As a business owner, you know every purchase is an investment in the life of your restaurant. With a carefully budgeted plan in place, you look at every purchase in the long-term financial loss or gain. When it comes to choosing restaurant furniture, selecting the right materials can make the difference between repeatedly replacing tables and reaping the rewards of your investment for years to come. For the best in table longevity, there are a few things to consider.
Spend More Now, Save Later
The first step in table longevity is when making the initial purchase. While many are tempted to choose tables that cost less, the smart choice is to spend more now on tables of higher quality. If you choose tables based on affordability instead of quality, you will most likely end up replacing them sooner rather than later. It is always better to spend more for quality than to get a more affordable option that lasts half the amount of time as the more expensive option.
Proper Care for Longer Life
The second aspect affecting table longevity is routine maintenance and proper care which will extend the life of your tables greatly. While tables made of wood and metal offer long-lasting durability, they require regular cleaning and upkeep to keep them in pristine condition for years. With wood tables, it is recommended to keep them away from direct exposure to water, except for in small amounts during cleaning. Metal tables can handle more water than wood, but should still be protected from too much water exposure. For proper cleaning of metal and wood tables, simply use soapy water and towels. Ensure tables dry thoroughly before using again. For plastic and resin tables, clean with soapy water and a sponge to remove any build-up.
A Few More Tips
• Keep tables away from direct heat and direct sunlight, such as uncovered windows or a fireplace.
• Make sure all hardware is routinely tightened and checked for missing parts to avoid uneven weight distribution.
• Another consideration to prolong table longevity is to consider upgrading tables instead of replacing them. If table tops and bases are two separate pieces, consider replacing the table top only to save on your budget.