Beautiful tablecloths for outdoors

When most people think of washable oilcloth tablecloths, the phrase immediately brings to mind unsightly garden tablecloths made from plastic, with old fashioned patterns. However, these don't exist anymore, because now a wide range of washable tablecloths are on the market. They're no longer made of plastic that smells unpleasant, but of genuine, high-tech materials.

An example of today's makes are those in 100% cotton, coated with a thin layer of acrylic or vinyl. Modern outdoor tablecloths often don't look much different to those made from untreated fabric. Above all, coated cotton has the same natural appearance as the untreated material, but thanks to a special anti-stain coating, also known as a stain protection guard, liquids and dirt have no chance. They can be wiped off simply with a cloth, so you don't have to use your washing machine very often.

Tablecloths with a vinyl coating are particularly popular outdoors, since the material is extremely durable, tear-resistant and weatherproof. Moisture simply runs off and they can be wiped clean. A saturated tablecloth, as you'd expect with pure cotton, is a thing of the past. You just need to wipe it down once with a cloth, if it's been raining and very soon it'll be dry and you can serve food on it. If you don't like the glossy finish that vinyl tablecloths have, you should choose the matte acrylic-coated option. It looks just like a fabric tablecloth.

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Versatile, washable tablecloths

Basically, washable tablecloths in oilcloth can be used in many different places, such as in kitchens, restaurants, or gardens, to name but a few. It's not hard to see how a low maintenance PVC tablecloth can save you a lot of money. You need to clean it less frequently than ordinary fabrics, because stains can be wiped off easily. Should you find any extremely stubborn dirt, tablecloths with an acrylic coating are machine washable.

Washable tablecloths are available in a variety of sizes, colours and patterns, so you can choose a suitable type for every occasion, such as a garden party, a wedding, or  a child's birthday.

A good tip: If you're using your washable oilcloth tablecloth outdoors, then it's advisable to secure it to the table with special clamps. This will ensure that even strong winds won't lift it off. Tablecloths coated in PVC usually have a soft, fleece underside. This ensures your table surface is spared from marks and scratches and it's a welcome addition.