Maintaining Wood Restaurant Booths

When it comes to extending the life of your commercial furniture and getting your money’s worth on the sometimes costly initial purchase, the most important element is proper maintenance. While some would assume wear and tear to be a natural evolution for commercial furniture, your actions can actually extend the life for years. Proper maintenance is a little more involved than simply wiping surfaces with a towel at the end of the day. All furniture requires certain basic care that has been specifically altered to fit the material. For example, you would not treat metal bar stools the same way as wood booths. When it comes to maintaining wood restaurant booths, there are a few special considerations to remember along the way.

The Basics

  • Always wipe up spills immediately to avoid any discolorations or water damage leading to bubbles or swelling in the wood.
  • Wipe down several times a day using a soft towel.
  • If a spot on a table needs extra cleaning after a particularly messy guest, you can use a damp cloth followed by a dry towel to absorb any excess moisture.


Deeper Cleaning

When looking for a deeper cleaning for your wood restaurant booths, there are a few different options to consider. Keep in mind, wood should be cleaned more thoroughly than just the basics either every few days or every few weeks, depending on the traffic your booths experience. There are three basic cleaning approaches you can take when cleaning wood booths. As with any cleaning agent, it is recommended to spot test these options before applying to a larger area.

  • Mild dish detergent is often used mixed with warm water as cleaning solution for wood. It is gentle and effective.
  • Commercial wood cleaners found in hardware stores. This option is especially useful for older wood booths that may have a buildup up of waxy residue.
  • Consider applying a thin layer of protective wax to the surface and allowing it to thoroughly dry before seating any guests at the booth.


Aside from regularly cleaning wood booths, you should also check for any water rings, bubbling, scratches, and splitting near the edges. Many of these issues can be easily repaired with a little effort and the right tools. When it comes to wood booths, the longer you take care of them, the longer they will last while looking beautiful!