"What is polyethylene and why is it better than wood?"
Polyethylene is a plastic that is virtually indestructible. It will not chip, crack or peel like particleboard laminates.
"What is powder coating?"
Powder coating is the process in which a bare metal object is coated with electro-statically charged powder. It is then baked at a high temperature. Powder coating is the most durable coloring process on the market. It is better than traditional paints.
"Will my table legs rust?"
All metal will eventually rust. However, you can reduce the effects of rust through regular maintenance and having a powder-coated finish.
"What are the advantages of a hammer-tone finish?"
Hammer tone is a textured powder-coating finish that is better and more durable than smooth powder coating. It is resistant to scratches and flaws.
"What maintenance is required for the metal frame?"
With powder-coated protection, very little maintenance is required. However, checking your metal frame for excessive scratches from normal wear and tear is recommended. Repair rust spots or scratches by sanding the affected area lightly; using a rust-preventative spray primer; and finally, spraying with a high-gloss spray enamel paint.
"What is BIFMA and why is it important?"
BIFMA stands for Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing Association. BIFMA sets industry standards for commercial grade furniture. Product exceeds related BIFMA standards.
"How much weight can Lifetime Brand Card Tables hold?"
Units are tested to strict standards to ensure their strength and durability. However, even with rigorous testing, the exact amount of weight that a table can hold depends on many factors. Some of the main factors to consider are listed below.
- Static weight vs. dynamic weight - Carefully placing stationery weight, or static weight, onto the table is the ideal condition. Placing a dynamic weight that has force behind it (such as dropping a heavy object onto the table) may cause deformation in the tabletop and legs.
- Distributed load vs. concentrated load - Placing a large amount of weight onto one area of the table will concentrate all of the stress from that weight into one area. Increasing the pressure and force in any one area may cause deformation in the tabletop and legs. Distributing the weight across the entire table is the ideal condition.
- Design of the table leg - A straight vertical table leg can withstand more static weight than a table leg with a bend. Adding a bend into the table leg weakens the table leg when weight is applied straight down on the table. However, it features a wide brace below the leg bend that can withstand more weight when factors other than just static weight are considered.
- Additional factors - Other common factors that may influence the amount of weight it can hold include: the pressure in any direction other than downward (such as someone leaning against the card table), the evenness of the ground surface, and the composition/hardness of the ground surface.
Given all of these possible factors, the tested circumstance under which a table can hold the most weight is with static weight placed on the table. For further details regarding static weight testing, contact your Lifetime sales representative.
"Will these folding square tables fade outdoors?"
All products left out in the sun for extended periods of time will eventually fade. However, UV inhibitors help prevent fading and maintain the integrity of the polyethylene when exposed to sunlight providing years of color.
"Will it stain?"
Even the toughest of stains such as red punch, permanent marker, mustard and motor oil could not stain the tabletop.
"How do I clean it?"
The only products you need to clean with are a damp cloth and mild dish soap. For tougher-to-remove dirt, use a mild abrasive such as Soft Scrub and a soft-bristle brush.
"What are some of the advantages over wood?"
Polyethylene is more durable, easier to clean, and lightweight. It will not crack, chip or peel and is ideal for indoor and outdoor use. The rounded edges will not cut your hands and provide a great handle for carrying. They are also more attractive than wood tables.