Gone Outdoors

How to Clean Air Hockey Table Tops

by Andrew Smith

Clean an air hockey table at least once a month, or more often if you use it frequently, to keep the surface at its best. Pucks will not flow as smoothly on a dirty table as they will on a clean table. Air hockey tables can be expensive, so protect your investment with careful cleaning.

1. Turn on the air hockey table. Dust and dirt will be blown out of the table holes and onto the table. Leave the table on throughout the cleaning process.

2. Pump a few sprays of liquid window cleaner or isopropyl alcohol onto a clean paper towel. The towel should be damp, not dripping wet.

3. Wipe the air hockey table with the dampened paper towel. Clean the table in the same motion--either vertically or horizontally--throughout the process to keep streak marks from appearing. Repeat process if necessary.

4. Dry the air hockey table immediately after cleaning by wiping the table with a clean paper towel or a cloth towel. Wipe the table in the same motion as described in the previous step.

5. Examine the air hockey table for dirt or streaks. Clean the table again as needed.

Items you will need
  • Liquid window cleaner or isopropyl alcohol, also called rubbing alcohol
  • Paper towels

Tip

  • Place a cover over the air hockey table when not in use to keep the table clean.

Warnings

  • Avoid spraying tables with products other than window cleaner or rubbing alcohol, as doing so may damage the table's surface.
  • Never clean the table's inside rails. Doing so can have a negative effect on the way the puck moves on the air hockey table.
  • Dry the air hockey table immediately after you've cleaned the surface, or the table may soak up the liquid. If this occurs, the table could be irreparably damaged.

About the Author

Andrew Smith has been a freelance writer since 2006, specializing in sports and technology. His work has appeared on various online sites. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Pennsylvania State University.

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