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What is the Best Upholstery for Restaurants?

Restaurant Booth with Vinyl Upholstery

The next time you visit a restaurant, take the time to look around at the seating, and you may notice an abundance of vinyl furniture. Vinyl upholstery has been a long-time favorite option for restaurant furniture with a variety of vinyl seating options such as barstools, chairs, and booths. Vinyl is an attractive, versatile, and easy-to-clean option that is available in a wide range of colors and complements most décor making it one of the best upholstery options for restaurants.

What is Vinyl?

Vinyl is made from ethylene and salt, creating a type of plastic. The term vinyl is shortened from polyvinyl chloride or PVC. This material is similar in appearance and feel to natural leather but is less expensive while still remaining durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of customer traffic.

Why Vinyl is Great for Use in Restaurants

The most significant reason vinyl is an excellent option for restaurant booth upholstery, and other types of restaurant furniture is that it is easy to maintain and can usually be cleaned up with soap and water. Vinyl upholstered furniture requires less maintenance than other types of furniture and can be recovered or restored if the vinyl is irreparably damaged.

Vinyl is available in a variety of colors, grades, and can match almost any style of restaurant table. Whether you want to dress up your less expensive chairs to match your fabric chairs or you are looking for a way to bring together your restaurant décor, vinyl is a great option to help you achieve this while maintaining your budget.

Cleaning and Maintaining Vinyl

Vinyl can be quickly cleaned using mild soap and water. If you notice any stains on your vinyl upholstery, it is essential to clean them up as soon as possible. If mild soap and water do not remove the stain, try using a mild commercial vinyl cleaner that is recommended for vinyl furniture. After cleaning the vinyl with soap and water, be sure to dry the furniture thoroughly. Leaving an excessive amount of water on vinyl for an extended period of time can result in the water soaking through and damaging the vinyl.

By setting up a maintenance plan where you inspect, clean, and condition your vinyl furniture, you can increase its longevity and durability. Tips for caring for your vinyl include:

Cleaning as needed with mild soap and water.
If vinyl furniture is located in a sunny area, be sure to use a vinyl conditioner to avoid sun damage.
Quickly wipe up chemical spills on your vinyl and only use mild cleaners specifically made for vinyl.
Be sure water and other spills are wiped up or dried off quickly.

If your furniture has a minor tear, you can repair the tear with a vinyl repair kit. For more severe damage, J & R Upholstery can recover the seat for you so that you can avoid replacing the entire seat.

Commercial Reupholstery and Design Services

Whether you need your restaurant furniture recovered or you are designing a new restaurant space, the experts at J & R Upholstery and Blinds have the skills and materials to get the job done! We provide booth package consultations, and custom design builds. During your free consultation, we will show you the various fabrics, styles, and vinyl options, as well as the variety of chairs, custom tables, and bar stools available.

Contact J & R Upholstery and Blinds today to learn more!

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