Do you play mahjong for long hours each session? Are you looking for ways to keep your mahjong table in top shape and ensure a long life of peak performance? Want to know the best maintenance tips for your automatic mahjong table? Look no further!
In this article, let’s explore the best maintenance tips for your mahjong table, so you can get the most out of your mahjong table. From regular cleaning and hardware inspections to the proper lubrication and storage tips, we dive deep into the details to ensure your automatic mahjong table lasts for years to come.
Caring for and Maintaining Your Automatic Mahjong Table
Automatic mahjong tables are quickly replacing traditional mahjong tables (sometimes spelled mah jongg table) in homes due to its obvious benefits and advantages. While our Solor automatic mahjong table series are built to very high quality standards, like all things, they require some routine maintenance and care to ensure that your table remains in top condition.
And the best news is that maintaining your automatic mahjong table can be easy if you know where to start. Let’s look at a few tips for maintaining your automatic mahjong table:
Read Your Table’s Manual
Before anything else, be sure to check your automatic mahjong table’s manual. The manual provides detailed instructions on how to clean, dry, store, and lubricate your table. It also offers you other pertinent information, including what materials and detergents to use or avoid to keep your table’s material looking new and fresh in the long run.
This is especially vital because some of these tables may require specific guidelines on many factors. These factors include safety, proper operation, troubleshooting, regulatory compliance procedures, and more.
Cleaning and Drying
Dust, lint, and moisture are only three of the most common causes of damage to your automatic mahjong table. A weekly cleaning and drying routine is essential to keep the particles away from your table’s exterior and interior mechanisms. This also minimizes the risk of serious damage to the table caused by obstruction.
To clean your table, use a soft lint-free cloth or a brush. Doing this will also help remove any food or drink spills that may have occurred during play. Apply light pressure so as not to damage the table’s playing surface and the material of the table.
Avoid applying any liquid cleaner directly to the table’s felted surface. If you absolutely have to, pour a few drops into a soft cloth to wipe the table. Make sure to completely dry all the parts of the table after cleaning it to prevent any unwanted dampness.
For hard-to-reach areas like storage compartments, you can use compressed air to get dirt and debris out. But use sparingly.
Before starting the cleaning process of the table accessories, take out your mahjong set, including all the tiles, layer racks, and more from the playing surface and interior mechanism of the table. Use a soft cloth to keep them clean. You can also use a mild, non-abrasive detergent if necessary. Ensure they are completely dry before putting them back on the table.
Regular Hardware Inspections
No matter the model or type of automatic mahjong table that you have, it is important to inspect your automatic mahjong table’s hardware periodically. Whether you’ve got an automatic American mah-jongg or a Chinese automatic mahjong machine, inspections are vital. This includes checking the screws, bolts, wires, and other connections that hold your table together. If any of these are loose or in need of replacement, make sure to replace them immediately to avoid any further damage.
One of the common problems that we have noticed is when loose screws fall within the shuffling compartment, creating all sorts of problems with the magnetic belt and mechanism. This can be easily avoided by checking for loose parts routinely.
Some of the most common major components of the table that need regular inspection are the following:
It is important to pay attention to the power sources of your automatic mahjong table. Be sure to check and replace any worn-out or loose wiring as soon as possible. Additionally, make sure that your wall outlet is properly rated for the voltage of your table and that you only use a surge protector when plugging in your table. Failing to do so may cause damage to your electronic components.
Mechanisms and Systems
When it comes to maintaining your automatic mahjong table, it is important to follow the instructions of the manufacturer. Following proper care and maintenance instructions will ensure that your table runs smoothly and lasts for years to come. Additionally, if needed, make sure to contact your manufacturer or a professional tech for any additional repair or maintenance tips.
To fully ensure the functionality of the automatic mahjong table’s mechanisms, you can test out the mahjong table before doing your first round of play. Check for any errors and delays within the mechanisms or any questionable noises while testing it out. As mentioned above, there should not be any loose parts or chips circulating within the shuffling compartment.
