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As the hospitality industry gets ready for a slightly different festive season than normal this year, it is more important than ever before to ensure that the table tops in your restaurant or pub are properly cleaned and maintained. While before it was the food that would get people talking about your establishment and keep them coming back for more, now it will be the level of hygiene and customer care, so it’s vital that your diners feel as comfortable as possible.

But how do you ensure your surfaces are completely clean without using harmful chemicals that could damage the table top’s protective layer and reduce the lifespan of your furniture? Below are some of our top tips for maintaining your table tops.

Know your material

Some materials are much more hardwearing than others, so different table tops will require different cleaning solutions. Ensuring you know what material your surfaces are made of and what cleaners work best for them specifically will not only guarantee a hygienic environment for your customers but will also prevent any damage or warping.

Veneer table tops – Veneer is a popular alternative to solid wood as it is durable and easy to clean with just a damp cloth and mild anti-bacterial detergent. Avoid using large quantities of liquid and harsh detergents as the moisture and chemicals can affect the protective lacquer.

Laminate table tops – Laminate is one of the most hardwearing table top materials, meaning it can withstand a bit more force when cleaning. While most stains and bacteria will be removed with a cloth and warm soapy water, the scratch-resistant surface of laminate means tougher marks can be scrubbed with a brush and detergent without causing damage. Our American Diner table tops are an ideal laminate solution for restaurants, providing both durability and style!

Solid wood table tops – Solid wood looks and feels expensive and luxurious, but it is slightly harder to maintain than cheaper alternatives. These table tops are highly susceptible to water damage, so using a barely damp cloth with mild soap is recommended. All-purpose cleaning sprays should be avoided as some of the ingredients may be too harsh for the surface.  

Stainless steel table tops – As they are often used for outdoor dining, stainless steel tables are easy and efficient to clean as they are highly water-resistant. Soap and water are therefore all that is needed to keep these table tops clean and hygienic, whether indoors or out.

For more information about our full range of table top materials and their benefits, take a look at our comprehensive table top guide.

Use a purpose-made cleaner

There are many highly effective detergents and cleaners on the market, and this will include ones created specifically for your table top material. Using one of these purpose-made cleaners means you can rest assured that your customers are safe AND your table tops are protected from damage.

Our relay spray has been formulated specifically for the relaying of tables during service and is suitable for wood, metal and plastic surfaces. Unlike standard cleaners, this spray doesn’t leave any sticky residue or chemical smell, but it does offer high-quality sanitisation.

Don’t forget your chairs

Unlike tables, chairs often don’t come into contact with food or sticky drinks, so it can be tempting to only clean them after the lunch rush and at the end of the day. While this wouldn’t have been a problem previously, now your customers will be expecting you to clean everything that has been touched by previous diners before they are seated.

If you have wooden or plastic-covered chairs, you will likely be able to use the same cleaner as you do for your tables, but if you have leather or fabric chairs it is important to invest in a fabric cleaner to ensure they are properly protected and cleaned.

As specialists in all things furniture, at Trent Furniture we can help you get the most out of your tables, chairs, stools and sofas, from choosing the right furniture for your needs to advising on how to maintain it for a long lifespan. With choices available for any style and budget, and contract furniture that meets required fire safety standards, we’re sure to have the solution for your needs. Browse our site or get in touch today.

What is the best furniture for your caravan or mobile home? Robert Price, Managing Director of Trent Furniture, shows the right way to furnish caravans and mobile homes, making the best use of space with comfortable and stylish caravan furniture.  

With many of us choosing to holiday closer to home this year, caravans and mobile homes have become increasingly popular. In fact, more than 2 million people take holidays in caravans and motorhomes every year with this figure only set to rise.

Whether you already have a caravan that you want to spruce up, or you’re looking to buy your dream motorhome, these furnishing tips will help you create a comfy home away from home.

Practical furniture is key

Let’s be realistic, the caravans and motorhomes you find in the UK tend to be on the smaller side. This makes for a delightfully cosy space to spend time with friends and family, but it is something to bear in mind when shopping for furniture. You will need to ensure that it not only fits within the space you have, but also does not make the space feel overcrowded or hard to navigate.

Keep it compact

One of the best ways to ensure your furniture isn’t too bulky for your space is to choose compact items. Where you might normally use a dining chair, a small compact stool that can be pushed under the table when not in use is the ideal replacement. Whilst you can still incorporate pieces like a coffee table in your living area, you may want to opt for a small round or square style instead of the traditional rectangular design.

