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Crokinole Board Maintenance

Crokinole Board Maintenance

Minwax Paste Finishing Wax is used to finish some of our boards during manufacturing. Ultimately it comes down to - first, keeping the board clean, and second to how much effort is put into polishing the wax. Any wax will not be slippery if not polished to a hard finish.

Lemon oil board polish helps clean stains or rubber marks caused by rubber tip crokinole cues off your crokinole board. Purchase the lemon oil here.

How to remove pen marks from a Crokinole Board

To remove pen marks from a Crokinole Board, apply hairspray to the affected area, let sit for a minute or two, and wipe away vigourously.

How to remove pencil crayon marks from a Crokinole Board

To remove pencil crayon marks from a Crokinole Board, apply dish soap to the affected area, let sit for 5 minutes, and wipe away vigourously.

How to remove rubber marks from a Crokinole Board

To remove the rubber marks created by a crokinole cue, use Old English lemon oil. It removes all rubber marks very easily! If you don't want rubber marks, buy a plastic tip crokinole cue from Crokinole Canada!

What board should I get for a dry climate?

We would recommend a hard maple board like The Tournament Board or The World Famous board. The tighter the grain and a thin veneered surface lasts longer in a dry climate, because then the moisture can't escape. Do not use lemon oil to moisturize the board - it is a myth that lemon oil can do this. Lemon oil only cleans the board from rubber marks left by rubber tipped crokinole cues. Lemon oil is for cleaning the board only and should be used sparingly as it is acidic.

Our other choice would be the Baltic Bircher. Not as tight a grain but sealed and lacquered very well.

Crokinole Boards in dry climates will be crying out for water. During winter when heating systems run and when there’s not much water in the air, the relative humidity can go down to 13 percent or less! That same air will take water from Crokinole Boards - doing enough damage to cause cracks or splits in the wood! As long as the indoor humidity level stays around 35%, the moisture content in the Crokinole board will remain. During the winter that figure will drop.


A Crokinole Board made from a dense and hard wood will dry less rapidly than pieces made from softer woods. Crokinole Boards that are sealed and lacquered and will lose moisture more slowly than an unfinished piece.

Protect Against Winter Dryness

  • Use a humidifier, even one that senses the humidity level and adjusts itself accordingly. We recommend 30% humidity levels in the air.
  • Keep the crokinole board out of direct sunlight
  • Don’t put crokinole boards near fireplaces or heating vents
  • Don’t over humidify either, otherwise the wood will expand and contract causing damage
  • Store the board in an upright position by mounting it on the wall with our mounting screw