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Compare Wipe Clean Fabrics

We often get asked what is the difference between our wipe clean fabrics, so we put together a quick comparison chart for you to easily see the features of each one.

Comparison Table

FeatureAcrylicOilclothVinyl PVC
Wipe Clean?YesYesYes
CoatingsAcrylic & TeflonClear PVCNone
Wipe Clean EffectivenessExcellentVery goodGood
Base FabricPoly-cotton blend100% cottonNone
Max Widths180cm132cm140cm
FinishMattGloss + MattMatt
Machine Washable?YesNoNo
Edge FinishesFinished as standard
Hem or edge binding
Optional edge bindingOptional edge binding
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Acrylic Coated Tablecloths

Acrylic Coated Tablecloths, also known as Teflon tablecloths, are the most natural feeling wipe clean tablecloths on the market.

It has a poly-cotton base, and is coated with two layers of acrylic to give it excellent wipe clean and better stain resisting properties. This is does not mean it is stain-proof.

Additionally, the fabric goes through a coating process using a fluorocarbon to give the fabric excellent water repellant properties. A commonly known fluorocarbon is Teflon, which some of our Acrylic coated tablecloths contain. Others have non-branded alternatives.

You can learn more about Acrylic tablecloths in our in-depth guide.

Additional read: How Teflon protects your tablecloth

Oilcloth Tablecloths

Oilcloth is a tightly woven fabric, usually 100% cotton, which is then treated on one side to give it a waterproof finish. The coating traditionally was linseed oil, but is now more commercially sold with a clear PVC coating.

Oilcloth is often confused with PVC tablecloths. So if you are unsure of the differences between these terms, then take a read on our Oilcloth vs PVC guide here.

Alternatively, read a more in-depth description on Oilcloth Tablecloths here.

Vinyl Tablecloths

Vinyl tablecloths are the cheapest of wipe clean fabrics and is a great option if you are looking to cover your table occasionally.

It is made from a vinyl sheet of PVC which then has the design printed on top. There is no coating on top which makes it less durable than acrylic and oilcloth.

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For a more information, visit the types of wipe clean tablecloths guide here.