Removing Scratches from Commercial Tables

Commercial tables used in restaurants and other businesses are generally more durable than home tables and can be made from various materials, including wood, metal, and glass. They have features that make them more durable and resistant to wear and tear, such as reinforced corners or thickened table tops.

Given enough time, any table will show signs of wear and tear. This is especially true for commercial tables, which are subjected to heavy use daily. Over time, scratches can accumulate on the table’s surface. In addition, the finish may start to wear away in high-traffic areas, exposing the bare wood beneath. While these cosmetic issues can be frustrating, they do not necessarily mean that the table needs to be replaced.

With a little care and attention, it is possible to repair scratched and damaged tables, restoring them to their original condition.

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Commercial Tables Material Types

Various materials are used to make commercial tables; each has advantages and disadvantages. The most popular material is wood, which can create solid and composite tables.

Wood is durable and easy to work with, making it a good choice for many applications. However, it can be susceptible to damage from moisture and insects, and it may require regular maintenance to keep it looking its best.

Metal is another popular choice for commercial tables and offers several benefits. Metal tables are extremely durable, making them ideal for high-traffic areas. They are also easy to clean and maintain and are often more affordable than wood tables. However, metal tables can be susceptible to scratches and dents.

Glass is also a popular material for commercial tables. Glass tables are sleek, modern looking, and easy to keep clean. However, reinforced glass can become fragile over time and may not be the best choice for commercial use.

Scratches in Wooden Tables

Scratches can eventually start to damage the table’s finish, making it look dull and old. There are a few simple methods that you can use to remove scratches from your wooden commercial tables.

  1. Sand the scratch with a fine-grit sandpaper. This will help smooth the wood’s surface and blend the scratch into the surrounding area. You may need furniture polish to fill the area if the scratch is deeper. Once the scratch is blended / filled, you’ll need to apply a new coat of finish to protect the table from future damage.

  3. Use furniture polish or stain to fill in the scratch. This is best for small scratches that aren’t too deep. Apply a small polish or oil to the scratch and rub it with a clean cloth. The polish will help fill in the scratch and make it less noticeable.

  5. Use a wood filler to fill in the scratch. This method is best for deeper scratches that go through the finish of the wood. To use this method, apply a small amount of wood filler to the scratch and smooth it out with a putty knife. Once the filler is dry, sand it until it’s flush with the surrounding area.

  7. Use a stain marker to fill in the scratch. This method is best for small scratches that are visible on stained wood. To use this method, apply a small amount of stain to the scratch and blend it in with the surrounding area.

Scratches in Metallic Tables

Metal tables are strong and durable, making them ideal for high-traffic areas. However, scratches on metal surfaces are frustrating and difficult to remove.

  1. Clean the scratched metal surface with a mild soap and water solution. To clean a scratched metal surface, mix a solution of mild soap and water. Apply the solution to the surface using a soft cloth and gently scrub the area in a circular motion. Rinse the surface with clean water, and dry it with a soft towel.

  3. Apply a small amount of metal polish to the scratched area using a soft cloth Applying metal polish to a scratched area can help restore the metal’s shine and remove some scratches. However, using a small amount of metal polish is important, as too much can damage a larger area.

  5. Rub the metal polish into the scratch using circular motions To apply metal polish, first rub a small amount onto the scratched area using a circular motion. Then, use a clean, soft cloth to buff the area until it is shiny.

  7. Wipe away any excess metal polish with a clean cloth The cloth helps buff out the scratches and gives the metal a bright, polished finish.

Scratches in Glass Tables

Glass is also susceptible to scratches. While minor scratches can be buffed out, deeper ones require more extensive treatment.

  1. Begin by cleaning the table’s surface with a soft cloth and a mild soap solution. This will remove any dirt or debris that could potentially worsen the scratch.

  3. Use a glass polishing compound to buff out the scratch. If the scratch is especially deep, you may need to repeat this step several times.

  5. Finally, apply a thin layer of clear nail polish over the scratch. This will help to protect the area from further damage. Allow the nail polish to dry completely before using the table again.

Preventing Scratches on Commercial Tables

Prevention is better than ….

  1. Use coasters. This one is pretty obvious, but it’s worth repeating, always use coasters when placing beverages on tables. This will help to prevent water rings and other types of damage.

  3. Place mats under plates and bowls. Placing mats or trivets under plates and bowls can help prevent scratches from utensils.

  5. Avoid using harsh cleaning products. When cleaning tables, avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners. These can damage the table’s finish and make it more susceptible to scratches. Instead, opt for mild soap and water or specialised furniture polish.

  7. Apply a clear coat of sealant. A clear coat of sealant can help protect the table’s surface from scratches and other types of damage. Be sure to apply the sealant evenly and allow it to dry completely before using the table.

Commercial tables see a lot of wear and tear. Over time, this can lead to scratches and other cosmetic damage. While this is not necessarily a problem from a functional standpoint, it can make your tables look old and worn. Scratches are inevitable on high-use surfaces like commercial tables, but that doesn’t mean they have to be permanent. With proper care and maintenance, your commercial furniture will continue to look its best for years.


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