Sensors and Switches
When it comes to maintaining your automatic mahjong table, it is important to follow the instructions of the manufacturer for both its sensors and switches. This includes ensuring that all sensors are properly clean and free from dust or debris, as well as making sure all switches are working correctly. Dust may affect the sensor’s ability to read the tiles, so be sure to clean the interior of the table to prevent dust from accumulating.
Additionally, inspect your switches periodically to make sure they are lubricated and functioning properly. Doing so will ensure that your table responds quickly and accurately when playing.
For mechanical equipment and furniture, lubrication is a vital part of the maintenance process. When dealing with your automatic mahjong table, use the proper lubricants recommended by your manufacturer. Be sure to apply the lubricant in the correct spots and in moderation, as too much can be damaging to your table’s motors or electronics. Most moving parts will require routine lubrication. If you see dried out lubricants, it’s an indication that lubrication will be required. Squeaky sounds during movement is also an indication that lubrication is required.
Proper storage and handling of your automatic mahjong table help avoid any damage or wear and tear on the table’s components. When not in use, make sure to store your table in a dry, dust-free area away from direct sunlight. Different tables are built to different sizes, and will have different space requirements when it comes to storage.
If possible, be sure to cover the table when not in use, as this will help protect it from dirt and debris. Also, make sure to handle your table with care when moving it around as bumps or drops can be damaging to its components. A common mistake that we see here is when users attempt to lift the table by its cabinet frame. The exterior frame is fairly weak, and lifting this way may result in the entire frame breaking off.
Although maintaining and cleaning your automatic mahjong table can be done on your own, there are times when it is best to contact professionals. If you are unsure of how to properly care for or fix your table, then consulting a professional technician should be your first option. Automatic mahjong table technicians are knowledgeable in all aspects of maintenance and service, so they can easily handle issues with your table.
A Quick Mahjong Table FAQ: Some Maintenance Don’ts to Consider
When it comes to maintaining your automatic mahjong table, you should know what mistakes to avoid. Take note of the following:
1. Disassembling complex parts: These types of mahjong tables have intricate mechanisms and electronics that are best handled by trained technicians. Avoid disassembling or attempting to repair complicated parts yourself. This includes lifting buttons you don’t know, as this may lead to irreversible damage and void the warranty. Better yet, contact professionals if you feel unsure about any cleaning process you’re making to your mahjong table.
2. Using harsh cleaning agents: Avoid using strong chemicals or liquid cleaners on the playing surface or any electronic components. Harsh cleaning agents can damage sensitive electronics and affect the table’s functionality.
3. Excessive moisture exposure: Prevent the table from coming into contact with excessive moisture or water. Moisture can cause electrical shorts and damage the internal components of the table. Frequent drying procedures is a must.
4. Leaving tiles on the table when not in play: When not in use, it’s best to store your tiles into a tile bag or container rather than leaving them on the table until the next playing round. Doing so creates long-term weight on the tile rack and may cause the rack to depress slightly over time. When that happens, your playfield no longer stays flat and leveled. .
5. Using incompatible tiles: Ensure that you are using mahjong tiles specifically designed for your automatic mahjong table. Using tiles that are too thick, heavy, or not designed for the table’s shuffling mechanism can cause jamming and malfunctioning.
Cleaning and maintaining the functionality of your automatic mahjong table at home doesn’t have to be daunting. By learning to follow the instructions in your manual and paying attention to your automatic mahjong table’s functionality, you can ensure your table’s longer lifespan. Take note of the tips above on your next table maintenance or cleaning session.
Meanwhile, if you’re yet to own an automatic mahjong table for your home, but would like to, the Solor series of mahjong tables are perfect for a first time owner. These tables are highly reliable, and built to last for years. We’ve recently done an in depth review of the Slimline Foldable model, which is our best selling model. Be sure to check it out as well!