Resin Table Top Maintenance
Arguably one of the most popular options for commercial settings, resin tables offer durability for a long-lasting seating arrangement. Unlike wood or metal, which require more in-depth care, resin table top maintenance is a relatively simple task.
When it comes to resin table top maintenance, the first step is to clean the table regularly, preferably a few times daily in high traffic areas. With a wet towel and basic cleaner, simply wipe down the table top in between customers for a daily cleaning. When performing a more in-depth attempt at resin table top maintenance, using a sponge and hot soapy water instead of a soft cloth can help remove any build-up. Never use any material more abrasive than a sponge, such as steel scratch pads, because while resin table tops are scratch resistant, they are not scratch proof.
Aside from proper cleaning on a regular basis, another aspect of resin table top maintenance is preventative. With resin being a popular choice for outdoor tables due to their durable nature, it is important to care for outdoor tables differently than indoor. While you would still perform regular cleaning in the same manner as indoor tables, there are a few considerations for outdoor tables. Maybe consider alternating tables or adding shade to your outdoor space. Another consideration is that while resin can withstand rain without much damage, you should regularly check your protective coating for any chips that may lead to eventual water damage. Also, consider that while your table tops may be water-proof resin, the base may not be and may even contain metal nails which may become rusted from too much water exposure. The final aspect of resin table maintenance is to check the nuts and bolts that connect the top to the base. A loose table may result in accidents or damages to the table. Always ensure the hardware is free from rust and properly tightened for a sturdy support system.
Fixing any issues is a part of resin table maintenance. When you notice what is commonly called marring, an unfelt but visible mark on the table from a heavier object being pulled along the surface, you can work the problem out with acetone to remove the mark. Always start with lower concentration of acetone because a little can go a long way. If you have a scratch on the surface, different from marring because you can feel the roughness, the repairs are more involved.
To repair resin:
- 1. Clean the surface thoroughly with a mild household cleaner and dry completely.
- 2. Mix two-part epoxy until blended.
- 3. Using a small craft stick, fill in the scratch as much as you can.
- 4. Scrape any excess amount off by running a dull razor blade along the scratch at an angle. While resin is a durable material, following these basic suggestions for proper care can extend the life of your resin tables.