View Full Version : What's the best and safest way to clean a Linen wrap?

08-12-2008, 12:38 PM
I have an old valuable cue that needs it's linen wrap cleaned. The linen is in great shape and original, but it is in need of a cleaning. No major stains, just 45 years old and needs to be freshened.

Any suggestions and/or warnings?

08-12-2008, 03:24 PM
Anybody? Bumpin for help.

08-12-2008, 04:10 PM
i've always used windex wipes to clean my wraps. was told to use them by steve lomax. they work great.


Big C
08-12-2008, 04:17 PM
Take it to a pro.

08-12-2008, 05:48 PM
Take it to a pro.

Scot with Proficient does it often. I imagine most restorers would help. I tried various ways on my cues and always screwed them up worse than I started, and I ended up just replacing it.

Good luck


08-12-2008, 06:04 PM
i dont know if my way actually gets it clean, but it sure works for my 5 year old linen...and it gets dirty:

take a brown paper bag and cut it into strips about 4-5 inches wide and 6-8 inches long. use the strips and burnish the wrap with the paper: you have to have a pretty firm grip with the paper--make sure you are rubbing with the linen wrap...as in dont stroke it up and down against the wrap, but with the wrap--like its spinning on a lathe.

do this with a couple strips of the paper until the paper is no longer dirty.

now i take kitchen wax paper and cut it into the same size as the paper bags...and then do the same thing. i like to do a couple applications, with a really tight grip and then go over and burnish the wrap with a couple more brown paper bag strips. this will rub the wax in good and remove the excess.

this is actually very hard on your hands...mine end up getting pretty sore after the whole process. i think it might be a tad easier on a lathe, but thats how i do it by hand.

08-12-2008, 06:20 PM
Just between the two of us, I was told by the best Balabushka cue refinisher - "Take an ordinary brown grocery bag, and then place the cue in your hands and turn it clockwise".
I kid you not. I didn't want to attempt this so I mailed the cue to him in NY and it turned out great.
Best Regards,

08-13-2008, 06:45 AM
I use denatured rubbing alcohol to clean my linen wrap. Just dab some on a cloth and wipe down the linen wrap.

Steve Ellis
08-13-2008, 11:05 AM
I wouldn't screw around with an old valuable cue. If you ruin the wrap and have to put a new one on, it'll devalue it. Send it to somebody with a good rep.

08-13-2008, 11:12 AM
I use bounce dryer sheets to clean my linen wraps never had a problem