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A guide to PVC tablecloth fabric

What is the difference between oilcloth and pvc? Here we advise on how to care for your PVC tablecloth fabric, with answers to frequently asked questions.

At Just Fabrics we sell PVC tablecloth fabric (which is also referred to as oilcloth). With PVC coated cotton fabric there is sometimes confusion around what it is, as there are two there are two different types. Here's our response to commonly asked questions about PVC tablecloth fabrics.

What is a PVC tablecloth?

PVC tablecloths are usually printed plastic tablecloths. Often confused with oilcloths, PVC tablecloths are popular for many reasons. A perfect choice for kitchen, craft, play and outdoor tables, the coated fabric protects the surface of your table from water, liquid, and scratch damage.

In the summer months PVC tablecloths (or oilcloths) are popular for outdoor tables. They can add colour and decoration to garden events and gatherings. PVC tablecloths will protect wooden tables from spillages and stains and are easy to wipe clean.

You can also buy a table protector which goes underneath the PVC or oilcloth fabric to protect the table.

What is the difference between oilcloth and PVC?

PVC tablecloth is a plastic fabric. Oilcloth tablecloths are printed cotton fabrics that have a vinyl plastic (PVC) coating. Traditionally oilcloth fabric was fabric that was coated in linseed oil.

Our PVC tablecloth fabric is sold by the metre and delivered on a roll to prevent creasing. Oilcloth fabric will drape more like a traditional cloth tablecloth over your table. It comes in a wide range of colours and patterns; animal designs such as the Alpaca, floral designs like the Hedgerow and ever popular spots like the Full stop Matt.

An oilcloth is more durable than a PVC tablecloth because of the cotton base fabric. PVC tablecloth fabric doesn’t fray at the edges so there is no need for it to be hemmed and it can be cut to fit your table.

Oilcloth fabric can also be used to make other items that need to be wipeable, such as bags or change mats.

How do you clean a plastic tablecloth?

How do you clean a plastic tablecloth?

Plastic tablecloths or oilcloths can be wiped clean. They will protect your table from stains but some items will stain the tablecloth, such as pen, shoe polish and nail varnish. It is important to wipe some sauces up immediately to prevent staining. PVC or oilcloth tablecloths usually can’t be washed in a washing machine. We also have acrylic coated fabric that is washable at 40 degrees.

Which is better, PVC or vinyl?

Which is better, PVC or vinyl?

A PVC tablecloth is a plastic cloth that is often cheaper than oilcloth but the cotton fabric base of an oilcloth means that the fabric will drape better on your table. Some oilcloths come with a matt finish that makes the tablecloth even look like a cotton fabric. PVC and vinyl are essentially the same.

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