How to Clean Your Air Hockey Table Fast & Efficiently
Air hockey tables can take a long time to clean if you don’t know what you’re doing. You can even ruin your table if you use the wrong cleaning materials, so we’ve decided to help out with the cleaning and wrote this post.
There are also things you need to know before cleaning the table like which materials are forbidden and which are recommended, so you won’t damage the air hockey table.
Wether you own an air hockey table or cleaning it for someone who does, this post will help you do it the right way.
In Todays Post We Cover:
- Why Cleaning an Air Hockey Table is Crucial (yes, really)
- The Materials You will Need
- How to Clean an Air Hockey Table in 7 easy steps
- How to keep your table clean and take good care of it
Ready to do some cleaning? lets do this!
1.WHY EVEN CLEAN AN AIR HOCKEY TABLE?
Well, besides the obvious reasons of getting rid of germs, dust and being a civilized human being (lol) theres another good reason to clean your air hockey table often.
That reason is failing to clean will actually cost you your hard earned money, because hockey tables can very easily get ruined.
Dust and dirt can ruin the surface of your hockey table and create malfunctions. Unlike pool tables or ping pong tables, air hockey tables have tiny holes on them where the air comes out of. If they get clogged, your air hockey table can become useless pretty fast.
So make sure you at least dry-clean your table often, wipe off dust and buy an air hockey table cover like this one, to prevent dirt from accumulating on it.
2. THE CLEANING MATERIALS
- 2 dry cloths / towels
- Disinfecting wipes
- Vacuum cleaner (or a regular vacuum cleaner)
- Toothpicks or Qtips
Having these will make cleaning process faster and easier.
You can get all of these materials at Walmart, target, or even Amazon.
Now lets talk about the actual steps.
3.HOW TO CLEAN AN AIR HOCKEY TABLE IN 7 SIMPLE STEPS
Ready to clean your table? awesome!
First, make sure you have all the cleaning materials we specified above, so you won’t have to stop and look for them during the cleaning process.
Next, turn on some fun music and follow these steps.
The 7 Easy Steps to a Super Clean Hockey Table :
STEP 1: Turn on the fans to make sure you wont clog the air holes on the table. If you have fans / ac in the room make sure they are turned on, open the windows to let all the dust and dirt out.
STEP 2: Start by cleaning the frame and sides of the table with a wet cloth then a dry cloth. Do NOT start by cleaning the surface of the air hockey table (that way you wont have to repeat and clean it again after the dust from the sides of the table got to the surface).
STEP 3: Grab a vacuum cleaner, we use the black & decker cordless hand vacuum (get it from amazon by clicking here).
*If you’re going to use a heavy vacuum cleaner do not place it on the table, just use the hose and preferably hold it above the surface of the air hockey table to suck the dirt & dust out.
STEP 4: Use a very slightly wet cloth / wipe to wipe the surface of the table, make sure its not too wet. We highly recommend the lysol disinfecting wipes (click to buy from amazon) or any other wipe that is anti-bacterial and will disinfect the surface as well as clean it.
STEP 5: grab a dry cloth and wipe the surface dry. Make sure its completely dry and theres no liquid left especially on the surface of the table. This part is crucial, liquids can ruin the surface of the table.
STEP 6: clean the holes on the surface of the air hockey table using toothpick or qtips, make sure they’re completely clean and theres not even a bit of dust in them.
STEP 7: You’re done! Grab a drink and pat yourself on the shoulder for doing an awesome job!
We recommend printing the 7 steps and having them near the table for easy access!
Here are some other tips and things you should remember when cleaning.
GENERAL TIPS WHEN CLEANING AN AIR HOCKEY TABLE:
- AVOID USING BLEACH / HARSH CHEMICALS
- BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN CLEANING THE SURFACE
- DO NOT POUR WATER ON THE SURFACE OF THE TABLE
- MAKE SURE YOU WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE AND AFTER CLEANING THE TABLE
Good job! now your air hockey table is clean and ready!
We highly recommend that you wipe off dust everytime you play and use the table so you won’t have to clean so often. We do recommend to ‘deep clean’ with the steps above at least once a week.
Now that we know how to thoroughly clean the table and went over the steps, lets talk about how you will keep your table clean.
4.HOW TO KEEP YOUR AIR HOCKEY TABLE CLEAN
Unless you want to clean your table daily, you better take some steps to prevent dirt and dust from accumulating on it in the first place.
Doing that will also make sure your table will last longer and again, save you money.
- Buy an air hockey table cover (we recommend this one)
- Clean the room where the air hockey table is placed
- Make sure you wash your hands before (and after, for your health) playing the air hockey table
- Avoid placing drinks & foods on or near the air hockey table
- Wipe off dust after each game to prevent it from accumulating
- If you have kids that play with the air hockey table, educate them about these steps too
THE BOTTOM LINE
Air hockey is an awesome game, and you can’t possibly play without a good working table. Thats why taking good care of your air hockey table is important.
You don’t want to neglect your air hockey table, they come with a hefty price tag and fixing them isn’t cheap.
Taking a few extra steps can save you a ton of headaches, so don’t be lazy!
We hope this post helped you clean your table more efficiently and quickly.
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