Common Questions About Bar Ashtrays
What are ashtrays made of?
Restaurant and bar ashtrays are made of many different materials, so they can fit into most tabletop presentations and applications. Glass ashtrays, which are heavy and give tabletops an elegant feel, have a traditional look that works well in high-end cigar bars. There are even glass ashtrays designed for holding cigars, with long troughs that hold cigars and wide wells for the ash. Plastic ashtrays are less likely to break than glass, but they can discolor over time. Fortunately, they are offered at economical prices that make keeping replacements on-hand an easy decision.
KaTom also offers metal ashtrays, including lightweight economy models that can provide a disposable solution that eliminates the need for cleaning the receptacles. More heavy-duty metal ashtrays are durable, easier to clean than plastic ones, and provide a more refined look than plastic pieces.
What are plastic ashtrays made of and why don't plastic ashtrays melt?
Lightweight plastic ashtrays are made of either melamine resin, a hard plastic also used in the production of some commercial dinnerware, or phenolic resin, which is so durable that it is commonly used in the manufacture of billiard balls. The two are used partially because they are very durable, which means ashtrays made from them can withstand the demands of commercial use. They also provide significant heat resistance that can be enhanced by additives used in producing these ashtrays, which means they should not melt when smoldering cigarette remains are left in them.
How should I clean ashtrays?
The answer depends on the material your commercial ashtrays are made of. Glass ashtrays provide the simplest cleaning; they can be scrubbed using a non-abrasive cleaner and soft-bristle brush, then rinsed with clean water. Metal ashtrays can be cleaned similarly, but should be dried completely after cleaning to eliminate any risk of rusting. Plastic ashtrays can be the most challenging to clean, as they are more likely to become stained. For regular cleanings, a simple detergent and soft brush can be used, but to remove stains and set-in odors, make a paste with baking soda, vinegar, and water, and use the brush to thoroughly scrub the plastic with the solution. It may take a significant amount of scrubbing to remove the most stubborn stains and smells.
Do bar ashtrays have any special features?
Many bar ashtrays have deep wells that hold a large amount of ash without overflowing. Windproof bar ashtrays are ideal for outdoor patios and poolside applications. Some bar ashtrays are shaped to hold cigars, with a rectangular tray and a long groove that prevents the cigar from rolling around.