is down to a few reasons:

  • A layer of dust or dirt adds friction slows down the puck. This makes the game bogged down and dreary. The sharpness of the puck is mandatory for an enjoyable game.
  • Dirt may also plug the holes in the table to reduce air flow leading to dead spots and slower gameplay.
  • Dirt and dust make the puck wear off its course which reduces fun.
  • Dust or dirt particles may damage the board causing permanent rough spots on the table.

These reasons make cleaning the air hockey table an important task to keep the game fun and for the table to have a long life!

Going About the Task

  • The first step is to start the fan. Cleaning the table without the fan will not be effective at all. It may in fact worsen the table after cleaning.
  • Use a clean cloth to wipe the surface of the table. The cloth is recommended to be slightly damp to clean off all dust particles.
  • The best substance to use to clean the table is an alcohol based cleaner. This has the advantage of evaporating very quickly and leaving the table usable quickly. It also gives a nice smooth finish to the table.
  • Shake or clean off the cloth after every few strokes so you do nor reapply the gathered dirt onto the table and you get an immaculate table.
  • A vacuum may be very effective to remove dust particles without clogging the holes in the table. Make sure to be gentle so you don’t damage the delicate surface of the table. Vacuums may be heavy and the surface is very delicate.
  • Some people feel cleaning the sides takes a bit off the rebounding so if you prefer, you may want to avoid cleaning the sides.
  • Finally, you would want to take a pointed object (make sure it’s not sharp though) like a toothpick and poke it through the holes in the table. This removes any lint or particle that may clog the airways. A clogged airway worsens the game a lot by hindering the air from reaching the table surface.

Make sure you have the fan turned on especially during this step so the particles move away from the table and not into the air ducts.

Once done with these tasks, you will need the table to dry before playing. A wet surface is easily scratched or damaged to it is best to leave the fan turned on for an hour or two to let the table dry off before starting a game.

Long-term Planning

If you want the table to really stick for a long time and serve you very well during its time, you should take care of it.

  • You should ALWAYS cover your table up when not in use. You can use a bed sheet for this purpose. This will increase the longevity of the table massively
  • Clean your table regularly to avoid dust gathering on it
  • Clean the pucks and mallets very often. Their job involves grazing the table a lot and any particle on them will quickly scratch the surface resulting in added friction over time.
  • Never use abrasive cleaners! They damage the table severely. Always be gentle with the surface of the table.
  • Avoid spilling beverages on the table. In case off a spill, wipe it off immediately and let it dry.

Using these tips you can increase the longevity of your favorite air hockey table and let is serve as your companion for years.

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