Table Base Maintenance

It is often the case that restaurant owners grapple with concerns of loose table bases. Part of the solution is proper maintenance and care for the product. Bases come in a variety of styles but certain careful instructions could help prevent any instability. The most common concern brought to my attention is the wobble from loosened or lost glides. As a solution for lost glides, as well as a solution for many other table base woes, it is advisable to pick up and carry tables rather than slide them. If a glide is lost, they are replaceable. Like other parts on a base, they are threaded and can loosen or tighten depending on the direction it is turned. Sliding the glides against the floor may cause them to turn completely off of the base. base2 The threaded mechanisms of the base include the center rod which keeps the base parts together. The three parts of almost every base includes the base bottom, column and spider. The center rod begins at the base bottom that rests on the floor, through the column in the middle, and is tightened on the other side of the spider, the part which attaches to the table tops. As with the glides, constant rigorous movement against the floor may loosen this bolt and cause a wobbly base. A preventative measure is to pick up the tables to move them, but the base can be fixed if necessary. To tighten the loosened base, the base will have to be flipped upside down, which will bring the end of the center rod and the nut into view. Before tightening the nut, the bolt head must be secured within the indentions on the bottom side of the bottom base. Also, the column should line up within the indentions on the base and spider wherein the base fits securely. At this point, the nut can be tightened. The simplest method is to prop up the bolt from the floor with a wedge and often you’ll find you can use a tire iron to tighten the nut effectively. Not all bases are created equally, and neither are they connected to table tops the same way. For stone table tops, it is necessary to adhere a wood block with industrial adhesive to the underside of the stone and then attach the table base to the block with screws. Here, the weight of the table may create a situation where it is difficult to lift the table with ease. Unfortunately, if the table screws rip from the block, there will a more complicated fix that perhaps will not yield the best results. If the screws rip from the wood block, the block may be left unusable. The block will then have to be removed and another one will have to be adhered. This may cause problems as the block is already at the center of the weight distribution. The industrial adhesive may make it too difficult to remove the old block entirely. In the interest of maintaining a long lasting table, it is very important to always lift tables before moving them. Sliding them may cause problems down the road that taking the time to lift the heavy table can prevent easily. The best solutions are preventative, and certainly lifting tables to move them is a solution to preventing problems down the road.

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Booth / Banquette Back : Finished vs Unfinished

As depicted in an earlier article here, we offer 2 (technically 3) types of back covers, upholstered (finished) and cloth (unfinished).

Finished Back

Unfinished Back

+ Same material as rest of booth/banquette, more uniform look. – Mesh cloth cover, does its job to cover the back but not as aesthetically pleasing.
– More expensive + More economical
If your booth/banquette is placed in the open, where the back is exposed this is typically the option for you. If your booth/banquette is lined up against the wall or its back is hidden from view, this is the recommended option.

Upholstery Care

The proper maintenance of vinyl and fabric will extend the life of the material. Dirt, oil and stains may discolor and damage material over time and the proper cleaning will keep the furniture vibrant and appealing. Not all materials are created equal, but the following is a guide to handling most fabrics and vinyls. Each manufacturer has specific recommendations for the care and cleaning of their product, but most vinyls are cleanable first with a damp clean sponge, towel or cloth. If there is a stain, a mild household detergent and water solution may be advised. Naugahyde recommends 10% household liquid dishsoap in a water solution, Spradling recommends a mixture of Ivory soap and water, and Boltaflex a mild soap and water mixture. Crypton vinyls, as supplied by CF Stinson, promotes Crypton labeled cleaners for use on their products. Absecon encourages the use of a water based cleaner, and Morbern, warm soapy water and clean clear water.  In all this variety, it seems most vinyls can be cleaned with mild household soap and water solutions. The exception for this approach is listed for blood stains as cited in the Morcare vinyl care instructions as soapy water would set this type of stain. In this stead, the recommendation is ammonia with a water rinse. Stains that require more than this approach are often approachable with a medium bristle brush. If this does not yield results, a cleaner such as 409 or Fantastik may be used. If this is still not enough, the dilution of bleach, 10%, in water, 90%, is advised for most products. It is important to note that this is not ever recommended for a daily maintenance as repeated use of any disinfectants and cleaning agents will degrade the material and diminish the durability of the vinyl. Often this breakdown is visible as brittle vinyl, the surface having lost plasticizers through long term use of cleaners and solvents. It is the best course of action to read the care instructions for your vinyl choice, especially if any of these steps do not address the issue. Sometimes naptha, solvents or paint thinners are appropriate, but that is neither the case for all stains, nor all vinyls. It is often recommended that any cleaner or mild detergent is tested on a less visible area first as cleaner formulas may change without notice. Velvet and fabrics are an entirely different story. Professional upholstery cleaning is available in these instances and sometimes is the best approach to take. As with any stain on vinyl or fabric, it is advisable to address the stain as soon as possible. The daily maintenance of vinyl and fabric should be wiping the surfaces with a clean towel. Vinyl can withstand water, and sometimes mild soapy water, if it is necessary. The prolonged use of detergents or disinfectants can shorten the use of the material, and should be avoided unless addressing stains. Finally, check the vinyl indications before ever disinfecting it with a bleach and water solution. This is often only when absolutely necessary. Maxsun is concerned with the longevity of the products we sell, and proper maintenance will ensure that long life. We know you will be happy with your furniture, especially with the durability of the booths, banquettes and chairs. This article is intended as a guideline for long lasting furniture.

Drop Leaf Tables

Drop Leaf tables are designed to create flexibility in the seating capacity in a restaurant. A table that seats 4, may open up to a table that seats 5 or 6. There are several options to consider when investing in a drop leaf table. You can find more information about seating capacity here. dropleaf_measurements Sizing matters in terms of the size of the original table and the extended table. A 30” x 30” may open to a 42” round. A 36” x 36” may open to a 51” round. Another option to consider is the mechanisms in which the drop leaf is propped up. There are two types of common mechanisms to compare. One is the spring hinge, and the other is a bolt hinge. At Maxsun we focus on the ability for the mechanism to withstand commercial grade use and so highly advise the bolt hinge, as it lasts longer and is the most durable for commercial use. The spring hinge is used in some residential grade drop leaf table tops, but is not recommended for a longer lasting table. Please note that some applications may not be suitable for the bolt system because it may get in the way of the table base (example:  24″ x 24″ – 36″R)