Yes. However - The quality of play is very much impacted by the quality of the table and its cloth. Pool table cloth selection is definitely "you get what you pay for". If you install any cloth other than that designed for a pool table, the action of the balls on the table will not be the same, the felt will most likelt not last very long, and in general, you will be very disappointed.
Unless you are covering the table and rails yourself rather than having a professional do it, you don't have many options to use cheap fabrics as no professional will install it for you.
No. Pool table felt is a specialized felt designed specifically for pool tables. There are many variations of table felt and each will react differently with the balls, and each has a differnt lifespan on the table. Use of felt not designed for pool table use will result in poor play at best, and will quickly be destroyed at worst.
Felt. Technically pool table felt is baize, not felt. Felt is a cloth that is not woven, and pool table felt is woven baize constructed specifically for pool table use. The two most popular brands are Simonis and Granito, and there are a handful more. Each cloth made has properties that will affect the way the balls react and how long the felt will last.
Table salt is edible, for human use - pool salt no.
Personal experience has shown washing a pool table felt on HAND WASH cycle (if available on your washer) with minimum detergent & cold water works. Do not use fabric softener. Dry on low heat. Better to dry for longer on a low temp. No dryer sheets!
It is a pocket billiards table, but during the 1920's men would "pool" their money for betting, hence the name pool table came to use. The common term used today is "pool table".
Small, hand held vacuums are perfect for usage on a pool table. Brands like Red Devil have smaller vacuums that are light and compact while having the suction needed to clean off the felt.
A good slate pool table cannot get ruined in normal use - things get spilled or other damage occurs to felt. which simply gets replaced - the rail rubber deteriorates and has to get replaced - etc. By far the most common thing to hurt a pool table is people bumping into it, hard, or picking up an end for some reason, both of which now may require the pool table to be re-leveled. Most things that happen to a pool table like this are to be expected and simply part of owning a pool table - it requires maintenance at some point.
The pool was so cold that I almost felt like an ice pop.
Pool cues don't use felt. Pool cues should have a pressed leather tip. Break and jump cues are sometimes given a synthetic tip, such as phenolic, but these are not legal under many tournament rules.
The felt surface of a billiard table may be the result of the Gorina fabrics company. Technically, it is not felt, although this term is used to describe the fabric. Felt is not a woven cloth, while the billiard table fabric is a woven wool that is technicall y referred to as baize. This material is specifically designed and developed for pool table use by many different fabric manufacturers. Each type that is available is different in some way and is chosen for the way the balls act and react on the surface and for lifespan of the cloth. It is not known when the types of fabrics now in use were developed. However, one of the first manufacturers of billiard table cloth is Gorina - they began in 1835. Very likely, this company was responsible for the billiard table felt we use today, though they are not credited with its invention.
Sure. Go for it.