Don't need to do anything like that. Nothing in Aramith that requires doing that. Never been to any event where 'dewaxing' and wiping with alcohol was done. Ever. I wouldn't sweat this.I work with the owners of our local room and have a table in my house. Bought a Diamond ball cleaner/polisher for home use this past summer from Manning Cues. Cost was $500 + $130 shipping--shipping varies from state to state. I got the unit that cleans 9 balls at a time. Cleaning balls by hand is time consuming and miserable. My table is in use 4-5 hours a day every day of the week so I need to clean the balls once a week (lots of practice/drills and I use inexpensive chalk that makes a mess on the balls and table). A very small drop of Aramith ball cleaner on each of two balls -- nothing on the other 6 -- produces 8 glistening balls in two minutes. Heath Manning produced an excellent video showing how to use the thing. You can find it on YouTube ator by searching YouTube for "Diamond Ball Polisher - What's in the Box? How to use it correctly from within Diamonds Factory." All the info you might want in about 8 minutes.
Diamond sells a larger unit that cleans a full rack (16) balls in a single go (as little as 2 minutes if the balls are only dirty; 5 minutes if you're trying to restore them). Cleaning balls by hand in a 20-table pool hall would take somewhere between 10 and 20 hours. With the Diamond ball cleaner, that job would take about 45 minutes and, in all likelihood, do a better job than a person with a bottle of cleaner and a microfiber towel. Apart from that, you can quickly run all of the balls in the machine to buff them up between cleanings (no cleaning liquid; dry buffing) for league play or other special events. Finally, clean balls (balls without that fine abrasive we call chalk) save owners money in two ways: (1) the cloth on tables will suffer less wear and last longer; and, (2) balls will remain perfectly spherical longer and not have to be replaced as often. With Simonis 860 for a 9-ft table selling for around $370 or more and Aramis tournament balls at $350-$400, owners might want to take a hard look at spending the money for a Diamond ball cleaner/polisher.
One last point--I happened to see at least one other thread from some time ago where forum members suggested using Turtle Wax and other substances to bring back the shine of new balls. I'd stick with Aramis ball cleaner and the restorer, a separate product. They are specifically designed for phenolic resin balls, the balls we all use. Also, wax and other slippery materials applied to balls do not conform to the WPA Rules. See, WPA Rule 16:
16. Balls and Ball RackAll balls must be composed of cast phenolic resin plastic and measure 2 ¼ (+.005) inches [5.715 cm (+ .127 mm)] in diameter and weigh 5 ½ to 6 oz [156 to 170 gms]. Balls should be unpolished, and should also not be waxed. Balls should be cleaned with a towel or cloth free of dirt and dust, and may also be washed with soap and water. Balls contaminated with any slippery substance – treated with a polishing or rubbing compound and/or waxed – must be cleansed and dewaxed with a clean cloth moistened with diluted alcohol before play.
I'm having a problem reaching the Aramith website tonight, but my recollection is that their cleaner does not require cleaning or dewaxing with diluted alcohol before being put in play. If anyone can get on the website and see whether I'm right or wrong about that, please let me know.
Only one thing belongs in a dishwasher and it isn't pool balls.Dishwasher and a touch of vinegar. No soap. They come out sparkling clean.
The poolhalls I play at wash in a bucket and rinse in a sink. No issues as balls are always clean.
At home I don’t want polished balls with some type of substance on them. My table cloth is as good as new after a dozen years. I’m fastidious about lightly brushing it and keeping all substances off.
They are so easy and inexpensive to make, it doesn't make sense to spend hundreds of dollars on one. Several good posts on you tube with all the details you will need. I have made several for my own use and for friends. Your biggest expense is an inexpensive buffer (for example Ryobi) that you can buy at the big box store for less than $30. I hope you try it. It will be well worth your time.Not a room owner, but I do have a table and 2 sets of balls. I am curious however... I have always cleaned and polished my pool balls by hand and will admit that it takes a while. Would a polisher be worth investing in?