You know those folks that are always on your case about using a coaster? Well, they’re actually on to something! Coasters may be small, but they actually do more than you may think to protect your furniture, especially if it’s made from stone, marble, or wood.

So if you’re at a party, don’t be a pest. Put a coaster under your glass! Same goes for sitting around at home with a nice cool drink. Your tables can get pretty messed up if you don’t have one handy.  

Do We Need to Use Coasters?

You need a coaster to avoid unsightly water rings and marks on your tables from “sweaty drinks” like beer, soda, water, and juice.

These water rings form due to the condensation on the cup, bottle, or mug. If the temperature of your cold drink is below dew point, the water will condense as liquid to the surface. Now it’s all drippy and may leave a puddle underneath! Meanwhile, certain cups or glasses could leave small scratches or nicks in the table. This is especially true if you’re moving your drink around a lot.

Definitely not good for your furniture!

With all that in mind, it only makes sense to lay down a coaster before you set down your drink. You’ll keep the furniture free from blemishes and get fun home décor all in one swoop.

What Happens If You Don’t Use a Coaster?

A drink without a coaster could cause the table it’s sitting on to be stained, discolored, dented, or scratched. If the drink remains forgotten for a long period of time, this damage will only be worse.

Talk about a serious party foul!

The last thing you want is to destroy someone’s furniture at a birthday party or ruin your dining room set or end tables as you have a glass of wine after work.

It may sound extreme, but there’s actually evidence that this all holds true! To see what I mean, take a look at the wooden table pictured below. A glass of ice cold water was left coasterless on this table for over 24 hours, and there was some serious damage on the wood as a result.

Notice how there’s some discoloration and leftover water stains from where the glass had been. The glass also adhered to the surface, which is what caused the paint to chip away.  

Luckily, this was a cheap, broken table that was going to a recycling center anyway, but what if it was those expensive marble end tables you bought from Wayfair? Or the mahogany coffee table you splurged on from Pottery Barn?

The coaster exists to be a literal barrier between your nice furniture and the condensation at the bottom of the drink. So come on now – put that coaster down!

Which Type of Coaster is the Best?

Okay, so you probably don’t really give a lot of thought to which coasters you should buy, but still, it’s worth knowing which material works best. After all, you want something that gives you the most bang for your buck!

11 different coasters were put to the test to see which material was most absorbent and didn’t stick to the glass. Each was left with an ice cold glass of water on top for over 6 hours.

Here are the results:

*These coasters are from the selection at Quality Logo Products®. Results may vary depending on the material and the cup you’re using for your drink.

Your choice in coaster is a matter of preference, but generally speaking, the most effective ones will be made from:

  1. Pulp Board
  2. Cork
  3. Neoprene
  4. Ceramic
  5. Plastic

The best coasters are constructed from a material that will absorb the moisture. They also won’t adhere to the bottom of the glass when you pick it up to take a drink. Any of the five options are winners, but that isn’t to say the other materials are scrubs.

Stainless steel, glass, bamboo, leather, and copper are all good, stylish options. Just save them for your bottles, mugs, and plastic cups instead of your glasses!

Let’s Propose a Toast to the Humble Coaster

When a party host is on your tail about using a coaster, don’t just roll your eyes. It’s part of being a good guest to take the time to grab one before you put down your glass. You should also have coasters for your house and in any room where you may bring a drink, from the kitchen to the living room to the basement.

Your tables thank you.

So go get yourself a new set of coasters; maybe make some from scratch, or buy new custom ones in bulk from a company like Quality Logo Products®!

References

The Kitchen Professor. (2019, January 30). Best Absorbent Drink Coasters & Dealing with Condensation. Retrieved from, https://thekitchenprofessor.com/blog/best-coasters-absorbing-water

Morris, C. (2010, November 11). The Case for Coasters: Better Safe Than Sorry! Retrieved from, https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-case-for-co-1-132034

Weiss, E. (2015, September 3). Support Your Drink: A Brief History of the Coaster.

Kirchhoff, H. (2017, April 25). Why Does Condensation Form on a Drinking Glass? Retrieved from, https://sciencing.com/causes-evaporation-condensation-15062.html

About the author

Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa is a promo expert with over four years of experience in the industry. She is the Lead Copywriter at Quality Logo Products and has had work published for the Promotional Products Association International and the Advertising Specialty Institute.