How do you clean and polish an air hockey table top? Keeping your air hockey playing surface clean and waxed is essential to proper game play and long life.
The first step in cleaning is to turn the air powered fan on. You want to start the flow of air through the top before starting to keep dirt or liquid from flowing into the table top causing damage and plugging up the air flow holes. Once the table blower is running, clean the top with a microfiber or soft cotton cloth that has been lightly dampened with a small amount of mild detergent (dish washing detergent works well) and water solution. Never use an abrasive or harsh cleaner as these can scratch and damage the surface.
Wipe the table top all over taking care not to over wet the top. Any blobs of dirt, spills or other foreign objects need to be carefully scraped off if needed. You want to get the entire surface as smooth and clean as possible. Next go back over the table top with a cloth lightly dampened with just water to remove any detergent left on the surface.
After the air hockey table top has dried and with the air hockey table fans still running, put a small amount of good quality tabletop polish such as Wildcat 125 on and into a clean soft cloth. Use the wax sparingly to prevent it from getting into the air holes. Cover the entire surface of the table top. As it dries it will begin to turn white. Once the polish has completely dried just take another dry clean cloth and buff the table top out to a high gloss.
Be sure to do the same thing to your pucks and pusher paddle bottoms after making sure they are in good serviceable condition. If you have felt pads, check them for dirt and wear. If they are dirty or worn, replace them.
Play a game and see the improvement. If you desire even faster game play you can try spraying a very light coat of pure silicone spray lubricant over the top of the table and buff out with a clean cloth. This will really speed up your game play but may cause pucks to fly off the table more often, so be careful.
To keep your table clean with minimum maintenance, you should always cover your table with a good air hockey table cover when not in use.