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Cue Care & Maintenance

Cue Care & Maintenance

Billiards cue care guide
to help preserve the life of your pool cue.


It’s Not Just a Stick!

A decent pool cue can be compared to a musical instrument.  It is an investment, an extension of you on the billiards table.  Handle it with care and it can retain its value over the years.

Regular use can be hard enough on a pool cue.  With that said, here are some cue care, maintenance and grooming tips to help prolong the life and beauty of your cue stick.


Basic Cue Care

  • Have a sturdy cue case.
  • When not in use, either break it down and store it in its case or hang it in a proper cue rack.
  • Never leave it leaning against a wall, a table or a sharp or edged object when not in use.  This can permanently mark your cue, and cause it to warp
  • A cue is made of wood and wood warps.
  • Keep it away from direct heat and damp conditions
  • Do not leave in a car as temperatures and humidity can fluctuate, causing damage


Tip Care

  • The tip is considered one of the most important parts of the cue to maintain.
  • The well chalked leather tip comes in direct contact with the cue ball using the desired spin to control both the cue and the object ball.
  • The cue tip should not be too flat, too round, too worn or too small.  All of these can lead to a miscue.
  • For maximum cue response the shape of the tip should be rounded to a nickel radius.
  • Using a tip pick the leather tip should be scuffed up enough for chalk to adhere to it.
  • Gently brush the chalk on the tip at a slight angle covering the entire rough of the tip.
  • Do not spin the tip into the chalk.
  • Do not get chalk on the ferrule or below as this will just leave a chalk stain.
  • Chalk is an abrasive and can cause wear on the wood and other cue components allowing wear that can lead to the ferrule breaking off and further cue damage.
  • When the side wall of the tip is thinner than a dime, it’s too small, meaning it’s time to replace it.



  • Wash your hands to remove dirt and excess oil before use.
  • Wipe your cue with a soft, dry, lint free cloth to keep it clean.
  • There are several safe products available to help clean and condition the shaft.
  • Avoid products containing waxes or oils as they break down the structure of the wood.



  • Use joint protectors to protect the joint pin and threads from damage and to help seal the shaft end from moisture.


The Butt

  • The wrap, whether it is Irish Linen, leather or any other, works to absorb moisture from the player’s hands.
  • Keep the wood protected by re-wrapping it after extended use to keep a clean absorbent surface on the butt of the cue.


Additional Tips

  • Do not ”tap” your cue on the floor.  This can cause damage to the butt.
  • Do not ”tap” your cue on the table or other objects!
  • Both of the above can not only dent your cue but can cause the wood to split, especially around the joint if fitted.
  • Never leave your cue unattended.
  • Always use a trusted, experienced and reliable cue repair service such as Dark Horse Cues.