Folding Table Maintenance
Folding tables are a great asset for many different business and venues. They allow for easy adjustments in seating needs while offering affordability and ease of use. While these tables can make the hectic life of businesses easier, they are often neglected in terms of proper care. The best way to make sure you can keep using this helpful seating option is to make sure proper maintenance is part of your plan. When it comes to folding table maintenance, there are a few basics of table care to remember.
Much like other types of commercial furniture, the most important part of folding table maintenance is the cleaning process. Most folding tables are made up of two areas you need to give ample care. The first area is the table top surface. While some folding tables come in other materials, such as wood, it is usually metal or plastic. When caring for this aspect of your folding table, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- Always know the best way to clean your specified material. For example, metal may need to be treated differently than plastic designs. Make sure you read the manufacturers guidelines and follow them to ensure the best results.
- Make sure you clean any stains up immediately to avoid discoloration.
- Never use an abrasive scrub on surfaces. Metal can become scratched, and even the more durable material of plastic can show signs of damage from using tough steel-based scrubs.
- Find a suitable cleaner that won’t discolor or damage your surface. It is recommended to stay away from any that are ammonia based.
- No matter what type of material your folding table is made from, make sure you thoroughly dry it before storing. This will help eliminate rust, mold, and mildew accumulating during storage.
The other important area to pay attention to when dealing with folding table maintenance are the legs and accompanying hardware. These smaller parts are just as important in prolonging the life of your table as the surface. While the surface of the table may be a range of materials, the legs and hardware are almost always made of metal. Since this part of the table is what makes it such an easy to use and highly functional type of seating, it is essential to treat them with care.
- Clean them regularly with mild detergent, a soft towel, and warm water.
- Make sure you allow legs and hardware to dry thoroughly before folding and storing to avoid any rust.
- If there is rust on the legs or hardware, promptly take care of it. Waiting to take care of damaged legs on a folding table can lead to the table collapsing due to a lack of support.
- Regularly check the nuts and bolts to ensure they are not worn or in need of tightening. These small and essential components can become damaged or loosened from the regular use of the table. Tighten or replace any missing hardware.
If you follow the basics of table care, your folding tables will last for years to come!