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How to Clean a Pool Cue Shaft with the McDermott Shaft Maintenance Kit

Step-by-step instructions on how to clean and condition your pool cue’s shaft using McDermott’s Shaft Maintenance Kit.

What’s in the Shaft Maintenance Kit?
1. Renew Shaft Cleaner
2. McMagic Burnishing Papers
3. Ultra-Glide Conditioner
4. Leather Conditioning Pad

Change the Weight on Your McDermott Pool Cue

McDermott’s very own Cue Specialist, Jayme Cernicka, walks you through the step-by-step process to change the weight of your McDermott pool cue.

McDermott Dubliner Cue
McGripper Bumper Remover

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Cue Maintenance Series: The Wrap

The Wrap

You can clean the finished forearm and sleeve of your McDermott cue by applying Pledge to a clean cotton cloth and wiping the cue with it. This will remove any residue, while not harming the finish. DO NOT SPRAY ANYTHING ON THE WRAP OR SHAFT OF YOUR CUE.

The Irish linen wrap works to absorb moisture from the player’s hands. We recommend that you have your cue re-wrapped after extended use to keep the surface clean and retain its absorbency.

Leather Wraps require little-to-no maintenance. Periodically wiping the leather with a clean, slightly damp clean cotton cloth will remove some of the oils and residue left behind from your hands. Dry the wrap immediately.

For more information on getting your cue re-wrapped or refurbished, click HERE.

Cue Maintenance Series: The Joint

The Joint

When the cue is not in play, we suggest the use of Joint Protectors.

Joint protectors serve two purposes:
1. To protect the joint pin and shaft threads from any damage.
2. To seal off the unfinished end of the shaft from moisture.

If you have an existing cue, McDermott offers Joint Protectors for a variety of pin thread sizes. You can find them HERE, along with our other cue maintenance products and accessories.

Cue Maintenance Series: The Shaft

The Shaft

Through use of the cue, the shaft may become soiled. There are many products available to clean the shaft of the cue. Avoid using products containing waxes or oils, such as silicone and lanolin. Application of these products will break down the structure of the wood causing it to soften and decay. We recommend the use of McDermott Renew and Ultraglide. Also, the regular use of McMagic, our hi-tech abrasive films, will smooth the shaft, which makes the shaft less likely to absorb dirt and moisture build-up.

Take care of yourselves and your cue!

Until next time…


Cue Maintenance Series: The Tip

The tip is probably the most important part of the pool cue. A tip should be shaped in a convex manner to help create maximum cue ball response on all shots. The tip should also be kept coarse allowing chalk to adhere to it. When using any tool to shape and scuff your tip, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Once the side wall of the tip becomes thinner than a dime, the tip should be replaced.

Take care of your cues and yourselves!


Cue Maintenance Series: Proper Storage

Hey everyone. We wanted to do a few blogs on how to take care of your cue.  With proper care and maintenance, your cue will last a lifetime. This short series will explain a few of the simple things you can do to keep your cue playing like the day you got it.

Proper Storage

Your cue should be stored in consistent temperature and moisture conditions. Extreme temperatures or humidity will cause warpage. If the cue is being stored on a wall mounted rack, be sure it is kept perfectly straight. Avoid wall mounted racks that are installed on an exterior walls. Exterior walls tend to be subject to extreme changes in temperature and/or humidity from changing weather outside. For extended storage, it is recommended to use a carrying cue case laid on a flat surface, leaving the case open to allow movement of air.

That’s it for part 1 of our cue maintenance blog series. Take care of your cue and it will take care of you.

See you soon,