Folding furniture is your friend

For furniture where full size is necessary, such as dining tables and seating to be used for longer periods, folding furniture is ideal. This can either be fixed in place, to be folded out when needed, or standalone so it can be packed away for journeys. Our Banqueting Folding Table is the perfect choice as the legs fold up completely, and the plywood top offers a lightweight but spacious surface. Pair it with a folding plastic chair and you have the perfect spot to dine, socialise and of course play board games if you get caught in that UK holiday drizzle!

Folding chair for caravansFolding table for caravans

Go lightweight

There are a couple of reasons for keeping your furniture lightweight in a caravan or motorhome. Firstly, you are likely to move it around more – whether it’s storing it when you hit the road, or just making space on a daily basis. Secondly, a caravan is a vehicle after all, so if you do intend to drive it around, having a lot of heavy pieces will only lead to higher fuel consumption.

Choosing compact or folding furniture will help reduce weight, but you can also pick materials which are a little lighter. Try to avoid heavy metal bases and instead opt for thinner legs and where possible a thinner tabletop. You may also find some wood effect pieces weigh less than their solid wood counterparts.

Wicker stacking chair for caravansChoose outdoor-friendly pieces

One of the wonderful things about caravan holidays is that you can spend so much time outdoors! If you have room, a set of stacking or folding chairs is great for sitting out and enjoying the sun (and of course a BBQ!) Our Monaco Natural Wicker Stacking Chair is made from lightweight aluminium and finished with a great looking wicker seat.

If you want more inspiration, check out our guide to outdoor furniture for your static caravan.

On Thursday 5th November, the UK entered another lockdown with restrictions in place to help protect us all against Covid-19.

Our production facility, customer service and sales teams remain fully operational and where possible our office team is working remotely.

We will be remaining open during this time to help support your business in any way we can – it’s business as usual on our end. We have huge stocks of contract furniture in a wide range of styles and finishes ready for delivery. You are welcome to contact us by phone or email or place an order online and we will be delivering as we normally would. Unfortunately, our showroom will be closed for the duration of the lockdown but we look forward to welcoming you back from the 2nd December so please call us to make an appointment.

We also understand that some customers may wish to place an order but delay delivery until a future date so please let us know if this the case and we will hold the stock until you are able to accept delivery.

Our Ongoing Safety Measures

  • We have huge stocks of furniture and are continuing to receive deliveries of products and materials in order to meet demand and maintain standard delivery time frames
  • Our production facility, customer service and sales teams remain fully operational and where possible our office team is working remotely.
  • There are zero confirmed cases of Covid-19 amongst Trent Furniture employees
  • We have a dedicated management team who are monitoring the situation and reviewing procedures daily
  • Staff have been instructed not to attend work if they experience any symptoms and/or they have been in contact with any one who has the virus and to follow government guidance on self isolation
  • Within our warehouse and offices, we are adhering to government guidance and operating a 2-metre distance rule between all staff to keep our colleagues and customers safe
  • Hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes and face masks are widely available throughout the business and at all work stations
  • Spaces and walkways are clearly taped out to maintain social distancing throughout the premises
  • A strict cleaning regime is in place with regular deep cleaning of communal areas and equipment

Why not take a seat this winter and play some traditional British pub games? As the nights draw in, there’s nothing better than taking a comfortable seat and playing a game with friends. British pub games are proudly embedded in history and we have listed our top four favourites to give you some inspiration.

Table-top pub games make for a sociable, lively atmosphere and it is important to provide the best comfortable seating for your guests to sit back and relax. As we relive some old-school British pub games, we have suggested some of our fantastic comfortable furniture that gives that extra bit of comfort and style.  

Backgammon

Tracing back to over 5,000 years ago, Backgammon is one of Britain’s oldest pub board games. The aim of the game is for players to move all of their fifteen checkers off the board whilst trying to block their opponent’s checkers. This historic game spans back to Ancient Egypt and is still popular today as a table-top game in pubs across Britain. 

Backgammon is one of Britain’s most famous board games, and one of our compact armchairs makes the perfect seat for this game. Our Portobello Autumn Tub Chair is a popular choice as a versatile and stylish addition to your pub seating. With its tartan-style fabric and strong hardwood frame, this chair is traditional and comfortable, making the perfect seat for this traditional pub game.

Marbles

Marbles is another one of Britain’s most traditional pub games, with evidence of its use in Roman Britain. To win, players can work individually or as teams to hit their marbles inside a circle. For centuries, Marbles has brought people together as a sociable, classic pub game.

