Lubricating is one of the maintenance tasks that is necessary to keep a foosball table in good shape and maximize its lifespan.
Over time, friction may develop over the rods and bearings on a foosball table. This will slow down play and becoming increasingly problematic until lubricant is applied.
The following are five tips that will ensure that your lubricant applications are as effective as possible:
Clean before lubricating
You should always clean off rods before you apply lubricant. If you apply lubricant without cleaning, dirt and debris could be worked into the lubricant. This could cause lubrication to have a counterproductive effect by increasing friction.
Rods and bearings can be cleaned before lubricant application with a rag that has been lightly moistened with a solution of rubbing alcohol and water. Be sure to carefully dry parts after cleaning, taking care to remove dust.
Lubricate with silicone
Silicone is the lubricant of choice when it comes to foosball table maintenance. One huge mistake that foosball table owners frequently make when lubricating their rods and bearings is using WD-40 as a lubricant. The volatility and penetrating effects of WD-40 can harm your rods and bearings by causing them to wear down.
Use liquid rather than a spray lubricant
Silicone lubricant manufactured for foosball table maintenance usually comes in either a spray or liquid form. Using the liquid silicone form is often the best option for getting lubricant to go all the way inside bearings for maximum effect.
One drawback of liquid lubricant is that it is sometimes more difficult to keep off of the playing surface. If you get liquid lubricant on the playing surface of your foosball table, it can detract from both the functionality and the appearance of your table.
If possible, you might want to put some sort of plastic cover down over the playing surface when you lubricate for the best possible results.
Lubricate visible bearings if they are present
Depending on your foosball table's design, you may have visible bearings that need to be lubricated along with the rods. Your rods will be in constant contact with your bearings, rubbing against them as the table is in use. Therefore, friction caused by table bearings will slow down rod movement.
Spread lubricant by moving the rods
Once you've spread some lubricant around the rods, you can work up a good coating on the rods by running them back through the bearings. Be careful to wipe off excess lubricant after you're finished so it doesn't drip down onto the playing surface.