We conferred with the factory, our fabric supplier, and referred to household cleaning for coronavirus-19 guidelines by the CDC to compile these suggestions.
Clean Your Fabric
CLEAN the fabric in the play area of your Carolina Game Table with a lint roller to pick up dust and particulates. If necessary for big messes, use a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment—be sure not to apply full suction to the fabric such that it “bubbles” up (see the video for an explanation).
Remove food stains by picking up solid debris. Always blot liquids, never rub (rubbing pushes the stain into the fabric). Clean with a household cleaner you’ve already tested on the underside of the dining top–if it doesn’t leave a ring or bleach mark it’s safe to use. Remove most stains using dishwashing soap suds. Rinse with distilled water. Distilled water has no minerals to leave a ring behind. It may take a few rounds of suds and water to completely remove the stain.
Disinfect Your Fabric
DISINFECT the fabric in the play area with lightly sprayed Lysol Disinfectant Spray. A fine mist will disinfect the area.
Clean Your Table
CLEAN your table’s hard surfaces (edges and table top) with soap and water. A reusable washcloth soaped up with hot water in the sink, wrung out, and then carried to the table. Another wet washcloth can rinse the table. A final clean washcloth dries the table. Paper towels are another option. Do not touch the fabric of your game table if any bleach is in the soap.
Disinfect Your Table
DISINFECT your table’s hard surfaces with a Lysol or Clorox disposable wipe. Neither of these products actually has any bleach in it, according to the ingredients on the container, but they are still approved by the CDC for disinfecting for COVID-19.
We don’t recommend a diluted bleach solution for disinfection …but we know sometimes it’s the only thing you’ve got around. CDC recommends a solution of 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water. Be especially careful of the seam on a dining top and around play edges so the bleach solution does not get on your fabric.
WASH YOUR HANDS.
And there are a few other tips to remember, too!
- Use placemats for everyday dining and a (cloth, not plastic) tablecloth for large family gatherings.
- Use a heat barrier like a cork trivet under dishes coming straight out of the oven or off the stove.
- Use a coaster or placemat for things which will create condensation (chilled wine bottles, flower vases, hot or cold drinks) or drip wax. Scrape wax off with a credit card, not a knife.
- Avoid chunky jewelry, metal dice, or laptops directly on the finished table surface. These—along with pets and children!—are the common factors behind most dents, dings, and scratches.
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