3 Reasons Wood Restaurant Tables Need Protective Topcoat

What to know about protecting wood table tops.

By GR Chair

Row of Hugh Chairs at restaurant.

Since the explosion of industrial and rustic design, natural wood has proven to be a trend with some serious staying power. For restaurant tables, solid wood tops have become a chic design choice for many types of restaurants. Unfortunately, style doesn’t always equate to practicality, and wood needs some work before it can stand up to the rigors of a commercial dining environment. We make sure that our solid hardwood table tops deliver both the style and function our customers need with a patent-pending protective topcoat.

Reason #1: Food-Safe Surfaces

For restaurants, food safety is a way of life. Standard operating procedures exist for every possible task in a food service space, all to ensure that customers are receiving products that they can enjoy without risk. Hands can be washed, dishes can be scrubbed, and surfaces can be sanitized, but long-term buildup of dust, oils, and food on an organic material like wood can spell trouble if it’s not properly protected.

We know that every aspect of a commercial dining space needs to be designed around food safety, especially surfaces that have to weather spilled drinks, dropped food, and constant customer contact. We seal our solid wood restaurant tables with a polyurethane topcoat that protects against a number of hazards, such as the growth of bacteria, mold, fungus, and other lingering microorganisms.

Reason #2: Ease of Maintenance

Due to constant and instantaneous access to information, today’s customer is informed, and they know exactly what they want. In the case of food service, people seem hyper-aware of the cleanliness of restaurant spaces. Maintaining a clean facility is vital to creating a welcome space and a positive brand association, and every little thing helps. Even clean tables appear messy when they get stains, and attempting to remove them with harsh cleaning products can ruin the finish and leave the surface looking worse than before.

Dealing with stains after they appear is stressful, so prevention is the obvious time- and sanity-saving solution. Our specialty topcoat is imbued with silver-functionalized clay, which resists unsightly coloration for tables that are easy to clean and maintain. In addition, the antibacterial properties of silver fight against germs and odors that can otherwise accumulate on porous surfaces; so our tables don’t just look clean, they are clean.

Reason #3: Appearance

Different species of hardwoods can be used to create tables in a huge array of different colors, shades, textures, and grains. Like all organic materials, however, wood that isn’t properly treated is prone to degradation and age. And even while aged, vintage-look wood is trendy, tables that are warping, splintering, and going gray probably won’t create the look you’re going for. Whether you want a stain that brings out the depths of the wood or want to keep the natural look, a low-sheen topcoat preserves the unique beauty of every table.

Our goal is to create restaurant furniture pieces that are high-quality and built to last in every aspect. In addition to preventing fading color, our protective topcoat is the first line of defense against damage. Bumps, scratches, and dents can ruin the look of a table just as easily as weathering, and our topcoat pulls double duty by resisting physical damage, too.

Solid wood table tops can be stylish pieces for any restaurant, but trendiness isn’t the only goal: food safety, easy care, and a natural, timeless look are just as important. Our durable and highly-resistant topcoat gives our customers the confidence they need to love their wood tables.