Base Maintenance Tips for Your Restaurant Tables

To ensure you are maximizing the life and usage of your tables, here are some practical ways you can care for your bar and table bases.

By GR Chair

Frankie Bar Table at restaurant.

We all know no one likes having a wobbly table, but how can you prevent it from becoming that way? A great deal of maintaining the life of your commercial furniture comes with proper maintenance, right down to the bases.

To ensure you are maximizing the life and usage of your tables, here are some practical ways you can care for your bar and table bases:

Perform Joint Checks

In high-use spaces, table joints and connections can become loose. This can put additional strain on the base, causing instability and damage to both sides of the table. To avoid this, make a habit of turning the tables over once every three months or so to ensure the bindings are still tight.

Clean Based on Material

Our table bases are typically steel or cast iron. Some tables, like the Andy or Dylan, have solid wood legs. To maintain any restaurant table base, we suggest routine cleaning. However, cleaning these different materials varies greatly.

For our metal bases, clean with warm soapy water and a clean, soft cloth. For wood bases and legs, never soak or apply water directly to the surface. Instead, clean with a moistened towel and be sure to dry it completely. Steer clear of any harsh chemicals like bleach or citrus-based that could compromise topcoats.

Don’t Ignore the Chips

Sand down and repaint any chipping on the base immediately. Chips can build on each other and can quickly compromise the integrity and look of the base.

Pull Outdoor Tables Inside

This one may seem obvious, but extended exposure to weather-related elements can cause rapid deterioration of your table bases. To avoid rust and oxidation, be sure to store the cafe tables inside during harsh winter months.

Start With Quality Products

Ultimately, the stability of your bases starts with purchasing quality constructed tables. Commercial restaurant tables endure a tremendous amount of use, so investing in vetted, durable products can have significant impact on your bottom line (and your mind) in the long run. If you are continuously fixing joints or having to buy new tables to replace broken ones, that low price tag may not be as cost-effective after all.

When you follow these simple maintenance tips, we’re confident your bases will thank you for it by providing a long-lasting and stable place for your customers.