Over time, the leather pockets on a pool table can become worn and tattered. Beyond the dwindling aesthetic appeal, they may even develop a tear in the lining, causing a perfectly hit ball to end up rolling across the floor. You can clean up the appearance and effectiveness of the pockets in a matter of just an hour or so.
Remove the pockets by unscrewing the bolts underneath the table that hold the pocket covers on. Remove the covers, and lift the pockets out of their setting.
Sand down any rough or ragged areas with a piece of sand paper. This will smooth out the leather and prime the pockets for a new coat. If you pockets are painted, it is not essential that you remove all of the paint.
Locate any tears within the pockets. Using a needle and thread, sew the two separated ends of each tear back together. Push the needle through the leather, and alternate back and forth about six times. Tie the thread into a knot.
Apply leather cream liberally to each pocket, until the colour and texture is smooth and rich. Focus on the torn and tattered areas to soften them up. Allow to rest for a few minutes. If your pockets were painted, neatly apply a coat of the same colour, and allow them to dry.
Replace the pockets in their settings, and reassemble the pocket covers.