squeaky_clean_featured-image-1000x741.png

Squeaky Clean: Commercial Restaurant Furniture Cleaning Guide

How does that saying go - spills happen? Not only is this saying correct for everyday domestic messes, but it's certainly true-to-life for restaurants, bars, and other commercial dining spaces.

While it may be tempting to use the same cleaner to do double duty—from a metal chair to a wood bar edge— it's important to understand that not all disinfectants and cleaning products are created equal. In fact, one cleaning product for a specific piece of furniture can act as a finish stripper on another.

Avoid destroying the look of your restaurant furniture and follow our guide to cleaning GR Chair products for everyday housekeeping and maintenance. The best part is, most of our suggested cleaning products do not use harsh chemicals and are mind-blowingly simple.

How To Clean Wood Seating

Cleaning Product: A solution of liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water.
How To Use: Apply solution. Wipe with clean, soft cloth. Always leave furniture dry.
Tip: Avoid using any citrus-based products on wood chairs and tables. The citrus acts as a stain or finish stripper on wood products.

How To Clean Metal Seating

Cleaning Product: A non-abrasive household cleaner like Formula 409®, Fantastik®, Windex®, or diluted SimpleGreen®. Mild soap and warm water is fine, too.
How To Use: Spray household cleaner solution. Wipe dry with clean, soft cloth.
Tip: Never let cleaning or disinfecting products dry onto the furniture surface. This can weaken and damage the epoxy finish leading to chips and scratches.

How To Clean Solid Wood Table Tops

Cleaning Product: A mild soap or liquid dishwashing detergent with warm water.
How To Use: Apply solution. Wipe with clean, soft cloth. Always leave furniture dry.
Tip: Again, avoid citrus-based solutions for solid wood tables and chairs. If your company would like to use a particular disinfectant or cleaning solution, please contact our staff and our engineering team will do some testing.

How To Clean Laminate Tops

Cleaning Product: Household cleaners and like Formula 409®, Fantastik®, Windex®, or diluted SimpleGreen®.
How To Use: Spray onto surface. Wipe dry with clean, soft cloth.
Tip: Laminate is a hardy product, so for stubborn stains, a soft bristle brush with light scrubbing is acceptable.

How To Clean Table Edges (Wood, Vinyl, and Urethane)

Cleaning Product: A solution of dishwashing detergent and warm water.
How To Use: Apply solution with clean, soft cloth. Wipe dry with clean, soft cloth.
Tip: These three edges are vastly different in material and properties. To ensure minimal damage and maximum clean, opt for the safe route: mild, soapy water with a clean cloth.

General Cleaning & Care Tips:

  • Stay away from abrasive cleaners and products (sandpaper, hard bristle brushes, etc.)
  • Never leave a wet cleaning substance on furniture to dry; it can damage the finish. Always wipe residue off with clean, dry cloth.
  • When in doubt, use warm soapy water and a clean cloth.
  • Test inconspicuous areas first (especially on solid wood and upholstery).
  • Tighten and examine screws every month.
  • Any products showing defects should be taken out of service and reported to the factory.

For information on cleaning upholstery, check out any of our fabulous fabric partners for their expert guides and advice on cleaning specific types of fabric, leather, vinyl, etc. Remember, not all fabrics are equal and certain materials will require different cleaning techniques and products. Always follow the fabric manufacturers' cleaning instructions.

Want to take this with you? Download a PDF of this cleaning guide.

Restaurant furniture