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Others agree that heavy duty
cleaners are not recommended for
upholstery. "The main thing that
ruins upholstery is when people use
harsh chemicals," says Andrew Sarno,
co-owner of RSA Seating in Addison,
Illinois. "What usually causes vinyl or
fabric to crack is when they are using
harsh chemicals. That will usually lead
to them needing to get it reupholstered faster than they would have."
IT IS DIFFICULT TO ESTIMATE HOW LONG
FURNITURE SHOULD LAST, as variables

such as the amount of traffic can affect
the life of the furniture. Upholstery
fabric is measured in double rubs, an
abrasion rating, and the more double
rubs, the more durable. Still, when
the material does tear, there is little an
operator can do.
"There is no good way of patching upholstery," Sarno says. "The only
good way is to get it reupholstered."
He adds that most booths consist of
separate pieces, the seats and backs,
so if one piece tears, the operator can
have only that piece reupholstered
instead of the entire assembly.
If the vinyl has a small hole, try
Super Glue and a blow dryer, Savitske
says. For larger rips, there are professional furniture repair companies, but
operators should do a cost analysis to
make sure fixing it does not cost as
much as a new seat. Also, the booth
will be out of service while it is being
repaired, unless the repairer can do the
work during off hours.
Another alternative is to contract with a repair company to come
in regularly. That's the strategy of
Omaha, Nebraska-based Sam and
Louie's Italian Restaurant and New
York Pizza. "We have a local company,
Dr. Vinyl, stop by our Omaha-area
locations every couple months and do
on the spot repairs for small nicks or
cracks in the vinyl booths and chairs,"
says Michael Nolan, director of
operations and franchising. "When
you catch them while they are small
you won't need to have them completely recovered. You can't see the
repairs at all, they do a great job."

In the markets where there is no
Dr. Vinyl, Nolan says, the locations
contact a local car restoration shop.
"They can usually order in the same
or very similar vinyl to do the repair,"
he says. "Many of them will do it for
partial food trade, which keeps costs
down significantly."
Fabric seats often have a protector
such as Scotchgard sprayed on them,
which helps block stains such as red
sauce and wine. Fabric seats should be
vacuumed frequently for crumbs, says
Jay Miranda, principal at Chipman
Design Architecture in Des Plaines,
Illinois. If not a vacuum, at least brush
the crumbs away with a soft bristle
brush. Another newer fabric is Crypton, which has "moisture barrier technology," according to the company.
For leather furniture, Miranda
recommends applying a leather care
oil two to three times a year to refresh
the leather and maintain its elasticity.
For vinyl, vinegar is another effective
cleaner. "Vinyl can have mildew and
mold growth, and vinegar kills mold
and mildew," he says. n
NORA CALEY is a freelance writer
specializing in food and business topics.
She lives in Denver, Colorado.

REPLACE
OR REPAIR?
Sometimes it is better to replace
upholstery than to try to repair it. "If
it is ripping because of wear, there
is nothing you can do," says Janet
Gregoire, team lead, inside sales for
Millennium Seating Corporation in
Marietta, Georgia. "If the back is
ripping and torn, at that point you
need to replace the whole booth. By
then the kick plate is banged up from
people's feet."
She adds that many times, the cost
to reupholster a seat or a booth is
about 75 percent of what a new one
would cost. "We have found most of
our customers want to replace them,"
she says. "They just want a new
booth."


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Pizza Today - December 2017
Commentary
Contents
Contributors
Expo Spotlight
Interact
Conversation
Conversation
Man on the Street
Respecting the Craft
Respecting the Craft
At Your Service
Destinations
Destinations
Knead to Know
Pizza & Pasta Northeast Recap
Road to Pizza Expo
Menu Guide
2018 Menu Guide
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Reader’s Resource
Mike’s Monthy Tip
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Pizza Today - December 2017 - Cover2
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Pizza Today - December 2017 - Expo Spotlight
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Pizza Today - December 2017 - Conversation
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Pizza Today - December 2017 - Respecting the Craft
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Pizza Today - December 2017 - At Your Service
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