With this in mind, you might need to accommodate several people around a table to play this classic game, and our comfortable chair selection might provide the perfect solution. Our Regent Chair in Brown Faux is available in dark or light finishes and has a solid hardwood frame, making an ideal comfortable option without taking up too much space. To add some variation and a pop of colour to your table, our Regent Chair is also available in our tartan Autumn.  

Three Men's Morris

Dating back to 1440 B.C, Three Mens’ Morris is an ancient game better known by pub-goers as ‘Noughts and Crosses’ or ‘Tic Tac Toe’. Using a grid of 9, the player who gets three of their counters in a row wins. Each player has three pieces and players can win using one of 3 horizontal lines, 3 vertical lines and 2 diagonal lines.

For this classic two-player game, a large traditional armchair makes the perfect seat. Our Madison Armchair is made of high-quality leather for comfort and style and is versatile as a one, two or three-seater.

Dominoes

The final popular traditional pub game on our list is Dominos. Originating from the 11th century, this game involves matching sets of rectangular dotted white tiles. It is a classic logic game which has been played as a table-top game across pubs in Britain for years. 

Perhaps your guests want to play dominos at a high table: in which case, our high-top bar stools provide the perfect seats. Our tall square back bar stools are available with the options of padding and upholstery to suit your colour scheme. Having different levels of tables and chairs on your premises provides a more interesting and eye-catching interior style, so why not encourage your guests to enjoy a game of dominoes whilst seated at their bar stool?

 

Trent Furniture are the experts in all thing’s pub furniture, from dining chairs and tables to sofas and outdoor furniture. With more than 60 years of experience in the industry, you can trust in us to provide high-quality, long-lasting and fire-retardant contract furniture for your pub, restaurant, café or bar. To find out more about our range of products, browse our site or get in touch on 0116 2989 335.

If you’re planning to open a fast food business or want to refit your existing space, there’s plenty to think about when it comes to furnishing. We’ve put together a guide to choosing the best styles and materials for your fast food restaurant.

Low maintenance and easy to clean furniture

Fast food restaurants rely on a speedy turnaround of customers, and this means cleaning surfaces and seating between each group. To keep this process as easy and efficient as possible, you should opt for styles and materials which can be cleaned quickly and require no special treatment or cleaning agents.

The best picks for this are metal and laminated wood furniture as they can be wiped down easily. If you want to add cushioning to your seating, make sure this is also wipe clean and stain resistant – faux leather is the perfect choice and Trent Furniture offers faux leather upholstery in a range of colours.

Furniture that matches your brand

Colour schemes and style play a big part in fast food restaurants; think of the yellow McDonalds arches, Starbucks green mermaid and KFC’s red styling to name a few. If you have a colour scheme, try and pick pieces that fit with this to reinforce your brand in the customer’s mind. If you have a particular style, choose pieces that have this aesthetic - for example if you run an American style fast food restaurant, opt for vinyl, booths and metal bar stools.

Compact furniture designs

Maximizing space is incredibly important in a fast food restaurant as it allows you to seat more customers and increase turnaround. You don’t need to sacrifice style or comfort though – simply choose more compact pieces of furniture.

Many fast food also outlets now feature communal seating areas, which allow you to seat more patrons without adding more table sets which can make the space feel overcrowded.

Fast food restaurant exterior showing customers sat inside

The right level of comfort

Fast food restaurants rely on a fast turnaround of customers to maximise profits. This is why fast-food seating may not be the most comfortable if you sit on it for too long. The trick is to strike the perfect balance. To achieve this, choose furniture which is inviting and comfortable for shorter periods (providing an instant gratification that many of us seek in a fast food restaurant), but no so inviting that it encourages customers to lounge for hours.

Our top fast food furniture picks


Tables

We recommend choosing pieces that offer excellent stability and are hard wearing; a fast food restaurant is designed for heavy footfall after all! Our Rectangular Chrome Pyramid Table does just that and it comes in a range of easy to wipe wooden finishes. If you want to choose a table with a pop of colour, laminate tables look great and are easy to maintain – our Chrome Pyramid American Diner Tables are ideal.

Chairs

Compact is key when it comes to fast food seating. Avoid bulky, heavy pieces and opt for something like our Small Dakota Chrome Bar Stool. Remember to ensure your seating can be fully and easily wiped down.

Booths

If you want to seat larger groups adding booth style seating like our American Diner Bench to your restaurant is a great option. These generally come with a faux leather finish which is easy to wipe down, making them especially good seating options for families with children.

Quality furniture for fast food restaurants

Trent Furniture offers a wide range of affordable, high-quality restaurant furniture. To find out more, please call us on 0116 4736 841 or fill in our contact form.

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