Tips For Cleaning And Care For Tablecloths

Tablecloths are available in many fabric options from easy-clean and wrinkle-free vinyl to machine-washable and wrinkle-resistant polyester to beautiful but high-maintenance cotton or linen. Let’s look at how to best prepare each tablecloth for storage. 

Vinyl tablecloths:

Basic cleaning is straightforward for this fabric, only requiring liquid soap and a damp cloth or sponge. Hanging the tablecloth in the sun can reduce the growth of mold and germs on its surface.  You can even hire a professional for your desk cloth cleaning or you can rent tablecloths for any event.

Every once in a while, a vinyl tablecloth benefits from a thorough cleaning in the washing machine on the gentle cycle in cold water with mild detergent. Hang the tablecloth to dry. Be careful though, it’s easy to damage or ruin one during in-depth cleaning.

Polyester tablecloths:

Basic polyester tablecloths are fantastic options for everyday use or large events. They are available in endless colors and patterns, so your selection is never limited. 

Plus, you can’t beat the ease of care for this option. Wondering how to wash a polyester tablecloth? Most polyester tablecloths are machine washable in any washing machine with regular detergent. 

Dry them on low heat, permanent press setting. Remove promptly to avoid wrinkles. Before putting the tablecloth into the wash, you should first treat or remove any wax or stain. 

Linen or Cotton Tablecloths:

For the most formal of dinners, many hosts will choose a linen tablecloth as the base for their table’s décor. The challenge of this fabric, as well as cotton tablecloths, is not only keeping them clean but also wrinkle-free.

Linen tablecloths should be pretreated for any stains and washed on a gentle cycle in your home’s washing machine. After drying on low in the dryer, the best idea is to remove while damp, fold, and put into the freezer overnight.