Table Linens and Restaurant Reopenings

May 1, 2020

To: Responsible Policy Makers

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, the need for economic reactivation in America requires increased attention from all industries to maintain public health and safety.

As restaurants open, they should enforce practices ensuring the safety and confidence of patrons.

Bacteria have been shown to be present in excessive amounts on bare restaurant tables, even with regular cleaning, compared to tablecloths. Tablecloths provide a five-times-cleaner surface and are touched only at the corners by the server laying the cloth and by the immediate patrons. Bare tables can be a breeding ground for all types of microscopic bacteria. Hygienically Clean table linens minimize bacteria that put patrons at risk.

The Textile Rental Services Association’s best management practices help keep the dining public safe by raising restaurant cleanliness standards and inspiring confidence in the public. Our industry practices should be standard for any guidance released to restaurants and dining establishments. These include, but are not limited to:

As America starts to get back to business and dining establishments begin to reopen, providing the public with clean and safe dining establishments will be a key part of an economic recovery. Teaching and requiring restaurants to abide by these steps should be a cornerstone of this process.

For more information about best management practices to keep the dining public safe, please contact:

Ben Fox
Director of Sales and Marketing
Alsco Inc.