Oilcloth Tablecloths

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is oilcloth waterproof?

Only the top coated side of the oilcloth is waterproof. The underside, which is cotton will absorb any liquid. If the cotton gets wet you should dry it out so it does not get damaged.

Can you wash oilcloth?

No, it is not recommended to wash any type of oilcloth. Not only will you damage the top coating, but you will be left an extremely creased fabric which will be hard to get out. If you need a wipe clean tablecloth that is machine washable then please see our Teflon tablecloth range.

Can oilcloth be ironed?

Yes you can iron oilcloth on the reverse side. You may also spray some water to help ease any creases out of the fabric. Once ironed, allow the fabric to cool before using again.

Is oilcloth stain proof?

While oilcloth will allow you wipe away all liquids and sauces with ease, it can still be stained. Typical stains include marker pens, curry sauces, any tomato based sauces. You can reduce any stains by wiping these away as soon as they happen. The longer it is left, the hard it will be to remove.

Can you cut oilcloth?

Yes, you can easily oilcloth with any pair of scissors. The top coating will prevent the fabric from fraying and give you a nice clean cut.

Is oilcloth the same as pvc?

Some people refer to oilcloth as pvc because that is what the top coating is made from. However, vinyl tablecloths are also made from pvc and they are different fabrics. For more information on this, see our fabric guide here.

Is oilcloth the same as vinyl?

No, oilcloth is a thicker and more durable fabric which has a cotton backing and a clear coating on top. Where as vinyl does has no backing or top coating. For more information on this, see our fabric guide here.

Can oilcloth be used outdoors?

Yes oilcloth is perfectly fine to use outdoors. Just be careful about the cotton underside becoming wet or damp. You should dry this out with it happens. When wet or damp cotton is left it can start to go mouldy.

Is oilcloth heat resistant?

Oilcloth is not heat proof or heat resistant. Anything hot placed on to oilcloth will cause the top coating layer to go soft. It is recommended you use a matt to place anything hot on.